Listed: the world’s most-expensive paintings sold at auction

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By Chris Harris
Listed: the world’s most-expensive paintings sold at auction

<p>After Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of Christ, Salvator Mundi, smashed the record for the most expensive painting sold at auction, we take a look at some of the artworks to have previously held the title.</p> <p>We have included the sale prices, which do not take into account inflation.</p> <p><strong>Salvator Mundi | Leonardo da Vinci | (1490-1519) | sold for $450.3m (€382m)</strong></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece Salvator Mundi achieves $450,312,500, a <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/worldauctionrecord?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#worldauctionrecord</a> for any work of art sold at auction. <a href="https://t.co/snKxm7t3cb">pic.twitter.com/snKxm7t3cb</a></p>— Christie’s (@ChristiesInc) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChristiesInc/status/930961375022796800?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><strong>Interchange | Willem de Kooning | (1955) | sold for c.$300m (€254m)</strong></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">To date, the most expensive painting ever sold is an abstract landscape by Willem de Kooning called Interchange<a href="https://t.co/yeEFWpKGcE">https://t.co/yeEFWpKGcE</a> <a href="https://t.co/nyVx2o0lxQ">pic.twitter.com/nyVx2o0lxQ</a></p>— IdeelArt (@IdeelArt) <a href="https://twitter.com/IdeelArt/status/779501893483626496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 24, 2016</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><strong>The Card Players | Paul Cézanne | (1892/93) | sold for c.$250m (€212m)</strong></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">«The Card Players» 1895 oil 47 × 56.5 cm (Musee d’Orsay)<br /> by French painter Paul Cézanne died <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OTD?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OTD</a> 22 Oct 1906<br /> <span class="caps">VIDEO</span>: <a href="https://t.co/cUwUNPx3oJ">https://t.co/cUwUNPx3oJ</a> <a href="https://t.co/LwQC3Qp9Ps">pic.twitter.com/LwQC3Qp9Ps</a></p>— Yuri Yudaev (@yuracei) <a href="https://twitter.com/yuracei/status/922433466049941505?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 23, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><strong>Nafea Faa Ipoipo | Paul Gauguin | (1892) | sold for $210m (€178.3m)</strong></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">“Nafea Faa Ipoipo” de Paul <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Gauguin?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Gauguin</a> n’est finalement pas l’œuvre la plus chère jamais vendue <a href="https://t.co/u0oJBX6ng9">https://t.co/u0oJBX6ng9</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/March%C3%A9delArt?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MarchédelArt</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/News?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#News</a> <a href="https://t.co/UPhHCgQris">pic.twitter.com/UPhHCgQris</a></p>— Christie’s Paris (@christiesparis) <a href="https://twitter.com/christiesparis/status/885073785598205954?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 12, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><strong>Number 17A | Jackson Pollock | (1948) | sold for c$200m (€169.8m)</strong></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jackson Pollock »Number 17A« von 1948 im Art Institute of Chicago <a href="https://t.co/61JaCfmW8V">pic.twitter.com/61JaCfmW8V</a></p>— oder auch nicht (@BernardGollas) <a href="https://twitter.com/BernardGollas/status/889588001810116614?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 24, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><strong>No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) | Mark Rothko | (1951) | sold for $186m (€157.9m)</strong></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MiddayShowWithIfy?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MiddayShowWithIfy</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldOfLifestyle?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldOfLifestyle</a> “Worlds most expensive paintings” – No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) by Mark Rothko. $186m <a href="https://t.co/XBWotPlZB5">pic.twitter.com/XBWotPlZB5</a></p>— Lagos Talks (@LagosTalks913) <a href="https://twitter.com/LagosTalks913/status/828563158436544512?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 6, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><strong>Portraits of Maerten Soolmans/Oopjen Coppit | Rembrandt | (1634) | sold for $180m (€152.8m)</strong></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr">“ Pendant portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit “<br /> بـ 180 مليون <a href="https://t.co/H19VFuLoMl">pic.twitter.com/H19VFuLoMl</a></p>— MISHARY☭ (@CHE_MISHARY) <a href="https://twitter.com/CHE_MISHARY/status/887744804276367362?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 19, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><strong>Les Femmes d’Alger (“Version O”) | Pablo Picasso | (1955) | sold for $179.4m (€152.3m)</strong></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Les Femmes d’Alger (version O) de Pablo Picasso<br /> 179.3 M$, le 11 mai 2015 dans une vente aux enchères chez Christie’s à New York <a href="https://t.co/HrIYYApCYe">pic.twitter.com/HrIYYApCYe</a></p>— paul martin (@paulmartin651) <a href="https://twitter.com/paulmartin651/status/926033442709688320?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 2, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><strong>Nu Couché | Amedeo Modigliani | (1917/18) | sold for $170.4m (€144.6m)</strong></p> <div align="center"><a title="Amedeo Modigliani [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons" href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AAmedeo_Modigliani_012.jpg"><img width="512" alt="Amedeo Modigliani 012" src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9a/Amedeo_Modigliani_012.jpg/512px-Amedeo_Modigliani_012.jpg"/></a></div> <p><strong>No. 5, 1948 | Jackson Pollock | (1948) | sold for $140m (€118.8m)</strong></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jackson Pollock’s no. 5, 1948 <a href="https://t.co/lflnuEVvnP">pic.twitter.com/lflnuEVvnP</a></p>— greg (@gregpattinson99) <a href="https://twitter.com/gregpattinson99/status/927982609765949441?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 7, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>