A clear vision in mind, a little instruction, and a few tools can create a masterpiece. A painting can say a thousand words, but they are never easily measured in terms of value. Art is worth what people will pay for it. This is why some paintings are priceless; who would ever think of selling something so meaningful and dear to themselves or the world? Same as your family or a precious heirloom.
But when it comes to paintings that head to auction, you will see some jaw-dropping prices. This is why we have come up with a list of the most expensive paintings ever sold at auction. So, if you want to what these are, don’t miss the following paintings and their price.
Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most expensive paintings ever sold at auction. It was sold for $450.3 million at Christie’s on November 15, 2017. The selling price of Salvator Mundi shattered all previous records. Moreover, it highlighted the market demand for the rare artistic works of artists. It also showed the competition among buyers to own a painting of such distinction and caliber. Well, before the sale of this painting at Christie’s, the price tag of this painting has attracted a huge number of owners. It was first sold for 45 euros in 1958 at Sotheby’s. Then, Dmitry E. Rybolovlev, the Russian billionaire, purchased it at a price of $127.5 million in 2005. After that, research and work had been done in order to unfold its true identity, and that further pushed the price upward.
Les Femmes d’Alger by Pablo Picasso is another expensive painting sold at auction. It sold for $179.4 million at Christie’s on May 11, 2015. It was actually awarded to a phone bidder for $179.4 million, which was the highest price for an auctioned painting at that time.
Nu couché painted by Amedeo Modigliani is one of the most expensive nude paintings ever sold at auction. The painting was sold for $157.2 million at Sotheby’s on May 14, 2018. The initial bidding price was $125 million, and later it went up to $157.2 million. Nu couche and other paintings of Amedeo Modigliani are so bold that these paintings are often considered scandalous paintings when these were originally painted.
Nu couche (reclining nude) by Amedeo Modigliani is another expensive nude painting. The picture was sold for $170.4 million on November 9, 2015, at Christie’s.
So, these are some most expensive paintings ever sold at auction. We hope that this article would be helpful for you.