Top 7 World’s most expensive Art ever bought on auction http://www.theartwolf.com/10_expensive.htm
$82.5 million for Portrait du Dr. Gachet by Vincent van Gogh (Sold in 1990) 7
$87.9 million for Adele Bloch-bauer II by Gustav Klimt 1912 Sold November 2006. 6
$95.2 million for Dora Maar with Cat by Pablo Picasso (Sold in 2006) 5
May 2004 Pablo Picasso Garçon à la Pipe Sold for: $104,168,000 4
June 2006 Gustav Klimt Adele Bloch-Bauer I 1907 (140 Kb); Oil and gold on canvas A STUNNING gold encrusted portrait known as the “Mona Lisa of Austria” that was looted by the Nazis and returned to its rightful owner only this year (2006) has been sold for $135 million (£73 million). 3
Willem de Kooning Woman III 1952-53 $137.5 million Private sale, 2006. Seller: David Geffen Buyer: Steven Cohen 2
Pollock painting reportedly fetches highest price New York -- A work by the late U.S. abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock has been sold for about $140-million (U.S.), which if confirmed would make it the highest sum paid for a painting, a report said yesterday. The painting in Pollock's trademark drip style, titled No. 5, 1948 , belonged to Hollywood magnate David Geffen and went in a private sale for "about 140 million dollars," The New York Times quoted unnamed art experts as saying. The experts, who spoke on condition of anonymity, identified the buyer as David Martinez, a Mexican financier. AFP 1
But what about the Mona Lisa? Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) by Leonardo da Vinci is owned by the French government and hangs in the Musée du Louvre in Paris so it would not be offered in auction. But it has the highest insurance value for a painting in history, $100 million on December 14, 1962, before the painting toured the U.S. for several months. Taking inflation into the account it would be approximately $670 million in 2006! http://www.renoir.org.yu/most-expensive-paintings.asp
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