25 Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

While some people value paintings according to beauty, skill, or uniqueness, there are others who value them according to their price. So what is the world’s most expensive painting? Well, it depends. Inflation and exchange rates undoubtedly affect the rankings, and in order for a painting to be properly valued…it has to be sold first! So, today we’ve compiled a list of the 25 Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold!


Femme aux Bras Croisés

Femme aux Bras CroisésSource: businessinsider.com

Painted during Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period, the subject of this painting is most likely an inmate at Saint-Lazare (a hospital-prison) in Paris. It sold for $55 million in 2000.


The Gross Clinic

The Gross ClinicSource: nytimes.com

This painting by Thomas Eakins depicts Dr. Samuel Gross performing one of the first “healing” surgeries before medical students at Jefferson Medical College. It sold for $68 million in 2007. Today it is on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Note: prior to the emergence of surgery as a “healing” profession, it was mostly just associated with amputation.


Diana and Actaeon

Diana and ActaeonSource: theguardian.com

A painting by the Italian Renaissance master Titian, this is considered to be among his finest works. In 2009, the National Galleries of London and Scotland acquired the painting from the Bridgewater Collection for $70 million. It now alternates between the two galleries every 5 years.


Darmstadt Madonna

Darmstadt MadonnaSource: bbc.com

An oil painting by Swiss-German artist Hans Holbein the Younger sold in 2011 for $75 million to German art collector Reinhold Würth.



HaystacksSource: nytimes.com

One of the most notable works by impressionist painter Claude Monet, Haystacks sold at auction in 2016 for $81 million.

All photos from wikimedia commons, public domain.

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