$100 million dollar mark is big in any industry. You can start a big company, could own a whole island or have hundreds of kilograms of gold. If you are not interested in buying, you could save it in a bank and wouldn’t have to work for a single day for the rest of your life.
But, if you are an art lover and an investor, you would buy an art-piece made by a popular artist. That’s a new trend in art market running over a decade now.
Only 13 paintings have been successful to break the milestone of $100 million. Here is a list of them. The order is according to date. Click on the titles to know in the details.
The very first painting to break the big mark ever. It is a painting made in 1905 when Pablo Picasso was only 24 years old. It comes from his Rose period. It was sold by Greentree foundation in an auction held by the Auction Company Sotheby for $104 million, allegedly, to Guido Barrilla of Italian Barilla Group. It still ranks as the second most expensive painting by Pablo Picasso.
Broke the record of Garcon a la pipe by a huge margin with the selling price of $135 million on June 18, 2006. It was made by Gustav Klimt in 1907 with real gold. Gustav Klimt was Austrian artist and the painting is many times referred as Austrian Mona Lisa. It was sold by Maria Altmann to American businessman Ronald Lauder.
The best piece from Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings. Executed in 1948 as the title suggests, it made $140 million in the Sotheby’s auction. The seller was American businessman David Geffen and the buyer was David Martinez, a Mexican.
The 1953 abstract-impressionist piece by the Dutch-American artist Willem de Kooning, was sold for $137.5 million on November 18, 2006. Sold by David Geffen to Steven A. Cohen in a private sale.
Pop artist Andy Warhol made this piece in 1963. The silkscreen art piece made the $100 million mark in October 2008, bringing the artist in this list. Sold by Annibale Berlingieri in private sale. The buyer’s name is still undisclosed.
Made by discharged US army officer Jasper Johns in 1954 was sold for $110 million in March 2010. Sold by Jean-Christophe Castelli to Steven A. Cohen in a private sale. The American artist was known for his various paintings of American flag.
Another piece by Pablo Picasso on the list. It was made in 1932 before the Second World War. It was sold by Frances Lasker Brody estate in 2010 for $106.5 million in Christie’s auction at New York.
Currently the most expensive painting in the world with the stunning figure of $259 million (supposed). Sold in April 2011 by George Embiricos to the state of Qatar in a private sale.
A remarkable and iconic piece of painting of 19th century art by the Norwegian painter, Edvard Munch. Sold on the day of May 2, 2012 for $119.9 million by Petter Olsen to Leon Black in Sotheby’s New York Auction.
A controversial painting by the Spanish painter made in 1932. It has sold recently for $155 million on March 26, 2013 by Steve Wynn to the buyer of Woman III Steven A. Cohen.
American artist made this painting in 1968. It was sold for $105.7 million on October 4, 2013. It was sold by Japanese DIC Corporation in a private sale.
Made in 1969, the painting was sold for $142.4 million on November 12, 2013 in Christie’s auction held at New York. The seller is anonymous while the buyer’s name is Elaine Wynn.
The second art work of Andy Warhol which broke the record of the first one by the selling price of $105.4 million on November 13, 2013 in the Sotheby’s auction. It was made in 1963 by the artist.
Just recently the painting has broke the world record of being the most expensive painting of all the time with alleged amount of $300,000,000. It has been sold by a Swiss businessman and an art collector to supposedly Qatar Museums. This deal has set a new milestone in the history of expensive paintings and the art works of French, Post-impressionist artists.
An honorable mention for the list is the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, whose any art work hasn’t broke the milestone of $100 million yet but the total figure of van Gogh’s sold work exceeds the mark of $700 million. It nears Pablo Picasso’s figure of $740 million, a sum of prices of his major paintings.
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