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Their paintings are priceless, so much so that stringent security events are applied in the museums where they are displayed. Here now is a list of the top 10 most expensive paintings in the world based on the original price that it was sold.

1: Mona Lisa

Mona lisa

Artist: Leonardo da Vinci

Price: $759 Million

Created: 1503-1517

Location: The Louvre

The Mona Lisa is a half-length representation of a woman by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, which has been acclaimed as “the best known, the most visit, the most written about, and the most sung about, the most parody work of art in the world.

2: The Card Players

The Card Players

Artist: Paul Cezanne

Price: $268.1 Million

Created: 1890s

Location: Musee d’Orsay, Paris

Seller: George Embiricos

Buyer: Royal Family of Qatar

This is the last version of this famous work of art by Paul Cézanne still in private hands. The fabulous psychological intensity in the faces of the players makes this painting a masterpiece of post-impressionist art.

3: Number 5, 1948

Number 5, 1948

Artist: Jackson Pollock

Price: $161.7 Million

Created: 1950

Location: Private Collection, New York

Seller: David Geffen

Buyer: Unknown

Right now, this stunning “drip” by Jackson Pollock is the most expensive contemporary painting ever sold, though the exact price was never confirmed (but the price displayed here is generally accepted to be true). The exorbitant sum demonstrates not only the strenght of the Art market, but also the increasing interest for the contemporary works of Art.

4: Woman III

Woman III

Artist: William de Kooning

Price: $158.8 Million

Created: 1953

Location: Private Collection of Steven Chohen

Seller: David Geffen

Buyer: Steven Cohen

This painting is the only “Woman” by Willem de Kooning still in private hands. One of this women described by T. Hess as “black goddesses”- has been chosen by as one of the 50 masterworks of the history of painting.

5: Le Reve

Le Reve

Artist: Pablo Picasso

Price: $155.0 Million

Created: 1932

Location: Private collection of Steven A. Chohen

Seller: Steve Wynn

Buyer: Steven A. Cohen

“La Rêve” is one of Picasso’s most sensual and famous paintings, depicting her lover Marie Therese Walter sitting on a red easy chair with her eyes closed. In 2006, Steve Wynn agreed to sell the painting to Steven Cohen for $139 million, but the sale was cancelled when Mr. Wynn by chance damaged the work.

6: Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Artist: Gustav Klimt

Price: $154.9 Million

Created: 1907

Location: Neue Galerie, New York

Buyer: Ronald Lauder.

The acquisition of this iconic work by cosmetic magnate Ronald Lauder caused a shock in the Art world, not only for the stunning sum paid for it, but also for the way it was sold, far away from the noisy auction houses. The painting was part of a group of five canvases which had been recently returned to the heirs of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer. The Nazis confiscate his paintings during the World War II, and after the war, the canvases were placed at the National Gallery of Austria in 1948.

7. Garcon a la pipe

Garcon a la pipe

Artist: pablo picasso

Price: $128.1 million

Created: 1904

Buyer: anonymous

The sale of this young smoker was a milestone in the Art auctions world. It broke the evidence that Vincent van Gogh held since 1990, and it was the first time that the $100 million barrier was broken. Although the name of the buyer was not revealed, some sources say that he could be Guido Barilla, the Italian pasta magnate.

8. The Scream

The Scream

Artist: edvard munch

Price: $121.3 million

Created: 1895

Location: Sotheby’s New York

Buyer: anonymous

This iconic work is the most expensive picture ever sold at auction. The work is the most bright of the four versions of Edvard Munch’s masterpiece ‘The Scream’, and the only one still in private hands

9. Flag

Flag jasper johns

Artist: jasper johns

Price: $117.3 million

Created: 1958

Buyer: Steven Cohen

“Flags” are Jasper Johns most famous works. The artist tinted his first American flag in 1954–55, a work now at the MoMA.

10. Nude, Green Leaves and Bust

Nude Green Leaves and Bust

Artist: pablo picasso

Price: $106.5 million

Created: 1932

Location: Christie’s New York

Buyer: anonymous

This sensual and colorful masterpiece the classiest work by Picasso ever sold at auction. The work, formerly in the collection of Mrs. Sidney F. Brody, had been never exhibited in public since 1961

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