If you are a lover of fine art and admire rare collections of expensive art, enjoy visiting every gallery when travelling to various destinations as art is there for everyone to love, enjoy and appreciate. Make it a habit to visit galleries in every city you visit.
We have, inJohannesburg, an impressive art gallery with a collection of brilliant art from many well-known and famous artists. The sad thing is that that the gallery is not visited nearly often enough by the public in general, perhaps primarily due to the fact that the gallery is situated in a not-so-savoury part of the city.
If you are, brave enough to explore this fine gallery, you be richly rewarded by viewing expensive art by brilliant artists locally and from all over the world, and also some up-and-coming artists from all the corners of the African continent.
Although we do not have the most expensive art in the world, we still showcase exquisite, albeit expensive art, in this wonderful gallery.
Here is a list of the five most expensive art pieces ever bought and recorded
- Jackson Pollock’s “No 5”. The price paid for this piece was $140 million.
- Willem De Kooning. The price of this piece, “Woman 111”, 1952 – 1953 sold for $137.5 million. This piece is in private hands after being hidden from the government inTehrandue to the fact that there was a “morality” rule that had to be adhered to.
- Gustav Klimt’s “Adele Bloch – Bauer 1”, 1907. Sold for $135 million. The paining was later court-ordered to be returned to the heirs of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer. The Nazis confiscated his paintings and were placed in the National Gallery inAustriaafter the war.
- Pablo Picasso’s “Garcon a la Pipe” – 1904, sold for $104.1 million. This is the most expensive art in the world sold on auction.
- The all too familiar sculpture by Damien Hirst’s piece ‘For the Love of God” which sold for $100 million. Anonymous investors bought this from SothebysNew Yorkin May 2004. Controversy surrounds this piece which is famed for being the most pricey sculpture and art by any living artist. The sculpture consists of a human skull which is cast in platinum and is completely encased with 8601 diamonds.
Surround yourself with images and excitements that delight and not only for the sake of investing when purchasing expensive art. Use your intuition when buying art. Choose a range or piece of art rich with a regal air that will thrill and come alive every time it comes into your vision.