Top 5 most expensive piece of art


The most expensive paintings respectively titled- Salvator Mundi, Interchange, When Will You Marry?, The Card Players, Number17A , has caused a worldwide media sensation. They dubbed the most expensive artwork ever sold, as engrossing as any best-selling thriller and the biggest artistic rediscovery of the 21st century.

Leonardo da Vinci - Salvator Mundi
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Leonardo da Vinci - Salvator Mundi

The oil painting titled ‘Salvator Mundi’ was created in 1490 by the Italian Renaissance painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect and engineer Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo ( April 15, 1452 –May 2, 1519). It dimensions 66cm by 45cm and the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. Salvator Mundi, Latin for Saviour of the World, a portrait of Jesus Christ in Renaissance dress with his right hand raised in blessing and two fingers extended, while a transparent rock crystal orb holding in his left hand. In the figure, Jesus is signifying his role as the protector of the world and cosmic master.
On November 2017, for $450.3 million, the portrait artwork shopping spree undertaken by Badr bin Abdulla bin Mohammed Al Farhan on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism, billed as greatest rediscovery of the 21st century. It made headline news around the world for the record-setting price but it was sold for less than $200 in 1958.

Willem de Kooning - Interchange
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Willem de Kooning – Interchange

The oil painting titled ‘Interchange’ was completed in 1955 by the Dutch-American painter Willem de Kooning (1904–1997). It measures 200.7 by 175.3 centimeters (79.0 by 69.0 in) and was first abstract landscapes of de Kooning. The painting was bought by Kenneth C. Griffin for $300 million ($309.7 million today) in September 2015. However, the first time it was sold for $400 and 3 decades later it made an unimaginable price record. It was sold for $20.68 million against to the estimated $4-6 million.  
Interchange is deemed a preeminent artwork that illustrates Abstract Expressionism as rendered by Willem de Kooning. This masterpiece was marked for highest ever price for painting before Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi,  that sold for $450.3 million in November 2017.
Interchange means in a general sense; two or more people exchange things with each other. It seemed an endeavor of de Kooning to diffuse the internally primitive abstract idea through the expressive depiction of a woman.

Paul Gauguin - When Will You Marry?
When Will You Marry?

Paul Gauguin – When Will You Marry?

The oil on canvas painting titled ‘When will you marry?’ was created in 1892 by the French Post- Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin (June 7, 1848 – May 8, 1903). In the painting exemplify dual women entities- the hopeful bride figure at a front younger woman is wearing a white flower as if eagerly waiting to get married, which represent the Tahiti tradition. And the other sits confidently behind the older woman is wearing a pink dress that evidently belongs to the sophisticated Western fashion. The calming choice of hue in the three fields behind of two figures in a playful and anticipative pose, Paul Gauguin brings three horizontal fields of color juxtaposed with an ebullient attitude of the main subject.
Surprisingly, during Gauguin's lifetime, his paintings were not well-received, acceptance was moderate. This emotion imparting artwork was not sold until 1917 and was valued at 1500 Francs by the artist. Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) was Gauguin's attempt at creating primitive art. It measures 102 by 78 cm, sold by Ruedi Staechelina, a retired Sotheby’s executive from Switzerland, bought by the Qatari royal family. It dubbed the most expensive painting ever sold as worth $300 million in 2015.

Paul Cezanne- The Card PlayersThe Card Players

Paul Cezanne-The Card Players

The oil on canvas painting titled ‘The Card Players’ was painted by the French Post- Impressionist artist Paul Cezanne ( January 19, 1839 - October 22, 1906).A series of Impressionist painting The Card Player is the comerstone of Cezanne’s work between 1890 and 1895. Paul Cezanne is renowned for his still life painting, his figure painting impart a sense of timeless tranquility throughout the series. According to the art historian, he took the subject of cards because the card playing a form of human still life. The sale was reported in 2011 as worth more than $250 million, bought by the royal family of Qatar. To describe the loose this painting dimension is 65.4 by 81.9 cm.

jackson pollock- number 17A Number 17A

Jackson Pollock-Number17A

The oil on fiberboard painting titled ‘Number17A’ was painted in 1948 by the American Abstract Expressionist artist Paul Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912-Agust 11, 1965). Jackson Pollock is renowned for his unique style of drip painting.  Emotionally volatile man Pollock was a major artist of his generation, regarded as reclusive. During his lifetime, Pollock gained prominent reputation and notoriety. His wife artist Lee Krasner had an important influence on his career. In February 2016, it was bought by Kenneth C.Griffin for $200 million from the David Geffen Foundation. One half of a true art Number17A, it measures 61 by 80 cm. 

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