25 Most Expensive Paintings in the World

#15 – “False Start” – Jasper Johns – $84.6 million

False Start | Painted by Jasper Johns | 25 Most Expensive Paintings in the World
False Start | Painted by Jasper Johns

This is one of those abstract paintings that we actually love. It is an interesting splash of various colors with typography included. This painting is way more interesting than #20 on our list. You can feel some kind of energy radiating from this painting, it is not sterile and minimalistic as #20 painting from our list.

This painting itself was completed in 1959 by an artist called Jasper Johns. “False Start” was sold at a private auction by a man called David Geffen to another man called Kenneth C. Griffin, for the price of $84.6 million.


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  1. You are far away of having traced down the most expansive painting in the world! To my knowledge, this happens to be a work of Paul Gauguin painted in 1892 and entitled “Nafea faa ipoipo” (which in tahitian means “When will you marry”). It was once owned by swiss collector Rudolf Staehelin, who bought it in 1917, and sold in 2015 by his grandson to the emir of Quatar for an alleged price of $300 million.

  2. To the know-all commenter on here; NONE of these works, nor the Qatar Gauguin, could remotely be described as the most expansive in the world. See what you said, now?

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