Of the many artworks available on the market, some are less affordable than others. You might even find yourself having a bit of a heated conversation with your bank manager or even needing to sell all your worldly possessions just to get some of them on your walls… But because we want to give you an insight into absolutely everything art-related, today we will be looking at the ten most expensive artworks in the world this year!

#1  Bal du Moulin de la Galette (1876), Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Painting Bal du Moulin de la Galette
Auguste Renoir, Le Bal du Moulin de la Galette (1876) / Public domain

In this painting, renowned impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir depicts a scene at the Moulin de la Galette in Montmartre on a sunny Sunday afternoon. In the work, we see a crowd of cheerful figures, gayfully dancing and chatting.

The artist has focused on social diversity, showing people from various different social classes. Although the subject is a beautiful moment of sharing, the price of the work itself makes it anything but accessible… estimates value the piece at the modest sum of just $143 million. If that doesn’t make you rethink your interior design choices, nothing will!

#2 Portrait of Dr. Gachet (1890), Vincent van Gogh

Portrait of Dr. Gachet Vincent van Gogh
Portrait of Dr. Gachet – Wikipedia

Although Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh is known for many different paintings, this is one of his most expensive. It was sold for $152 million to Ryoei Saito. Painted in Auvers-sur-Oise in the last months of Van Gogh’s life, it is a portrait of his doctor, who cared for him until his death.

A man is shown at a table, leaning on his elbow, with a kind look on his face. It’s easy to understand why the painting is deemed so important!

#3 Le Rêve (1932), Pablo Picasso

Le Rêve Pablo Picasso
Picasso, Le rêve (1932)

Selling this year for the phenomenal price of $158 million, this masterpiece is also one of the most expensive ever sold on the market. The buyer was none other than Steven A. Cohen, director of the hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors.

The painting is a portrait of Marie-Thérèse Walter, Picasso’s partner at the time. The red armchair where she drifts into a dream says much about the passionate love between the two.

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#4 The Card Players (1892), Paul Cézanne

The Card Players Paul Cézanne
Paule Cézanne, The Card Plaers (1890-1895)

Cézanne created several versions of this oil on canvas painting. The first composition featured several characters, but in the last version there are only two, and the painting has become a sort of still life. It was sold to the Qatar royal family for the very reasonable price of $274 million

#5 Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907), Gustav Klimt

Klimt portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I
Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) Via Wikimedia Common

After working tirelessly on this piece for three years, Klimt finally managed to create a subtle combination of gold and silver. The work was sold for $158 million to Ronald Lauder… who is of course a billionaire!

#6 No. 5 (1948), Jackson Pollock

No. 5 Jackson Pollock
Jackson Pollock, No 5 (1948)

This famous expressionist painting was originally owned by Samuel Irving Newhouse and on exhibition at the MoMa in New York. After being sold on several occasions for ever-increasing amounts, it was most recently purchased for $165 million by an unknown buyer. This makes it the most expensive piece of modern art ever sold!

#7 When Will You Marry? (1892), Paul Gauguin

When Will You Marry? Paul Gauguin
Paul Gauguin, When Will You Marry? (1892)

…Or, in Tahitian, “Nafea Faa Ipoipo”. Not the easiest title to pronounce! This artwork was painted in French Polynesia by post-impressionist artist Paul Gauguin. It was sold to Qatar for just $300 million. Imagine that!

#8 Interchange (1955), Willem de Kooning

Interchange Willem de Kooning
Willem de Kooning, Interchange (1955)

If you’ve ever dreamt of owning this abstract expressionist oil painting, you’re not alone. But you may have to keep dreaming… Film producer David Geffen sold this work to Ken Griffin for the tiny sum of $300 million. Such generosity!

#9 Reclining Nude (1917), Amedeo Modigliani

Reclining Nude Amedeo Modigliani
Modigliani, Reclining Nude (1917)

This piece portraying a naked woman lying on red bedsheets also went for the not-inconsequential sum of $170 million, paid by billionaire and Shanghai-resident Lui Yiqian.

#10 Salvator Mundi (circa 1500), Leonardo da Vinci:

Salvator Mundi Leonardo da Vinci:
Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi (circa 1500)

Finally, if you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, we have a real bargain for you at the price of just $450 million. This portrait of Christ was sold in 2017 by Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi Arabian crown prince. It is the MOST expensive artwork ever sold and a great way to finish the list in style!

Have no fear, however, the art market also has some far more financially acceptable works available. Why not have a look in our catalogue?