30 Most Expensive Paintings of All-Time

Pablo Picasso

How much is a great, timeless painting worth? Exactly what someone is willing to pay for it. We assembled a list of the 30 most expensive paintings ever made, based not on estimated values, but on the price people were willing to pay through auctions and private sales for the depicted paintings. Pablo Picasso features five times on the list, more than anyone else.

La Montagne Sainte-Victoire

30. La Montagne Saint-Victorie vue du bosquet du Chaeau Noir, Paul Cezanne:¬†One of two Cezanne paintings on this list, ‘Saint-Victorie’ (let’s keep things shot) was sold for $100 million in 2013 to the state of Qatar by Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, which comes to $103 million when adjusted for inflation.

Adele Bloch-Bauer II

29. Adele Bloch-Bauer II, Gustav Klimt:¬†This 1912 painting by Klimt is one of two paintings by him on the list. It was sold in 2006 by Maria Altmann to an unknown buyer for $87.9 million, coming to $104.5 million when adjusted for inflation. The lady in the portrait was a close friend of Klimt’s.