No. 5, 1948 – painted by Jackson Pollock. Adjusted price: $148.1 Million. The painting was done on an 8′ × 4′ sheet of fiberboard, with thick amounts of brown and yellow paint drizzled on top of it, forming a nest-like appearance.
Woman III – painted by Willem de Kooning in 1953. Adjusted price: $145.4 Million. It is one of a series of six paintings by de Kooning done between 1951 and 1953 in which the central theme was a woman. From late 70s to 1994 this painting was part of Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art collection, but after the revolution in 1979, this painting could not be shown because of strict rules set by the government about the visual arts and what they depict.
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I – painted by Gustav Klimt in 1907. Adjusted price: $142.8 Million. The painting was appropriated by the Nazis, and its ownership was subsequently contested between the heirs of the original owners and the Austrian state, finally being settled by a panel of Austrian judges in favor of the family members. It measures 54″ x 54″ [138 x 138 cm] and is made of oil and gold on canvas, showing elaborate and complex ornamentation as seen in the Jugendstil style.
Portrait of Dr. Gachet – painted by Vincent van Gogh in 1890. Adjusted price: $134.6 Million. It depicts Dr. Paul Gachet who took care of Van Gogh during the final months of his life. There are two authenticated versions of the portrait, both painted in June 1890 at Auvers. The doctor’s “sensitive face”, which Van Gogh famously wrote to Paul Gauguin carried “the heartbroken expression of our time”, is described by Robert Wallace as the portrait’s focus.
Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette – painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1876. Adjusted price: $127.4 Million. It is housed at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and is one of Impressionism’s most celebrated masterpieces. Like other works of Renoir’s early maturity, Bal du moulin de la Galette is a typically Impressionist snapshot of real life. It shows a richness of form, a fluidity of brush stroke, and a flickering light. Renoir painted a smaller version of the picture (78 × 114 cm) with the same title. This painting is in a private collection.