25 Of The Most Ridiculously Expensive Paintings In History

Posted by , Updated on December 2, 2014


The most expensive paintings in the world are usually housed in the galleries and museums of Europe and the United States. These paintings are so valuable that art enthusiasts are willing to spend millions when they get auctioned off. More often than not, the value of a painting depends on its age and the artist behind it. Some paintings may look too ordinary for the eyes but cost millions just because they are painted by world-renowned artists like Vincent Van Gogh or Pablo Picasso. Here is a list of the 25 most ridiculously expensive arts and paintings in history:

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Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette


Also known as the Bal Du Moulin de Galette, Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette was painted by French artist Pierre Auguste Renoir in 1876,has an estimated worth of $141.5 million, and is currently housed at the Musee de Orsay located in Paris. This widely celebrated impressionist painting was sold by Betsey Whitney to Ryoei Saito in 1990.


Portrait of Dr. Gachet


Made by Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh, the Portrait of Dr. Gachet portrays the doctor during the last months of Van Gogh’s life. The masterpiece was completed in 1890 at Auvers and was auctioned off for $82.5 million. Currently, it holds an adjusted value of $149.5 million.


Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I


This 1907 painting by Gustav Klimt was one of two portraits he made with Adele Bloch Bauer as the subject. Considered one of his greatest masterpieces, this painting was sold to Ronald Lauder for $135 million in an auction held in New York City in June 2006, making it the most expensive painting in the world for a period of four months. Currently, it holds an adjusted value of $155.8 million.


Woman III


Woman III was painted by abstract expressionist artist Willem de Kooning and was one of six paintings he finished between 1951 and 1953. For two decades, this was part of the Tehram Museum of Contemporary Art Collection but in 2006, it was sold to Steven Cohen for $137.5 million and currently holds an adjusted value of $159.8 million.


No. 5, 1948


This painting by Jayson Pollock was completed in 1948 and was bought by David Martinez from David Geffen for $140 million in an auction held in New York City on November 2, 2006. It currently holds an adjusted value of $162.7 million.

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