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5 most expensive paintings and sculptures of the world

Updated on May 26, 2012

Most expensive sculptures and arts!

Grande tête de Diego
Grande tête de Diego | Source
The Guennol Lioness
The Guennol Lioness | Source
Tete | Source
For the love of God
For the love of God | Source
L'Homme qui marche I
L'Homme qui marche I | Source
The scream
The scream | Source
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I | Source
Woman III
Woman III | Source
No. 5, 1948
No. 5, 1948 | Source
The card players
The card players | Source

Most expensive of all!!

I have always been a person who loves to give people what is interesting, something that makes me interested I share with everyone some times it works sometimes it don't. Instead on holding on to one topic or one area of suggestion I thought about being diverse in my hubs when I started writing hubs (that is a month ago). All the time I am writing a poem I research some topic, while I am writing about one I think and research another one to make sure I don't bore my followers and my fellow writers of hubpages or anyone who reads my hub, cause as a writer I think giving interesting stuff is most important thing of all!

This time the topic I have chosen is quite interesting and it took me while to create a decent article about it, but in the end I was able to make one. I have been fan of arts and sculptures for a long time, the talents behind them, history behind them and most of all their beauty just amuses me. The topic as you already have read is "5 most expensive arts and sculptures of the world" I will be sharing 5 most expensive arts and 5 most expensive sculptures of all times along with their history, creators, price they were sold at and person who bought them.

Statues have been created by man since pre-history, one of the first statue made was 29.6cm high called the Lion man was made 32,000 years ago. In the present time sculptures are used for decorations, religious ceremonies and historic representation of their era. Many of them are so well known that even a kid 8 years old can tell their name like "Christ the Redeemer" at Rio de janerio, statue of Zeus at Olympia, "Mt. Rushmore", "The Sphinx" Egypt, "Statue of Liberty". Here I am about to tell you the 5 most expensive statues ever sold some of them might be known to you may be some are unknown but even so read, enjoy and learn..

5.) Grande tete de Diego- also known as Grande tete mince it is a bronze sculpture by Alberto Giacometti. Translated as "large head of Diego" it stands 65cm. The sculpture is modeled on Giacometti or his brother Diego they started working on it in 1954 and cast it in 1955. When viewed from different vantage points, Large Head of Diego seems to be two distinct heads. From the front the head is narrow; the effect is like looking straight on at a knife edge. From the side the profile is full-bodied and dramatically silhouetted, completely contradicting the frontal view.
—Valerie Fletcher, Alberto Giacometti
When auctioned in year 2010 the estimated amount of the sculpture was $25-$35 millions but an anonymous bidder surpassed it by bidding $53 millions.

Sculpture- Grande tete de Diego (Grande tete mince)
Creator - Alberto Giacometti
Created - 1955
Sold - 2010
Buyer - Anonymous
Price - $53 millions

4.) The Guennol Lioness- It is an 5000 years old Mesopotamian statue fond near Baghdad, Iraq standing 8.3cm. Although the name of artist is unknown this Elamite figure is believed to be made around 3000 B.C almost same time as the discovery of wheel and emergence of first cities were recorded. This limestone piece was described by Sotheby's as "one of the last known work from dawn of civilization remaining in private hand." The estimated bid was $14-$18 millions but it crossed it and even beat the $28.6 million for "Artemis and the stag" which was also sold in Sotheby's in 2007. The bidding closed at $57.2 millions.

Sculpture- The Guennol Lioness
Creator - Unknown
Created - 3000 B.C
Sold - 2007
Buyer - Private collection
Price - $57.2 millions

3.) Tete- It is a limestone sculpture made by Amedeo Modigilani. It is one of the 27 sculptures made my Amedeo during 1910 and 1912. Standing over 2 feet tall it depicts a woman wearing tribal mask with her hair swept back. Modigilani was inspired by the geometric design of African sculptures while he made this, as described by Christie's auction house, "Pared-down to a series of simple geometric forms, rigidly frontal and rigorously symmetrical, Tete emanates a feeling of haunting mystery." The bidder were mostly anonymous and placed their bid via telephone. The highest bid was placed at $ 59.5 millions by anonymous telephone bidder.

