The Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

My experiment is to sell one original painting for $1
Million in 12 months. For this purpose I’ve created One Year Auction website
with only one painting: “Elephant – Lady Gaga”. Compare to the list of “The Most Expensive Paintings Ever
Sold” I am asking for pennies. Based on the list it shouldn’t be that hard to
sell “Elephant – Lady Gaga” for $1 Million. 

 

1. JACKSON POLLOCK

"Number 5, 1948", 1948

$140 Million

$151 Million -
adjusted price for inflation

Sotheby’s Auction House, private sale in 2006. Seller: David
Geffen. Buyer: Unknown. “No. 5, 1948” is a painting by Jackson Pollock, an American
painter known for his contributions to the abstract expressionist movement. The painting was
done on an 8' x 4' sheet of fiberboard, with thick amounts of brown and yellow paint
drizzled on top of it, forming a nest-like appearance. It was originally owned
by Samuel Irving Newhouse and displayed at the Museum of Modern Art before being sold to David Geffen and then allegedly to David Martinez in 2006 (though the supposed
sale of this painting to Martinez has been denied by his attorneys).

 

2. WILLEM DE KOONING

"Woman III", 1953

$137.5 Million

$148 Million -
adjusted price for inflation

Larry Gagosian Auction, private sale in 2006. Seller: David
Geffen. Buyer: Steven Cohen Pollock the first. De Kooning second. The immediate
conclusion is that the American abstract expressionism has displaced the impressionism
as the most sought after Art period. This painting is the only "Woman"
by Willem de Kooning still in private hands. One of these women -described by
T. Hess as "black goddesses"- has been chosen by theartwolf.com as
one of the 50 masterworks of the history of painting.

 

3. GUSTAV KLIMT

"Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I", 1907

$135 Million

$144 Million -
adjusted price for inflation

Christie’s Auction House, private sale in 2006. Buyer:
Ronald Lauder. The acquisition of this iconic work by cosmetic magnate Ronald
Lauder caused a shock in the Art world, not only for the spectacular sum paid
for it, but also for the way it was sold, far away from the noisy auction
houses. The painting was part of a group of five canvases recently returned to
the heirs of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer. The Nazis confiscated his paintings during
the World War II, and after the war, the canvases were placed at the National
Gallery of Austria in 1948.

 

4. PABLO PICASSO

"Nude, Green Leaves and Bust", 1932

$106.5 Million

Christie’s Auction House, private sale in 2010. Buyer:
Unknown. This sensual and colorful masterpiece by Picasso is the most expensive
painting ever sold at auction. The work, formerly in the collection of Mrs.
Sidney F. Brody, had been never exhibited in public since 1961.

 

5. PABLO PICASSO

"Garçon a la pipe", 1905

$104.1 Million

$119 Million -
adjusted price for inflation

Sotheby’s Auction House, private sale in 2010. Buyer: Unknown.
The sale of this young smoker was a milestone in the Art auctions world. It broke
the record that Vincent van Gogh held since 1990, and it was the first time that
the $100 million barrier was broken. Although the name of the buyer was not
revealed, some sources say that it could be Guido Barilla, the Italian pasta
magnate.

 

6. ANDY WARHOL

"Eight Elvises", 1963

$100 Million

$100.5 Million -
adjusted price for inflation

Private sale via Phillipe Segalot in 2008. Buyer: Unknown. This
unique work by Warhol, measuring over 12 feet long, was at the collection of
Roman collector Annibale Berlingieri for over 40 years. It surpassed the
previous world record for a Wahol, the $71.7 million paid at Christie's New York in 2007 for
"Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I)".

 

7. PABLO PICASSO

"Dora Maar au Chat", 1941

$95.2 Million

$102 Million -
adjusted price for inflation

Sotheby’s Auction House, private sale in 2006. Buyer: Unknown
Dora Maar (1907-1997) met Picasso in 1930, and their sentimental relation lasts
until 1946. A native from Paris, grown in Argentina and
fluent in Spanish, Maar was one of Picasso's favourite models. This painting,
measuring 130- 97 cm, was recently rediscovered and authenticated by Picasso's
daughter, Maya Widmaier Picasso. You can read the ArtWolf's article informing about
this sale in this link.

 

8. GUSTAV KLIMT

"Adele Bloch-bauer II ", 1912

$87.9 Million

$94.9 Million -
adjusted price for inflation

Christie’s Auction House, private sale in 2006. Buyer:
unknown. Sold only a few months later than Klimt's first version of Adele, this
extremely appealing canvas was the star lot

in a highly successful auction in which four works by Klimt -including
this- totaled a stunning $192 million. 

9. FRANCIS BACON

"Tryptich 1976", 1976

$86.3 Million

$86.7 Million -
adjusted price for inflation

Sotheby’s Auction House, private sale in 2008. Buyer: Roman
Abramovich. Francis Bacon is one of the most sought-after names in the Art
market, and this work easily surpassed its impressive $70 million estimate.

 

10. VINCENT Van GOGH

"Portrait of Dr. Gachet", 1890

$82.5 Million

$139 Million -
adjusted price for inflation

Christie’s Auction House, private sale in 1990. Buyer: Ryoei
Saito. Portrait
of Dr. Gachet
 is one of the most revered paintings by Dutch artist Vincent
van Gogh of Dr. Paul Gachet, who took care of him in his last months. In
1990, it fetched a record price of $82.5 million ($75 million, plus a 10
percent buyer's commission).

 

And most likely next year at the end of “Top 100 The Most
Expensive Paintings Ever Sold”list will be“Elephant – Lady Gaga”. Why not?

 

98. RASA

"Elephant – Lady Gaga", 2009

$450,000

One Year Auction, private sale in March 2013. Buyer: Unknown. “Elephant - Lady Gaga” was the first painting from Elephant paintings series. “Elephant - Lady Gaga” was created by artist
Rasa at the end of 2009.

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