Most Expensive

  • A Wheatfield with Cypresses - Vincent Van Gogh

    A Wheatfield with Cypresses

    0 out of 5
    •  SOLD FOR $57 MILLION (equivalent to $ 93.1 million in 2015) in May, 1993. Later gifted to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
    • Why we like it: the colors, texture, and meaning all combine to make this one a must-have.
    • An asset to any room without being overwhelming, and as one of Van Gogh’s more famous paintings (and with the interesting story to go along with it) it’s a talking point and visually pleasing work of art.
  • Adele Bloch-Bauer II - Gustav Klimt

    Adele Bloch-Bauer II

    0 out of 5

    – SOLD FOR $87.9 MILLION (equivalent to $102.9 million in 2015) on November 2 2006
    – Klimt is classy, and this is no different.
    – Plus, this particular painting has a great story without the overwhelming gold and bling of the other piece. If this better matches your décor, go for this option.

  • La Montagne Sainte-Victoire vue du bosquet du Château Noir - Paul Cézanne

    La Montagne Sainte-Victoire vue du bosquet du Château Noir

    0 out of 5

    – SOLD FOR $100 MILLION to the State of Qatar in 2013 xyz The mountain is famous, the artist is famous, and if it’s good enough for the State of Qatar to spend a cool hundred million dollars on it, it’s good enough for you!
    – The 2013 was kept secret at first due to concern that the high price would result in more pressure on Detroit City to sell it’s other artworks to raise funds.

  • Le Bassin Aux Nymphéas (Water Lily Pond) - Claude Monet

    Le Bassin Aux Nymphéas (Water Lily Pond)

    0 out of 5

    – SOLD FOR $80.5 MILLION (equivalent to $88.2 million in 2015) on June 24, 2008
    – This was painted by Monet in 1919, sold, then seen just once in public over the last 80 years.
    – Impressionist Claude Monet was a prolific artist, with over 2,500 known works, so why not go for one of the most famous and exclusive and get a faithful reproduction of the seldom-seen Water Lily Pond? It’s a peaceful scene, and represents the best of one of history’s best artists.

  • Massacre of the Innocents - Peter Paul Rubens

    Massacre of the Innocents

    0 out of 5

    – SOLD FOR $76.7 MILLION (equivalent to $100.6 million in 2015) July 10, 2002 to Kenneth Thomson
    – The buyer – once the 9th richest person in the world with a $17.9 billion dollar fortune – gifted this painting and others (in fact, his whole art collection) to the Art Gallery of Ontario later in 2002.
    – If you are historically or biblically-minded you’ll be hard pressed to find a more interesting painting.

  • Portrait of Alfonso d'Avalos

    Portrait of Alfonso d’Avalos, Marquis of Vasto, in Armor with a Page

    0 out of 5

    – SOLD FOR $70.0 MILLION (equivalent to $89.7 million in 2015) in November 2003.
    – This is history on canvas. And the subject is pretty darn impressive as well – not only does he look amazing in his suit of armor, he actually captured the French King Francis I and handed him to Charles V.
    – Claim he is a relative if you must, but whatever you do, get a painting of the “Seventy Million Dollar Soldier”!

  • Portrait of the artist without beard - Vincent Van Gogh

    Portrait of the artist without beard

    0 out of 5

    – SOLD FOR $71.5 MILLION (equivalent to $103 million in 2015) on November 11 1987
    – It’s Vincent. His last portrait. And it’s a great painting – depth, texture, color, the intense gaze, the uncanny resemblance to Simon Pegg…better this than a here today, gone tomorrow celebrity on your wall! xyz This painting shows one of the true greats, a tortured soul who despite his illness managed to create some of the world’s most important art. Inspiring, no?

  • Rideau

    Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier

    0 out of 5

    – SOLD FOR $60.5 MILLION (equivalent to $85.6 million in 2015) on May 10, 1999, the most expensive still life ever sold.
    – Cézanne’s still life paintings were accurate representations yet also emotionally expressive, a theme that would later lead to the creation of new styles of art.
    – Every home needs at least one food-themed still life. Why not the most expensive of them all? Plus, the food items shown are representative of the time…no soda, chocolate or junk food there!

  • Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers - Vincent Van Gogh

    Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers

    0 out of 5

    – SOLD FOR $39.7 MILLION March 30, 1987 ($82.4 million in 2015 dollars) to the Yasuda Comp.
    – For many, this, along with Starry Night, is the ultimate Van Gogh painting, possibly because of the way it captured the public’s imagination with the record-shattering price.
    – For us there are other reasons to appreciate it. It has a thick texture – very Van Gogh – and strong colors. The flowers themselves are shown in all stages, from full bloom to withered. Something to ponder on, that…a sort of family photo for flowers!


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