The Most Expensive Paintings of the World

Quite a number of excellent works of art have truly been considered as prized possessions by many art collectors from all over the world. This holds true to a number of notable paintings by a number of well known painters throughout history. There are some paintings that are so highly valued that some avid art collectors may even come to certain extremes just to get them. And getting them usually involves a great deal of money. Here are five of the most valued paintings today in terms of monetary value as of 2006.

Bal au moulin de la Galette, Montmartre by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

This 1876 Impressionist masterpiece by Renoir is the fifth most expensive painting to date. The Au Moulin de la Galette is actually a smaller version of Renoir’s painting of the same name that can be found at the Musee d’ Orsay in Paris. It was bought by a Japanese collector at Sothesby’s for 78.1 million in US dollars. It was recently believed to be sold to an undisclosed buyer to the tune of 113.4 million US dollars, putting it fifth in the list of the most expensive paintings.

Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent Van Gogh

Once considered as the most expensive painting in the 1990’s, this painting by Van Gogh once fetched for a price of 82.5 million US dollars to the same Japanese collector who bought Bal au moulin de la Galette by Renoir. Both painting have since changed ownership. It was recently reported that the Portrait of Dr. Gachet has been sold to an undisclosed party at a price of 129.7 million US dollars, enough to make it place fourth in the most expensive paintings list.

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt

This 1907 oil, silver and gold on canvas masterpiece was reportedly sold to a tune of 135 million US dollars to Ronald Lauder of New York City in June of 2006 to become a part of his Neue Galerie. Its adjusted price today would fetch 137.6 million US dollars.

Woman III by Willem de Kooning

This painting done by noted abstract expressionist painter Willem de Kooning was completed in 1953 and is one of six painting made by Kooning with the woman as the central theme. The painting was sold to billionaire Steven A. Cohen sometime in November of 2006 to the tune of 137.5 million US dollars, making it the second most expensive painting to date. Its adjusted price today would be somewhere at 140 million dollars.

No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock

This abstract masterpiece by noted American painter Jackson Pollock is said to be the most expensive painting to date. It was reportedly sold by its previous owner, David Geffen to a still unconfirmed buyer to a tune of 140 million US dollars. If adjusted for inflation, its value today would reach as much as 142.7 million US dollars, making it the most expensive painting to date.

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