The world today is filled with works of art and literature. Since the time immemorial, humans have been producing stories, songs, dance, paintings, etc. One of the reasons which could be given for the creation and facilitation of art and literature is that these uncannily fill us with joy and overwhelm us. Many of us know how we brim with pleasure when we hear a melodious song or when our eyes catch an extraordinary piece of painting displayed in an exhibition. Keeping in mind the importance of art and literature, we thus want to turn your attention towards some of the most expensive paintings that world can never forget.

Nude, Green Leaves and Bust

It was just a single day in 1933 when Pablo Picasso painted this beautiful piece of art. Did you know that Picasso created this painting for a lady Marie Therese, whom he loved a lot. Both Therese and Picasso were in a relationship despite the fact that Picasso was married. This painting was auctioned at a record-breaking price of $16.5 million dollars in 2010 before which it was owned by a California-based philanthropist.

Expensive Paintings - Nude, Green Leaves and Bust

Woman III 

Born in Rotterdam in Netherland, William De Kooning, the painter of this mysterious painting had created this between 1951 and 1953 when he was working on the theme ‘Woman’. During this period, Kooning mainly portrayed the figure of a woman through his famous paintings. His paintings are hard to analyse, but it is said that Kooning’s art is a reflection of his early life which was full of turmoil. In November 2006, Steven A. Cohen, an American billionaire, purchased this painting for $137.5 million dollars, making it the third most expensive painting.

Expensive Paintings - Woman III

Les joueurs de cartes or The Card Players

The name here clearly suggests that it is a French artist behind the creation of this remarkable painting. The painting is said to have been painted sometime between 1890 and 1892. Its medium is ‘oil on canvas’ and dimension is 65.4 x 81.9 cm. The accurate price of this painting is still unknown – according to estimates, it could be between $259 million- $320 million, which is an unbelievable price. But it’s just an estimate, not the true price.

Expensive Paintings - Les joueurs de cartes

No. 5, 1948

This mid-twentieth century painting by Jackson Pollock is considered highly important in the universe of art. Pollock, who is an American painter, is very well-known for his unforgettable contributions to the abstract expressionist movement. Just have a look at the painting and you would start realising the abstract element of this painting. And putting the abstract down on paper shows the genius of this talented artist. $140 million is said to be the original price of this painting.

Expensive Paintings - No.5, 1948

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Famously known as ‘Woman in gold’, this painting is a gift to art-lovers by Vienna’s Gustav Klimt. Right from his early years of career in painting, Klimt had emerged as a popular artist, painting extraordinary sceneries, human figures, etc. This piece of art was sold to Ronald Lauder and Neue Galerie in 2006 at a high price of $142.8 million.

Expensive Paintings - Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Portrait of Dr Gachet

On 15th May 1990, this painting was auctioned for a $82.5 million within three minutes. This quickly sold painting was one Van Goh’s most popular paintings. The subject of this painting ‘Dr. Gachet’ has been very controversial with different scholars trying to analyse and interpret its meaning.

Expensive Paintings - Portrait of Dr. Gachet

Garçon à la Pipe or Boy with a Pipe

Another famous and well-known painting of Pablo Picasso, Boy with a Pipe is mind-boggling. The pipe which the young Parsi boy is holding has invited much debate and discussion. Describing this painting, one of Picasso’s best friends said, ‘Picasso had painted without a model the very pure and simple image of a young Parisian worker, beardless and dressed in blue denim – just about the appearance of the artist himself during working hours.’ Hence, this friend of Picasso saw this Parisian worker as a reflection of Picasso himself.

Expensive Paintings - Garçon à la Pipe

Bal du moulin de la Galette or Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette

Considered as one of the most significant works of the mid-1870s, this painting captures the essence of an open-air dance hall and café that were frequently visited by many artists in Paris, France. Renoir, the master artist of this fabulous creation, tried to highlight his friends while they were dancing in the dance hall. He intelligently used an organized set of portraits to do this. $127.4 million was the selling price of this ebullient painting.

Expensive Paintings - Bal du moulin de la Galette


This is one of the costliest Indian paintings ever sold. Fetching a record price of Rs. 16.42 crore ($3,486,945), this abstract painting is painted by none other than Syed Haider Raza who is one of the renowned artists in India and the world. ‘Saurashtra’, the region which is abstractly portrayed in the painting, is located in western India.

Expensive Paintings - Saurashtra

Sprinkling Horses

In this post, it would be totally unfair on our part to not include any painting by MF Husain, an artist well-known in South Asia and abroad. His painting was sold at a soaring price of $1.14 million at Christi’s auction of South Asian modern and contemporary art in New York. Bringing the figure of humans and horses together, this iconic painting is inspired by Muslim Shiite iconography.

Expensive Paintings - Sprinkling Horses

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