This is a list of the highest known prices paid for paintings. The current record price is approximately US$450 million paid for Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi in November 2017.
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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, more commonly Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, was an Italian polymath of the Renaissance whose areas of interest included invention, drawing, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture, and he is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. The Mona Lisa is the most famous of his works and the most popular portrait ever made. The Last Supper is the most reproduced religious painting of all time and his Vitruvian Man drawing is regarded as a cultural icon as well. Perhaps 15 of his paintings have survived. Nevertheless, these few works—together with his notebooks, which contain drawings, scientific diagrams, and his thoughts on the nature of painting—compose a contribution to later generations of artists rivalled only by that of Leonardo's contemporary Michelangelo.
Salvator Mundi is a painting by Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci dated to c. 1500. Long thought to be a copy of a lost original veiled with overpainting, it was rediscovered, restored, and included in a major Leonardo exhibition at the National Gallery, London, in 2011–12. Although several leading scholars have considered it to be an original work by Leonardo, this attribution has been disputed by other specialists, some of whom posit that he only contributed certain elements.
The most famous paintings, especially old master works done before 1803, are generally owned or held at museums, for viewing by patrons. Since the museums rarely sell them they are considered priceless. Guinness World Records lists da Vinci's Mona Lisa as having the highest ever insurance value for a painting. On permanent display at the Louvre in Paris, the Mona Lisa was assessed at US$100 million on December 14, 1962. Taking inflation into account, the 1962 value would be around US$830 million in 2018.
A museum is an institution that cares for (conserves) a collection of artifacts and other objects of artistic, cultural, historical, or scientific importance. Many public museums make these items available for public viewing through exhibits that may be permanent or temporary. The largest museums are located in major cities throughout the world, while thousands of local museums exist in smaller cities, towns and rural areas. Museums have varying aims, ranging from serving researchers and specialists to serving the general public. The goal of serving researchers is increasingly shifting to serving the general public.
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The Mona Lisa is a half-length portrait painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci that has been described as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world." The Mona Lisa is also one of the most valuable paintings in the world. It holds the Guinness World Record for the highest known insurance valuation in history at US$100 million in 1962.
The earliest sale on the list below ( Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh) is from March 1987; with a price of £24.75 million (£68.4 million in 2018 currency). This sale tripled the previous record, and introduced a new era in top art sales. Before this, the highest absolute price paid for a painting was £8.1 million (£18.9 million in 2018 currency) paid by the J. Paul Getty Museum for Andrea Mantegna's Adoration of the Magi at Christie's in London on April 18, 1985. In constant dollars, the highest price paid before 1987 was by the National Gallery of Art when in February 1967 they acquired Leonardo da Vinci's Ginevra de' Benci for around $5 million ($38 million in 2018 dollars) from the Princely Family of Liechtenstein. The sale of Van Gogh's Sunflowers was the first time a "modern" (in this case 1888) painting became the record holder, as opposed to the old master paintings which previously had dominated the market. In contrast, there are currently only nine pre-1875 paintings among the listed top 89, and none created between 1635 and 1874.
Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. In just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his life. They include landscapes, still lifes, portraits and self-portraits, and are characterised by bold colours and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art. He was not commercially successful, and his suicide at 37 followed years of mental illness and poverty.
The J. Paul Getty Museum, commonly referred to as the Getty, is an art museum in California housed on two campuses: the Getty Center and Getty Villa. The two locations received over two million visitors in 2016.
Andrea Mantegna was an Italian painter, a student of Roman archeology, and son-in-law of Jacopo Bellini. Like other artists of the time, Mantegna experimented with perspective, e.g. by lowering the horizon in order to create a sense of greater monumentality. His flinty, metallic landscapes and somewhat stony figures give evidence of a fundamentally sculptural approach to painting. He also led a workshop that was the leading producer of prints in Venice before 1500.
