Top 5 Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold at Auctions

Thu Nov 7


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5 Expensive Paintings Sold at UNREAL Prices on Auctions



We’ve all heard the stories about people paying unreal prices for items at auctions starting from coins, to stamps and paintings to unreal things like Martian meteorite. Last time we talked about 5 most expensive watches ever sold at auctions, this time we will take the spotlight to one of collectors’ most favorites – paintings. So without further ado, lest go through the 5 most expensive paintings sold at auctions.



  1. Salvator Mundi (c. 1500)

    Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci (c. 1500)
    Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci (c. 1500) 


    Salvator Mundi (Latin for ‘Savior of the World’) is a painting by famous Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci. The creation of this art piece dates back to c. 1500. The painting shows Jesus in a Renaissance dress. He is making a cross sign with his right hand and is holding a transparent crystal orb with his left hand.
    The painting was sold by Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev in November of 2017, at Christie’s, New York auction for approximately $450.3M, which makes it the most expensive painting ever sold both at auctions and private sales.

  2. Les Femmes d’Alger (“Version O”) (1955)

    Les femmes d’Alger, Picasso, version O
    Les femmes d’Alger, Picasso, version O


    Les Femmes d’Alger (“Women of Algiers”) is a 15-painting series made by famous Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. These paintings were inspired by Eugène Delacroix’s 1834 painting The Women of Algiers in their Apartment (French: Femmes d’Alger dans leur appartement). These paintings are one of the great examples of Picasso making a tribute to artists he admired. 

    Series was sold at Christie’s, New York in May of 2015 for $179.4.


  3. Nu couché (1917-18)

    Nu couché - Modigliani
    Nu couché – Modigliani

    Nu couché 
    (Reclining Nude) is a well-known painting made by famous Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani in 1917-18. At the time the painting was thrown into controversy, resulting in protests from locals when it was put out on display at the Galerie Berthe Weill in Paris.

    Nu couché was sold at Christie’s, New York in May of 2015 for $170.4.




  4. Portrait of Dr. Gachet (1890)

    Portrait of Dr. Gachet - Vincent van Gogh
    Portrait of Dr. Gachet – Vincent van Gogh


    Portrait of Dr. Gachet is one of the most famous paintings by the one himself, Vincent van Gogh. Painting shows Dr. Paul Gachet, a doctor, and artist with whom Van Gogh lived after his time in an asylum at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Dr. Gachet took care of the famous artist during the final months of his life. There are two versions of this very portrait, both of them being authenticated and painted in 1890. Both of them show Gachet sitting at a table, but there’s a huge differentiation between colors and style. 

    The painting was sold at Christie’s, New York in May of 1990 for $82.5 ($158.2 million today).


  5. Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) (1917)

    Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) - Modigliani
    Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) – Modigliani

    Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) 
    is the most famous painting from the series of painting that Amedeo Modigliani made in 1917-18. As mentioned above, painting was a subject of controversy, resulting in demonstrations in from of Galerie Berthe Weill in Paris, where it was displayed.

    Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) was sold at Sotheby’s, New York in May of 2015 for $157.2.




In case you are looking for a painting to buy, you’ve got two main choices – buy it online or just get it on retail/auction. Getting it on retail/auction is pretty simple and we are not going to start explaining how you can do that, but getting a painting online can be a bit complicated.

If you want to get something unique, or a good product for cheaper price, you might want to check out eBay and Delcampe auctions. Try finding the paintings that interest you. But remember: to successfully bid on eBay and Delcampe auctions you need to bid during the last seconds of the auction (this strategy is called sniping),, therefore you need to be online when the auction ends. At the end of the day, you want to get a painting, not waste time bidding, that’s why auction snipers like might come handy for you. All you need to do is: copy the link of the auction you want to win, paste it in the iSnipe link box, type in the maximum price you are willing to pay for it and that’s it! – iSnipe will take care of the rest. Our system will bid on your behalf using the sniping strategy.

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