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 Can you believe that Cezanne’s, The Card Players, is the most expensive painting of all time that sold for more than $250 million? That beauty of a number is literally double the price of the previous record for a work of art bought by the royal family of Qatar in April 2011.

 Seeing this figure, I began wondering what are the most expensive works of art, specifically paintings in the modern world?

It turns out that next on the list is a gorgeous piece by Jackson Pollock, No. 5, which he painted in 1948 that sold for an adjusted price of $161.7 million. This was the former most expensive painting in the world that was bought by Hollywood mogul, David Geffen, who later sold it to David Martinez, a Mexican financier.

 Next on the list is Woman III, by Willem de Kooning, painted in 1953 and more recently sold to billionaire Steven A. Cohen by David Geffen for an adjusted price of $158.8 million in November 2006.

 It's gorgeous painting is one of a series of six originally a part of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art; it is a very abstract expressionist work of art. 

Next is a very interesting painting that we have all seen at one point or another in our lives that is Pablo Picasso's Le Rêve. Picasso painted this beauty and 1932 and very recently in March 2013 the painting was so choose Steven A. Cohen for 155 million smackaroonies.

 The painting following Picasso in terms of price is none other than the Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer I, painted by Gustav Klimt in 1907. This beauty sold for (fanfare please!) an adjusted price of $154.9 million to the one, the only, Ronald Lauder and the Neue Galerie!

And the final painting in the top six most expensive picks is the Portrait of Dr. Gaucher by our favorite Dutch impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh. This beautiful painting sold for the adjusted price of $148.6 million in back in May 1990 to Ryoei Saito.

 Reading all of these grand numbers, I can only imagine the absolute delight of owning one of the worlds greatest works of art. What I adore the most about famous paintings is the stories that fill them whether it be from the painting itself or the artist.

 All in all, we should strive to be as great of artists as Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse and all others. Life without art, is dull and boring.


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Brooklyn-based Margaret Skowronska is a St. Francis College Communications and Business graduate with an intense curiosity that fuels her drive. She strongly follows the inspirational words of Norman V. Peale, “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

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