Both Modern and past masterpieces are seeing a revitalized interest from the art connoisseurs of today, for a reasons that range from aesthetic, preservative, historical to financial. Whatever the reason maybe, it is clear that the modern connoisseur is willing to put a hefty price tag on acquiring the piece he or she sets their mind on. Here we cover the all-time 10 most expensive artworks sold at an auction, in ascending order of sale price:

#10 Le Bassin aux Nymphéas by Claude Monet

Le Bassin aux Nymphéas is one of the series of Water Lily paintings by Claude Monet.

Sold for $66,212,514 at Christie's, London in 2008.



Le Bassin Aux Nymphéas by Claude Mone

#9 Portrait of Paul Gachet by Vincent Van Gogh


The portrait of Paul Gachet is one of the most revered paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. It depicts the doctor who took care of him during the last months of his life.

Sold for $82,500,000 at Christie's, New York in 1990.

Van Gogh

#8 Dora Maar au Chat by Pablo Picasso

Completed in 1941, it depicts Piccaso's lover - Dora Maar, seated on a chair with a small cat perched on her shoulderes.

Sold for $83,429,503 at Sotheby's, London in 2006.


Dora Maar au Chat by Pablo Picasso

#7 A Chinese Qianlong dynasty porclain vase

Sold for $85,921,461 at Bainbridges, London in 2010.


#6 Triptych by Francis Bacon

A Triptych is an unusual and abstract piece of art. Bacon painted 28 of these.

Sold for $85,900,000 to Roman Abramovich at Sotheby's in 2008.


#5 Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II by Gustav Klimt

A 1912 painting that depeicts Adele Bloch-Bauer, the wife of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer - a wealthy industrialist and Klimt's main sponsor.

Sold for $87,936,000 at Christie's, New York in 2006.

Gustav at Christies


#4 Boy with a Pipe by Piccaso


Painted by Picasso in 1905 at the age pof 24, it depicts a Parisian boy holding a pipe in his hand and wearing a wreath of flowers.

Sold for $104,168,000 at Sotheby's New York in 2004.

Pablo Picasso

Boy with Pipe

#3 L'homme qui Marche I by Alberto Giacometti

A famous cast bronze sculpture by Giacometti that has been described as depicting "both the humble image of an ordinary man, and a potent symbol of humanity."Sold for $105,182,398 at Sotheyby's, London in 2010.


#2 Nude, Green Leaves and Bust by Pable Picasso

A 1932 painting by Picasso depicting his mistress Marie-Thérese Walter.

Sold for $106,482,500 at Christie's, New York in 2010.

Nude Green Leaves and Bust

Nude Green Leaves and Bust by Picasso

#1 The Scream by Edvard Munch

This famous chart-topping painting depicts the "scream of nature" characterised by an agonised face set against a glowing orange sky.

Sold for $119,922,500 at Sotheby's, New York in 2012.

Edward Munch

The Scream

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