Though his first drawings never made it to the exhibition of children’s drawings, Picasso’s work today sells for no less than $95million to $104 million! Pablo Picasso, born in Spain, was a child genius who was recognized as such by his art-teacher father, who ably led him along. “Dora Maar au chat,” which depicts Picasso’s mistress, was auctioned for $95.2 million to an anonymous buyer in the room who was competing with telephone bidders during Wednesday’s auction. Its selling price ranked second only to another Picasso piece, “Garcon a la pipe,” which sold at Sotheby’s for more than $104 million on 3rd May 2004.
(List of 10 most expensive paintings sold after the jump)
The following is a list of the 10 most expensive paintings sold at auction worldwide. Prices are listed in dollars. The names of the buyers of paintings that sell for the highest prices are hardly ever made public.
1. Picasso: Garcon a la Pipe 104.2 million (Boy with Pipe, sold May 5, 2004)
2. Picasso: Dora Maar au Chat 95.2 million (Dora Maar with Cat, sold May 3, 2006)
3. Van Gogh: Portrait of Dr Gachet 82.5 million Purchased by Ryoei Saito, May 15, 1990
4. Renoir: Bal au Moulin de la Galette, Montmartre 78.1 million (Ball at the Moulin de la Galette, Montmartre sold May 17, 1990)
5. Rubens: The Massacre of the Innocents 76.7 million (sold July 10, 2002)
6. Van Gogh: Portrait de l’Artiste sans Barbe 71.5 million (Portrait of the Artist without a Beard, sold November 20, 1998)
7. Cezanne: Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier 60.5 million (Still-Life with Curtain, Jug and Fruit Bowl, sold May 10, 1999)
8. Picasso: Femme aux Bras Croises 55.0 million (sold November 11, 2000)
9. Van Gogh: Irises 53.9 million (sold November 11, 1987)
10. Picasso: Femme Assise Au Jardin 49.5 million (Woman Sitting in the Garden, sold November 10, 1999)