The Worlds Most Expensive Paintings

Reported by The Guardian, David Hockney's 1972 'Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)' has broken world records amongst living artists selling at a whopping $90.3m (£70.2m), a rather extravagant display of recognition for the 81 year old artist and his 60 years within the art world.

David Hockney’s 1972 painting Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) Photograph: David Hockney/AP

Inspired by this jaw-dropping price, today at MC Art we have decided to take a visual look through eleven of the world's most expensive art works ever to be sold at auction (not considering inflation).

'Salvator Mundi' by Leonardo da Vinci | (1490-1519) | sold for $450.3m (£350.3m)

Sold at Christie's, New York, to Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism by seller Dmitry Rybolovlev, Russian investor and businessman.

Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci (c. 1500)

'Interchange' by Willem de Kooning | (1955) | sold for $300m (£233.4m)

Sold privately by the David Geffen Foundation to buyer Kenneth C. Griffin. Kenneth Cordele Griffin is an American investor, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist.

'The Card Players' by Paul Cézanne | (1892/93) | sold for $250m (£194.5m)

Privately sold by George Embiricos, a Greek shipping magnate and art collector, to the state of Qatar.

Paul Cézannes - The Card Players (1892/93)

'Nafea Faa Ipoipo' by Paul Gauguin | (1892) | sold for $210m (£163.4m)

Sold privately by heirs of Rudolf Staechelin to the state of Qatar.

Paul Gauguin, Nafea Faa Ipoipo? (When Will You Marry?) 1892, oil on canvas, 101 x 77 cm

'Number 17A' by Jackson Pollock | (1948) | sold for $200m (£155.6m)

'No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red)' by Mark Rothko | (1951) | sold for $186m (£144.7m)

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

'Wasserschlangen II' by Gustav Klimt | 1904-06/7 | sold for $183.8m (£143m)

Klimt - Wasserschlangen II (Freundinnen) - 1904

'Portraits of Maerten Soolmans/Oopjen Coppit' by Rembrandt | (1634) | sold for $180m (£140m)

'Les Femmes d’Alger (“Version O”)' by Pablo Picasso | (1955) | sold for $179.4m (£139.6m)

'Nu Couché' by Amedeo Modigliani | (1917/18) | sold for $170.4m (£132.6m)

Modigliani - Nu couché

'No. 5, 1948' by Jackson Pollock | (1948) | sold for $140m (£108.9m)

Number 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock

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