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Top 10 Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

, / May 5, 2014

When it comes to art in general and painting in particular, sky is the limit when famous paintings are sold. This industry is so rich that many try to sell fakes for the price of the originals and live a life without any worries. Let’s see which the most expensive paintings ever sold are!

# 10 The Scream – $122.2 million

Sold in 2012 for a whopping $122.2 million dollars, Edvard Munch’s icon painting The Scream is not just one of the most expensive painting, but also the most expressive one.

One of four of Edvard Munch's originals of The Scream.

Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

#9 Garçon à la pipe – $129 million

Pablo Picasso’s second most expensive paining, Garçon à la pipe, was bought in May 4, 2004 by Barilla Group, the Italian food company.

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#8 Bal du moulin de la Galette – $141.5 million

This amazing Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting was for sale at Sotheby’s, New York for $78.1, but at the 1990 auction Ryoei Saito, a Japanese collectionary considered it was worth double the price.

One of four of Edvard Munch's originals of The Scream.

#7 Three Studies of Lucian Freud – $142.4 million

Sold in November 2013 atChristie’s for $142.4 million, Francis Bacon’s paining has entered the list of the most expensive art piece in the world.

One of four of Edvard Munch's originals of The Scream.

Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

#6 Portrait of Dr. Gachet – $149.5 million

The most expensive painting ever created by revolutionary painter Vincent van Gogh was bought in the same year as Bal du moulin de la Galetteand by the same person.


#5 Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I – $155.8 million

In June 18, 2006, Ronald Lauder, anAmerican business man and philanthropist bought Gustav Klimt’s most expensive painting for his personal art gallery in NY, the Neue Galerie.


#4 Le Rêve – $155.9 million

Pablo Picasso’s most expensive painting was bought in March 2013 for a whopping $155.9 million by the 106th richest man in the world according to Forbes, Steven A. Cohen.

Le Reve Pablo Picasso

#3 Woman III – $159.8 million

Perhaps not only the most expensive, but also the largest and most hard to grasp paintings ever sold is the creation of Willem de Kooning.


#2 No. 5, 1948 –  $162.7 million

Jackson Pollock abstract painting was sold by David Geffen to Mexican businessman David Martinez in November 2006 for more than $150 million.


#1 The Card Players – $269.4 million

Worth more than some of these paintings combined, Paul Cézanne holds the title the most expensive painting ever sold. The painting was bought by The State of Qatar in April 2011.