Modigliani nude sells for $170.4 million – Who else makes the top 10?

This week Christie’s International sold Amedeo Modigliani’s portrait Nu couché, or “Reclining Nude”, to Chinese collectors Liu Yiqian and his wife, Wang Wei, for a reported $170.4 million, the second-highest price ever paid at auction for a work of art. As the rich increasingly see art as a way to stash their cash, stories of unbelievable price tags are becoming a regular occurrence.

Where do you think Modigliani’s nude will come in the top 10 most expensive paintings of all time? Below is a list of the highest known prices paid for paintings. The sale prices are in US dollars and inflation adjusted.

10. Le Rêve by Pablo Picasso 

$156.9 million


9. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt 

$157.9 million


8. Woman III by Willem de Kooning

$160.9 million


7. No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock

$163.8 million


6. Nu Couché by Amedeo Modigliani

$170.4 million


5. Les Femmes d’Alger (“Version O”) by Pablo Picasso

$179.4 million


4. Pendant portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit by Rembrandt

$180 million


3. No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) by Mark Rothko

$186 million

No 6 Violet Green and Red

2. The Card Players by Paul Cézanne

approx. $272 million (exact price unknown)


1. Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) by Paul Gauguin

approx $300 million (exact price unknown)Paul_Gauguin,_Nafea_Faa_Ipoipo-_(When_Will_You_Marry-)_1892,_oil_on_canvas,_101_x_77_cm

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