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:
20. White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose)
Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers From its original price of $72.8 million, this painting by Mark Rothko was sold by David Rockefeller in 2007 to the Royal Family of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa At-Thani for $74.9 million. This abstract painting was completed in 1950 and is considered part of the painter’s signature multiform painting style.
15. False Start
www.artchive.com False Start is a painting by Jasper Johns that was put on a private bidding via Richard Gray on October 12, 2006. It was completed in 1959 and was sold by David Geffen to Kenneth C. Griffin for $84.6 million, which was $4.6 million higher than its original price of $80 million.
10. Dora Maar with Cat
www.jackygallery.com Dora Maar with Cat, also known as the Dora Maar au Chat, was painted by Pablo Picasso in 1941. This painting portrays the lover of the painter named Dora Maar, seated on a chair while holding a baby cat on her shoulders. Only measuring 50.5″ by 37.5â€³ the painting was sold for $95,216,000 in 2006.
5. Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette
www.artble.com 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.
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