An exceptional case is graffiti artist David Choe, who accepted payment in shares for painting graffiti art in the headquarters of a fledgling Facebook. His shares were of limited value when he was given them, but by the time of Facebook's IPO they were valued at around $200m.
David Choe is an American street artist. His figure paintings, which explore themes of desire, degradation, and exaltation, are characterized by a raw, frenetic tone that he has termed "dirty style." In the graffiti world, he is identified with the bucktoothed whale he has been spray-painting on the streets since he was in his teens. David also hosted DVDASA, a lifestyle, relationship and entertainment podcast with co-host Asa Akira. He also became widely recognized for his watercolor works which exhibited in his solo show at the Museo Universario del Chopo, Mexico City in 2013. After receiving extensive therapy and treatment, he quietly reemerged in 2017 with a new body of work and a comprehensive exhibition in Los Angeles that presented heavy themes of trauma, self-reflection and hope for recovery.
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Facebook, Inc. is an American online social media and social networking service company based in Menlo Park, California. It was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, along with fellow Harvard College students and roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. It is considered one of the Big Four technology companies along with Amazon, Apple, and Google.
The list is incomplete with respect to sales between private parties, as these are not always reported and, even if they are, details like the purchase price may remain secret. For example, on 25 June 2019, the American hedge fund manager J. Tomilson Hill bought a recently rediscovered Judith and Holofernes (1607) attributed to Caravaggio, two days before it would have been auctioned in Toulouse.Though the Louvre Museum had turned down the opportunity to purchase it for €100 million, the painting was estimated to sell for $110 to $170 million. The actual purchase price will not be disclosed, because of a confidentiality agreement attached to the private sale.
James Tomilson "Tom" Hill III is an American billionaire hedge fund manager, the vice chairman of the Blackstone Group, and president and CEO of Blackstone Alternative Asset Management (BAAM), the firm's hedge funds business. He sits on the firm's management and executive committees, and is a main board board of director.
Michelangelo Merisida Caravaggio was an Italian painter active in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily from the early 1590s to 1610. His paintings combine a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting, which had a formative influence on Baroque painting.
Toulouse is the capital of the French department of Haute-Garonne and of the region of Occitanie. The city is on the banks of the River Garonne, 150 kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea, 230 km (143 mi) from the Atlantic Ocean and 680 km (420 mi) from Paris. It is the fourth-largest city in France, with 466,297 inhabitants as of January 2014. In France, Toulouse is called the "Pink City".
Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol are by far the best-represented artists in the list. Whereas Picasso and Warhol became wealthy men, Van Gogh is known to have sold only one painting in his lifetime, The Red Vineyard , for 400 francs (approximately $2,000 in 2018 dollars) to the impressionist painter and heiress Anna Boch. million.Prices realised for just his nine paintings listed below, when adjusted for inflation to 2017, add up to over US$ 900
Pablo Ruiz Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. Regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a dramatic portrayal of the bombing of Guernica by the German and Italian airforces during the Spanish Civil War.
Andy Warhol was an American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, advertising, and celebrity culture that flourished by the 1960s, and span a variety of media, including painting, silkscreening, photography, film, and sculpture. Some of his best known works include the silkscreen paintings Campbell's Soup Cans (1962) and Marilyn Diptych (1962), the experimental film Chelsea Girls (1966), and the multimedia events known as the Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1966–67).
The Red Vineyards near Arles is an oil painting by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, executed on a privately primed Toile de 30 piece of burlap in early November 1888. It depicts workers in a vineyard, and is believed to be the only painting van Gogh sold during his lifetime.
Georgia O'Keeffe holds the record for the highest price paid for a painting by a woman. On 20 November 2014 at Sotheby's, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art bought her 1932 painting Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 for US$ 44.4 million (equivalent to US$47 million in 2018).
