Ah…art. An elegant word to state the inexpressible beauty of an object, and a elaborate way of saying “I have no idea what this supposed to be”. Those who get it, appreciate the various different styles and types of art out there, while those of us who don’t, often find ourselves in a pretty awkward spot. But no matter which category you fall in, this list of the most expensive pieces of art sold in various auctions and private deals, would definitely grab your monetary appreciation.
#10: Dora Maar au chat by Pablo Picasso
Price: $95.2 million
Purchased by: Georgian billionaire and Prime Minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili, at the Sotheby’s annual art auction in 2006.
#9: Eight Elvis’s by Andy Warhol
Price: $100 million
Purchased by: Philippe Ségalot, a successive art broker in a private deal in 2008.
#8: Garçon à la pipe by Pablo Picasso
Price: $104 million
Purchased by: Rumoured to have been purchased by Guido Barilla, owner of the Barilla Group, in the Italian food industry, in the Sotheby’s 2004 art auction.
#7: Walking Man I by Alberto Giacometti
Price: $104 million
Purchased by: Also based on rumours, the purchaser was supposedly Brazilian philanthropist and socialite, Lily Safra, who bid for this piece in the Sotheby’s 2010 art auction.
#6: Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust by Pablo Picasso
Price: $106.5 million
Purchased by: An anonymous buyer at the Christie’s art auction in 2010.
#5: The Scream by Edvard Munch
Price: $119.9 million
Purchased by: Petter Olsen, billionaire and family member of Fred. Olsen & Co. shipping company.
#4: Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt
Price: $135 million
Purchased by: Ronald Lauder, the son of the founders of Estee Lauder, bought this piece in a private deal.
#3: Woman III by Willem de Kooning
Price: $137.5 million
Purchased by: Steven A. Cohen, hedge fund billionaire purchased this exorbitant piece in 2006.
#2: No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock
Price: $140 million
Purchased by: Another anonymous buyer purchased this in 2006.
#1: The Card Players by Paul Cézanne
Price: $250 million
Purchased: By the country (yes country) of Qatar in late 2011.