Can You Guess How Much These Famous Paintings Sold For?

By: Jaclyn Lavine
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About This Quiz

Have you ever dreamed about owning one of those paintings you saw at the Louvre or the Metropolitan Museum of Art? For the average person, the amount of money that some people are willing and able to spend on famous works of art is just staggering. Most famous paintings are owned by museums and are rarely if ever sold. But a few make it to auction and private sales where they can sell for hundreds of millions of dollars. In 1987, one of Vincent van Gogh's paintings sold for $39.7 million.  Setting a new standard for the amount of money a painting by a famous artist could sell for, Van Gogh's work of art changed the art sale game completely. 

This quiz will test your knowledge on the most expensive paintings ever sold! The works of art on this quiz were painted by the most famous artists that ever lived.  Van Gogh, Picasso and Warhol are the most represented artists here, but there are many artists who have sold their paintings for millions of dollars posthumously. 

This quiz is for the art aficionado, the world traveler, the museum lover and anyone who thinks they can guess how much a person is willing to spend on a particular work of art. Are you that person? Then challenge yourself by taking this quiz now! 

On November 15, 2017 this famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci sold for $450.3 million! In 2017, this painting was the most expensive ever sold.

In 1892, Paul Gaguin painted this beautiful painting. In September of 2014, the painting sold for $213 million.

The Card Players is actually a series of paintings made during the early 1890s. This famous painting was painted by Paul Cezanne. This version was sold in 2011 for $250 million.

"Interchange," an abstract landscape scene, was painted by the Dutch artist, Willem de Kooning in 1955. In September 2015, the painting sold for $300 million!

Vincent van Gogh is one of the most famous painters of all time. His beautiful painting, entitled "Irises" sold for $53.9 million on Nov. 11, 1987.

Mark Rothko painted "Orange, Yellow, Red" in 1961. On May 8, 2012 the painting was purchased for $86.9 million at Christie's Auction House.

Jackson Pollock, the famous painter from the abstract expressionist movement, created this painting in 1948. This painting sold for $300 million in September 2015.

This iconic blue image of Marilyn Monroe was painted in 1964 by Andy Warhol. On May 20, 2007, the painting was sold for $80 million at a private sale.

Van Gogh painted "A Wheatfield with Cypresses" as part of his Wheatifeld series, in 1889. The painting sold for $84.2 million in 2014 at a private sale.

Barnett Newman painted Black Fire I, oil on canvas, in in 1961. On May 13, 2014 the painting sold for $84.2 million at Christie's Auction house in New York.

"Suprematist Composition" was painted by Kazimir Malvech, a Russian artist and pioneer of geometric abstraction. The painting was sold on May 15, 2018 to an anonymous buyer for $85.8 million.

This painting, entitled "Diedeau, Curchon el Compitier" is a simple yet stunning still life. Paul Cezanne painted this masterpiece in 1894, and it is the most expensive still life ever to sell at auction. The painting was sold in 1999 for $60.5 million.

"No. 10" was painted in 1958 by the Russian-American artist Mark Rothko." Like many of the paintings on this quiz, "No. 10" was sold at Christie's Auction House in 2015 for $81.9 million.

One of the most expensive paintings ever sold, "Wasserschlangen II," by Gustav Klimt sold for $183.8 million in 2012, Klimt is renowned for his beautiful depictions of the female body, and "Wasserschlangen II" is no exception.

"Green Crash" by Andy Warhol was inspired by photographs of a real car crash that took place in Seattle. This painting, part of Warhol's Death and Disaster series, sold for $71.7 million in 2007.

Claude Monet's "Meule" was part of a series of paintings entitled "Haystacks." This particular painting, completed in 1891, is of a stack of grain in the sunlight. The painting sold for $81.4 million on Nov. 16, 2016.

"Diana and Callisto" was painted by the Venetian artist Titian sometime between 1556 and 1559. In 2012, the painting was purchased by the National Gallery and the National galleries for around $71. 7 million.

The name of this painting sums it up pretty nicely. Mark Rothko painted this oil on canvas in 1951. In 2014 the painting was bought for $186 million in a private sale.

"Femme Assise" is a portrait of Picasso's lover. Painted in 1909, the painting sold for $63.7 million on June 24, 2016, at Sotheby's, London.

Warhol's "Race Riot" is a part of his collection entitled Death in America. On May 13, 2014, the painting sold for $62.9 million at Christie's Auction House in New York.

"Les Femmes d'Alger" isn't just a single painting, but an entire series created by Pablo Picasso in 1954-1955. In 2015, the entire collection was purchased by a private buyer for $179.4 million.

This painting by Vincent van Gogh sold for $66.3 million on May 5, 2015. The painting illustrated a fall scene set in ancient Roman necropolis.

Wang Meng, a Chinese painter during the Yuan Dynasty, created this work of art in the year 1350. On June 4, 2011, the painting sold for $62.1 million.

"Jimson Weed/White Flower No.1" was painted by Georgia O'Keefe in 1932. O'Keefe was inspired by the natural world, as is depicted in this particular painting. The painting sold for $44.4 million in 2014.

William de Kooning was an abstract expressionist painter. Kooning painted Woman III as part of a series that was completed in 1953. The painting sold for $137.5 million in 2006.

Rembrandt was a Dutch artist during the 1600s. In June 2015, his "Portrait of Catharina Hooghsae" sold for $54 million.

Edouard Manet painted "Spring (Le Printemps) in 1881. On Nov. 5, 2014, his beautiful painting sold for $65.1 million.

"Peasant Woman Against a Background of Wheat" may sound boring, but it is actually a beautiful work of art created by VIncent van Gogh. The painting was completed in 1890 and most recently sold for $47.5 million in 1997.

"La Reve" was painted by Pablo Picasso in 1932. On March 26, 2013 the painting was purchased for a staggering $155 million by a private buyer.

If "Triple Elvis" could go for $72.8 million, imagine what Quadruple Elvis could go for! Andy Warhol is responsible for this work art which he completed in 1950.

"Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers" by Vincent Gogh set the record for art sales in 1987. The painting sold for $39.7 million and is one of his most famous works.

Hans Holbein is known as the greatest portrait of the 16th century. His painting, "Darmstadt Madonna" sold for $65 million on July 12, 2011.

"Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer I" by Gustav Klimt, sold for a whopping $135 million in 2006. The painting is a portrait of Adele Block-Bauer and was completed in 1907.

Claude Monet painted "Le Bassin aux Nympheas" in 1919. It is part of his famous Water Lilies series. The painting sold for $80.5 million on June 24, 2008 at Christie's Auction House in London.

"Eight Elvises" by Andy Warhol is an iconic silkscreen of eight overlapping Elvises in cowboy attire. The painting sold for $100 million and was purchased by a private buyer.

"Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust" sold for $106.5 million in 2010. The painting is an image of Picasso's mistress Marie-Therese Walter and was completed in 1932.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir is a famous French impressionist artist. "Bal du Moulin de la Galette" was completed in 1876 and sold for $78.1 million in 1990. Imagine what it would sell for today!

Andy Warhol's "Silver Car Crash" was part of his Death and Disaster series. The painting shows a mangled body in a silver car. The painting sold for $100 million at auction in 2013.

"Portrait of Dr. Gachet" by Vincent van Gogh sold for $82.5 million in 1990. It was acquired by Ryoiei Saito, a Japanese buyer who is known for his purchase of fine art. The image is of Dr. Paul Gachet, the man responsible for taking care of Van Gogh before his death.

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