The 10 most expensive works of art in the world


Well… unless you have hundreds of millions of dollars in your bank account, don’t expect to hang the charts below in your living room. Indeed, the prices of these works of art are staggering. See for yourself through this top 10 works of art

10 – Ball of the moulin de la Galette, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1876)

ball of the galette mill

The work of this French impressionist painter recounts a scene at the moulin de la galette, on the Montmartre hill in Paris. The work was sold for $143 million to Ryoei Saito.

9 – Three studies by Lucian Freud, by Francis Bacon (1969)

3 studies lucian freud

In English, Three Studies of Lucian Freud, it is a triptych by Francis Bacon representing Lucian Freud. The painting was sold for $145 million to the ex-wife of American entrepreneur Steve Wynn, Elaine Wynn.

8 – Portrait of Doctor Gachet, by Vincent Van Gogh (1890)

portrait of the doctor gachet

Painted in Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris, this painting depicts Doctor Gachet, the doctor who took care of Van Gogh before his death. It was sold for $152 million to Ryoei Saito.

7 – Portrait of Adèle Bloch Bauer, by Gustav Klimt (1907)

adèle bloch bauer

Now on display at the Neue Galerie in New York, this painting, painted in three years, sold for $158 million to billionaire Ronald Lauder.

6 – Pablo Picasso’s Le Rêve (1932)

pablo Picasso's dream

This work by Pablo Picasso represents the portrait of Marie-Thérèse Walter, his then companion. After being kept in private collections, the painting was sold to Steven A. Cohen at a price of $158 million.

5 – Les Femmes d’Alger (version O), by Pablo Picasso (1955)

Picasso women of Algiers

Still by Pablo Picasso, this is the most expensive painting sold at an auction. It belongs to a series inspired by the work of Eugène Delacroix, Women of Algiers in their apartment. The work was sold at Christie’s in New York for $161.5 million.

4 – Woman III, by Willem de Kooning (1953)

woman III

Sold to Steven A. Cohen at a price of $162 million, this is a nude belonging to a series of 6 paintings.

3 – No. 5, by Jackson Pollock (1948)

number 5 pollock

The Number Five is an abstract expressionist painting, originally owned by Samual Irving Newhouse and sold several times before being acquired by an anonymous buyer for $165 million.

2 – The card players, by Paul Cézanne (1892)

card players

After having created several versions of this painting, the first of which represented several characters, the painter artist Paul Cézanne finally chose two card players evoking a still life. The painting was sold to the royal family of Qatar for $274 million.

1 – When do you get married, by Paul Gauguin (1892)

when you get married

And the prize for the most expensive work of art in the world goes to this painting by Paul Gauguin, painted in French Polynesia in 1892. The work was sold in Qatar for $300 million.