Top 10 Most Expensive Paintings of All Time


A wise man once said that whenever you see something that rises more questions that it gives answers, that something is definitely art. This being said, you don’t necessarily have to be a connoisseur to distinguish between a bad watercolor and an invaluable work of art. Furthermore, we have all heard about the huge amounts of money spent on works of art every time a high-end auction takes place, but how much is art worth anyway?

Seriously, if we were to put a price on the intrinsic value of some of the most extraordinary pieces of art in human history, how much exactly would they cost? Interestingly enough, the most iconic paintings in history have already been valued by experts throughout time, and their value is rising with each passing year. They say good wine gets better with age, so why wouldn’t artwork?

To make a long story short, here are the top 10 most valuable paintings of all time. Keep in mind that all of the items on our list have already been sold at some point, which means that we are not accounting for paintings like the ‘Mona Lisa’ which cannot be sold under penalty of law.

10Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier by Paul Cézanne – $60.5 million

This painting by Paul Cézanne was sold at an auction in New York on May 10, 1999 to The Whitneys, which are one of the wealthiest families in America. Although the painting was later resold at a loss, the price of this painting is nothing short of amazing. As for the painting itself, it came to be between 1893 and 1894, and was famous over the years because of how well it expressed Cézanne’s talent for drawing still life.