What A Scream: The 10 Most Expensive Paintings Ever

The Huffington Post UK  |  By Posted: 3/05/2012 15:15 Updated: 3/05/2012 16:14

Did someone say something about a recession?

As the world stands open-mouthed - much like the painting in question - at the news that The Scream has been sold for an eye-watering $120m, we round up the ten other biggest selling paintings from history.

From Picasso to Monet, here are ten pieces of art that would leave even Bill Gates feeling a little out of pocket. Well, if he bought them all. Then got a taxi home. Anyway - you get the picture...


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  • 10 - Massacre Of The Innocents by Peter Paul Rubens, $76.7m (£49.4m)

    Sold at Sotheby's in London in July 2002. PHOTO: PA

  • Bal Du Moulin De La Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, $78.1m (£48.3m)

    Sold at Sotheby's in New York in May 1990. PHOTO: Alamy

  • 8. Le Bassin Aux Nympheas by Claude Monet, $80.5m (£49.7m)

    Sold at Christie's in London in June 2008. PHOTO: PA

  • 7. Portrait Of Dr Gachet by Vincent van Gogh, $82.5m (£51m)

    Sold at Christie's in New York in May 1990. PHOTO: Wikipainting

  • 6. Triptych, 1976 by Francis Bacon, $86.3m (£53.3m)

    Sold at Sotheby's in New York in May 2008. PHOTO: PA

  • 5. Portrait Of Adele Bloch-Bauer II by Gustav Klimt, $87.9m (£54.3m)

    Sold at Christie's in New York in November 2006. PHOTO: Wikipaintings

  • 4. Dora Maar Au Chat by Pablo Picasso, $95.2m (£58.8m)

    Sold at Sotheby's in New York in May 2006. PHOTO: PA

  • 3. Boy With A Pipe (The Young Apprentice) by Pablo Picasso, $104.1 million (£64.3m)

    Sold at Sotheby's in New York in May 2004. PHOTO: Wikipaintings

  • 2. Nude, Green Leaves And Bust by Pablo Picasso, $106 million US dollars (£65.4 million)

    Sold at Christie's in New York in May 2012. PHOTO: Rex

  • 1. The Scream by Edvard Munch, $119.9 million (£74 million)

    Sold at Sotheby's in New York in May 2012. PHOTO: PA


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