When Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece, Les Femmes d’Alger, sold for $179 million in 2015, it smashed the record for a painting sold at auction. But even so it is still far from the most expensive painting of all time. Others have changed hands for millions more in private sales and auctions. More often than not, the value of a painting depends on its age and the artist behind it. Some paintings may look too ordinary at first glance, but in fact they can cost millions just because they are painted by world-renowned artists like Vincent Van Gogh or Pablo Picasso. Here’s a look at 25 of the most expensive paintings ever sold. (The prices shown are all adjusted for inflation.)
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The Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s biggest photography contest, recently announced the winning submissions from this year’s competition—and they are nothing short of amazing. Now celebrating its 10th year, the awards program has received more than a million submissions since its inception. For the “Professional Competition,” photographers must submit a body of work that explores a single subject. There are ten categories, and first-, second-, and third-place winners are chosen within each. The highest honor within the competition is the “Photographer of the Year” award, which is chosen regardless of which category photographers submitted their work to. Here are the gorgeous images from this year’s winners.
Buildings may be some of the most impressive works of art we have. Truth is, buildings can be just as expressive as songs, poems, or paintings. After sinking untold sums of money into their construction, we can walk through the finished products and even live inside them. Business Insider has selected 30 buildings that push the boundaries of structural expression — and we think you’ll love them.
The Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s largest annual photography competition, recently announced the winners for 2017. Now celebrating its 10th year, the awards program received more than 227,000 images from photographers from 183 countries for this year’s competition. One of the contest’s top honors is the National Award, in which the best photographs taken by local photographers from 66 countries are judged against others from their country of origin. Here are this year’s National Award first-place winners from all 66 qualifying countries.
Guests can expect an elevated, swanky experience with playful touches that pay homage to the hotel’s historic past Washington D.C.’s notorious Watergate Hotel officially reopened this week after nearly a decade of being closed, unveiling a $125M renovation. Located within the complex that sparked the political scandal that ended Richard Nixon’s presidency during the 1970s,… View Article
The late Muhammad Ali will grace the cover of next week’s issue of Sports Illustrated magazine for the 40th time. The boxing legend died last Friday at the age of 74 from respiratory issues related to a decades-long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. The three-time world heavyweight’s latest cover issue hits stands Wednesday, June 8. Michael… View Article
The following artists constitute a very different breed of American heroes than those we’re used to hearing about. They fought for feminism decades before the term was coined, proving that it’s not just plausible, but necessary, that America’s artistic narrative includes the female voice. The following 12 women used paint, pen, clay, stone and thread… View Article
Miles upon miles of warm sandy beaches, the pinnacle of nightlife, inspiring Art Deco architecture…its no surprise that Miami ranks among America’s most iconic cities. From December 4-7, 2014 Miami will host the 13th Annual Art Basel Festival and bring in thousands from the international art world. Over 70,000 visitors, 250 of the world’s leading galleries, and celebrities alike will… View Article
Rupert Grint, best known for playing Ron Weasley in the blockbuster Harry Potter film franchise, will make his Broadway debut this fall in Terrence McNally’s starry comedy It’s Only a Play. Grint joins an A-list cast that includes Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, Megan Mullally, F. Murrary Abraham and newcomer Micah Stock. Jack O’Brien will direct the limited 17-week… View Article
In his first television interview, the elderly artist whose look-alike paintings in the styles of Abstract Expressionists including Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock fooled experts and sent shock waves through the art world claims he was ”shocked” to learn that his works were sold as newly discovered masterpieces to wealthy collectors for tens of millions… View Article
Over the past twenty-five years or so, ever since her spectacular New York début at the Drawing Center, in 1994, the now forty-four-year-old artist Kara Walker’s visual production—sculptures, cutouts, drawings, films—has been diaristic in tone. But the diary Walker keeps is not explicitly personal; it’s a historical ledger filled with one-line descriptions about all those… View Article
Paulo Grangeon, a 63-year-old Frenchman based in Grenoble, never expected to be in the middle of a black-and-white-bear frenzy in Asia. But that’s exactly where finds himself as hordes of his miniature pandas, all made of papier-mâché, march across the globe, leaving behind a flurry of viral photos along the way. Made of water, rice… View Article