Fabulous prices few and not very complicated patterns.
When in 2015 the canvas of Paul Gauguin’s “When will you marry?” was sold for a crazy $ 300 million, the media wrote:
“What if some famous auction house will auction paintings of Leonardo da Vinci? It is likely to be sold at a very high price and will top the list of most expensive paintings in the world. However, this will never happen.
In any case, not in this life. After all, the paintings of the great Leonardo do not exist in private collections, and this is the main condition for pictures that want to sell”.
However, after just two years, “Salvator Mundi, or Savior of the World” – the 500-year work confidently attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, was sold at auction Christie’s in new York for a record 450 312 $ 500 (including premium) and deservedly topped the list of most expensive paintings, said Beautiful Life.
And here is how it looks at the moment.
10. “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” by Gustav Klimt, which was sold in 2006 for $135 000 000.
One of the most famous works of the Austrian artist, which is called “Golden Adele” or “Austrian Mona Lisa”, was sold in 2006 for a record at that time $135 million to American billionaire Ronald Lauder.
9. “Woman III”, Willem de Kooning, sold in 2006 for $137 500 000.
Film producer and well-known collector David Geffen sold this strange abstraction in 2006 to billionaire Steven A. Cohen. The painting is part of a series of six masterpieces Kooning, created between 1951 and 1953.
8. No. 5, Jackson Pollock sold for $140 000 000.
This painting also sold David Geffen, this time to David Martinez, managing partner of FinTech Advisory. Last this information is not confirmed, so the story remains a mystery, shrouded in darkness.
7. “Three sketches for a portrait by Lucian Freud”, Francis bacon, sold in 2013 for $142 400 000.
Triptych of sketches of Francis bacon, written in 1969, was sold at public auction at Christie’s auction in 2013 for $ 142.4 million the billionaire Elaine Wynn. A lot has exhibited an unidentified collector from Europe, and the bidding lasted just six minutes.
6. “Le Reve” (“Dream” or “Sleep”), Pablo Picasso, sold in 2013 for $155 000 000.
This is one of the most famous paintings of Picasso where he painted his mistress Marie-Therese Walter. In 2006, Steve Wynn agreed to sell the painting to Steven Cohen for $ 139 million., but the deal did not materialize due to the fact that Wynn accidentally damaged the painting. March 26, 2013, according to the New York Post, Steven Cohen bought the painting from Wynn for $ 155 million
5. “Reclining Nude”, Amadeo Modigliani sold in 2015 for $170 000 000.
A painting by the Italian artist of the early XX century Amadeo Modigliani “Reclining Nude” was sold at Christie’s auction for 170 million dollars. The painting went to a buyer from China who was bidding over the phone, just 9 minutes. He acquired it for the collection of a private Museum of long (Long Museum), located in Shanghai.
4. “Algerian women,” by Pablo Picasso sold in 2015 for $179 000 000.
The painting of Pablo Picasso “the women of Algiers (Version O)”, estimated by experts at $140 million, was sold in new York for a record at the time 179 million dollars at auction auction house Christie’s.
Picasso painted this picture in 1955 in memory of Henri Matisse, who died a year earlier. The Central figure on it – love the artist and his Muse Jacqueline Roque, who became in 1961 the wife of Picasso.
3. “The card players”, Paul Cezanne, sold in 2011 for $250 000 000.
“The card players” by Paul cézanne, written in 1892-1893, respectively, is the third painting of a series of five works by the French artist, depicting playing cards people. The remaining four works stored at the Paris Louvre, the new York Subway, the London Cuzco and the Barnes Foundation. The exact cost of this masterpiece is not known, but experts estimate it ranged from 259 to 320 million dollars. The buyer of this masterpiece was the organization of the Qatar Museums.
2. “When are you getting married?”, Paul Gauguin sold in 2015 for $300 000 000.
In 2015 the canvas of Paul Gauguin “When’s the wedding?” was sold for a record sum – $ 300 million. Painting was another work, gone to the Qatari Royal family for the national Museum, and sold it to a famous Swiss collector Rudolf Staehelin.
1. “The Savior of the world” Leonardo da Vinci sold in 2017 for $450 000 000.
“The Savior of the world” – painting by Leonardo da Vinci, which has long been considered lost. It is the customer is called the king of France Louis XII. Some thumbnails are stored in Windsor castle.
Now we only know about less than 20 paintings by Renaissance genius, and “the Savior of the World” – the last remaining in private hands. Others belong to museums and institutions. The work is called “the greatest artistic discovery” of the last century.
At the auction were nearly a thousand collectors, antique dealers, advisers, journalists and spectators. Thousands more watched the sale live. Battle rates began with $ 100 million and lasted less than 20 minutes.
After the price from $ 332 million in one step increased to 350 million, the battle took only two candidates. Price of 450 million dollars, called the customer on the phone was the final. At the moment the identity of the new owner of the historic paintings, including gender and even region of residence, remain secret.
The image of Jesus Christ, which has been dubbed the “male Mona Lisa”, was not only a record among the paintings at public auction, but the most expensive painting on the planet – and it remains to this day.
But not all have such a high opinion of the painting: Jason Farago of The New York Times described “Savior of the world” as quite ordinary for the High Renaissance piece, not opening up new artistic horizons.
And what you think of these paintings not worth the money?