Among the listed top 89, only 3 are paintings by non-Western artists. They are traditional Chinese paintings by Qi Baishi and Wang Meng. In particular, Qi Baishi's Twelve Landscape Screens was sold for $140.8m in 2017. Though just missing the list, notably, the Chinese-French painter Zao Wouki's oil painting Juin-Octobre 1985 was sold for $65m in 2018.
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This list is ordered by consumer price index inflation-adjusted value (in bold) in millions of United States dollars in 2018. Where necessary, the price is first converted to dollars using the exchange rate at the time the painting was sold. The inflation adjustment may change as recent inflation rates are often revised. A list in another currency may be in a slightly different order due to exchange-rate fluctuations. Paintings are listed only once, i.e. for the highest price sold.
|Painting||Image||Artist||Year||Date of sale||Rank|
|$460.3||$450.3||Salvator Mundi||Leonardo da Vinci||c. 1500||November 15, 2017||1||Dmitry Rybolovlev||Badr bin Abdullah Al Saud||Christie's, New York|
|~$317||~$300||Interchange||Willem de Kooning||1955||September 2015||1||David Geffen Foundation||Kenneth C. Griffin||Private sale|
|$278 +||$250 +||The Card Players||Paul Cézanne||1892/93||April 2011||1||George Embiricos||State of Qatar||Private sale|
|$222||$210|| Nafea Faa Ipoipo|
(When Will You Marry?)
|Paul Gauguin||1892||September 2014||2||Rudolf Staechelin heirs||State of Qatar||Private sale|
|~$211||~$200||Number 17A||Jackson Pollock||1948||September 2015||4||David Geffen Foundation||Kenneth C. Griffin||Private sale|
|$197.7||$183.8||Wasserschlangen II||Gustav Klimt||1904-07||2013||2||Yves Bouvier||Dmitry Rybolovlev||Private sale|
|No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red)||Mark Rothko||1951||August 2014||3||Cherise Moueix||Dmitry Rybolovlev||Private sale via|
| Pendant portraits of|
and Oopjen Coppit
|Rembrandt||1634||September 2015||7||Éric de Rothschild|| Rijksmuseum |
|$189.6||$179.4|| Les Femmes d'Alger|
|Pablo Picasso||1955||May 11, 2015||5||Private collection||Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani||Christie's, New York|
|$180.1||$170.4||Nu couché||Amedeo Modigliani||1917/18||November 9, 2015||9||Laura Mattioli Rossi||Liu Yiqian||Christie's, New York|
|$174||$140||No. 5, 1948||Jackson Pollock||1948||November 2, 2006||1||David Geffen||David Martinez||Private sale via Sotheby's|
|$170.9||$137.5||Woman III||Willem de Kooning||1953||November 18, 2006||2||David Geffen||Steven A. Cohen||Private sale via Larry Gagosian|
|$168.7||$165.0||Masterpiece||Roy Lichtenstein||1962||January 2017||12||Agnes Gund||Steven A. Cohen||Private sale|
|$167.8||$135||Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I||Gustav Klimt||1907||June 18, 2006||1||Maria Altmann||Ronald Lauder, Neue Galerie||Private sale via Christie's|
|$166.7||$155||Le Rêve||Pablo Picasso||1932||March 26, 2013||6||Steve Wynn||Steven A. Cohen||Private sale|
|$158.2||$82.5||Portrait of Dr. Gachet||Vincent van Gogh||1890||May 15, 1990||1||Siegfried Kramarsky heirs||Ryoei Saito||Christie's, New York|
|$157.2||$157.2||Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)||Amedeo Modigliani||1917||May 15, 2018||Sotheby's, New York|
|$156.6||$150||Adele Bloch-Bauer II||Gustav Klimt||1912||2016||10||Oprah Winfrey||Unidentified buyer in China||Private sale via Larry Gagosian|
