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Top 10 Most Expensive Paintings in the World

Tuesday, April 26th 2011. | Art

Painters are born to picture illusion, to depict emotions and to manifest the beauty of fantasy. In the following list, we are going to explore 10 beautiful pictures that are known as 10 most expensive painting in the world. I don’t list The legendary painting Monalisa on the post because the painting have exceeded the value of dollar bill available on the planet

10. Irises by Vincent Van Gogh : $53,900,000


Irises was born one year before Vincent Gogh died in 1890. Gogh painted it when he was temporarily living in Saint Paul de Mausole, France. In 1987, Alan bond purchased Irises for $53,900,000 million and view years later he resold it to Getty Museum, Brentwood, for undisclosed price tag.

9. Femme aux Bras Croises by Pablo Picasso: $55,006,000
Picasso made Femme aux Bras Croises around 1901-1904 during a blue period time, when Picasso had series distress from his personal life. It is dominated with Blue to represent his sorrow. The recent owner of the painting is an unknown collector and he bought it from Christie’s New York for $55 million in Night of 8 December 2000

8. Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier by Paul Cezanne: $60,502,500

Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier is a masterpiece of Paul Cezanne and he painted it around 1893-1894. In May 10, 1999, Sotheby’s New York auctioned the painting and Whitneys family bought it for $60, 5 million

7. Portrait de l’Artiste Sans Barbe By Vincent Van Gogh: $71,502,496
Portrait de l’Artiste Sans Barbe is Van Gogh self drawing and he painted it around September 1889 while he was staying in Saint Remy, France. It is 40X31 cm and it is believed as the only Van Gogh Self-drawing after he shaved all his beard. Last, one had purchased it in 1998 for $71.5 million

6. Massacre of the Innocents By Peter Paul Rubens: $ 76,700,000
Massacre of the Innocent is the classic painting of Peter Paul Rubens and he painted it in 1611. Presently, Kenneth Thomson, a businessman from Canada and a painting collector, owns it after he bought it from Sotheby’s for $76,7 million

5. Bal Au Moulin de la Gallet By Pierre-Auguste Renoir: $ 78,000,000

Bal au moulin de la Galette, Montmartre by Pierre August Renoir

In 1876, Pierre Auguste Renoir painted Bal Au Moulin de la Gallet. More than a century later, Ryoei Sato purchased the painting at Sotheby’s New York on May 17 1990. That night, besides purchasing this painting for $78 million, he purchased one Van Gogh painting “Portrait of Dr. Gachet”

4. Portrait of Dr Gachet by Vincent van Gogh: $82,500,000
Original version of Portrait of Dr Gachet is available in 2 different color. Ryoei Sato purchased one of it on May 17, 1990 and the other one is kept in Paris Museum. For this painting, Sato spent $82,5 million. Too bad, 6 years after he bought it, he died. Before he died, he wanted to have the painting burn with his body. Luckily, his last will was never completed
3. Dora with Cat by Pablo Picasso: $95,200.000
Picasso painted Dora with Cat in 1941. Some believe Picasso made the painting to express his love to his girl friend, Dora Maar, who was living with him around a decade since 1930s. In May 3 2006, the painting went to Sotheby’s and one bought for $95,2 million
2. Garcon a la Pipe by Pablo Picasso: $ 104,100,000
Picasso painted Garcon a la pipe during what was called “Rose period” in 1904-1906. Picasso dominated the painting with pink and orange. Picasso did not theme the painting with cubist style and the size is 100X81,3 cm. on May 4 2004, a bidder purchased it from Sotheby’s New York for $104.1 million

1. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Baeur by Gustav Klimt: $135,000,000

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Baeur by Gustav Klimt

An Austrian Painter Gustav Klimt painted Portrait of Adele Bloch-Baeur around 1907. During Nazi occupations in 1940s, Nazi took the painting out from Austria. This time, Ronard S lauder owns Portrait of Adele Bloch-Baeur after he spent $135 million to buy it. If you want to picture this most expensive painting, you can go to Neue Gallery of New York.

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