In fact, the artwork that we see in private collections and museums is simply priceless. However, art lovers are willing to pay almost any price for exclusive paintings and artwork. To give you an idea that how much a masterpiece of art may cost, we have compiled a list of the most expensive arts of the world.
Mona Lisa – Leonardo da Vinci
Painted by a great artist ‘Leonardo da Vinci’, Mona Lisa is a true masterpiece. Hence, calculating the price of such high caliber artwork is simply impossible. Nevertheless, in 1962, the Mona Lisa received insurance that was worth $100 million USD. When converting the amount in today’s value of Dollar, it reaches up to $700 million USD. You can only see this artwork in the Louvre Museum, Paris.
Portrait of Marten Soolmans and Portrait of Oopjen Coppit — Rembrandt
The Portrait of Marten Soolmans and Portrait of Oopjen Coppit, is another pair of artwork, painted by Rembrandt in 1634. The pair of these paintings was sold for $180 USD. When these portraits were out for by Rothschild family, two museums bought them jointly. These portraits are available for the visitors in the Louvre in Paris and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which showcase these priceless paintings. One museum displays both the paintings for a few months and sends them to other museum for a specific term.
Number 17A – Jackson Pollock
Ken Griffin spent $500 million USD while purchasing the two paintings from the treasured collection of David Geffen. Painted in 1948, this astounding drip painting displays numerous bold colors that you can’t see in other artworks. The presence of vibrant colors like red, yellow, and orange blue, makes these paintings more stunning.
Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) — Paul Gauguin
This masterpiece came into existence when Paul Gauguin traveled to Tahiti in 1891. This was the time when he fell in love with the country and its beautiful women. Painted in 1892, Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) serves as an inspiration to modern artists. Here, Gauguin depicts two women sitting beside a colorful landscape. With a price tag of $300 million USD, this painting is one of the most expensive artwork ever sold.
No 6. (Violet, Green, and Red) — Mark Rothko
Mark Rothko, a Russian-American painter, painted this painting in 1951. The No 6. (Violet, Green, and Red) is an abstract work, which was privately sold for $186 million USD in 2014. Dmitry Rybolovlev, a Russian billionaire bought this painting. This artwork by Mark Rothko is popular for its canvas, rectangular shapes, vibrant colors.
The Card Players — Paul Cézanne
The Card Players by Paul Cézanne is a series of five paintings, which came out in 1892-93. These paintings are the most incredible and famous works of Paul Cézanne. Some of these paintings are present for display in different museums around the world including the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and the Musée D’Orsay in Paris. The price of these paintings was $250 million USD at the time.
Interchange – Willem de Kooning
Ken Griffin, a billionaire, bought two paintings from the collection of David Geffen for a grand total of $500 million USD. One of these paintings was the ‘Interchange’, painted by Willem de Kooning. The price of this painting was $300 million USD.