|$153.2||$142.4||Three Studies of Lucian Freud||Francis Bacon||1969||November 12, 2013||8||Elaine Wynn, ex-wife of Steve Wynn||Christie's, New York|
|$149.8||$78.1|| Bal du moulin de la Galette ||Pierre-Auguste Renoir||1876||May 17, 1990||2||Betsey Whitney||Ryoei Saito||Sotheby's, New York|
|Twelve Landscape Screens||Qi Baishi||1925||December 17, 2017||Beijing Poly Auction|
|$138.2||$104.2||Garçon à la pipe||Pablo Picasso||1905||May 5, 2004||3|| Greentree Foundation|
|Guido Barilla (suspected)||Sotheby's, New York|
|$130.9||$119.9||The Scream||Edvard Munch||1895||May 2, 2012||8||Petter Olsen||Leon Black||Sotheby's, New York|
|$129.1||$120||Otahi||Paul Gauguin||1893||2013||10||Yves Bouvier||Dmitry Rybolovlev||Private sale|
|$129||$118||Reclining Nude With Blue Cushion||Amedeo Modigliani||1917||2012||8||Steven A. Cohen||Dmitry Rybolovlev||Private sale via Yves Bouvier|
|$126.4||$110.0||Flag||Jasper Johns||1958||March 2010||7||Jean-Christophe Castelli||Steven A. Cohen||Private sale, estimated price|
|$122.3||$106.5||Nude, Green Leaves and Bust||Pablo Picasso||1932||May 4, 2010||9||Frances Lasker Brody estate||Leonard Blavatnik (suspected)||Christie's, New York|
|$121.3||$58 plus |
|Portrait of Joseph Roulin||Vincent van Gogh||1889||August 1, 1989||1||Private collection, Zürich||Museum of Modern Art New York||Private sale via|
Fine Art Zurich
|$118.9||$53.9||Irises||Vincent van Gogh||1889||November 11, 1987||1||John Whitney Payson, son of Joan Whitney Payson||Alan Bond||Sotheby's, New York|
|$118.3||$95.2||Dora Maar au Chat||Pablo Picasso||1941||May 3, 2006||6||Gidwitz family||Boris Ivanishvili||Sotheby's, New York|
|$116.4||$100.0||Eight Elvises||Andy Warhol||1963||October 2008||10||Annibale Berlingieri||The State of Qatar (suspected)||Private sale via Philippe Ségalot|
|$115||$115||Young Girl with a Flower Basket||Pablo Picasso||1905||May 8, 2018||David and Peggy Rockefeller||Unidentified buyer||Christie's, New York|
|$113.7 +||$105.7 + |
|Anna's Light||Barnett Newman||1968||October 4, 2013||DIC Corp.||Private sale|
|$113.4||$105.4||Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)||Andy Warhol||1963||November 13, 2013||Sotheby's, New York|
|$112.9||$110.5||Untitled||Jean-Michel Basquiat||1982||May 18, 2017||Basquiat family||Yusaku Maezawa||Sotheby’s, New York|
|$110.7||$110.7||Meules||Claude Monet||1890||May 14, 2019||Sotheby’s, New York|
|$109.9||$71.5||Portrait de l'artiste sans barbe||Vincent van Gogh||1889||November 19, 1998||5||Jacques Koerfer heirs||Christie's, New York|
|$108||$100||La Montagne Sainte-Victoire|
vue du bosquet du Château Noir
|Paul Cézanne||1904||2013||Edsel and Eleanor Ford House||State of Qatar||Private sale|
|Massacre of the Innocents||Peter Paul Rubens||1611||July 10, 2002||6||an Austrian family||Kenneth Thomson||Sotheby's, London|
|$100.8||$95.4||Nurse||Roy Lichtenstein||1964||November 9, 2015||Christie's, New York|
|$100.4||$86.3||Triptych, 1976||Francis Bacon||1976||May 14, 2008||Jean-Pierre Moueix heirs||Roman Abramovich||Sotheby's, New York|
|Les Noces de Pierrette||Pablo Picasso||1905||November 30, 1989||3||Fredrik Roos||Tomonori Tsurumaki||Binoche et Godeau Paris|
|$99.4||$80.0||False Start||Jasper Johns||1959||October 12, 2006||11||David Geffen||Kenneth C. Griffin||Private sale via Richard Gray|
|$98.9||$57||A Wheatfield with Cypresses||Vincent van Gogh||1889||May 1993||6||Emil Georg Bührle's son||Walter H. Annenberg||Private sale via Steven Mazoh|
