Million Dollar Paintings

Leonardo Da Vinci, Picasso and MF Husain are some well known painters in the world. In simple terms, painting is the form of art through which people copy their emotions deep within their soul and paste them on paper with the help of some special techniques, individual style and colours of their choice. People, especially the rich, have always had a keen interest in buying paintings to show their interest in art. They also buy paintings to show their elegance and status to others.

‘Monalisa, The Last Supper, Through the eyes of a painter’ are one of the most famous paintings in the world. Even during Medieval History people had a vivid imagination.  Leonardo Da Vinci, known for his works Monalisa and The Last Supper was one the greatest painters of all times. His kind of imagination cannot be compared with people in today’s times. He was a genius in his times and is believed to be the originator of the Renaissance Man. Painters in the world are inspired a lot by him and continue to indulge in art work.

The past 200 years has been an era in which the most expensive paintings of the world have been made. With a price range of over $100 million these paintings have been made by some of the greatest painters in the world who made the people feel their emotions and think beyond their normal imagination.

1.The Card Players

Paul Cezzane is accredited with the creation of the ‘The Card Players” series of paintings. The Card Players is a series of 5 oil paintings made during the 19th century showing men playing cardson a table. In the paintings the men are smoking pipes and are looking downwards with full concentration on the game. Although the painting is the most expensive painting in the world, it has attracted criticism. It was an adaptation of the 17th century paintings of France. The painting missed certain things such as money and there is an absence of drink in the painting because the wine bottle is unused. The painting was bought by The Royal Family of Qatar for almost 260 million dollars making it the most expensive painting in the world.


2. La Reve(The Dream)

Pablo Picasso, one of the most famous painters in the world made this painting called La Reve which is French for “The Dream”. This painting depicts Picasso’s 22 year old mistress. The painting is the 2nd most costliest painting in the world with a net worth of over 155 million dollars. The painting is said to be depicting Pablo’s love interest who himself was about 50 years of age when the painting was made.

3. No.5, 1948

The painting was made by Jackson Pollock an American painter who was well known for his own unique style of art called, “Drip Painting”. The painting is well appreciated by mathematicians and economists and has a net worth of 140 million dollars. It is shown only in American museums and is very rarely sold.

4. Woman III

This painting was made by Mr. Willem De Kooning and is a series of 6 paintings made in the 1950’s. Having a net worth of over 137.5 million dollars the painting is based on a dominant theme “Women”. The painting was sold to a billionaire named Steven A. Cohen which made it one of the most expensive paintings in the world.

5. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

It is an oil painting by Gustav Klimt. It is canvassed with oil and gold showing a woman covered in ornaments. The woman in the painting was a model named Adele Bloch Bauer who was the only person to be painted twice by Klimt in his series of paintings. It has a net worth of 135 million dollars making it the 5th costliest painting in the world.

The above list of world’s top 5 paintings in terms of their net worth show that people still want to buy such paintings as a form of investment, luxury and prestige. That motivates artists across the world to make more and more paintings.


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