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5 Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

They don’t look expensive but are worth millions

5 Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold
5 Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

It is always fascinating to look at paintings that are unique, and for the most part, hard to understand. Things get a little more interesting when you factor in the worth of paintings in monetary terms.

As the adage goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In other words, no two paintings are created equal. One might be truly fascinating but not worth much money and on the other hand, one might be an optical illusion yet be worth millions.

We have always wondered what are the most expensive paintings ever sold and realized that it would make a great list.

This list of most expensive paintings ever sold is compiled using Wikipedia.

5 Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

1. Interchange by Willem de Kooning

Interchange, oil painting by Willem de Kooning, 1955
Interchange, oil painting by Willem de Kooning, 1955. Source: Wikipedia

This painting by abstract expressionist painter Willem de Kooning fetched $300 million in 2015, the highest price paid for a painting ever. Interchange measures 79 by 69 inches and was completed in 1955. Currently, it can be found at the Art Institute of Chicago.

2. When Will You Marry? by Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin, When will you marr? 1892
Paul Gauguin, When will you marry? 1892. Source: Wikipedia

This oil painting made in 1892 by the French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin fetched around $300 million in 2015. The exact amount is not known but experts estimate it was less than what was paid for Interchange.

3. The Card Players by Paul Cezanne

Paul Cézanne: The Card Players 1894–1895
Paul Cézanne: The Card Players 1894–1895. Source: Wikipedia

This painting by French post-impressionist artist Paul Cezanne fetched $272 million in 2011. The Card Players is one, out of the 5 part series, of paintings that were painted during the early 1980s.

4. Number 17A by Jackson Pollock

Number 17A by Jackson Pollock
Number 17A by Jackson Pollock. Source: Wikipedia

This painting by an American abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock fetched $200 million in 2015. Number 17A is an abstract oil painting created in 1948.

5. No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) by Mark Rothko

No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red), abstract painting by Mark Rothko
No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red), abstract painting by Mark Rothko. Source: Wikipedia

This painting by the Russian-American abstract expressionist Mark Rothko fetched $186 million in 2014. No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) was painted in 1951 and consists of large expanses of color delineated by uneven, hazy shades.

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