The Most Popular and Expensive Paintings of the World

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“The Scream” has set a new world record. This painting by the renowned artist Edvard Munch has become the most expensive painting in the world sold through an auction. Still it is not the most expensive one yet; let us have a look at other artworks that are considered the most expensive in the world.

Edvard Munch’s masterpiece “The Scream” has become the most expensive artwork sold in an auction. It was sold for $ 120 million to the Norwegian businessman Petter Olsen in Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern Art auction. Today businessmen and investors are finding paintings a good investment and if some painting can give you an amount as good as $ 120 million, what else do you want? It is not possible for everyone to buy an artwork of a famous painter like Edvard Munch. Buy exclusive art images of Edvard Munch’s artworks to know more about the creations of the famed artist.

If we are discussing the most expensive paintings in the world then the famous painting by Paul Cezanne “The Card Players” is worth mentioning first. It is a series of oil paintings by French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Cézanne. The estimated price of this painting is USD $ 250 million to USD $ 300 million. “No. 5, 1948” is the second most expensive painting in the world. It is an abstract painting by Jackson Pollock. This painting is done on a fiberboard with yellow and brown oil paints. The worth of this painting is believed to be $140 million. Then there is “Woman III” which is again an abstract painting. It is the work of the abstract expressionist painter Willem de Kooning on canvas with oil. This painting was sold in the year 2006 for $ 137.5 million. “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” is a beautiful portrait by Gustav Klimt and is also one of the most expensive paintings in the world. The portrait is made with oil and gold on canvas and it took Gustav Klimt three years to complete this portrait. The painting worth $135 million is now the property of the businessmen and art lover Neue Galerie.


Pablo Picasso is one of the most renowned names in the world of paintings and after “The Scream” by Munch there are two paintings in a row from Picasso himself. “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” which is featuring Pablo’s mistress and muse Marie-Thérèse Walter was sold for USD $ 106.5 million. This is the second highest world record price for an artwork which is sold through an auction. The second painting in the list of most expensive paintings, from Pablo Picasso again is “Garçon à la Pipe” or “Boy with a Pipe”. This painting was sold for USD $ 104.2. “Eight Elvises” is a different kind of painting. It is a silkscreen painting by Andy Warhol who is an American pop artist. This painting has eight black and white pictures of Elvis Presley. This painting was sold for USD $ 100 in the year 1963 and that is why it got enlisted in one of the most expensive paintings in the world. Buy lifestyle images to know more about the works of these famed artists of all times.

The most popular painters of the history are Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh who are known for their distinct artworks. Picasso had started selling his paintings while he was still active while most of the Gogh’s artwork was sold after his death. That might be the reason why Gogh’s paintings are bit cheaper than Picasso’s. “Portrait of Dr. Gachet”, “Portrait of Joseph Roulin”, “Irises”, “Portrait de l'artiste sans barbe”, “A Wheatfield with Cypresses”, “Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers”, “Peasant Woman Against a Background of Wheat” are some of the most popular artworks of this Dutch artist which range from USD $ 40 to USD $ 82 million. Buy art images to know more about these paintings.


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