How a painting can sell for $300 million.


Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh, c. 1888.

“In 1987, Vincent Van Gogh’s Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers was sold at auction for $82.6 million dollars. At the time, $82.6 million was the record price ever paid for a work of art, triple the price of the previous record holder. Even those with no interest in art had heard of and were shocked by the sale. Since, art sales have only grown.

The ten most expensive paintings that have ever been sold have been sold in the last decade. Six of these ten have been sold in the past three years. The current record for the highest price paid for a painting was set in February 2015, with a sale price of approximately $300 million for Paul Gauguin’s When Will You Marry?

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