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Most Expensive Paintings

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The lovers of Art spend millions each year to buy the best works of Art. These rare and everlasting treasures from renowned artists provide immense ownership pride and attachment to the leading ultimate masters that still dominate the market popularity. Read on for more information on these record holding precious investments.

1. Untitled

Jackson Pollock painted an untitled beautiful 4’ x 8’ painting in 1948. This masterpiece, in the Artist’s specific “drip” style, has claimed the highest ever auction price of $140 million. David Geffen bought it in 2006.

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2. Gustor Klaint – “Portrait of Adele Block – Baurer”

The Painting done in 1907, changed hands lately and sold for $135 million in 2006 to Ronald S. Lander. During World War II the Nazis took the painting to Austria. The artist’s heir acquired it through court order after lengthy litigation.

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3. Pablo Picasso – “Nu au Plateau de Sculpture (Nude Green Leaves and Bust)

The classical work was completed in just one day in 1932. Picasso painted his mistress Marie – Theresse in two poses on a 5’ x 4’ canvas. The record auction price of $106.5 million was fetched at Christies in 2010.

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4. Pablo Picasso – “Garden a la Pipe”

A comparatively smaller piece of Art 39” x 32” shows a Persian boy holding a pipe in colorful spread of orange and pink. The unexpected $104.1 million record price was claimed by this unusual masterpiece in 2004.

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5. Pablo Picasso – “Dora Maar with Cat”

Another unique styled painting of 1941 is claimed by critics to represent his mistress Dora Maar. The huge amount of $95’200’000 was a big surprise as it almost doubled the pre-auction estimates.

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6. Vincent Van Gogh – “Portrait of Dr. Gaehet”

The Dutch artist came to limelight as his masterpieces was sold to a Japanese Ryoei Saito for $82.5 million at Christies, New York. The buyer loved it so much that he wanted to cremate the painting with him on death. However, the painting was saved. The second original version of “Dr. Gaehet” in different color scheme exist.

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7. Claude Monet – “Le Bassin Aux Nympheas

This masterpiece of 1919 fetched the highest price in Europe at Christies, London. The final auction price $40’921’250 was almost double of the estimates.

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8. Pierre-Auguste Renoir – “Bal Au Moulin de la Galette”

The classical period painting of 1876 was bought by a Japanese Salto for $78 million in New York.

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9. Peter Paul Rubens – “Massacre of the Innocents”

The 16th century masterpiece of 1611 was sold to Kenneth Thompson for $76.7 million at Sotheby’s auction in 2002.

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10. Vincent Van Gogh – “Portrait de l’Artiste Sans Barbe”

The small frame oil painting measures only 16” x 13” and was completed in France in 1889. The artist painted himself (without beard) in this unique work that proved the costliest self portrait selling for $ 71.5 million.

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11. Paul Cezanne – “Rideau Cruchon et Compotier”

This is again an old timer classic of 1893. The price paid for it amounts to $60.5 million by publisher & film producer Whitney in 1999.

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