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The Most Expensive Art

Updated on February 13, 2010

I like art very much. I had said before throgu my other hub that I like painting. There are many kind of art. Like drawing, painting, sculpture, graphics, crafts and multimedia. Music, dance and theater are also kind of art. I think many all of us could create of beautiful art. But sometimes to be famous as an artist it need special skill or natural skill to make great art. The famous art will be appreciated very expensive. Like Vincent Van Gohg, Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Gustav Klimt, Pierre Aguste Renoir, Swiss Alberto Giaocimetti.

The price offered trough auction look doesn’t make sense. Sometimes we think that only crazy people would buy it. But it was actually sold. And most of buyer is a rich people or millionaire. The conclusion is satisfaction can not be measured by  money.  For a collector the money is number two, if they like that art they must have it.  Whatever happens. Although with a very expensive price they will buy it.  It looks like a waste of money.  But that's the reality of art.  From this hub I’ll show the most expensive art. Most of them is painting and one is a sculpture.

L’Homme Qui Marche I, by Alberto Giacometti.

The global economic crisis can’t stop people to spend their money to buy something that we think that’s not a major need in life. Sotheby’s as one of the biggest art auction house made a new sensation by auctioning off the most expensive statue of the world's. For normal person who didn’t know about art it look bad sculpture. This is like unfinished thin man statue. The sculpture with name  L’Homme Qui Marche I or Walking Man 1 which made by Alberto Giacometti  (Switzerland artist). This famus sculpture was made in 1961 and finished in 1962. But don’t be surprised about the price. This sculture was sold with the price £ 65,001,250.

Sotheby’s officer hide the identity of the buyer of Walking Man 1. This is three times higher price than other Alberto Giacometti sculpture which had sold around $ 24 million. Namely Standing Woman II. One of the names that appear is Roman Abramovic, the owner of football club in UK.  Who bought the painting from the Francois bacon with the price $84 millions.

The owner of this sculture before it auctioned was Dresdner Bank in the early 1980. Why the Walking Man 1 become expensive because this sculpture into the most iconic, rare and the important materpice.

Tete de Femme (Jacqueline), by Pablo Picasso

This painting was sold in christie’s art auction house with the price £ 6,100,000 The interesting about this painting is never shown during 34 years and never auctioned before.  And  the Christie’s officer also hide the identity of the buyer. This painting told about the portrait of Jaqueline, the second wife of Picasso. Actually Jaqueline had short neck, but in this painting Picasso had a “joke”. He drawing his wife with very long neck.

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Portrait of Adele Bloch-Baeur, by Gustav Klimt (Austria)

The masterpiece of Gustav Klimt.  One of the famous artist from Austria. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Baeur  was made in 1907. This painting was purchased by Ronald S.Lauder with the price is $ 135,000,000.

Garcon a la Pipe, By Pablo Picasso (Spanish)

The other masterpiece of Pablo Picasso. Garcon a la Pipe was made in 1904. With Dimention slightly over 100 cm X 81,3 cm. Used media by oil in canvas. It sold in Sotheby’s New York on May, 2004 with the price  $ 104,100,000

Dora with Cat, By Pablo Picasso (Spanish)

Picasso  is one of the greatest artist and his masterpiece usually sold with the price millions dollar. Dora with Cat was made in 1941. This painting was sold in Sotheby’s on May 2006 with the price $92,500,000

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Portrait of Dr.Gachet, by Vincent van Gogh (Netherlands)

Vincent Van Gogh is also the great artist. He produced high quality of painting. Portrait of Dr.Gachet was made in 1889. This is become phenomenon when the Japanese businessman paid $82,5 million in Christie's auction, New York. This man was Ryoei Saito.

Bal Au Muolin de la Gallet, Pierre Aguste Renoir (French)

As an artist  Pierre Aguste Renoir also produce great painting. Bal Au Muolin de la Gallet was made in 1876. And this is become masterpiece which sold at Sotheby's in New York City with the price $ 78,000,000. The buyer is the same with Portrait of Dr.Gachet, he was Ryoei Saito.

