World's Most EXPENSIVE Artwork!! From a portrait of a special wife to Chinese pottery, here are the world’s top ten most expensive pieces of art.
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Number 10: The Portrait of Dr. Paul Gachet ($82.5 Million)
Coming in at number ten is the well crafted, yet sullen depiction of a man named Dr. Paul Gachet. This painting's thick, urgent strokes mark the style of a very particular artist. Can you guess who it is? Here's a hint: you might remember him first not by his art, but for cutting off his own ear and mailing it to some girl. It turns out he may have actually lost it in a fight, but that doesn't mean that Vincent Van Gogh wasn't a talented painter. Indeed, The Portrait of Dr. Gachet is one of this tortured artist's most revered late works. There are two versions of the painting. Both were done by Van Gogh in 1890, but only one of them has sold for big bucks. In 1990 it garnered an incredible $82,500,000 dollars at a New York auction house. Compared to some pieces later in this video, that might sound like pennies, but keep in mind that, that would be around $152 million dollars today. Vincent Van Gogh is one of history’s most memorable and respected abstract painters, but his personal life and background definitely doesn’t reflect on his success.
Number 9: Triptychs ($85.9 Million)
Vincent Van Gogh is a well-known artist these days, but less famous painters can still create million dollar masterpieces. Aside from his deliciously awesome last name, Francis Bacon is also known for his work as a painter. He was born in Ireland and lived from 1909 to 1992 and in that time he created twenty-eight triptychs. In case you don’t know, a triptych is a painted scene that's divided into three parts. Bacon began to play around with this style of artwork in the 1940's. He started with smaller canvases, building up steam and finally gained the confidence to do larger works in 1962. He continued to paint these complicated scenes for the next thirty years. His works are a lesson in captured motion and emotion and, as much as you've never heard of his art work, he's definitely good. In fact, one of his little sets called Feud, sold for a total of $85,900,000 dollars in 2008. It kind of makes you want to take up painting, doesn't it? It’s a shame that not many people know his work, otherwise his pieces would be worth a lot more.
Number 8: 18th Century Chinese Vase ($85.9 Million)
Of course, if painting isn't exactly your thing, you could always try pottery. Or you could luck into finding something.
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Imagine discovering a dusty, old vase tucked away in your parents' attic. Instead of tossing it, you take it to be appraised. That's how you find out that this delicate porcelain craft is an 18th century, masterpiece. It sounds far-fetched, but that's exactly what happened to a brother and sister in London while cleaning out their parents' home. The item in question was found in a shoebox, of all things. They decided to put it up for auction, but nothing could've prepared them for what happened next. After a half hour of furious bidding, the dust settled on a final price of $69,500,000. After taxes, the actual bill came out to $85,921,461 dollars. Wowza! Not many people could even imagine that a pottery piece could be worth so much compared to paintings and drawings from extremely famous artists. Now, excuse me for a second while I go clean my parent’s attic!
Number 7: Dora Maar au Chat ($95.2 Million)
Alright, so a Van Gogh went for $82 million in New York and a vase sold for $85 million, but what did somebody pay for a Picasso? The short answer is…a lot. The long answer is $95,216,000 dollars. Dora Maar au Chat, which translates to Dora Maar with Cat, is a painting by Pablo Picasso of his lover. She is depicted as sitting in a small chair with, well, a little black cat on her shoulder. The bidder was a previously unknown buyer from Russia. To this day no one knows if this was the work of some amateur bidder out for himself, or if he was representing a secret buyer. The whereabouts of the painting also remain unknown. Who knew the art world could be so scandalous? It could either have been horribly destroyed, or someone is hanging the nearly 100 million-dollar piece over their fireplace at home.
Number 6: Garçon à la Pipe ($104 Million)
Up until now, our list hasn't breached the $100 million dollar mark, but that all changes with yet another Picasso piece, titled Garçon à la Pipe.