Paintings are an investment for sure, some paintings are so valuable that they can’t be sold! In today’s article, we are going to be exploring and listing the most expensive paintings ever sold. So, let’s jump straight into it…
The first piece of art that we all think of when it comes to priceless is of course the Mona Lisa. But did you know that it was sold to King Francis I of France for 4,000 Gold Ducats? In today’s money, this one-of-a-kind painting is worth up to $1 billion as of its last valuation in 2023! The Mona Lisa is a half-length painting by none other than Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci was “the best-known artist” to ever exist with his archetypal masterpieces and stunning pieces of art, it is very clear to see why.
Moving onto the next painting which is the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. This piece of Christian Art was once the most valuable painting which was later beaten by the Mona Lisa. After its most recent auction, the Salvator Mundi piece was sold to a Saudi Arabian Prince for £450 million (USD) back in 2016, however, with inflation rates and the value in mind, this painting can now be worth up to $539 million (USD)! As this painting is now protected in the Prince’s home, you can’t visit the original however there are plenty of images of it up close floating around the internet!
The last painting, we are going to be discussing is The Scream by Edvard Munch. This is another iconic and well-known piece that is worth over $140 million (USD). It’s a fact that Munch was known for his strongly expressed emotions which were reflected in his work and that’s what makes them so unique. He has also been remembered for his travels around Europe which helped him understand and learn new skills from the likes of Van Gogh and Gauguin!
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