by Maria Sofou

According to, 2015 has been a record year for the art market: with their focus mainly on artworks from Modern, Contemporary and Post-War categories, buyers were willing to spend great amounts of money, with the most expensive artwork – Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’) – reaching 179.4 million dollars!

From Picasso and Giacometti to Lichtenstein and Warhol, here are the 10 most expensive art masterpieces that were sold in 2015 – note that 8 out of the 10 artworks listed below were sold by Christie’s in a single auction house back in May.


Pablo Picasso, Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’), 1955 – $179.4 Million (CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK)resize

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu couché, 1917-18 – $170.4 Million (CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK)


Alberto Giacometti, L’homme au doigt, 1947 – $141.3 Million (CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK)


Roy Lichtenstein, Nurse, 1964 – $95.4 Million (CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK)


Mark Rothko, No.10, 1958 –$81.9 Million (CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK)


Cy Twombly, Untitled (New York City), 1968 – $70.53 Million (SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK)


Pablo Picasso, La Gommeuse, 1901 –$67.5 Million (SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK)


Pablo Picasso, Buste de Femme (Femme à la Résille), 1938 – $67.4 Million (CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK)8

Andy Warhol, Colored Mona Lisa, 1963 – $56.2 Million (CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK)9

Lucian Freud, Benefits Supervisor Resting, 1994 – $56.2 Million (CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK)