People are quite familiar with the fact that painting artworks can be very expensive, but some of them can be considered as the most expensive paintings in the world. Here are five of them.
Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci
The record of the most expensive painting in the world was held by Salvator Mundi made by Leonardo da Vinci. This painting shows Jesus Christ that was holding a crystal orb. This painting was made during the same period as the famous Mona Lisa. King Louis XII of France commissioned da Vinci to make this artwork in 1605. It became a lost artwork with no record somewhere between 1763 and 1900.
A group of art dealers from Britain rediscovered this painting in 2005. Salvator Mundi means ‘Savior of the World’ and it was bought by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia at that time, Mohammed bin Salman but this purchase was made on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism.
Interchange by Willem de Kooning
The Interchange was made by Willem de Kooning in 1955. The inspiration for this artwork was his surroundings when he was living in New York City. It was considered as the artwork with the highest price that was paid in the private sale.
This painting was bought by Kenneth C Griffin along with Number 17A by Jackson Pollock in a $500 million deal. It means that the value of this artwork was $300 million. Unlike Number 17A by Jackson Pollock, Interchange can be enjoyed by common people since it is displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Card Players by Paul Cézanne
The Card Players made by Paul Cézanna becomes the third most expensive painting artwork in the world. Cézanna made a series of paintings consists of five paintings with the same name as this painting.
This artwork is included in the series made by the French master in the 1890s. The value of this painting was $250 million and it was bought by the Royal Family of Qatar in 2011.
Nafea Faa Ipoipo by Paul Gauguin
Nafea Faa Ipoipo was painted by Paul Gauguin that was a French post-impressionist painter. It was made when he went to Tahiti for the first time.
This painting features the native women on the island and it is not the only painting with this kind of concept after all. The title ‘Nafea Faa Ipoipo means ‘When will You Marry?’. In 2015, this artwork was sold for $210 million after a long negotiation that lasts for about two years.
Number 17A by Jackson Pollock
Number 17A was made by Jackson Pollock in 1948. This painting is special because it was the second piece of artwork that was purchased by Kenneth C Griffin that was a hedge fund manager in a deal with $200 worth in 2015.
Unfortunately, common people cannot enjoy this painting yet because it is not displayed for the public at the moment. Nevertheless, other paintings by Jackson Pollock can be found in the museums for public display around the world. Nowadays, this painting is worth $200 million.