|Te Fare (La maison)||Paul Gauguin||1892||June 2008||Yves Bouvier||Dmitry Rybolovlev||Private sale|
|$96.7||$47.8||Yo, Picasso||Pablo Picasso||1901||May 9, 1989||2||Wendell Cherry||Stavros Niarchos||Sotheby's, New York|
|$96.7||$80.0||Turquoise Marilyn||Andy Warhol||1964||May 20, 2007||Stefan Edlis||Steven A. Cohen||Private sale via Larry Gagosian|
|$95.3||$70.0||Portrait of Alfonso d'Avalos with a Page||Titian||1533||November 2003||10||AXA insurance company||Getty Museum||Private sale via|
|$94.8||$86.9||Orange, Red, Yellow||Mark Rothko||1961||May 8, 2012||David Pincus estate||Christie's, New York|
|Le Bassin aux Nymphéas||Claude Monet||1919||June 24, 2008||J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller||Christie's, London|
|$91.9||$91.9||Chop Suey||Edward Hopper||1929||November 13, 2018||Barney A. Ebsworth estate||Christie's, New York|
|$91||$60.5||Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier||Paul Cézanne||1894||May 10, 1999||9||Whitney Family||Sotheby's, New York|
|$90.3||$90.3||Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)||David Hockney||1972||November 15, 2018||Christie’s , New York|
|$89.1||$84.2||Black Fire I||Barnett Newman||1961||May 13, 2014||Private Collection||Anonymous||Christie's, New York|
|$88||$72.8|| White Center (Yellow, Pink|
and Lavender on Rose)
|Mark Rothko||1950||May 15, 2007||David Rockefeller, Sr.||Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani||Sotheby's, New York|
|Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers||Vincent van Gogh||1888||March 30, 1987||1||Helen Beatty,|
|Yasuo Goto, Yasuda Comp.||Christie's, London|
|$86.7||$81.9||Triple Elvis||Andy Warhol||1963||November 12, 2014||WestSpiel||Christie's, New York|
|$86.7||$71.7|| Green Car Crash|
(Green Burning Car I)
|Andy Warhol||1963||May 16, 2007||Private collection, Zürich||Philip Niarchos||Christie's, New York|
|$86.6||$81.9||No. 10||Mark Rothko||1958||May 13, 2015||Christie's, New York|
|$85.8||$85.8||Suprematist Composition||Kazimir Malevich||1916||May 15, 2018||The Nahmad family||Anonymous||Christie's, New York|
|$85.5||$80.8||Three Studies for a|
Portrait of John Edwards
|Francis Bacon||1984||May 13, 2014||Private Collection||Anonymous||Christie's, New York.|
|$85||$81.4||Meule||Claude Monet||1891||November 16, 2016||Christie's, New York|
|$84.7||$84.7||Nymphéas en fleur||Claude Monet||1914-1917||May 8, 2018||David and Peggy Rockefeller||Unidentified buyer||Christie's, New York|
|Darmstadt Madonna||Hans Holbein||1526||July 12, 2011||Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse||Reinhold Würth||Private sale via|
Christoph Graf Douglas
|$83.1||$81.3||Laboureur dans un champ||Vincent van Gogh||1889||November 13, 2017||Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass estate||Christie's, New York|
|Diana and Actaeon||Titian||1556–1559||February 1, 2009||Duke of Sutherland|| National Galleries of Scotland |
& National Gallery, London
|$82.3||$40.7||Au Lapin Agile||Pablo Picasso||1904||November 27, 1989||5||Linda de Roulet, daughter of Joan Whitney Payson||Walter H. Annenberg||Sotheby's, New York|
|$82.2||$68||The Gross Clinic||Thomas Eakins||1875||April 12, 2007||Thomas Jefferson University||Philadelphia Museum of Art||Private sale|
|$82||$75.1||No 1 (Royal Red and Blue)||Mark Rothko||1954||November 13, 2012||John and Anne Marion||Sotheby's, New York|
|Acrobate et jeune arlequin||Pablo Picasso||1905||November 28, 1988||3||Roger Janssen heirs?||Mitsukoshi||Christie's, London|
