Top 10 of the most expensive pictures in the world

«Russian Antique»Information Agency represents the top list of the most expensive pictures ever sold by auction.

G. Klimt. Adel Bloh-Bauer. 1907. Final price $135,000,000. Ronald Lauder's Collection «Portrait of Adel» (1907) by Gustav Klimt. American billionaire Ronald Lauder bought «Portrait of Adel Bloh-Bauer» by Australian artist Gustav Klimt for $135,000,000 on June, 2006. «Golden Adel» became the most expensive picture in the world. New owner acquired the picture with the assistance of Christie’s auction house.
P. Picasso. Boy with a Pipe. 1905. Oil on canvas. 100.0 И 80.0. The lot was sold for $102,200,000. Sotheby's, London. 2004 Pablo Picasso. «Boy with a Pipe». Picture «Boy with a Pipe» («Garcon a la Pipe», 1905) was sold at Sotheby’s London sales for $102,200,000 on June, 2004. The price given in millions of dollars rounded to hundred thousands. This is one of 34 works of art from John Hay Whitney’s Collection. The picture goes back to the Pink Period. In 1950 it was acquired for $30,000 by John Whitney, publisher, financier and ambassador of the USA in the UK.
P. Picasso. Portrait of Dora Maar with a Cat.1941. Oil on canvas. 129.5 И 97.0. The lot was sold for $95,216,000. Sotheby's, New York. May 3, 2006 Pablo Picasso. «Portrait of Dora Maar with a Cat» (1941). Before the New York auction of Sotheby’s held on May 3, 2006 , the public couldn’t see the picture about 40 years. Finally, it fetched $95,216,000.
V. Van Gogh. Portrait of Doctor Gachet. 1890. The lot was sold for $82,500,000. Christie's, New York 1990. Vincent Van Gogh. «Portrait of Doctor Gachet» (1890). 16 years by now the portrait has been the most expensive picture by the artist. In 1990 it was bought at Christie’s for $82,500,000. The price given in millions of dollars rounded to hundred thousands. History of this canvas is full of adventures. Sold in 1896 by wife of Van Gogh’s brother to famous picture merchant, it resaled many a time. In the fall of 1930s the portrait fell in the Frankfurt Museum. In 1938, after Munich art exhibition «Degenerative Art», this picture was acquired by the Nazis. Later it was sold in Paris. It was found in the USA as a part of the Kramarsky’s collection. In 1990 it was put up for sale in New York. A Japanese businessman Reei Saito paid an above mentioned sum for it. Saito died in 1996. Since than the location of «Portrait of Doctor Gachet» has been unknown.
A. Renoir. Moulin de la Galette. 1876. Oil on canvas. 131.0 И 175.0. The lot was sold 78,100,000. Sotheby's. 2002 August Renoir. Au Moulin de la Galette, 1876. Specialists of Sotheby’s once named the canvas «the most quality Renoir’s work first appeared at the antiquarian market since 1990». It was hammered at $78,100,000. The price given in millions of dollars rounded to hundred thousands. This picture was exposed in 1937 by the Metropolitan Museum.
P. Paul Rubens. Massacre of the Innocents. 1609 - 1611. The lot was sold for $76,700,000. Sotheby's. 2002 Peter Paul Rubens. «Massacre of the Innocents» («Massacre of the Innocents», 1609 – 1611). The canvas had been owned by the Royal family of Lichtenstein since 1700s and attributed in the Royal Collection as Rubens’ canvas. Because of curator’s mistake the author was forgotten and the picture – lost. In the beginning of XX century the Royal family sold the picture; it was purchased by an anonymous family. The picture was purchased as work by Jan van den Hoek, Rubens’ late follower. When the canvas entered Sotheby’s collection, George Gordon, the senior specialist in old masters’ works, found the authority of Rubens due to the similarity to Rubens’ «Samson and Dalila» from the London National Gallery. The owners of the picture were astonished as they expected to realise about $9,000,000 for Hoek’s painting but actually made $76,700,000 for Rubens’ masterpiece. The price given in millions of dollars rounded to hundred of thousands. The work of art was purchased by a Canadian David Thompson.
V. Van Gogh. Portrait of Beardless Artist. 1889. Oil on canvas. 40.0 И 31.0. The lot was sold for $71,500,000. Christie's. 1998 V. Van Gogh. Portrait of Beardless Artist (1889). The last completed artist’s work was sold at Christie’s for $71,500,000 (1998). The price given in millions of dollars rounded to hundred thousands. The canvas was initially expected to realise $14,000,000. Three bidders struggled for it at $39,500,000. The final price was offered by an anonymous phone buyer.
P. Cezanne. Still Life with a Jug and Drapery. The lot was purchased for $60,500,000. Sotheby's. 1998 «Still Life with a Jug and Drapery» by Paul Cezanne realised $60,500,000 in 1998 (Sotheby’s). The price given in millions of dollars rounded to hundred thousands.
P. Picasso. Woman with Crossed Hands. 1901-1902. The lot was sold for $55,006,000. Christie's, New York. November 8, 2000 «Woman with Crossed Hands» («Femme aux Bras Croisés») created by Picasso in 1901-1902 is a world record for the Blue Period works. The lot had been sold for 55,006,000 in New York on November 8, 2000 by the specialists of Christie’s. The first owner of the picture was an American writer Gertrude Stein. Than the picture came through a few private collections. In 1936 it was purchased by a Chicago Collector Cholsey McCormic. It was put up for sale in 2000. The final price thrice exceeded the initial one. In spite of the high start price ($25,000,000) there were numerous buyers who wanted to purchase the masterpiece. Six bidders offered $32,000,000 for the canvas. Finally, the picture was purchased by a phone buyer.
V. Van Gogh. Irises. 1889. Oil on canvas. 71.0 x 93.0. The lot was sold for $53,900 000. Sotheby's. 1987 The top list of the most expensive pictures is ended in «Irises» (1889), the third canvas by Van Gogh. In 1987 the art work realised $53,900,000 at Sotheby’s. The price given in millions of dollars rounded to hundred thousands

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