These are the most expensive paintings in the world

MASTERS selects five paintings that have broken all records in history and are the most expensive in the world. Often made by iconic masters such as Leonardo Da Vinci en Paul Cézanne, but this selection also features the name of a Dutch master…Text: Fleur de Jong

Salvator Mundi by Leonardo Da Vinci | 379,2 million

Originally estimated at 84 million euros, this oil painting from around 1500 and auctioned by Christie's in November 2017 broke an all-time record: the painting was auctioned to a private collector for 379 million euros, making it the only work by Da Vinci that is in private hands . This painting has long been talked about because of the mystique surrounding it. The work is seen as the 'last Da Vinci' and the male Mona Lisa, through the subtle smile of the depicted Christ. According to critics, the work was partly painted by his students and shows a blessing Christ with a crystal ball.

Number 17A by Jackson Pollock | 168 million

Jackson Pollock is also called the father of abstract expressionism. Jackson is known for his dripping technique which he used from 1947 to 1950. The artist's artworks were widely criticized and were unpopular and therefore had a low value. Yet in 2015, Number 17A was sold for $168 million to Kenneth C.Griffin, an American hedge fund manager.

The Card Players by Paul Cézanne | 210 million

This painting is the work of French painter Paul Cézanne. Paul painted it between 1893 and 1896 with oil on canvas. The work shows two men at a table, bent over their card game, unconcerned with the cafe noise that surrounds them. Cézanne painted a total of five versions of the painting, two of them with almost identical designs. One is owned by the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and another is privately owned. At the time of the sale in 2011, such a high amount had never been paid for a painting.

Interchange by Willem de Kooning | 253 million

Interchange was made by Dutch painter Willem deKooning. De Kooning's works are considered abstract expressionism. The artist was known for a long time for the recognizable female figures that he featured in his work. Interchange was sold for 253 million euros.

N°6 (Violet, Green and Red) by Mark Rothko | 157 million

The Latvian-American artist mark rothko painted this painting in 1951. Like other works by Rothko, this work consists of six large areas of color demarcated by blurred tones. In 2014 it was sold for 157 million euros to Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev.