The Most Expensive Paintings In The World

It should come as no surprise that most people around the world agree that the artwork found in private collections and museums across the globe are priceless. These unique paintings make it extremely difficult to place a price on them as well. However, nearly every single day, art is bought and sold which brings is staggering price tags that most of us will never be able to afford. Let’s take a look at some of the most expensive paintings in the world just to give you an idea of what we are talking about.

Leonardo Da Vinci – Mona Lisa


There’s no denying that the Mona Lisa is priceless. It’s nearly impossible to put a price on this masterpiece, but in 1962 the painting by Leonardo Da Vince was insured for $100 million which was the highest at the time. When you look at today’s money, this would be somewhere around $700 million, making it the most expensive painting in the world. The portrait is believed to be Lisa Gherardini who was the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, a Florentine cloth merchant.

Willem de Kooning – Interchange

In 2015, a billionaire hedge fund investor, Ken Griffin, procured two paintings from a successful business magnate, David Geffen, for a staggering $500 million. The first painting was the 1955 Interchange by Willem de Kooning. According to experts, the price of this abstract expressionist painting was valued at $300 million. Ken Griffin loaned Willem de Kooning’s painting to a museum allowing everyone has the opportunity to see it.

Paul Gauguin – Nafea Faa Ipoipo

In 1891, Paul Gauguin made his way to Tahiti where he fell in love with both the country and its women. In 1892, Paul Gauguin painted the Nafea Faa Ipoipo, a post-impressionist painting that depicted two women sitting in a landscape of blue, green, and gold. In 2015, this sensational artwork was in a private sale where it sold for around $300 million. Although the purchaser was never confirmed, most people believe it’s owned by the Qatar royal family.

Paul Cezanne – The Card Players


The Card Players painting forms part of a series of five which was produced by Paul Cezanne during his career. Most of his paintings are currently showcased in world-renowned museums, including London’s Courtauld Institute of Art, and Paris’ Musee D’Orsay. In 2012, art enthusiasts learned that the painting was privately sold for $250 million in 2011. In today’s money, that works out to $269 million. It’s been confirmed that the painting is in possession of the Qatar royal family.

Jackson Pollock – Number 17A

Do you remember the $500 million that was spent by Ken Griffin on two paintings from David Geffen’s collection? Well, this is the second painting he bought for a whopping $200 million. Jackson Pollock painted Number 17A in 1948 and features a wide range of bold colours, including orange blue, red, and yellow along with black and white splashes. Art enthusiasts can see the painting at the Art Institute of Chicago.