The 10 most expensive paintings in the world

While art is priceless, sometimes it causes great contradictions. For instance, how does one determine the value of a masterpiece created by one of the most famous artists in the world? How can one be sure that the price is proportional to the product? These questions often seem rhetorical and philosophical.

However, a list of the world’s most expensive paintings still exists, and we’d like to share it with you objectively.


In tenth place is the “Reclining Nude” by Amedeo Modigliani. It was first shown to the public in 1917. In 2015 it was sold to the Chinese billionaire Liu Yitsyan for $170.4 million.



In the ninth place, we find the painting of the famous Gustav Klimt “Water Snakes II”. Its buyer was the collector and billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who bought the painting from Yves Bouvier for $170 million.


The world’s most expensive painting coming in at number eight is The “Suspended Portraits of Maerten Suolmans and Oopien Koppit” by Rembrandt van Rijn with a cost of almost 180 million dollars. The marital portrait of Swolmans and Koppita was painted by Rembrandt in 1634 during their wedding and was his first full-length portrait. Currently, the portraits are in the Rijksmuseum and their co-owner is the Louvre.


The seventh place for the world’s most expensive is taken by “Algerian Women” painted by Pablo Picasso. This unique creation was bought by the Qatari royal family in 2015 for $187 million, becoming one of the 15 items of the collection owned by the Ganz family. The painting is an image of Algerian concubines in their harem and is considered the “pearl” of the series.


In sixth place, is the picture of the Latvian American expressionist artist Mark Rothko, “No. 6 (Purple, Green, and Red)”. It was said that: “You don’t need the picture itself to imagine what is depicted on it.” Acquired in 1951, the work was sold to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev for $196 million.


“No. 17A” by Jackson Pollock is in fifth place among the most expensive paintings ever sold in the world. It was bought for $208 million as part of a deal with the David Geffen Foundation and Kenneth Griffin, who also bought the De Kooning Exchange.


After a historic price of $219 million, Paul Gauguin’s painting “When is the wedding?” ranked fourth on the list. It was created by the artist in Tahiti in 1892 and was sold to the Qatari royal family in 2014.

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The third place went to “Card Players” by Paul Cézan. In 2011, this famous painting was acquired by the royal family from Qatar for $274 million.


The second place in the list is occupied by the painting “Exchange” by the Dutch abstract artist Willem de Kooning. In September 2015, the work was sold to Kenneth Griffin, CEO of the Citadel hedge fund, for $312 million. Currently, the picture is in the Chicago Art Institute.


And the first place for the world’s most expensive painting belongs to the painting “Savior of the World” by the legendary Leonardo da Vinci. Acquired in the 1500s and long considered lost, it was sold at Christie’s in 2017 for a record $453 million. The work was bought by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud through his Minister of Culture.

Of course, each of the paintings on this list will remain great works of art regardless of its price tag or owner, as will the fame of the artists whose names will always be remembered for all time.