A Wheatfield with Cypresses
- 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 Goghs more famous paintings (and with the interesting story to go along with it) its a talking point and visually pleasing work of art.
Adele Bloch-Bauer II
– 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
– SOLD FOR $100 MILLION to the State of Qatar in 2013 xyz The mountain is famous, the artist is famous, and if its good enough for the State of Qatar to spend a cool hundred million dollars on it, its 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)
– 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? Its a peaceful scene, and represents the best of one of historys best artists.
Massacre of the Innocents
– 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 youll be hard pressed to find a more interesting painting.
Portrait of Alfonso d’Avalos, Marquis of Vasto, in Armor with a Page
– 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
– SOLD FOR $71.5 MILLION (equivalent to $103 million in 2015) on November 11 1987
– Its Vincent. His last portrait. And its 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 worlds most important art. Inspiring, no?
Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier
– SOLD FOR $60.5 MILLION (equivalent to $85.6 million in 2015) on May 10, 1999, the most expensive still life ever sold.
– Cézannes 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
– 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 publics 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!