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A Look at Some of the Most Expensive Paintings

It may not be shocking to know that the most expensive paintings in the world come with some very familiar names. Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Andy Warhol have multiple pieces on the list, arguably making them the most popular names in art. In fact, they have so many on the most expensive list, it’d be overwhelming to list them all! Here are three of their most expensive paintings.
 

 

Pablo

 

Most Expensive Paintings

La Reve

Several Picasso pieces have sold for $30 – $150 million over the years. Today, some of their values have climbed by more than $5 million—and that number isn’t likely to fall as time passes.

La Reve (1932) – Sold for $155 million. Today it is valued at $157.9 million.

Nude, Green Leaves and Bust (1932) – Sold for $106.5 million. Today it is valued at $115.7.

Garcon a la pipe (1905) – Sold for $104.2 million. Today it is valued at $130.6 million.
 

Vincent

 

Most Expensive Paintings

Irises

Vincent van Gogh is a cultural icon. The tragic nature of his fame. He yearned to be a recognized painter and died alone and undiscovered after shooting himself. The thought is eerie and heartbreaking. If only he knew what his paintings would mean to so many.

 
Irises (1889) – Sold for $53.0 million. Currently valued at $110.7 million.

Portrait of Joseph Roulin (1889) – Sold for $58 million. Currently valued at $112 million.

Portrait of Dr. Gachet (1890) – Sold for $82.5 million. Currently valued at $151.4 million.
 

Andy

 

Most Expensive Painting Purchases

Eight Elvises

Andy Warhol was one of the first modern artists to make people question what is original, what is art and what qualifies as a painting. His repurposed designs and printing made him an artistic powerhouse loved by many.

Silver Car Crash (1963) – Sold for $105.4 million. Current value is $107.2 million.

Eight Elvises (1963) – Sold for $100 million. Current value is $109.5 million.

Turquoise Marilyn (1964) – Sold for $80 million. Current value is $91.2 million.

 

All photos via wikipedia.org