THEY SOLD FOR HOW MUCH?
Here’s a list of some of the most expensive paintings ever sold, along with the artist’s name, the price, and the year sold. And all of them can be had on high-quality, low-cost posters from barewalls.com!
–”Adele Bloch-Bauer 1” by Gustav Klimt – $135 million (2006)
–”Adele Bloch-Bauer 2” by Gustav Klimt – $88 million (2006)
–”Portrait of Doctor Gachet” by Vincent van Gogh – $83.5 million (1990)
–”Le Moulin de la Galette” by Renoir – $78.1 million (1990)
–”Wheat Field with Cypresses” by Vincent van Gogh – $57 million (1993)
–”Fifteen Sunflowers” by Vincent van Gogh – $57 million (1987)
–”Irises” by Vincent van Gogh – $53.9 million (1987)
–”Femme assise dans un jardin” by Pablo Picasso – $49.6 million
On the list of the most expensive paintings ever sold, you’ll find familiar artists like Jackson Pollock and Claude Monet, and Vincent Van Gogh. But one of the top paintings on the list also has one of the most intriguing stories behind it.
In 1907, Austrian painter Gustav Klimt (also famous for “The Kiss“) painted portraits of Adele Bloch-Bauer, wife of wealthy industrialist Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer. Adele died in 1925, and when the Nazis invaded Austria in 1938, Ferdinand was forced to flee the country and leave behind his home and his precious art collection. He died without ever recovering what he had lost.
Recently, these two paintings, along with other Klimt works, were returned to Ferdinand’s descendants. In 2006, “Adele Bloch-Bauer I” was sold for $135 million, and in 2008 “Adele Bloch-Bauer II” sold for $88 million.
FYI: In the world of high-priced art, the most often reproduced painting is Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” which is considered to be the most recognizable painting in the world.
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