Top 10 Most Expensive Art – The Unfinished Swan

To celebrate the free release of the beautifully artistic game the ‘Unfinished Swan’ available on the  #PS4 Network, we take a look at the world’s top 10 most expensive artwork.

The Unfinished Swan is a beautifully artistic story of a young boy named Monroe who chases after a swan that has escaped from a painting.

Described as ‘beautiful and curious’ and scoring 9/10 from IGN, this PS4 game available now free for download from the PS4 Network, is a must have for any game playing art lover.

 

10. Bal du moulin de la Galette

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Also known as the ‘Dance at Le moulin de la Galette’) this artwork is an 1876 painting by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir and sold at Sotheby’s New York auction in 1990 for $143.9 million USD

 

9. Three Studies of Lucian Freud

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This artwork is a 1969 oil-on-canvas triptych painted by Francis Bacon, depicting artist Lucian Freud.  It was sold in 2013 at a Christies New York auction for $145 million USD

 

8. Portrait of Dr. Gachet

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Painted by none other than Vincent Van Gough and also sold at a Christies New York Auction.  This portrait was bought for 152 million USD in 1990.

 

7. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

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Painted by Gustav Klimt of a close friend and art-loving Viennese saloon lady Adele Bloch-Bauer was sold for $158.4 million USD at a private sale via the Christies auction house.

6. Le Rēve

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Translated as ‘The Dream’, this painted portrait of 50yr old Pablo Picasso’s 22 yr old mistress (painted by the master himself) sold for $158.5 million USD in a private sale in 2013.

 

5. Woman III

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This abstract art piece painted by Williem de Kooning sold for $162.4 million USD in 2006 in a private sale.

 

4. No. 5, 1948

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Painted by Jackson Pollack on fibreboard and sold in a private sale via Sothebys in 2006 fetched $165.4 million USD.

 

3. No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red)

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Painted by Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko in 1951 and sold last year in 2014 this painting sold in a private sale via Yves Bouvier fetched a whopping $186 million USD.

 

2. The Card Players

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The card players are a series of paintings with 5 painting within the series. Painted by post-impressionist Paul Cēzanne, each painting in the series depicts farmers smoking pipes while playing cards.

The Card Players were sold in a private sale in 2011 for $274 million USD

 

1.Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?)

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Painted by French Post-Impressionist Paul Gaugin in 1892.  This Oil painting depicting two Tahitian women was a result of Gaugin’s desire to find “an Edenic paradise where he could create pure, ‘primitive’ art”, instead of the faux ‘primitivist’ art that was being turned out by French painters at the time.

Gaugin travelled to Tahiti in hopes to find this paradise.  Unfortunately, what he discovered was an island whose indigenous population had been wiped out by two-thirds.  Killed by diseases brought by Europeans while the survivors had been colonised.  “Primitive” culture had been wiped out.

Still he painted the Tahitian people as lovers of song and love making.

This particular painting sold in a private sale in  Feb 2015 for $300 million USD in a private sale.  It is thought that painting now resides in the State of Qatar.

 

 

This list is ordered by consumer price index inflation-adjusted value as of Sep 2014

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