Lukisan berjudul “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Baeur” dilukis oleh Gustav Klimt ($135,000,000 = sekitar Rp.1,5 triliun).
Dilukis tahun 1907 oleh pelukis dari Austria bernama Gustav Klimt. Lukisan ini sempat dirampas oleh kaum Nazi Jerman ketika Nazi menduduki Austria. Pada tahun 2006, seorang pengusaha kosmetik bernama Ronard S. Lauder, membeli lukisan ini seharga 135 juta dollar AS ! Lukisan tersebut kemudian dipamerkan di galeri miliknya, Neue Galerie, di New York.
2. Lukisan berjudul “Garcon a la Pipe” dilukis oleh Pablo Picasso ($ 104,100,000 = sekitar Rp. 1,15 triliun).
Lukisan cat minyak ini berukuran 100 x 81,3 cm adalah karya Pablo Picasso (kebangsaan Spanyol), menggambarkan seorang anak laki-laki kota Paris sedang memegang pipa di tangan kanannya. Dilukis pada masa “Rose Period” (1904–1906), masa dimana lukisan-lukisan Picasso bercorak riang dan didominasi warna oranye dan pink (merah muda). Lukisan ini tidak bergaya “cubist” seperti lukisan-lukisan cubist Picasso lainnya. Laku terjual seharga 104,1 juta dollar AS di tempat pelelangan Sotheby’s, New York, 4 Mei 2004.
3. Dora Maar with Cat by Pablo Picasso ($95,200,000)
Another enormous surprise followed in 2006, when this painting near doubled its inaccurate presale estimate and brought in new record $95,200,000 at auction at Sotheby’s on May 3, 2006.
Painted in 1941, Picasso’s controversial portrait (one of his last) is sometimes described as an unflattering depiction of his mistress, Dora Maar, who was an artist/photographer and mistress of Picasso whose relationship lasted ten years during the 1930s and 40s.
4. Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent van Gogh ($82,500,000)
This painting by the Dutch Impressionist master Vincent van Gogh suddenly became world-famous when Japanese businessman Ryoei Saito paid $82.5 million for it at auction in Christie’s, New York. Saito was so attached to the painting that he wanted it to be cremated with him when he died. Saito died in 1996 … but the painting was saved.
Vincent van Gogh actually painted two versions of Dr Gachet’s portrait. You can view the other version, with a slightly different color scheme, at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
5. Bal Au Moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir ($78,000,000)
Bal au moulin de la Galette, Montmartre was painted by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1876. On May 17, 1990, it was sold for $ 78,000,000 at Sotheby’s in New York City to Ryoei Saito, who bought it together with the Portrait of Dr Gachet (see above).
6. Massacre of the Innocents by Peter Paul Rubens ($76,700,000)
This painting by Peter Paul Rubens, painted in 1611, is the only painting in this list which was not painted in the 19th or 20th century. It was sold to Kenneth Thomson, 2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet for $ 76,700,000 at a 2002 Sotheby’s auction.
7. Portrait de l’Artiste sans Barbe by Vincent van Gogh ($71,500,000)
Portrait de l’artiste sans barbe (“Self-portrait without beard”) is one of many self-portraits by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. He painted this one in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France in September 1889. The painting is a oil painting on canvas and is 40 cm x 31 cm (16″ x 13″).
This is an uncommon painting since his other self-portraits show him with a beard. The self-portrait became one of the most expensive paintings of all time when it was sold for $71.5 million in 1998 in New York.
8. Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier by Paul Cézanne ($60,500,000)
This painting by Paul Cézanne, painted in ca. 1893-1894, sold for $60,500,000 at Sotheby’s New York on May 10, 1999 to “The Whitneys”. Whitney, born into one of America’s wealthiest families, was a venture capitalist, publisher, Broadway show and Hollywood film producer, and philanthropist.
9. Femme aux Bras Croisés by Pablo Picasso ($55,000,000)
This work, painted in 1901, was a part of Picasso’s famous Blue Period, a dark, sad time in the artist’s life. The beautiful & various tones of blue are typical. The painting depicts a woman with her arms crossed staring at the endless nothing.
Femme aux Bras Croisés was sold for $55,000,000 November 8, 2000, at Christie’s Rockefeller in New York City.
10. Irises by Vincent Van Gogh ($53,900,000)
Vincent van Gogh painted this at Saint Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France in 1889, only one year before his death. In 1987, it became the most expensive painting to date. It was sold for $ 54,000,000 to Alan Bond and later resold to the Getty Museum.
No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock ($140,000,000?)
Unconfirmed rumors buzzing in the art world now place this painting at the top of the list, at least temporarily. If true, the $140 million price tag would be the highest ever for a painting, besting the $135 million paid for the Gustav Klimt painting Portrait of Adele Block Bauer in June 2006.