The 15 Most Expensive Paintings in the World

nov fifth 1948 by jackson pollock 140mil msp1 The 15 Most Expensive Paintings in the World

In 2006, media mogul David Geffen sold Jackson Pollock’s masterwork, No. 5 1948, for $140 million. This made Pollock’s work the most expensive painting in modern history, leading a list of the world’s most highly acclaimed artists. From Pollock to Picasso, Renoir to Van Gogh, famouse fine art fetches an other-wordly price on today’s market. In celebration of their masterworks and the riches now behind them, here is a list of the 15 most expensive paintings in the world.

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  1. I was watching NUM3ERS the other night and it showed that some Abstract Art (like Pollock’s) is actually fractal art. Every time they splash another load of paint on the canvas it makes the same general shape as the others and it holds true as you step away and look at it as a whole. I’m going up to NYC for Thanksgiving and going to a museum on Friday. I’ll let you know if I see it like that.

  2. Abstract Expressionism is my favorite type of art. Pollock, Motherwell and Rothko are the best! Sounds fun nyoki! It’s always exciting to see it in person since the varying depths of paint can’t be reproduced in print. MOMA and Guggenheim probably have the best exhibits, but I’ve sadly never been to either.

  3. MOMA is my favorite museum. When I was pregnant and past due, I walked and walked and then walked some more through the various museums, but mostly MOMA. At the time they had a chair exhibit yep…chairs. Their motorcycle exhibit was really good. Now we take day trips to DC and Ballymo’ for museum excursions.

    Edit: I hope it’s not as crowded as the Udvar-Hazy museum was last year. I literally couldn’t move at times.

  4. I can’t stand this sort of art. I think it’s because I first saw it as a child, and therefore judged it on it’s own lack of merit, rather than within some larger cultural context. Think “The Emperor’s New Clothes” for a classic example of what I mean.
    Nyoki, and anyone else near Baltimore/DC: next time you go to Ballmer, make sure to check out the Museum of Visionary Art. It’s awesome!

  5. Just to qualify my earlier post- by “this sort of art”, I meant the paintings where Pollock splashed or flicked paint at the canvas. I don’t dislike abstract art as a whole.

  6. I’m back and the museum we picked was The Dia: Beacon. They have exhibits of Modern Art and Minimalism. The first few exhibits, I was thinking “Wow, this is only gonna take me 10 minutes to get through.”, but it definitely improved as I went through and they had to kick us out at closing. My favorite exhibit/Artist was Sol LeWitt. I managed a couple of sneaky photos (not of LeWitt, unfortunately), via my cell phone since they didn’t allow any photos or video, and I think they knew because they started following me. I’ll post them if they’re any good once I’ve dl’d them.

  7. I guess they’re afraid you’d post them online or something…

    I can’t really say I like a lot of modern art. I prefer that the ‘art’ stay on the canvas as opposed to being scattered about a room. Not to say there isn’t some great modern art out there, I just find the classical forms to be more interesting.

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