The most expensive paintings in the world - Boy with a pipe, Silver car accident, Scream, # 5, When is the wedding? and etc.
And you have to pay. And a lot. At least, if you believe the results of closed trades (we will present to your attention the results of both closed and open trades).
10th place: "Boy with a pipe", Pablo Picasso (1905)
The painting was painted by 24-year-old Pablo Picasso (during the so-called "pink period" of his work) in the Bateau Lavoir hostel in Montmartre. It depicts an unknown boy wearing a wreath of roses, holding a smoking pipe in his left hand. The portrait was sold at a public auction at Sotheby's in 2004 for $ 104 million.
9th place: "Silver car accident (double)", Andy Warhol (1963)
The painting is part of a series of four works by the artist depicting car accidents, created using the silkscreen method. To do this, Warhol used newspaper clippings of images of road accidents, which he repeatedly printed on canvas using silk screen printing using silver reflective ink. The dimensions of the canvas are large: 2, 4 by 4 m. On one half of the work there are several photographs of a car crashing into a tree, the second part of it is a monochrome silvery surface. The painting was sold in 2013 at an open auction for $ 105.4 million.
8th place: "Nude, green leaves and bust", Pablo Picasso (1932)
A work from the famous 1932 series of surreal paintings, in which the artist depicted his new beloved - Marie-Thérèse Walther. The latter can also be seen on other well-known canvases of Picasso from the Dream series, which he painted in secret from his wife Olga Khozlova. The painting was sold at an open auction in 2010 for $ 106.5 million.
7th place: "The Scream", Edvard Munch (1893-1910)
The famous painting The Scream is considered the emblem of Expressionism and a prelude to 20th century art. The canvas foreshadows the themes of loneliness, despair and alienation that are fundamental to modernism. The artist created four versions of the painting, painted in different techniques (oil and pastel). The only version of the plot that remains in private hands is done in pastels. It was sold in 2012 at an open auction from one collector to another for 119.9 million dollars.
6th place: "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I", Gustav Klimt (1907)
This work is also called "Golden Adele" or "Austrian Mona Lisa". It is considered one of the most significant paintings by the artist and Art Nouveau in general. Gustav Klimt experimented with the technique of creating his paintings. Madame Bloch, the 26-year-old daughter of the CEO of the Vienna Banking Union, Moritz Bauer, has featured in several portraits, painted in different techniques. The most famous, "Golden Adele", is made with oil and gilding. The painting was sold at a private auction in 2006 for $ 135 million.
5th place: "Woman III", Willem de Kooning (1953)
A canvas from the artist's series, the central theme of which is a woman. Interesting and at the same time tragic is the fate of this picture, which has become another victim of religious prejudices. Since the 1970s, the work has been owned by the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. However, after the so-called Islamic revolution in 1979, the situation in Iran changed dramatically. Despite the fact that the work has a rather conditional relation to the real female body, it came under the pressure of inexorable censorship. In 2006 it was sold at a closed auction for $ 137.5 million.
4th place: "No. 5", Jackson Pollock (1948)
The picture, which some will call not only the apotheosis of the fabulous "inability" to name works of art, but also the leader in the category "from the misunderstood." This is not surprising. It is believed that the excitement around her was artificially created.All other works of the artist were presented in museums and sold without hindrance, and "No. 5" was hidden and shown only when all other works of Pollock were sold. Of course, the price of the painting from this soared to a record height.
The work was carried out in the technique of spraying on fiberboard (wood-fiber board 243.8 × 121.9 cm in size). Sold at a private auction in 2006 for $ 140 million.
3rd place: "Three sketches for a portrait of Lucian Freud", Francis Bacon (1969)
The triptych of the English expressionist painter depicts the artist Lucian Freud, sitting on a chair in various poses. The painting is considered the most expensive ever sold at a public auction. Curiously, the lot sale process took only six minutes. The starting price was $ 85 million, and according to the most daring forecasts, it was supposed to earn $ 95 million for this work.But in the end, the canvas was quickly acquired by a billionaire from the United States, co-owner of the Wynn Casino Empire chain of casinos Elaine Wynn, who gave 142.4 million dollars for it. The auction took place in November 2013, and in March 2014 Wynn anonymously donated the triptych to the Portland Art Museum (Oregon, USA).
2nd place: "The Card Players" (third painting in the series), Paul Cezan (1892-1893)
In total, the series is represented by five paintings, which differ from each other, mainly in size and the number of players depicted. Four canvases are kept in museums in Europe and America, the fifth until recently was in the hands of a private collector, until in 2012 it was bought (at a closed auction) by the family of the Emir of Qatar for a national museum for $ 250 million.
1st place: "When is the wedding?", Paul Gauguin (1892)
The painting was painted in Tahiti, where Gauguin arrived in the hope of finding the "Garden of Eden", untouched by the benefits of civilization. Reality disappointed the artist, but he found inspiration in the bright colors of tropical nature and, of course, in models not burdened with Christian morality. The work was created at a time when Gauguin took as his wife a Tahitian woman named Tehaamana, who at that time was … only 13 years old. Tehaamana (or Tehura, as the artist himself called his wife) became a model for many of the artist's canvases, but none of them was worth the money. The painting was sold most recently - in 2015 - at a closed auction to the Qatar Museum Department for $ 300 million and broke all records possible today.