The 10 most expensive paintings ever sold


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A painting by Pablo Picasso entitled Women of Algiers (Version O) has set a new world record for the most expensive artwork to be sold at auction after reaching 9.4m (£115m) in New York.

In February, a painting by Paul Gauguin was reportedly bought for 0m (£200m), making it the most expensive painting ever sold, at auction or in a private sale. Monday night’s sale makes Picasso’s piece the third most expensive painting to have ever been sold.

The New York Times reported that Gauguin’s painting of two Tahitian women, Nafea Faa Ipoipo? (When Will You Marry?), is believed to have been purchased by a a Qatari buyer from a Swiss private collection.

Quartz report that the Picasso painting was last sold in 1997 to the seller, who put it up for auction on Monday night, for .9m and has appreciated by 7.5m in the past 18 years.

So how do these recent sales compare to other pricey paintings that have reportedly sold for millions of dollars?

<img src="https://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/5/12/1431436268544/2af2d4b1-217f-4245-9298-6c309f3607ad-460×276.jpeg" alt="Detail from Nafea Faa Ipoipo? or When Will You Marry? by Paul Gauguin.” width=”460″ height=”276″ class=”gu-image” />
Detail from Nafea Faa Ipoipo? or When Will You Marry? by Paul Gauguin. Photograph: Georgios Kefalas/AP

Previous to the February sale of Gauguin’s painting (When Will You Marry Me?), the most expensive painting to have been sold was Paul Cézanne’s The Card Players, which was snapped up by the Qatari royal family in 2011 for a rumoured 0m – adjusted for inflation that’s 3.1m in today’s money.

Fourth highest on the list is Jackson Pollock’s No. 5, 1948, which sold for about 0m at a private auction at Sotheby’s according to a New York Times article.

Woman III by Willam de Kooning reached around 7.5m when it was sold to hedge fund billionaire Steven A. Cohen privately in 2006. Cohen also snapped up Le Rêve, a painting by Pablo Picasso, in 2013 for 5m – although once adjusted for inflation it falls just below Woman III in the list of the most expensive paintings ever sold, at 7.5m.

The table below shows the full details of the paintings: when it was bought, how much it sold for and the price adjusted for inflation.

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