They say that the best things in life are free. Well, yeah, that is most of the time true if you want to live simple without the influence of society and of the modern world. Contradicting to that belief is also a powerful message that most of us lived by nowadays and that is, “money makes the world go round.” Sadly, that is how I view the world, especially with all the commercials and advertisements of things you would do anything just to have one.
In this modern world, there are unlimited things that one can have, one can collect, and one can brag about. You may collect something that has meaning to you, things that remind of places you have been, or you just being a plain hoarder who collects trash and anything in between. There are sentimental things to collect which sometimes cost just a penny while there are some that requires you to be born a prince to even have one. The more expensive these collectible gets, the more prominent you become in the society. The word expensive equates to bucket loads of money just in case some of you might have other ideas beside it. Some of the most famous collectibles that only the rich and famous may have the chance to get a hold of are expensive cars, yachts, mansions, and the most absurd of all…paintings.
Expensive paintings are paintings that were created by famous dead artists that define art during their time. Some of these paintings may directly mirror the lives of the artists when they were still alive while some are just chaos and with no meaning at all. Either way, expensive paintings are some of the most sought after collectibles that each time it is sold to new owners, the price just bloats up to unimaginable numbers. For the most of us, even if we pawn our very own souls in exchange for money, it probably won’t be enough to obtain the cheapest of the paintings listed below. Do not fret though, once these paintings are acquired by museums and government, we may have the chance to see them and steal pictures with them when no security is looking (wink).
PORTRAIT OF ADELE BLOCH-BAUER I
“Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I”, also called as “The Lady In Gold”, is a painting completed in 1907 by Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt. This dazzling masterpiece was sold to an American businessman, art collector, philanthropist, and political activist Ronald Steven Lauder for an amounting price of 135 million USD. The “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” was later exhibited in Neue Galerie, New York.
“Woman III” is a painting created by William de Kooning. It is one of a succession of six paintings produced between 1951 and 1953 with using woman as the central subject. Woman III was completed in 1953 and measures 1.73 by 1.23 meters. This masterpiece was acquired by the American investor, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist Steven Cohen for a worth of 137.5 million USD.
NO. 5, 1948
The “No.5, 1948” is a masterpiece painted by American artist Jackson Pollock. The work of art was produced on composition board, measuring 8’ x 4’. The painting was sold to the Mexican investor David Martinez for a value of 140 million USD.
THREE STUDIES OF LUCIAN FREUD
The “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” is an oil on canvas triptych art that was completed in year 1969 by Francis Bacon, an Irish-born British painter. This three hinged work of art was sold to Elaine Wynn for a price of 142.4 million USD.
Pablo Picasso’s “La Reve”, also known as “The Dream”, is one of the most sensual and famous paintings of the artist. The artwork is an epitome of the early Fauvism. It was sold to Steven Cohen for 155 million USD.
“Nu Couche”, or just the “Red Nude”, is an oil on canvas artwork done in year 1917 by Amadeo Modigliani, a popular Italian artist. This painting was regarded as one of the artist’s most widely replicated and exhibited paintings. “Nu Couche” was sold with a price of 170.4 million USD to Liu Yiqian, a Chinese art collector and businessman.
LES FEMMES D’ALGER
“Les Femmes d’Alger”, also branded as the “Women of Algiers”, is a sequence of 15 paintings created in the year 1955 by Pablo Picasso, a legendary Spanish cubist artist. This work of art was procured by Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, a former Prime Minister of Qatar, for a price of 179.4 million USD.
PENDANT PORTRAITS OF MAERTEN SOOLMANS AND OOPJEN COPPIT
The portraits of Maerten Soolmans and his wife Oopjen Coppit, were two masterpieces done by the prominent Dutch artist Rembrandt in year 1634. Both of the portraits have been purchased by the Rijksmuseum and the Louvre for a value of 180 million USD. The said art pieces were exhibited at the Musée du Louvre.
NO. 6 (VIOLET, GREEN AND RED)
“No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red)” is a painting done by Mark Rothko, a Russian-American Abstract expressionist artist. No. 6 is a blend of large breadths of color defined by jagged and hazy hues and was completed in 1951. Dmitry Rybolovlev, a Russian billionaire, paid $186 million for this masterpiece.
“Number 17A” is an artwork painted by a famous American Abstract Expressionist artist Jackson Pollock in year 1948. This work of art was sold for 200 million USD to Kenneth Griffin along with the “Interchange” painting.
THE CARD PLAYERS
“The Card Players” is a series of oil paintings done by the celebrated French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Cézanne in year 1892. A single piece of the said series was bought by the Royal Family of Qatar for a luxurious price ranging from 250 million to 300 million USD.
On the other hand, The Card Players painting series is regarded by critics to be a foundation of Cézanne’s art throughout the early-to-mid 1890s era.
WHEN WILL YOU MARRY?
“When Will You Marry?” or also known as “Nafea Faa Ipoipo”, is an oil-painting by Paul Gauguin, a French Post-Impressionist artist. The artwork was sold to Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani for the museum department of Qatar with a nearly amounting price of 300 million USD. The Tahitian inspired artwork was completed in year 1982.
“Interchange” is a masterpiece done by Willem de Kooning, a Dutch-American abstract expressionist artist. This renowned painting was sold to hedge fund billionaire Kenneth Griffin for the price of 300 million USD. The canvass measures 200.7 centimeters by 175.3 centimeters, and was completed in year 1955.