Top 5 Most Expensive Paintings in the World


The art world is a competitive one. The best artists can sell their work for thousands of dollars, but it’s not just about making money. Being able to tell a story with your artwork is important, too. When an artist creates something that truly represents them and their style, it gives them a sense of accomplishment that’s hard to beat. One way artists can do this is by spending hours on end creating highly detailed paintings or sculptures.

In this post, we’ll take a look at some expensive pieces of art that have been sold at auction over the years—some for millions of dollars! These five paintings are all considered masterpieces because they’re so unique in their own right: each one has its unique style and meaning behind them (and none are copies).

Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi”

The “Salvator Mundi” is a painting by Leonardo da Vinci that fetched $450 million in an auction at Christie’s New York on November 2, 2012. It was sold to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who paid $127.5 million more than its high estimate of $300 million (the auction house had predicted). The painting depicts Jesus Christ holding an orb with two angels at his side and surrounded by symbols from the Christian Bible.

The buyer reportedly spent much of his fortune on buying art during the financial crisis when he saw that prices were going down rather than up as they did before the 2007-2008 recession period 2008 when many people lost their jobs due to the global economic recession caused by bad debt in banks worldwide including banks such as Lehman Brothers which failed to result in global financial crisis 2008-2009 which lasted until 2010-2011 period when there were still signs of recovery but then again recession hit us again because Europe wasn’t able to get out from under debt crisis so now we’re going through another one called Eurozone Crisis 2015-2016 where Greece has defaulted on its debts again due mostly because nobody wants them anymore since its population doesn’t trust them anymore since they’ve been lied too many times already about how terrible life will be without government subsidies etcetera…

Paul Gauguin’s “When Will You Marry?”

Paul Gauguin’s “When Will You Marry?” is a masterpiece of Impressionism. A Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa purchased the painting for $300 million, making it one of the most expensive paintings ever sold.

The artwork depicts a woman looking out from behind a screen at her lover, who is in bed next to her. It was painted during Gauguin’s time between 1892 and 1893 after he spent six months in Tahiti where he met his future wife.

Vincent van Gogh’s “Portrait of Dr. Gachet”

The most expensive painting in the world is Vincent van Gogh’s “Portrait of Dr. Gachet,” which was painted in 1890 and valued at $110.5 million. It was sold by Christie’s auction house to an anonymous bidder for a record-breaking price of $82.5 million on December 5th, 2017; however, it had been listed for sale at $100 million before being withdrawn from sale due to potential damage caused by dust particles from a fire at its Parisian home earlier this year (the same reason why another van Gogh masterpiece “Sunflowers” had been withdrawn).

The second most expensive painting is Pablo Picasso’s “Boy With A Pipe”, painted in 1916 and valued at $81.9 million according to Christie’s website (though some sources say there have been multiple sales since then). It was purchased by Charles Saatchi through his collection after he bought it directly from Picasso himself back in 1973 when he was only 17 years old!

Willem de Kooning’s “Interchange”

“Interchange” is a large abstract expressionist painting by Willem de Kooning, who died in 1997. It was sold for $300 million in 2017 and is part of the collection of David Geffen, who purchased it from Phillips de Pury & Co., a New York art dealer whose founder famously said that there would always be another Picasso on the market (he was wrong).

This piece has been described as having an “intense color palette” with vibrant reds and purples against light blue backgrounds that explore movement within space using three-dimensional forms such as spheres and cylinders. The work has been compared to Jackson Pollock’s “Sailboat” for its use of spray paint on canvas fabric stretched over wood stretchers before being painted over again so it looks like there’s no separation between layers when viewed from afar–but unlike Pollock’s piece which features abstract shapes floating across walls without any sense of structure or meaning behind them besides being colorful pieces hanging on walls around us every day; this one seems more intentional since we can tell what each shape represents: two triangles represent eyes while there are also two rectangles representing legs attached at their bases; all these shapes are connected by long lines running down either side which could symbolize hairline cracks caused by water damage after being exposed outdoors during rainstorms or other weather conditions too extreme for normal wear-out lifespan expectations!

Paul Cezanne’s “The Card Players”

“The Card Players” is an oil painting by Paul Cézanne. It was painted in 1906 and has been at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris since 2007.

The painting depicts five men playing cards, one of whom holds up his hand to indicate that he is about to make a bet. The man on the left wears a hat with feathers and carries his jacket in his hand. This detail demonstrates how much time Cézanne spent studying nature during his stay in Provence, where he lived from 1867 until 1870; it also shows how much interest he took in painting outdoor scenes like this one because they included elements such as sunlight reflecting off water or leaves blowing through trees (both common sights around Pont-Aven).

A look at the most valuable paintings in the world.

As you might expect, these paintings are among the most valuable in the world. Their value is based on both their beauty and historical significance—but what exactly makes a painting valuable?

The answer lies in its rarity, and how much it’s worth when compared to other similar works. Many factors determine this figure: age, size, style, and condition all play a role. But one key factor that can have an enormous impact on your purchase price is whether or not there is any damage to be found on the artwork itself (or if it has been altered). If you’re looking at an antique painting with no signs of wear or tear but still want to get something special for yourself or someone special then we recommend checking out our article about buying antique art online!


We hope you enjoyed learning about the most expensive paintings in the world. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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