Do you ever wonder how much the most expensive art piece costs? Many paintings are worth more than $1 million, but some are costlier; costing over $100 million. Art has a rich history, and it ranges from contemporary to classic. We all know of famous art masters like Picasso and Van Gogh. The demand and value of an artwork depend on its popularity and how well the artist is known. Every time a painting changes hands, its value increases. Here are the five most expensive art pieces today.
Salvator Mundi by Leonardo Da Vinci – $450,300,000
Salvator Mundi, which means Savior of the World, presents Jesus Christ bestowing benediction and he is dressed in renaissance garbs. The painting is ascribed to Leonardo Da Vinci, but many critics trust otherwise. The glass globe in his hands is believed to be a representation of the spheres of heaven. Leonardo was a Roman Catholic, but still, the painting deviates from the traditional images of Jesus on the cross. Fans claim that there are twenty variations of the piece and that the original one is lost. Since the Salvator Mundi is one of Leonardo’s last artwork pieces, it is highly valued.
Interchange by Willem De Kooning – $300,000,000
The Interchange is an oil-on-canvas painting by a Dutch-American painter known as Willem. The art was among the first landscapes that he completed in 1955. Kooning spends most of his career life reworking female figures. It was only during his late career years that he ventured into replicating images in his surroundings and shifted from the conventional human forms that he was used to. The interchange was created during this time when Willem was financially well-off and could make choices freely; both personally and professionally. Although it seems vague at first, the interchange has a deeper meaning that depicts the transition that Kooning was going through at the time.
The Card Players by Paul Cezanne – $250,000,000
The painting held the title of the most expensive painting in the world in 2015. The card player artwork was bought by the Qatari royal family from George Embiricos in 2011 for $274 million. It is one of those paintings that you cannot fail to recognize at a glance. It is among the five pieces painted by Cezanne in the mid-1890s. The figure shows two men sited across each other and playing cards. The models used for the artwork are Cezanne’s farmhand and gardener at his family estate.
Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) by Paul Gauguin – $210,000,000
Gaugin’s painting is among the most expensive art pieces, and it was coined in 1892. The art shows two Tahitian girls against a natural landscape. One is in a colonial style missionary dress while the other one is in native wear. The dressing symbolizes the blend of European and Polynesian cultures. Paul painted it when he was around 43 years old. He was in Tahiti in a bid to escape the artificial and modern Europe culture. The piece shows the originality of a culture rooted in a bygone era.
Number 17a by Jackson Pollock – $200,000,000
Jackson Pollock belonged to Abstract Expressionism, which was a post World War II movement. The dripping paint technique is one that Pollock would use and goes back to the work of Max Ernst and Andre Masson. The piece of art was coined in 1948. The artist used oil paints on canvas material. The artwork looks more like a messy mirage of colors and patterns. However, when you take a closer look, you will realize that there are several layers of the painting that you missed out on your first glance. The number 17A may look like lack of creativity, but Pollock deviated from the naming intentionally to depict the painting’s uniqueness.