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Top 10 Most Expensive Hand Painted Canvases Ever Sold

December, 2017

Take a look at this painted portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 1, 1907 | © Gustav Klimt/WikiCommons

Nowadays artworks cost the earth going well above the $100 million USD price tag. From Rembrandt to Picasso, check out some of the most expensive artworks ever sold.

1. Famous for his affection to Tahiti and, of course, women, Paul Gauguin, who inspired many modern artists, painted Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) in 1892. After 120 years, this hand painted picture showing two women against a colorful landscape was sold in a private sale for about $300 million USD, turning it into the most expensive artwork ever sold. The real name of the purchaser was never made public, but most in the art world believe that this post-Impressionist canvas now belongs to the royal family of Qatar.

Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?), the most expensive painting ever sold, by Paul Gauguin Paul Gauguin, Nafea Faa Ipoipo, 1892 | © Paul Gauguin/WikiCommons

2. The Card Players — Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne created five versions of The Card Players during his track, most of these hand painted pictures are kept in world-renowned museum collections, including the Musée D’Orsay and the Courtauld Institute of Art. In 2012, the world learned that one version was sold in 2011 at an astonishing price of over $250 million USD, which, at the time, was the most expensive painting ever sold. Purchased by the royal family of Qatar, this painting was acquired through a private sale.

Paul Cézanne, The Card Players painting Paul Cézanne, The Card Players, 1892-93 | © Paul Cézanne/Wikipedia

3. No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) — Mark Rothko

The abstract painting No 6. (Violet, Green and Red) by famous American artist Mark Rothko sold in a private sale for $186 million USD, which was a record selling price for the artist. Outlining Rothko’s classic boldly colored rectangular shapes, the canvas painting was bought by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev through art dealer Yves Bouvier in 2014. However, since the sale, there has been litigation regarding the No. 6 because Rybolovlev thinks Bouvier misled him about the actual cost of the work.

Mark Rothko: Abstract canvas No.6

4. A pair of oil portraits that are usually exhibited together, the Portrait of Marten Soolmans and Portrait of Oopjen Coppit, a couple, was painted by Rembrandt in 1634. Belonging to the Rothschild family, these artworks were rarely exhibited and shown to the public; however, a big change is coming soon, as the Rijksmuseum and the Louvre will be mutually acquiring these two artworks for approximately $180 million USD. Paris and Amsterdam will take turns displaying these amazingly beautiful, esteemed artworks.

Rembrandt: Portrait painting of Marten Soolmans and Portrait of Oopjen Coppit Portrait of Marten Soolmans and Portrait of Oopjen Coppit — Rembrandt

5. Les Femmes D’Alger (Version ‘O’) — Pablo Picasso

Traded in May 2015 at a Christie’s auction, Pablo Picasso’s painting Les Femmes D’Alger (Version 'O') fetched a colossal $179.3 million USD, turning it into the most costly artwork ever sold at auction. Picasso painted 15 different versions, with ‘O‘ being the last in 1955, motivated by Delacroix’s Les Femmes D’Alger. The owner info has not been officially revealed like with many other works, but rumors have it that it was the former prime minister of Qatar, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabar Al Thani who spent almost $200 million for this hand-painted canvas.

The most expensive painting by Pablo Picasso, Les Femmes d’Alger, 1954-55. Pablo Picasso, Les Femmes d’Alger, 1954-55. © WikiCommons

6. Nu couché — Amedeo Modigliani

The Nu couché oil portrait, or Reclining Nude (60cmx92cm) is the latest addition to the register of the world’s most fancy artworks ever sold. Painted by Amedeo Modigliani in 1917-18, the artwork, which is one of Modigliani’s most famous pieces and features a nude woman settled on a mostly red background, sold on November 9, 2015 for $170.4 million USD, exceeding the evaluation of $100 million. The artist’s previous highest trading work — Nu assis sur un divan (La belle romaine) was also sold at the auction for $68.9 million.

The Nu couché oil portrait, a masterpiece by Amedeo Modigliani Amedeo Modigliani, Nu couché, 1912-13 | © Amedeo Modigliani/WikiCommons

7. No. 5, 1948 — Jackson Pollock

Pertaining to Jackson Pollock drip painting No. 5, 1948, accentuating organic lines and drops of red, yellow, blue and grey paint in fluctuating shades, was sold via a private sale in 2006. David Geffen, an influential businessman, is believed to have sold this unique painting for $140 million USD (in today’s money - about $164 million). It was deemed that the very confidential David Martinez, a Mexican financier, purchased this Pollock painting; however, his ambassadors and art influencers have revoked that Martinez is the happy owner now.

Take a look at this hand painted picture No. 5 by Jackson Pollock No. 5, 1948 — Jackson Pollock

8. Woman III — Willem de Kooning

Willem de Kooning is an Abstract Expressionist painter who created Woman III in 1953. This canvas is one from an array of ‘Woman‘ paintings that de Kooning created; all of the artworks depict large, over five-feet tall, perverted characters. This is the only painting from the series that is privately owned. Sold at a private auction in 2006 by David Geffen to billionaire Steven A. Cohen for $137.5 million USD, Woman III masterpiece is evaluated to be worth a bit over $162.4 million in today’s currency, making it the eighth highest-priced work ever sold.

Check out this hand painted picture Woman III by Willem de Kooning Woman III — Willem de Kooning, Fair use,

9. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I — Gustav Klimt

Another picture painting that brought in well over $100 million USD is Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, fascinating with Klimt’s gold imprint. For many years in a row it was famous as the Woman in Gold. The Nazis stole this painted portrait amid WWII and it settled in Vienna‘s Belvedere museum. The painting primarily belonged to the ancestors of Maria Altmann who struggled hard to return the canvas back into her family. Ultimately, Maria won in 2006 and sold it for $135 million ($154.8 million today) to Ronald Lauer of the Neue Galerie in NYC.

Take a look at this amazing painting created by Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 1, 1907 Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 1, 1907 | © Gustav Klimt/WikiCommons

10. Le Rêve — Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso’s paintings are hunted for by art lovers, therefore, it is no wonder that he is listed more than once in this directory. Le Rêve (The Dream) was painted in 1932 and illustrates Picasso’s girlfriend Marie-Thérèse Walter. Casino magnate Steve Wynn, the former holder of the canvas, clinched the deal to sell it to Steven A. Cohen in 2006 for $139 million USD; however, by misfortune Wynn damaged the painting right before selling. The painting was ultimately restored, and Cohen still did not give up on it. In 2013, Le Rêve finally got transferred to Cohen’s ownership for the price of $155 million.

Le Rêve (English: The Dream) 1932, oil painting by Pablo Picasso Le Rêve (English: The Dream) 1932, painting by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). Fair use,

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