15 Ridiculous Paintings Sold For Millions Of Dollars

Friday, Sep 18, 2020, 7:04 am
By:James Fraser

It is a known fact that people spend lots of money to buy art. Some of them, especially the rich folks, spend millions of dollars to purchase paintings. The ridiculous spending leaves everyday people like us puzzled. Rich people buy paintings for many reasons. Most of them buy original artworks because they are signs of luxury while others see them as a future investment. Check out fifteen ridiculous paintings sold with a hefty price tag.
1.Untitled, 1970 by Cy Twombly ($69.6 Million)

Cy Twombly was an American painter, sculptor and photographer. This artwork that was created by him in 1970 sold for $69.6 million in an auction.


Untitled, 1970 by Cy Twombly (.6 Million)-15 Ridiculous Paintings Sold For Millions Of Dollars



2.Vase With Fifteen Sunflowers By Vincent Van Gogh ($74.5 Million)

Vincent Van Gogh - His name is very popular in art domain. He was a Dutch post-impressionist painter. His work 'Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers' is worth $74.5 million.


Vase With Fifteen Sunflowers By Vincent Van Gogh (.5 Million)-15 Ridiculous Paintings Sold For Millions Of Dollars
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3.False Art, 1959 by Jasper Johns ($84 Million)

Jasper Johns, an American painter and print-maker, painted this painting.This painting has a price tag of $84 million.


False Art, 1959 by Jasper Johns ( Million)-15 Ridiculous Paintings Sold For Millions Of Dollars




4.Black Fire 1 by Barnett Newman ($84.2 Million)

This artwork by Barnett Newman reportedly sold for $84.2 million. Barnett Newman was a famous American painter, who's well known for his artworks related to abstract expressionism.


Black Fire 1 by Barnett Newman (.2 Million)-15 Ridiculous Paintings Sold For Millions Of Dollars


5.Triptych, 1976 ($85 Million)

Francis Bacon painted this unusual looking painting in 1976. Roman Abramovich, the Russian billionaire and owner of Chelsea Football Club, bought this painting for $85 million.


Triptych, 1976 ( Million)-15 Ridiculous Paintings Sold For Millions Of Dollars




6.Orange, Red, Yellow, 1961 by Mark Rothko ($86.9 Million)

Orange, Red, Yellow is a color field paint that was painted by Mark Rothko in 1961. This painting sold for $86.9 million in an auction conducted in 2012.


Orange, Red, Yellow, 1961 by Mark Rothko (.9 Million)-15 Ridiculous Paintings Sold For Millions Of Dollars


7.Portrait of Joseph Roulin, 1889 ($99 Million)

Vincent Van Gogh painted this painting too. The artwork created in 1889 sold for a whopping $99 Million.


Portrait of Joseph Roulin, 1889 ( Million)-15 Ridiculous Paintings Sold For Millions Of Dollars

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8.Dora Maar with Cat, 1941 by Pablo Picasso ($100.7 Million)

This famous painting by Pablo Picasso was brought by an anonymous buyer for $100.7 million from Gidwitz family.


Dora Maar with Cat, 1941 by Pablo Picasso (0.7 Million)-15 Ridiculous Paintings Sold For Millions Of Dollars


9.Irises, 1889, by Vincent Van Gogh ($101 Million)

In 1987, Businessman Alan Bond bought this painting from American singer and musician Joan Whitney Kramer. Vincent Van Gogh painted this painting in 1889.


Irises, 1889, by Vincent Van Gogh (1 Million)-15 Ridiculous Paintings Sold For Millions Of Dollars

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10.Anna's Light, 1968 by Barnett Newman ($105.7 Million)

An unnamed company bought this painting by Barnett Newman for $105.7 million in 2013, from the owner of a Japanese chemical manufacturing company. 


Anna's Light, 1968 by Barnett Newman (5.7 Million)-15 Ridiculous Paintings Sold For Millions Of Dollars


11.Boy with a Pipe, 1905 by Pablo Picasso ($117 Million)

We have one more famous Pablo Picasso painting here that was sold by Whitney family for a high price of $117 million.


Boy with a Pipe, 1905 by Pablo Picasso (7 Million)-15 Ridiculous Paintings Sold For Millions Of Dollars




12.Portrait of Dr. Gachet, 1890 by Vincent Van Gogh ($134 Million)

In 1990, Ryoei Saito, a Japanese businessman, purchased this painting from Siegfried Kramarsky family for $134 million.


Portrait of Dr. Gachet, 1890 by Vincent Van Gogh (4 Million)-15 Ridiculous Paintings Sold For Millions Of Dollars


13.Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907 by Gustav Klimt ($142.8 Million)

Maria Altmann, a family member of painter Gustav Klimt, sold this painting to an American businessman and politician Ronald Lauder for $142.8 million.


Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907 by Gustav Klimt (2.8 Million)-15 Ridiculous Paintings Sold For Millions Of Dollars


14.Women III, 1953 by Willem de Kooning (145.4 Million)

In 2006, American investor Steven Cohen purchased this painting from David Geffen (DreamWorks SKG) for $145.4 million.


Women III, 1953 by Willem de Kooning (145.4 Million)-15 Ridiculous Paintings Sold For Millions Of Dollars


15.No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock ($148.1 Million)

Jackson Pollock, an American abstract painter, created this painting in 1948. David Geffen (DreamWorks SKG) sold the painting to a Mexican businessman David Martinez. The deal fetched David Geffen $148.1 million. 


No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock (8.1 Million)-15 Ridiculous Paintings Sold For Millions Of Dollars



The price of a painting depends on the popularity of painter. Most of these paintings were painted by some of the top artists in the world like Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, etc.


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