Sculpture- Tete
Creator - Amedo Modigilani
Created - 1910-12
Sold - 2010
Buyer - Private collection
Price - $59.5 millions

2.) For the Love of GOD- It is a sculpture made by Damien Hirst produced in 2007. It consists of platinum cast of human skull encrusted with 8,601 flawless diamonds, including pear shaped pink diamond located in forehead. The production cost was $21 million. The human skull used as a base is thought to be that of a European living between 1720 - 1810 the sculpture is made of platinum with approximately 221g of diamonds exception of the teeth which are real humans. He sold the skull at an amazing $100 million to a private buyer.

Sculpture- For the love of GOD
Creator - Damien Hirst
Created - 2007
Sold - 2008
Buyer - Private sale
Price - $100 million

1.) L 'Homme qui marche I- also known as "The walking man I" is one of the bronze cast sculpture which comprises six numbered edition and four artist proofs created by swis sculptor Alberto Giacometti. Sculpture depicts of a lone man in kid-stride with his arms hanging in side the piece is described as, " both a humble image of a polite man and a potent symbol of humanity." L'Homme Qui Marche I was created at the high point of Giacometti's mature period and represents the pinnacle of his experimentation with the human form. the piece is considered to be one of the most important works by the artist and one of the most iconic images of Modern art. On february 2010 the piece came up for auction in Sotheby's and was sold by a German banking group called Commerzbank. It was first time in 20 years that the life size figure of a walking man came to auction.

Sculpture- L 'Homme qui marche I
Creator - Alberto Giacometti
Created - 1961
Sold - 2010
Buyer - Lily Safra
Price - $104 millions

Moving on to the next part. Here are some of the most expensive paintings ever sold!
Even though I am bad painter and my sketches are worse than Kindergarten students, but I love to see beautiful paintings and arts. while going over the idea of something interesting I came up with a wild Idea of sharing most expensive paintings ever sold. There are many usefulness of reading these kind of things, first of all you get to see and read some interesting things and second you now know that if you can paint and sculpt real good you can be famous and rich too, what other than that a person wants for his talents???
Too much philosophy now its time to share some of the most expensive art works ever sold..

5.) The Scream- This iconic work is the most expensive painting ever sold in an auction house. It is most colorful of the four versions of the masterpiece by Edvard Munch. Der Schrei der Natur is the title given by Munch to these works and it portrait's an agonized expression against a landscape with tumultuous red sky. In his diary munch wrote the inspiration of the picture as ,"One evening I was walking along a path, the city was on one side and the fjord below. I felt tired and ill. I stopped and looked out over the fjord—the sun was setting, and the clouds turning blood red. I sensed a scream passing through nature; it seemed to me that I heard the scream. I painted this picture, painted the clouds as actual blood. The color shrieked. This became The Scream."

Painting- The Scream
Artist - Edvard Munch
Painted - 1893
Sold - 2 May 2012
Buyer - Anonymous
Price - $ 120 million

4.) Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I- A 1907 painting by Gustav Klimt, it took Klimt 3 years to complete the painting and it measures 138 X 138 cm painting by oil and gold on canvas. The picture was painted in Vienna and was commissioned by Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer. After death of Adele Bloch-Bauer (model of the painting and Ferdinand's wife) the painting were given to Austrian state Gallery as per her will, later when Ferdinand dies he made his niece and nephews heir of his estate. Maria Altman Ferdinand's niece after winning court battle over the painting became rightful owner of the painting. She sold the painting in a private sale at $135 million in 2006.

Painting- Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer
Artist - Gustav Klimt
Painted - 1907
Sold - 2006
Buyer - Private sale
Price - $135 million

3.) Woman III- It is a painting by abstract expressionist Willem De kooning done between 1950-53. The central theme was a woman. It measures 68 X 48.5 inch. The woman also described by T. Hess as "black Goddess" . In late 70 to 1994 it was part of Tehran museum of contemporary arts. Later bought by a billionaire in november 2006.

