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The Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

"You can either buy clothes or buy pictures," Gertrude Stein told Ernest Hemingway, according to his memoir A Moveable Feast. And if you purchased one of the most expensive paintings ever sold, it's a solid bet you bought a picture of a woman without clothes. Yes, undressed women are the subject of several of the most valuable paintings here, along with card players; a wealthy Amsterdam couple; the American flag; colors; and Jesus sporting long, curly hair. 

A variety of artists are represented, living and passed on, including Pablo Picasso (with a whopping five paintings on the list), Jasper Johns, and Claude Monet - whose painting here is not even one of his most popular. Every one of the paintings on this list cost more than $100 million. That's a lot of clothes. But fine art is priceless, right?

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  • 'Salvator Mundi' By Leonardo da Vinci 
    Photo: Leonardo da Vinci / Wikipedia / Public Domain
    • Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
    • Art Form: Painting
  • 'Interchange' By Willem de Kooning  

    'Interchange' By Willem de Kooning  
    Photo: Willem de Kooning / Wikipedia / Fair Use
    • 'The Card Players' By Paul Cézanne
      Photo: Paul Cézanne / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
      • Artist: Paul Cézanne
      • Genres (Art): Genre art
      • Art Form: Painting
      • Period / Movement: Post-Impressionism
    • 'Nafea Faa Ipoipo?' / 'When Will You Marry?' By Paul Gauguin 
      Photo: Paul Gauguin / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
      • Artist: Paul Gauguin
      • Art Form: Painting
      • Period / Movement: Post-Impressionism