Find below the world’s top 10 most expensive art pieces in 2024 list. The most expensive art ever sold in the world. Including paintings, modern art, photography, sculpture, installation art, abstract art, visual art and more.

By Mau, an art dealer, art collector and senior 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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Find below the most expensive pieces of art ever sold

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10. MASTERPIECE by Roy Lichtenstein

USD$165 million

Masterpiece Roy Lichtenstein

Masterpiece Roy Lichtenstein

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€160 million (Converted to USD$174 million)

Pendant portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit by Rembrandt

Pendant portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit by Rembrandt

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8. NU COUCHÉ (Reclining nude) by Amedeo Modigliani

USD$177 million

nu couché amadeo modigliani

nu couché by amadeo modigliani

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7. No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) by Mark Rothko

USD$196 million

No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) Mark Rothko

No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) Mark Rothko

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6. WASSERSCHLAGEN II (Water Serpents II) by Gustav Klimt

USD$198 million

Wasserschlangen II Freundinnen painting Gustav Klimt

Wasserschlangen II Freundinnen painting Gustav Klimt

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5. NUMBER 17A by Jackson Pollock 

USD$208 million

number 17a Jackson Pollock

number 17a Jackson Pollock

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4. NAFEA FAA IPOIPO (When will you marry?) by Paul Gauguin 

USD$219 million

Nafea faa ipoipo when will you marry paul gauguin

Nafea faa ipoipo when will you marry paul gauguin

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3. THE CARD PLAYERS by Paul Cézanne

USD$274 million

the card players artwork Paul Cézanne

the card players artwork Paul Cézanne

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2. INTERCHANGE by Willem de Kooning

USD$300 million

interchange painting Willem de Kooning

interchange painting Willem de Kooning

I am a fan of Willem de Kooning, a Dutch-American abstract expressionist artist. Interchange, sometimes called ‘Interchanged’, is a large-scale oil painting measuring 200 by 175 centimetres. It was sold in September 2015 for $312 million US. The sale represented a new record for the highest-ever price paid for a painting by any artist at the time. This world’s famous art piece is part of a private collection of Kenneth C. Griffin. Currently loaned to and displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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1. SALVATOR MUNDI by Leonardo Da Vinci

USD$450 million

salvator mundi Leonardo Da Vinci

Salvator Mundi Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci‘s masterpiece Salvator Mundi achieves $450.312.500 a  world auction record for any work of art sold at auction. 

The successful public unveiling of Christ as Salvator Mundi (“Savior of the World”) in the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan at The National Gallery, London, in 2011, caused worldwide media excitement. Painted by one of history’s greatest and most renowned Italian artists, as well as one whose works are among the rarest—fewer than twenty paintings in existence are generally accepted as from the artist’s hand—it was the first discovery of a painting by Leonardo da Vinci since 1909, when the Benois Madonna, now in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, came to light.

Salvator Mundi’s inclusion in the exhibition came after more than six years of painstaking research and inquiry to document the painting’s authenticity, begun shortly after it was discovered – heavily veiled with overpaints, long mistaken for a copy – in a small, regional auction in the United States of America.

The painting’s new owners restored it and vetted its authenticity with the world’s leading authorities on the works and career of the Milanese master.

Salvator Mundi is a fascinating story of the greatest and most unexpected artistic rediscovery of the 21st century.

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Knowing about the most expensive art ever sold is important for its cultural, social, artistic and historical significance, insights into art market trends and investment considerations.

Some of the highest valued art can also offer artist recognition, public engagement and museum acquisitions.

Having a real interest in some of the world’s most expensive art can also help with preservation and conservation, and inspiration within the art world other creative industries. 

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