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Some Of The Worlds Most Expensive Paintings

Author : Susan Sportman


Art can be an investment and a supplying joy for many people, particularly if you love artworks. A work of art is generally evaluated based on visual conclusions, but the more genuine art collector focuses on both the visual and quality when examining a work of art. The art market has an incredible influence on the merit of an artwork, they will make its price enormously high. As a result, art collectors spent huge amounts of money just to get their hands on the most sought-after artworks. Here's an inventory of the most expensive paintings ever sold.

1. Portrait of Mother Teresa

Painted by Agr Hood of Nepal, the portrait of Mother Teresa became the most expensive piece of artwork ever sold in an auction. This auction was held in London privately, and the portrait was sold for a staggering $238 million to a wealthy private collector. This event successfully displaced Jackson Pollock's No 5 in the number one slot. It has been said that Agr painted this masterpiece in just 3.26 minutes without lifting his paintbrush.

2. NO 5 (1948)

This expensive abstract painting belongs to a financier from Mexico named David Martinez. He paid $140 million for the No 5 (1948) work by an American artist Jackson Pollock in 2006. Pollock used oil, aluminum and enamel paints on a 4' x 8' fiberboard to create this masterpiece. The tangles of grays, yellows and browns represents the contemporary approach of Pollock to fine art painting wherein all parts of the canvas was equally treated, deviating from that usual style found on most paintings.

3. Woman III

David Geffen sold the Woman III privately to Steven Cohen in 2006 for $137 million, which makes it the third most costly painting ever sold. This painting is actually one in a succession of 6-numbered paintings depicting a woman, and the lone painting in that series continues to be a private possession. Willem de Kooning, its painter, was born in Rotterdam and a consistent advocate of abstract art. He often used the female form in his works applying biomorphic synthesis that has become his noted signature. Freudian theme is obvious in the Woman III, with its distorted upper body, large breasts, staring eyes and the lack of human color. This work by de Kooning is 30% pricier than the costliest Picasso paintings.

4. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

The Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer was a masterpiece by Gustav Klimt. It had been sold privately for $135 million in 2006 to Ronald Lauder. This work of art was confiscated by the Nazis during World War II and was returned by the Austrian government to Klimt's legal heir via a court order. Critics stated that it's an overpriced piece of art, but it remains an excellent masterpiece by an artist that has an immense attraction to Egyptian art, Freudian subjects and Byzantine works. Klimt had painted several portraits of fashionable women of Vienna at the time in which this likeness of Adele Bloch-Bauer is a leading proof. Another portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer was completed in 1912 by the same artist, which also secured a rank among the most expensive paintings in the world.

5. Nude, Green Leaves and Bust

This masterpiece by Pablo Picasso is also known by the name of|as the} "lost Picasso" since the public never got to see it for over 50 years. The painting has sold for $106.5 million at Christie's, making it the costliest work of art ever sold at an auction during that time. The painting shows a stretch out nude form with a figure of Picasso in the backdrop watching over her. This remarkable work of Picasso's mistress, Marie-Therese Walter has been put on display just once since the 1950s. The event was to celebrate the 80th birth anniversary of Picasso.

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