Most expensive art works sold at auction

Wednesday 05 May 2010 16:45 BST

The ten most expensive art works ever sold at auction, following the new record set in New York by a 1932 Pablo Picasso painting, "Nude, green leaves and bust".

Unless stated otherwise, all works quoted are paintings.

1. Picasso, "Nu au plateau de sculpteur" (Nude, green leaves and bust): 106.4 million dollars - sold May 2010

2. Alberto Giacometti, "Walking Man I", sculpture: 104.3 million dollars - sold February 2010

3. Picasso, "Garcon a la Pipe" (Boy with a Pipe): 104.2 million dollars - sold May 2004

4. Picasso, "Dora Maar au chat" (Dora Maar with cat): 95.2 million dollars - sold 2006

5. Gustav Klimt, "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I": 87.9 million dollars - sold 2006

6. Francis Bacon, "Triptych 1976": 86.2 million dollars, sold 2008

7. Vincent Van Gogh, "Portrait of Dr. Gachet": 82.5 million dollars, sold 1990

8. Auguste Renoir, "Au Moulin de la Galette": 78.1 million dollars, 1990

9. Peter Paul Rubens, "Massacre of the Innocents": 76.7 million dollars, 2002

10: Mark Rothko, "White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose)" - 72.8 million dollars, 2007

The above list does not include art works sold privately, which can sometimes go for even higher prices.

The most expensive work ever sold is believed to be Jackson Pollock's painting "No 5, 1948", which changed hands privately for 140 million dollars in 2006.

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