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The Most Expensive Paintings

Thursday, 16 July 2009

most expensive paintingsThe world's expensive painting called «Number 5» was sold at Sotheby's in 2006 for the fortune, 140 million dollars. Jackson Pollock, the painter known for his contributions to the abstract expressionist movement, made the painting on an 8' x 4' sheet of fiberboard, in 1948 with thick amounts of brown and yellow paint drizzled on top of it, forming a nest-like appearance that made him famous all over the world. The same year the second expensive by the cost painting by Willem de Kooning, the painter from the Netherlands, was sold for 137,5 million dollars. Woman III measuring 68 by 48½ inches, is one of six «Woman» paintings he numbered. He painted the picture with oil on canvas in 1953.

In the year 2006 the top three most expensive paintings were put to auction and sold.

Adele Bloch-Bauer I, the 1907 portray, by Gustav Klimt, was purchased for the Neue Galerie in New York by Ronald Lauder for a reported US $135 million, as the highest reported price ever paid for a painting at Sotheby's auction house.

Pablo Picasso's Boy with Pipe or Garcon a la Pipe, 1905, takes the fourth place measuring 20 by 20 inches. On May 5, 2004 the painting was sold for US$104,168,000 at Sotheby's auction in New York City. The rated fifth place goes with Dora Maar by Picasso. During 2005 and 2006, the Dora Maar au Chat was shown worldwide as part of Sotheby's exhibitions in London, Hong Kong and New York. It came up for sale in an auction of Impressionist/Modern works held at Sotheby's on May 3, 2006 in New York making it the second-highest price ever paid for a painting at auction. And again the six rated painting belongs to Gustav Klimt with his dear lady.  Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II was sold at auction in November 2006 for $88 million, the third-highest priced piece of art at auction at the time.

Portrait of Dr. Gachet (23.4 in × 22.0 in) is one of the most revered paintings by Vincent van Gogh fetched a record price of $82.5 million in 1990 at Christie's auction house. And in 1987 almost in a century after the painting was made, Van Gogh's Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers was sold for equivalent of USD $39,921,750 at auction at Christie's London.

However, the competent Italian magazine ‘Quadri e Sculture' states that the painting was not original but the reproduction made by Gauguin. In the opinion of the journalist, Antonio de Robertis, the Japanese Insurance Company ‘Yasuda Fire & Marine Insurance' purchases the reproduction of Vincent van Gogh's painting painted by Gaugin over the still life written by him. Though the owners of the painting reject all proposals to expose the painting to X-rays to discover the truth.

In 2008 Le bassin aux nymphéas (from the water lilies series) by Claude Monet was sold at Christie's for $80,451,178 with fees, setting a new auction record for the artist. That was the painting that cost a little bit lesser than Dr. Gachet by Vincent van Gogh. The painter acknowledged as one of the greatest painters in the world and when his vision altered, Monet went on with working. The effects of the cataract on Monet can be observed from some paintings depicting the same motif, for instance The Japanese Bridge made in 1897 and The Waterlily Pond made in 1923. He painted Water Lilies 7 years to his death. And two years earlier a couple bought Johns Jasper's False Start for $80 million, making it the most expensive painting by a living artist.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir's painting Bal au moulin de la Galette was sold for US$78 million at Sotheby's in New York City, New York (52 in × 69 in) 1876 closes the top ten expensive paintings of the world.

The next top ten paintings costing a fortune is opened by Peter Paul Rubens's The Massacre Of The Innocents (1609-1611), that was sold at Sotheby's in 2002 for 75,93 million dollars. Following is rated the work by the first Russian painter, Mark Rothko, who developed the private art program and became one of the most intellectual painters in America, presenting his work of 1950, ‘White Center'. This painting was sold at Sotheby's in 2008 for 72,8 million dollars.

Christie's put to auction in 2007 the painting by Andy Warhol for 71,72 million dollars, one of the legendary and conflicting painters in the art of the second half of ХХ century, ‘A Green Car Crush' (1963). Ten million dollars were acquired for the works by Paul Cezanne, Gaugin Paul, Bacon Francis, Claude Monet, Piet Mondrian, Vasiliy Kandinskiy, Fernand Leger, Ernst Kirhner, William Turner, Georges Seurat, Jacopo Pontormo, Lucian Michael Freud, Antonio Canaletto, Amadeo Modigliani, Munch Edward, Jan Vermeer, Homer Winslow, Henri Matisse, Rembrandt, Diego Velasques, Andrea Mantegna,  Edgar Degas, Bellows George Wesley, Bellows George Wesley, Edward Hopper, Eduard Monet, Franz  Mark, Edward Hopper, Max Beckmann, Toulouse-Lautrec, Egon Schiele, John Constable, Clyfford Still, Mondriaan Piet and Lucia Fontane. The paintings of other painters cost lower the line of 20 million dollars. So, if you feel like investing into one of the greatest paintings, consider the names and paintings thoroughly.

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