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Top 20 most expensive paintings in the world 2021

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The most famous paintings in the world, especially old master works painted before 1803, are generally owned or held at museums for viewing by patrons. Since the museums rarely sell them even to the highest bidders, they are considered priceless. Guinness World Records lists da Vinci’s Mona Lisa as having the highest ever insurance value for a painting. On permanent exhibition at the Louvre in Paris, the Mona Lisa was assessed to be worth $100 million on December 14, 1962. Taking inflation into account, the 1962 equivalent would be 10 times that. Salvator Mundi, a painting by an Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci dated to c. 1500, was sold at auction for a total of $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 to date at public auction.

Here is the list of the top 20 most expensive paintings in the world.

Rank      Painting Artist Price/Worth
1. Salvator Mundi Leonardo da Vinci  $450.3 million
2. Interchange Willem de Kooning $300 million
3. The Card Players Paul Cézanne $250 million
4. Nafea Faa Ipoipo Paul Gauguin $210 million
5. Number 17A Jackson Pollock $200 million
6. No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) Mark Rothko $186 million
7. Pendant portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit Rembrandt $180 million
8. Les Femmes d’ Alger (“Version O”) Pablo Picasso $197.4 million
9. Nu couché Amedeo Modigliani $170.4 million
10. Masterpiece Roy Lichtenstein $165 million
11. Nu couché (Sur le côté gauche) Amedeo Modigliani $157.2 million
12. Le Rêve Pablo Picasso $155 million
13. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II Gustav Klimt $150 million
14. Three Studies of Lucian Freud Francis Bacon $142.4 million
15. No. 5, 1948 Jackson Pollock $140 million
16. Woman III Willem de Kooning $137.5 million
17. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I Gustav Klimt $135 million
18. The Scream Edvard Munch $119.9 million
19. Reclining Nude With Blue Cushion Amedeo Modigliani $118 million
20. Untitled Jean-Michel Basquiat $110.5 million

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