|$80.8||$80.8||Odalisque couchée aux magnolias||Henri Matisse||1923||May 8, 2018||David and Peggy Rockefeller||Unidentified buyer||Christie's, New York|
|$80||$55.0||Femme aux Bras Croisés||Pablo Picasso||1902||November 8, 2000||Chauncey McCormick heirs||Christie's, New York|
|$79.2||$69.0|| Nude Sitting on a Divan |
("La Belle Romaine")
|Amedeo Modigliani||1917||November 2, 2010||Halit Cıngıllıoglu||Sotheby's, New York|
|$78.9||$63.5||Police Gazette||Willem de Kooning||1955||October 12, 2006||David Geffen||Steven A. Cohen||Private sale via Richard Gray.|
|Diana and Callisto||Titian||1556–1559||March 2, 2012||Duke of Sutherland||National Galleries of Scotland|
& National Gallery, London
|$74.6||$70.5||Untitled (New York City)||Cy Twombly||1968||November 11, 2015||Sydney M. Irmas heirs||Christie's, New York|
|$74.5||$49.5||Femme assise dans un jardin||Pablo Picasso||1938||November 10, 1999||Robert Saidenberg||Sotheby's, New York|
|Portrait of George Dyer Talking||Francis Bacon||1966||February 13, 2014||Christie's, London|
|$74.1||$47.5|| Peasant Woman Against|
a Background of Wheat
|Vincent van Gogh||1890||1997||11||Steve Wynn||Private sale via|
Acquavella Galleries Inc.,
|$73.7||$69.6||Untitled||Cy Twombly||1970||November 12, 2014||Nicola del Roscio||Christie's, New York|
|$73.7||$69.6||Four Marlons||Andy Warhol||1966||November 12, 2014||WestSpiel||Christie's, New York|
|Eagle Standing on Pine Tree||Qi Baishi||1946||May 22, 2011||Liu Yiqian||Hunan TV & Broadcast|
|China Guardian Auctions|
|$72.8||$63.4||Men in Her Life||Andy Warhol||1962||November 8, 2010||Jose Mugrabi||Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani||Phillips de Pury & Company|
|$71.6||$70.1||Contraste de formes||Fernand Léger||1913||November 13, 2017||Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation||Christie's, New York|
|$71.3||$67.45||La Gommeuse||Pablo Picasso||1901||November 5, 2015||William I. Koch||Sotheby's, New York.|
|$71.1||$35.2||Portrait of a Halberdier||Pontormo||1537||May 31, 1989||5||Chauncey Stillman||Getty Museum||Christie's, New York|
|$71.2||$67.4||Buste de femme|
(Femme à la résille)
|Pablo Picasso||1938||May 11, 2015||Steve Wynn||Joseph Lau||Christie's, New York|
|$70.1||$66.3||L’Allée des Alyscamps||Vincent van Gogh||1888||May 5, 2015||Sotheby's, New York|
|$70.1||$66.2||Untitled||Mark Rothko||1952||May 13, 2014||Private Collection||Anonymous||Christie's, New York|
|Zhichuan Resettlement||Wang Meng||1350||June 4, 2011||Beijing Poly Auction|
|$69.2||$66.3||Untitled XXV||Willem de Kooning||1977||November 15, 2016||Christie's, New York|
|$68.9||$65.1||Jeanne (Spring)||Édouard Manet||1881||November 5, 2014||Oliver Hazard Payne heirs||Getty Museum||Christie's, New York|
|$68.9||$68.9||Woman as Landscape||Willem de Kooning||1955||November 13, 2018||Barney A. Ebsworth estate||Christie's, New York|
|$68.7||$61.7||1949-A-No.1||Clyfford Still||1949||November 9, 2011||City and County of Denver||Sotheby's, New York|
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Artnet.com is an art market website. It is operated by Artnet Worldwide Corporation, which has headquarters in New York City, in the United States, and is owned by Artnet AG, a German publicly traded company based in Berlin that is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The company increased revenues by 24.3% to 17.3 million EUR in 2015 compared with a year before.
