Dear Art Lovers, the other day you read about a version of Munch’s Scream sold at Sotheby’s for a record-breaking price - 119.9 million US dollars. It is the largest amountof money ever paidfor an art work at an auction. In this post I’d like to remember some curious and remarkable auctions of the past decades. Take a look at the paintings that make up the list for now. Pablo Picasso is undoubtedly the leader of the most expensive painters.
Pablo Picasso - Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, 1932, oil on canvas, sold for $106.5 million in May 2010.
Pablo Picasso - Boy with a Pipe, 1905, oil on canvas, sold for $104 million in May 2004.
Pablo Picasso - Dora Maar with a Cat, 1941, oil on canvas, sold for $95 million in May 2006.
Gustav Klimt - Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer II, 1912, oil on canvas, sold for $88 million in November 2006.
Vincent Van Gogh - Portrait of Doctor Gachet (the first version), 1890, oil on canvas, sold for $82 million in May 1990.
Claude Monet - Water Lily Pond, 1919, oil on canvas, sold for $80 million in June 2008.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Bal Au Moulin de la Galette (the small version 78 × 114 cm), oil on canvas, sold for $78 million in May 1990.
The Scream’s record might be broken soon, who knows? One thing is sure, we will probably never know the prices of the world most famous masterpieces, as they are usually owened by state museums and will never go on sale. For example, not a single work of Leonardo da Vinci is privately owened.
I’m getting ready with some more info for you, on private sales this time. Stay tuned!