Expensive and art goes in the same sentence, but that doesn’t mean every slap of the brush is deserving of millions of dollars. The big names like Pablo and Picasso will have their paintings sold for very high dollar, time and time again. But, sometimes the lesser known pieces are some of the most valuable.
With that said, let’s look at some of the most surprisingly expensive art.
‘Three Studies of Lucien Freud’ by Francis Bacon
Back in 1969, Francis Bacon painted an image depicting ‘three studies of Lucien Freud’ and the painting later sold in 2013 for $142.4 million. This painter was already recognized on the large scale at the time, as he had produced many obscure, dark, and highly creative pieces of art throughout the 20th century. In fact, many of his other paintings sold for top dollar. His 1984 piece ‘Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards’ sold for $80.8 million in 2014. Another piece from 1976 moved for $86.3 million. The most interesting part is that most of these paintings just showed people sitting from different angles with just slight details to show.
‘Nafea Faa Ipoipo’ by Paul Gauguin
This piece originated in 1892 and it’s believed that the 2015 auction buyer at an overwhelming $300 million was none other than the state of Qatar. According to Wikipedia, it is believed that the item was purchased to put on display at Qatar Museums. This is the head body, which handles the influx of artwork that’s put on display at the various museums within Qatar. The painting itself is colorfully rich and shows two Tahitian girls sitting together. While well made, the price tag speaks for itself. Further, it’s interesting to note that this is the only high value piece from Paul Gauguin. He did not create any other masterpieces in the $30 million or higher price range. Though, one top-dollar sale might trigger another few pieces to spark some serious buying interest in the next few years.
‘The Gross Clinic’ by Thomas Eakins
Now this is truly a unique painting, but still one that blew people away when it sold for $68 million in 2007. This piece of art dates back to 1875 and it shows an old professor (Dr. Gross) giving a lecture to students at Jefferson Medical College. Within the group of painted men includes the creator’s self-portrait. He can be seen on the right-hand side, where it appears he is either writing or drawing up a picture. The clinic clerk is also depicted above the right shoulder of Dr. Gross. The clerk is recording notes on the operation that’s being done to a patient, whom is depicted on a surgical table in the painting. This piece of art secretly holds immense value in the medical world, and receives endless respect among art lovers for it’s truly raw and real feel.
Conclusion: People Will Always Buy Expensive Art
You might be stunned by the amount that a lot of pieces of art sold for over the years. But, this should not come as a surprise considering art buyers continue to pay top dollar for their preferred pieces of art. While some are certainly deserving, and pieces from the likes of Pablo and Picasso will always hold high value, that’s not always the case. Sometimes the incredibly high price tag isn’t merited, but with the $300 million sale marking the largest art sale to date, it’s hard to think buying momentum will die any time soon.