• Picasso’s “Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’)”
  • Paul Gauguin's "Nafea-faa-ipoipo" (When Will You Marry?)
  • Paul Cézanne’s “The Card Players”

The World’s Most Expensive Paintings

Picasso’s “Les Femmes d’Alger” recently tipped the scales as the world’s most expensive piece of artwork sold at auction. In response, Billionaire put together a list of 10 more of the world’s most expensive pieces. The list takes into account adjustments in cost due to inflation.

Taking the number one spot, Paul Gauguin’s “When Will You Marry?” sold for $300 million USD. The oil painting, featuring Tahitian natives, sold privately in February of 2015 to an unknown buyer. Paul Cézanne’s “The Card Players”, earned the number two spot, selling for $263 million USD in April 2011 to the State of Qatar.

Picasso’s “Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’)” sold at auction in May 2015 for $179 million USD. The sale marks the most-ever paid for a painting at auction. It’s followed closely by Jackson Pollock’s “No. 5 1948”, which sold to David Martinez in a private sale in 2006 for $164 million USD.

The world’s fifth most expensive painting, Willem de Kooing’s “Woman III” was also sold privately in 2006 to Steven Cohen for $162 million USD.

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