Most expensive paintings

As a follow-up to my last post, I thought I'd share the top 10 most expensive paintings in the world.

1 $140 million for No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock (2006)
2 $135 million for Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt (2006)
3 $104 million for Boy with a Pipe by Pablo Picasso (2004)
4 $95.2 million for Dora Maar with Cat by Pablo Picasso (2006)
5 $82.5 million for Portrait du Dr. Gachet by Vincent van Gogh (1990)
6 $78.1 million for Au Moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1990)
7 $76.7 million for The Massacre of the Innocents by Paul Rubens (2002)
8 $71.5 million for Portrait de L'Artiste sans Barbe by Vincent van Gogh (1998)
9 $60.5 million for Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier by Paul C├ęzanne (1999)
10 $55 million for Femme aux Bras Croises by Pablo Picasso (2000)

Please note that all of these pieces were made by male artists. In fact, while looking through the top 120 paintings, not one was made by a woman. "Roots" by Frida Kahlo sold for $5.62 million, making it the most expensive Latin piece sold at auction. I wasn't able to find any other large sales of work by female artists, so if you know some, please send them my way!


andrew said...

Just hard to believe that some paint on canvas can be worth that much!

Anonymous said...

Ughh i hate how they are always really ugly painting. that a worth a lot. I could understand if they were beautiful, but come one not so much with these. I guess though that could be because I'm not an artist or a big art buyer but still.