A nude painting just sold in New York for a record-breaking $157 million -- here are the 15 most expensive paintings ever sold

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  • Sotheby’s New York broke its own sales record this week when it sold a painting for $US157.2 million at auction.
  • The painting is by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, titled “Nu couché (sur le côté gauche).”
  • The sale breaks the top 15 most expensive paintings ever sold via auction or private sale.

This week, Sotheby’s New York broke its own sales record selling Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani’s “Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)” for $US157.2 million.

The work of art is Modigliani’s largest piece – measuring 58 inches across, it was a part of his 1917 exhibition that redefined the fine art nude.

During Monday’s Sotheby’s auction other historic works were also up for purchase including Picasso’s “Le Repos,” which sold for $US36.9 million, as well as Claude Monet’s “Matinée sur la Seine.”

Modigliani’s “Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)” breaks the top 15 most expensive paintings ever sold during auctions and private sales, hedging out Gustav Klimt’s “Adele Bloch-Bauer II,” which sold for $US150 million in 2016 during a private sale via Larry Gagosian.

Below, take a look at the most 15 most expensive paintings that have sold during auctions or via private sales.


15. Jackson Pollock’s “No. 5, 1948” — $US140 million

Date sold: November 2, 2006

Price: $US140 million

Type of sale: Private sale via Sotheby’s


14. Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” — $US142.4 million

Date sold: November 12, 2013

Price: $US142.4 million

Type of sale: Christie’s, New York, auction


13. Gustav Klimt’s “Adele Bloch-Bauer II” — $US150 million

Date sold: 2016

Price: $US150 million

Type of sale: Private sale via Larry Gagosian


12. Pablo Picasso’s “Le Rêve” — $US155 million

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Date sold: March 26, 2013

Price: $US155 million

Type of sale:
Private sale


11. Amedeo Modigliani’s “Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)” — $US157.2 million

Date sold: May 14, 2018

Price: $US157.2 million

Type of sale: Sotheby’s auction


10. Roy Lichtenstein’s “Masterpiece” — $US165 million

Date sold: January 2017

Price: $US165 million

Type of sale:
Private


9. Amedeo Modigliani’s “Nu Couché” — $US170.4 million

Date sold: November 9, 2015

Price: $US170.4 million

Type of sale: Christie’s, New York, auction


8. Picasso’s “Les Femmes d’Alger (“Version O”)” — $US179.4 million

Date sold: May 11, 2015

Price: $US179.4 million

Type of sale: Christie’s, New York auction


7. Rembrandt’s “Pendant portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit” — $US180 million

Date sold: September 2015

Price: $US180 million

Type of sale:
Private


6. Mark Rothko’s “No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red)” — $US186 million

Date sold: August 2014

Price: $US186 million

Type of sale: Private sale via Yves Bouvier


5. Pollock’s “Number 17A” — ~$US200 million

Date sold: September 2015

Price: ~$US200 million

Type of sale:
Private


4. Paul Gauguin’s “Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?)” — $US210 million

Date sold: September 2014

Price: $US210 million

Type of sale: Private


3. Paul Cézanne’s “The Card Players” — $US250 million

Date sold: April 2011

Price: $US250 million

Type of sale: Private


2. Willem de Kooning’s “Interchange” — ~$US300 million

Date sold: September 2015

Price: ~$US300 million

Type of sale:
Private


1. Painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, “Salvator Mundi” — $US450.3 million

Date sold: November 15, 2017

Price: $US450.3 million

Type of sale: Christie’s, New York, auction

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