In auctions, the buyer's premium is a percentage additional charge on the hammer price of the lot that must be paid by the winner. It is charged by the auctioneer as a remuneration, normally in addition to the seller's commission, which had always been charged by auction houses to sellers. The buyer's premium typically goes directly to the auction house and not to the seller.
Victor Wendell Ganz (1913–1987) was an American business owner and art collector. He was the president of D. Lisner & Company, a small costume jewelry manufacturer. With limited resources he and his wife Sally Wile-Ganz built one of the most important collections of contemporary art in the 20th century. They became known for their ability to choose art, as "collectors who never made a mistake". Their collection was sold after their deaths in record-setting auctions.
Portrait of Angel Fernández de Soto is a portrait by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso completed in 1903 during his Blue Period. The oil painting depicts Picasso's friend and fellow painter, Angel Fernandez de Soto, in a bar with a glass of absinthe. The painting was previously owned by musical theatre composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. On 23 June 2010, the painting was sold at auction for £34.7 million.
The European Fine Art Fair is an annual art, antiques and design fair, organized by The European Fine Art Foundation in the MECC in Maastricht, Netherlands. It was first held in 1988. The 10-day fair attracts about 75,000 visitors and is considered one of the world's leading art fairs.
Nude, Green Leaves and Bust is a 1932 painting by Pablo Picasso, featuring his mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter.
Grande tête mince is a bronze sculpture by Alberto Giacometti. The work was conceived in 1954 and cast the following year. Auctioned in 2010, Grande tête mince became one of the most valuable sculptures ever sold when it fetched $53.3 million.
Tete de femme is a plaster-modelled, bronze-cast sculpture by Pablo Picasso. Dora Maar, Picasso's lover at the time, was the subject of the work which was originally conceived in 1941. Four copies of the bust were cast in the 1950s, several years after the relationship ended.
Les Femmes d'Alger is a series of 15 paintings and numerous drawings by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. The series, created in 1954–1955, was inspired by Eugène Delacroix's 1834 painting The Women of Algiers in their Apartment. The series is one of several painted by Picasso in tribute to artists that he admired.
La Gommeuse[la ɡɔmøz] is a 1901 oil on canvas painting by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. It dates from his so-called Blue period and is noted for its caricature of Picasso's friend Pere Mañach painted on the reverse. It was offered for sale ex the William I. Koch collection at a Sotheby's, New York, auction on 5 November 2015. The painting realized $67.5 million at the sale, a record for a Blue period Picasso and placing the painting among the most expensive ever sold.
Nu couché is a 1917 oil on canvas painting by the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani. It is one of his most widely reproduced and exhibited paintings.
Portrait of Paulette Jourdain is a 1919 oil painting by Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani. It was in the personal collection of A. Alfred Taubman. The painting was sold at auction by Sotheby's in November 2015 for $42.8 million. The painting depicts Pauline Jourdain, who moved from Concarneau in Brittany to Paris in 1919 as a teenager. One of Modigliani's largest works, it shows Cubist influences and references the Mona Lisa.