Pollock Tops Top Ten!
A recently published list of the ten most most expensive paintings to date put Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock at the top of the heap with a mind blowing £73m ($143m) for the rather sombrely named No. 5, 1948, (now there's a title with soul Jackson!) The top ten looks like this..
1. £73.3m($140m) -No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock, Nov 2006
2. £70m ($135m) - Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt, June 200
3. £58m ($104m) - Garçon à la Pipe by Pablo Picasso, May 2004
4. £51.5m ($95m) - Dora Maar au Chat by Pablo Picasso, March 2006
5. £47.1m ($82.5m) - Portrait du Dr Gachet by Vincent van Gogh, May 1990
6. £44.5m ($78m) - Au Moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, May 1990
7. £43.8m ($76.7m) - The Massacre of the Innocents by Peter Paul Rubens, July 2002
8. £37.1m ($65m) - Portrait de l'Artiste Sans Barbe by Vincent van Gogh, November 1998
9. £31.4m ($55m) - Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier by Paul Cézanne, May 1999
10.£28m ($51.67m) - Les Noces de Pierrette by Pablo Picasso, November 1989
Once again Picasso dominates with his three chart positions with Van Gogh (a former number one) hot on his heels with two entries! Again the top ten is almost universally comprised of works from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the only notable exception being Paul Rubens Baroque masterpiece The Massacre of the Innocents .
Well, it certainly seems there’s a stack of money to be made from painting. Especially once you're dead!
Catch you later