Many artists have earned great adoration and their works are worth nearly millions of dollars and are exhibited in the most popular art galleries and exhibitions around the world. Some of these paintings have also been sold for exorbitant sums which indicated just how popular art has become. Given below are 10 of the top most expensive paintings that have been purchased.
1. No. 5, 1948
This piece of modern art is very popular with art lovers. This masterpiece by Jackson Pollock masterpiece is at the top of the list. The owner of the painting is said to be David Martinez. The artist is seen to be cashing in on the worldwide popularity of his art work collection.
2. Woman III
Woman III, by Willem De Kooning is another superb piece of art. In November 2006, this painting was purchased by David Geffen. It is a good example of the abstract style of painting. The artist died in 1997 from Alzheimer’s. His works are in great demand from collectors worldwide.
3. Adele Bloch-Bauer I
Bought by Ronald Lauder, a cosmetics magnate, he had the interest to have a collection of Jewish-owned art and place it in an art gallery in New York. This art work is very attractive and makes use of silver, gold and oil shades on canvas. It was undoubtedly the most expensive painting that was sold.
4. Garcon a la Pipe
This is another portrait by Picasso whose buyer’s identity remains a guarded secret. It is the most costly painting ever sold at auction. Picasso painted it when he was just 24 years old in 1905. There are contrasting feminine and masculine images which are the distinct features of this portrait. However many critics were of the view that it is an inferior work by the artist when compared to his other works.
5. Dora Maar au Chat
Being one of the top muses of Picasso, Dora Maar was the inspiration behind this work of art. Created in 1941, the painting is noted for its careful attention to detail and shows the deep respect the artist had for his lover. The painting went for private display in 2006 to a buyer who is unknown.