Most Expensive Paintings Ever Auctioned
8. Garçon à la Pipe, 1904
Painter: Pablo Picasso
Auctioned Price: $104.1 million
Picasso completed ‘Garçon à la Pipe’ at the age of 24. He was living in Paris, France while he was working on this painting. This painting portrays a Parisian boy with a pipe in his hand.
Deciding the position of the boy, the angle and height of the canvas and how to give the finishing touch to the masterpiece became tough for Picasso. Thus, he took one month time to decide and finally came up with the idea of putting a garland on the boy’s head.
In 1950, John Hay Whitney bought this painting in an auction for $30,000. After more than fifty years, in 2004, this painting was again auctioned for $104.1 million in New York City.
7. Bal du moulin de la Galette, 1876
Painter: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Auctioned Price: $140.3 million
‘Bal du moulin de la Galette’, also known as the ‘Dance at Le moulin de la Galette’, belongs to French artist, Pierre-Auguste Renoir. He completed this painting in 1876.
Depicting a Sunday evening at the Moulin de la Galette, this painting is one of the distinguished paintings of all time.
During 1879-1894, French painter Gustave Caillebotte was the proud possessor of this painting. After his death, it went into the custody of French Republic. After a list of buyers, this painting was finally bought by Ryoei Saito in May 17, 1990 for $140.3 million.
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