Find below the world’s top 25 most expensive art pieces in 2024. The most expensive artwork and art pieces ever sold in the world. Including paintings, modern art, photography, sculpture, installation art and more.

By Mau, an art dealer and marketer at eDigital.


I already know something about you.

You are an art lover!

The Louvre is nothing compared to the unique art pieces you have at home.

The special art hanging on the walls in your living room is an extension of your personality reflecting the deepest corners of your soul and its most profound meaning.

The world‘s top famous and most expensive art pieces you are about to discover below will never be as loved as the ones you possess but will offer you a glimpse of what the art market considers valuable.

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USD$80 million

Odalisque couchée aux magnolias Henri Matisse

Odalisque couchée aux magnolias Henri Matisse

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24. NYMPHÉAS EN FLEUR, CA. 1914-17 by Claude Monet

USD$84 million

Nymphéas en fleur Claude Monet

Nymphéas en fleur Claude Monet

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USD$85 million

Suprematist Composition Kasimir Malevich

Suprematist Composition Kasimir Malevich

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22. LARGE INTERIOR W11 (after Watteau) by Lucian Freud

USD$86 million

Large Interior W11 (after Watteau) Lucian Freud

Large Interior W11 (after Watteau) Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud (1922-2011), Large Interior, W11 (after Watteau), 1981-83. Oil on canvas. 72¼ x 78 in (185.4 x 198.1 cm). Sold for $86,265,000 in Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection Part I on 9 November 2022 at Christie’s in New York.

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21. PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST (Pool with two figures) by David Hockney

USD$90 million

Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) David Hockney

Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) David Hockney

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Art is essential in developing the human spirit, an important component of any community and one of the foundations of its culture. Art cannot exist separate from culture. Art reflects culture, transmits culture and shapes culture, comments and criticises culture.

Art can help us realise people from all around the world are fundamentally the same with the same common desires for connection, expression and communication. 

Art has the power to help you see the world in a completely new way with no need for written or spoken language, striking an emotional nerve that leaves an impact on you. 

The process of creating and refining art is inherently introspective. When we make art we are examining and observing our own physical, mental and emotional processes which can help us better understand ourselves and the key reasons why life is worth living.

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  • Massacre of the Innocents (1611–12) by Peter Paul Rubens £49.5 million (USD$76.5 million)
  • La Jeune Fille Sophistiquée (Portrait de Nancy Cunard) by Constantin Brâncusi. USD$71 million
  • Femme au béret et à la robe quadrillée (Marie-Thérèse Walter) by Pablo Picasso USD69 million
  • Woman as Landscape by Willem de Kooning USD$68 million
  • Juin-October, 1985 by Zao Wou-­Ki USD$65 million
  • Wood and Rock by Su Shi USD$59 million
  • La dormeuse by Pablo Picasso USD$57 million
  • Composition with red strokes by Jackson Pollock USD$55 million
  • Small False Start by Jasper John USD$55 million
  • Study of Portrait by Francis Bacon USD$49 million
  • Madonna of the Magnificat by Sandro Botticelli USD$48 million
  • Flexible by Jean­-Michel Basquiat USD$45 million
  • View from Peak by Pan Tianshou USD$41 million
  • Te Poipoi by Paul Gaugin USD$39 million
  • Vue de l’asile et de la Chapelle Saint­-Paul de Mausole (Saint­-Rémy) by Vincent van Gogh USD39 million
  • Double Elvis [Ferus Type] by Andy Warhol USD$37 million
  • Le Repos by Pablo Picasso USD$36 million
  • Three Studies for Self-Portrait by Francis Bacon USD$29 million
  • White Rose with Larkspur No. I by Georgia O’Keeffe USD$26 million
  • Day Dream by Andrew Wyeth USD$23 million
  • The Splash by David Hockney £$20 million
  • Mao by Andy Warhol USD$17 million

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Knowing about the world’s most expensive art pieces is important for art investment, cultural awareness and art dealing market trends.

Becoming aware of the world’s most expensive art is also a matter of public interest for social commentary.

Owning one or some of the world’s most expensive art pieces offers prestige and status.

Expensive art can also inspire creativity for upcoming artwork.

High-priced art enriches people’s understanding of art’s value and significance in society, contributing to a deeper appreciation and engagement with artists across diverse art markets.

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