Art galleries are all different and unique. Some buy them for it's a piece of history. Others look for prestige and making a statement, and maybe consider it a financial investment. And there's on top of all the pure love for art.
But how far would people go for buying a master artist's original painting?
Here are the top 10 most expensive paintings in the world from Old Masters to contemporary works.
#10: The No. 5, 1948 - Jackson Pollock
No. 5 1948 is a painting by Jackson Pollock, an American painter known for his contributions to the abstract expressionist movement.
This painting was sold on 22 May 2006 for $140 million dollars which is nearly $183 million in 2020.
#9: Nu couché - Amedeo Modigliani
Painted a century ago, Nu couché (Sur le côté gauche) is the greatest work from the iconic series in which Amedeo Modigliani.
Who reinvented the nude for the Modern era, the painting is Featuring a nude woman lying against a mostly dark red backdrop.
This artwork, which is one of Modigliani's most recognized pieces, was sold on November 9, 2015, for $170.4 million USD, exceeding the estimate of $100 million USD.
#8: Les Femmes D’Alger (Version ‘O’) - Pablo Picasso
Throughout his career, Pablo Picasso painted 15 different versions of this particular painting. "O" was the last version of it, which was completed in 1955.
Picasso was inspired by the Orientalist painting The Women of Algiers and did a cubist version of it. This masterpiece was sold in May 2015 for $179.3 million USD.
#7: No. 6 (Violet, Green & Red) - Mark Rothko
No. 6 (Violet, Green, and Red) is a painting by the Latvian-American abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko.
It was painted in 1951 and sold privately in 2014 for $186 million USD.
#6: Portrait of Marten Soolmans and Portrait of Oopjen Coppit - Rembrandt
The pendant portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit are a pair of full-length wedding portraits by Rembrandt.
They were painted on the occasion of the marriage of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit in 1634, Formerly owned by the Rothschild Family.
They became jointly owned by the Louvre Museum and the Rijksmuseum in 2015 after both museums managed to contribute half of the purchase price of $190 million USD.
#5: Number 17A - Jackson Pollock
Here is another painting of Jackson Pollock, Number 17A. Which he created in 1948, In early 2016 this famous piece was purchased by billionaire hedge fund manager and art collector Kenneth C. Griffin for $202 million USD.
#4: The Card Players - Paul Cézanne
The Card Players is a series of oil paintings by the French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Cézanne.
Painted during Cézanne's final period in the early 1890s, there are five paintings in the series.
The versions vary in size, the number of players and the setting in which the game takes place, this particular version was privately sold in 2011 with the price of over $250 million USD, with today’s money that is $293 million USD.
#3: Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) - Paul Gauguin.
When Will You Marry? is an oil painting from 1892 by the French Post Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin.
On loan to the Kunstmuseum in Basel, Switzerland for nearly a half-century, it was sold privately by the family of Rudolf Staechelin to Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, in February 2015 for close to $300 million USD, one of the highest prices ever paid for a work of art.
#2: Interchange - Willem de Kooning.
Interchange, also known as Interchanged, is an Oil On Canvas Painting by the Dutch-American Abstract Expressionist painter Willem De Kooning (1904–1997). It measures 200.7 by 175.3 centimetres (79.0 by 69.0 in) and was completed in 1955.
It was one of de Kooning's first abstract landscapes and marked a change in his style under the influence of fellow artist Franz Kline.
In September 2015, it was sold by the David Geffen Foundation to Kenneth C. Griffin for $300 million (equivalent to $328,314,566 as of 2020), a new mark for Highest Ever Price For a Painting, not surpassed until November 2017 by Leonardo Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi It has been on loan at the Art Institute of Chicago.
#1: Salvator Mundi (Leonardo)
Salvator Mundi is a painting by Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci dated to c. 1500.
Long thought to be a copy of a veiled with Lost Original Overpainting, it was rediscovered, restored, and included in a major Leonardo exhibition at the National Gallery, London, in 2011–12.
It is one of fewer than 20 Known Works By Leonardo and was the only one to remain in a private collection.
It was sold at auction for $450.3 million on 15 November 2017 by Christie’s in New York to Prince Badr Bin Abdullah, setting a new record for Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold at public auction.
And one of the honorable mentions is Mona Lisa
Which of course is also painted by Leonardo Da Vinci, and we can all agree that this painting is priceless and nearly impossible to put a price on it.
However, in 1962 the Mona Lisa was insured for $100 million USD, highest at the time in today's money that would be around $856,580,000, easily making it the most expensive painting in history not just in the world.