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Art May, 4 2012

The Most Expensive Artworks Ever Sold At Auction In 2012 Dollars

Yesterday we reported that world’s most expensive painting had been sold, it being a pastel version of ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch, for nearly $120 million at Sotheby’s. However, this isn’t the case when prices of other previous auctioned works are adjusted for inflation. The most expensive auctioned art in today’s value works out to be Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Portrait Du Docteur Gachet’ (as shown above) that was sold at Christie’s for $82.5 million back in 1990 — translates to $142.3 million in current worth.

There’s also two other pieces valued more now than ‘The Scream’; Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s ‘Au Moulin de la Galette’ sold for $78.1 million in 1990 ($134.6 million) and Pablo Picasso piece, ‘Garçon A La Pipe’ was sold in 2004 for $104 million ($124.3 million today). Then ‘The Scream’ comes in at $120 million.

Picasso dominates the most expensive art bracket — his ‘Nude, Green Leaves, And Bust’ follows Munch’s painting, which was sold by Christie’s in 2010 for $106.5 million ($111.7 million today). Also coming over the six figure mark is Alberto Giacometti’s sculpture that was sold in 2010 for $104 million ($109.5 million today) and Pablo Picasso’s ‘Dora Maar Au Chat” sold for $95.2 million in 2006 ($106.4 million today). All art mentioned, aside from Van Gogh’s, were sold by Sotheby’s.

Have a look at the world’s most expensive sold art in the respective order after the jump.

Source: Huffington Post

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