There are many great painting which sold million of dollar. I can’t explain one by one. Such as:

  • Le Bassin Aux Nympheas by Claude Monet ($80,451,178)
  • Bal Au Moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir ($78,000,000)
  • Massacre of the Innocents by Peter Paul Rubens ($76,700,000)
  • Portrait de l'Artiste sans Barbe by Vincent van Gogh ($71,500,000)
  • Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier by Paul Cézanne ($60,500,000)
  • Femme aux Bras Croisés by Pablo Picasso ($55,000,000)

I hope we can see this hub as a knowledge for us. We could appreciate to all kind of art. I think art have the influence in our life. And made this life more colorful.

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    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome, Bloggermasud. I am glad to see you here. Cheers...

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      Masudur Rashid 

      7 years ago from Bangladesh

      Beautiful hub mr prasetio. keep carry on.

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks lovelypaper for coming to this hub. I am glad you want to share this. nice to meet you here.

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      Renee S 

      9 years ago from Virginia

      I share your love of art. Very nice hub.

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks Micky, Angela and yenajeon for coming to this hub. I hope this information give us a new spirit. I also appreciate for all comment who support in art.

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      Yena Williams 

      9 years ago from California

      I love love the portrait of adele bloch-beaur and Renoir has always been a favorite, Great Hub!

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      Angela Blair 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

      Beautifully crafted Hub -- you do credit to these artists. Best, Sis

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      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Thank you Prasetio. I love your presentation. Thanks!

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks for ethel, Janny, Darlene. breakfastpop and "Quil" for coming to this hub.

      I know many hubbers have talented in art, especially for painting. It good for hobby also good for business. Try to follow my tips:

      If you like painting, try to follow your heart. If you like surialisme just do it!, if you like abstract try to made it!

      I hope you have small gallery and when you have enough collection. You can offer to your friend.

      ....I hope the best for you all.........

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      9 years ago

      Well done and sit and look at the famous and expensive works is to look not at the cost but what the artist is saying...


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      9 years ago

      Wonderful hub. I spent a few exciting years painting and I do not regret one moment of it.

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      Darlene Sabella 

      9 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      I do love art, I oil paint, but my art will never hang on the wall of a puplic place, I am not that good at it. I very much enjoyed your hub, makes you want to paint. Thanks

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      9 years ago

      Impressive art. Learned something new. Thanks

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      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Yes I saw about the sculpture on the news. In some ways it is obscene when there is so much poverty

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      In my country art is one of the lesson in the school curriculum. Start form elementary until high School they get the art lesson. The oil painting on canvas it give in the high school grade. I hope our children can learn much about art. And I hope your wish will come true. Thanks BkCreative.

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      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I wish we had more art - especially in our school curriculum so we could produce more brilliant people. The prices show just how valuable art can be.

      Thanks for another very interesting hub!

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks Pete to open your mind about this topic. And give a fact about money on Wall Street. I really never know it before. nice comment my friend.

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      Pete Maida 

      9 years ago

      Now you know what those bank executives on Wall Street do with all of their money. They need to suck billions of our dollars so they can by art.

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks Veronica, Hello and Pamela for coming to this hub. And I want to say thanks for appreciate this hub and the art also. This is kind of dilemma when the other side sufferers and the other side spend a lot of money just for fun. But actually this is not only for fun, the collector appreciate those art and it kind of investment also. They hope they'll sell those collection with higher price than before.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Interesting hub and nice art. The amount of money they cost is certainly more than most people can afford. Art museums are wonderful because at least you get to see the art. Good hub.

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      It is unbelievable and let be honest, even for a masterpiece, out of proportion. Thank you for your hub and information.

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      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      This just goes to show you, that people will pay top dollar for the things they really like. It amazes me though, that anyone can pay so much for a piece of art. Thanks for another interesting hub.


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