Pieces of art and paintings in particular, are objects of desire for many collectors. With this, they can become a great object of investing. These two factors facilitate the growth of the cost of painting. What paintings have set records at public auctions and private bargaining?

“The Card Players”, Paul Cezanne

the card players, paul cesanne

A painting of French post-impressionist artist’s Paul Cezanne was sold on February 4, 2012 for more than $ 250. This painting was sold privately, so some of the sources do not include it in the official rating of the most expensive paintings. The buyers are the royal family of Qatar. Before that, the picture was owned by the Greek billionaire Georg Embirikos. He planned to sell it in the winter of 2011, shortly before his death.

The painting was written in 1895 and is, presumably, the last in a series of five works by Cezanne called “Card Players.”Working on this piece of Art Paul Cezanne was inspired by the painting of Caravaggio “Cardsharps,”.

The other four paintings are exhibited in the Metropolitan museum (New York), the d’Orsay Museum (Paris), the Courtois Gallery (London) and the Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia).

“Women of Algiers”, Pablo Picasso

Women of Algiers

At the auction Looking Forward To The Past, which Christie’s house held in New York on May 11, 2015, the canvas of Pablo Picasso ” Woman of Algiers” (Version O) set a new world record with a result of $ 179 million.

In 1954-1955 the year Pablo Picasso wrote 15 versions of “Women of Algiers” (Les femmes d’Alger) based on the famous painting by Eugene Delacroix in 1834. He worked in Paris, in his workshop in the street of the Great Augustinians. The canvases were called identically and bore the letters from A to O. Version O is the most famous. It was already sold at auction in November 1997. The painting was bought then by British art dealer Libby Howe for an unknown collector for $ 31.9 million.

“Nu Couché”, Amedeo Modigliani

Nu Couche

Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani created the painting in 1918, commissioned by his friend, the poet Leopold Zborowski. When the painting and the other artist’s works were shown at an exhibition in Paris, there was a big scandal and the exhibition was closed in a few hours because of the indecency of the canvases. On November 10, 2015 “Nu Couché ” was purchased at auction Christie’s in New York for $ 170.4 million by a collector from China, Liu Yiqian in just 9 minutes bargaining with five applicants.

“Three Studies of Lucian Freud”, Francis Bacon

Three Studies of Lucian Freud

On November 13, 2013 at Christie’s auction in New York, the triptych of the British impressionist Francis Bacon “Three studies of Lucian Freud” was sold for a record sum at public auction for the history of auctions for that time $142.405 million. The triptych was exhibited for the first time at an auction. Bidding between seven applicants lasted only 6 minutes.

This triptych, painted in 1969, depicts the artist’s friend British artist Lucian Freud in a white shirt with rolled up sleeves, sitting on a stool on a bright yellow background in free casual poses. Bacon and Freud were friends since 1945 and often wrote portraits of each other.

After the exhibition in the Parisian Grand Palais (1971-1972), the triptych was divided into three separate panels. And it was reconnected almost 15 years later.

“Number 5”, Jackson Pollock

Number 5

In 2006, at the auction “Sotheby’s” the painting of the famous American abstractionist Jackson Pollock “No.5” was sold for $140 million. David Giffen, a famous film producer and collector, sold it to Mexican financier David Martinez.

In 1947 Pollock invented a new technique of painting – spreading huge canvases on the floor and spraying paint from the brushes, without touching the brushes to the surface of the canvas. The author called it “pouring technique”. The painting “No. 5” was written in 1948 in this unique technique.

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