Top 5 Valuable Paintings in the World

By: Vivienne Wellet

Salvator Mundi- A painting that costs over 450 million dollars, made by Leonardo da Vinci and Leonardeschi. It was made in 1490- 1500 when people found it before it was sold; it was restored by Dianne Modestini. Today no one knows where it is actually but some researchers think that it is in Saudi Arabia in Underground Tunnels and was bought by Prince Mohammad bin Salman. The researchers believe that it’s in an anonymous private collection. According to an article, there was a 500-year-old copy found stolen in Italy on top of a bedroom cupboard. It’s famous for the, “depicts Jesus giving a benediction (blessing) with his raised right hand with three of the fingers unfolded symbolizing the Trinity.”

Mona Lisa- A painting that costs over 900 million dollars is one of the most valuable paintings in the world. It was so famous that it was stolen four times. It was created in 1503 by Leonardo da Vinci, in the Louvre, Paris. Mona Lisa was bought by the king of France for 4,000 gold coins back in the day. The Mona Lisa is famous for, “the result of many chance circumstances combined with the painting’s inherent appeal.” Now, the painting is still in Louvre, Paris, and was and still is on display since 1997, by the property of the French Republic. 

The Starry Night-  A painting that costs over 100 million dollars, made by Vincent Van Gogh, in 1889, painted at the Saint-Paul asylum. The painting is famous for its,” an impressionist style of painting that the artist was famous for.” When the artist Van Gogh created the painting it meant something to me it meant, “ his direct observations of his view of the countryside from his window as well as the memories and emotions this view evoked in him.” In 1941 a man named Georgette van Stolk bought it for 1 billion dollars. Now it is owned and shown on display at the Museum of Modern Art. 

The Last Supper-  A painting created in 1495-1498 by Leonardo da Vinci and costs 450 million dollars. When Leonardo created this painting there was a meaning behind it the meaning was,”the meal eaten by Christ with his disciples on the night before his Crucifixion, during which he is believed to have instituted the Eucharist.” A Russian billionaire named Dmitry Rybolovlev bought it in 2013 for 127.5 million dollars. Now, it is located in Italy,”on the wall of the dining room of the former Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie.” 

Interchange-  A painting created in 1955 by Willem de Kooning, and cost over 300 million dollars. An interchange painting is,” an object might change its color or value identity to contrast with changes in background.” It’s famous for ,”a fleshy pink mass at its center, representing a seated woman.” A man named Ken Griffin bought it for 300 million dollars. Now it stand on display at the Art Institute of Chicago 

Photo from Saatchi Art

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