Samuel Masters for Art-Sheep

We all know how things go in art: if it’s done by a famous artist then it is guaranteed to be sold at an astronomical price, even if it is just a blot of paint on a bare canvas. There are, however, some legendary, classic paintings that are well justified in their jaw-dropping prices for a variety of different factors: they are the creations of stellar artists, major historical significance, unique theme or exceptional technique. If you want to find out which are the 20 most expensive of these paintings, then here they are.

20. $75.1 million. No 1 (Royal Red and Blue) by Mark Rothko, 2012

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19. $76.7 million. Massacre of the innocents by Peter Paul Ruben, 1610

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18. $78,100,000. Pierre-Auguste Renoir – Le Moulin de la Galette

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17. $80 million. Turquoise Marilyn by Andy Warhol, 1964-2007

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16. $80,000,000. Jasper Johns – False Start

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15. $82,500,000. Vincent van Gogh – Portrait of Dr. Gachet

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14. $86,300,000. Francis Bacon – Triptych, 1976

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13. $87,900,000. Gustav Klimt – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II

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12. $95,200,000. Pablo Picasso – Dora Maar au Chat

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11. $104,200,000. Pablo Picasso – Garçon à la pipe

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10. $105.4 million. Silver Car Crash [Double Disaster] by Andy Warhol, 1932

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9. $106.5 million. Nude, Green Leaves and Bust by Pablo Picasso, 1932

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8. $110 million. Flag by Jasper Johns, 1958

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7. $119.9 million. The Scream by Edvard Munch, 1895

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6. $135,000,000. Gustav Klimt – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

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5. $137,500,000. Willem de Kooning – Woman III

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4. $140,000,000. Jackson Pollock – No.5, 1948

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3. $142,4 million. Three Studies of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon, 1969

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2. $155 million. La Rêve (The Dream) by Pablo Picasso, 1932

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1. $250 million. The Card Players by Paul Cézanne,2011

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