Painting- Woman III
Artist - Willem De Kooning
Painted - 1953
Sold - 2006
Buyer - Steven A. Cohen
Price - $137.5 million

2.) No. 5, 1948- This stunning "drip" was painted by Jackson Pollock and american painter known for his contribution in abstract expressionist movement. The painting was made on a 8 X 4 sheet of fiberboard, with thick amounts of brown and yellow paint drizzled on top of it, forming a nest-like appearance. It is the most expensive contemporary painting sold till date, although the exact price is unknown but the best predicted price is $140 million.

Painting- No. 5, 1948
Artist - Jackson Pollock
Painted - 1948
Sold - 2006
Buyer - David Martinez
Price - $140 million

1.) The card players- It is an oil painting painted by French post-impressionist artist Paul Cezanne during his final period in early 1890's. There are five paintings in this series the versions may vary in size and number of player depicted. The series is considered by critics to be a cornerstone of Cezanne's work during the early-to-mid 1890s period, as well as a "prelude" to his final years, when he painted some of his most acclaimed work. The models for the paintings were local farmhands, some of whom worked on the Cezanne family estate, the Jas de Bouffan.Each scene is depicted as one of quiet, still concentration; the men look down at their cards rather than each other, perhaps the cards being their sole means of communication outside of work. One critic described the scenes as "human still life", while another speculated the men's intense focus on their game mirrors that of the painter's absorption in his art.

Painting- The card players
Artist - Paul Cezanne
Painted - 1895
Sold - 2011
Buyer - Royal family of Qatar
Price - $254 million

Hopefully I was able to create an interesting article! please enjoy.


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    • endless sea profile imageAUTHOR

      Akhand Pratap SIngh 

      6 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

      Thank you Atiba, I am glad you liked my article. :)

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      Atiba Sheikh 

      6 years ago from India

      Afreen- u've done a great research ......................although i know nothing about the paintings and sculptures but still i found u're research a lot interesting and useful.....i esp liked Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer :)

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      Akhand Pratap SIngh 

      6 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

      Its their money they earned it and I believe if you have earned it you can spend it anywhere you want may be those people are just nuts giving money for those painting.. LOL!! I would rather buy a car or whole lot of food :P

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      Joanna Chandler 

      6 years ago from On Planet Earth

      Interesting Hub!!!

      But people got to be insane to pay all that money for those paintings or sculptures to many people suffering to purchase something so costly.

    • endless sea profile imageAUTHOR

      Akhand Pratap SIngh 

      6 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

      thank you unknown spy :)

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      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Very interesting, full of facts. like i've been drawn to history. Good job!

    • endless sea profile imageAUTHOR

      Akhand Pratap SIngh 

      6 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

      Its nice that you liked it :) and yeah after seeing the prices of bid I was shocked myself. Thank you for comment and read

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Wow, these prices are so high! I do like The Scream, I have seen it many times but did not know this information.

    • endless sea profile imageAUTHOR

      Akhand Pratap SIngh 

      6 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

      Thank you Angela. I thought that as well some of them were not amazing to me(lets keep that a secret) still when an artist puts effort and people who see them live might get a feel of that effort and the feeling behind the paintings and sculptures. Thank you for visiting and comment!! :)

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      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Some of them are AMAZING while others I wouldn't give a nickle for at a garage sale! LOL The article was so perfectly written as well as the hub! Voted up!

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      Akhand Pratap SIngh 

      6 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

      Thank you b. Malin.. I am happy to present such a hub, hope to give better in future..Thanks for visiting and commenting!!

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      b. Malin 

      6 years ago

      You've achieved your goal "Endless Sea"...This was such an Interesting Hub, a very rewarding read. I Enjoyed the subject you chose. Thanks for sharing. I had read about the "Scream" and found it fascinating, that this small picture could be worth that kind of money! My votes go to you for Interesting, and Useful.

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      Akhand Pratap SIngh 

      6 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

      Thank you Angelme566!! please keep visiting and commenting :)

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      6 years ago

      Yes you were able to create an interesting article and i greatly enjoy it , like i am inside a museum. This so informative and so unique artifacts , never though have such kind of relics as this..

      Voted UP ! Interesting , useful !


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