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Paintings

Painting is arguably the most saleable form of art. It is also among the oldest of mediums, dating back more than 31,000 years to prehistoric cave paintings. In the West, painting did not surpass tapestry in importance until the 18th century, though many masterworks date to the Renaissance or earlier. Painting later went out of fashion from the 1970s through the 1990s as a mode of expression for contemporary artists.

In the new millennium, painting has recovered its popularity, and the practice has remained fairly unchanged. Paints remain a mixture of colored pigment and binder, and common subject matters still comprise imagery or inspiration from the objects or events in artists’ daily lives. The contemporary painter’s palette consists not only of colors, but the range of historic painting styles.

Recent ballooning fine art sales figures reflect a long-recorded trend that closely ties paintings sales to the boom (and bust) of the economy. 

Notable paintings sold at auction include:

  • Paul Gauguin’s “Nafea faa ipoipo? (When will you marry?)” of 1892 was bought for $300 million during a private sale in 2015
  • Just three months later, Christie’s announced the sale of “Les Femmes d'Alger (Women of Algiers)” by Pablo Picasso of 1955 for $179.4 million – the highest priced painting ever sold at auction at the time
  • Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci sold for $450.3 million on November 15, 2017 at Christie’s

See more about the Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold on the Invaluable blog.

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Scott Lenhardt- 4- piece lot, Ross Powers #1 ca.2001.acrylic on wood panel signed on bottom, 2-sketches and snowboard
Mar 03, 6:00 PM EST
Scott Lenhardt- 4- piece lot, Ross Powers #1 ca.2001.acrylic on wood panel signed on bottom, 2-sketches and snowboard
by Nathan Auction & Real Estate Inc.
Est: $2,000- $5,000
$4,70026 Bids
Henry Faulkner painting, Hunt Morgan House - Lexington, Kentucky
Mar 17, 6:00 PM EDT
Henry Faulkner painting, Hunt Morgan House - Lexington, Kentucky
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$1,80024 Bids
1963 ABSTRACT POLISH OIL PAINTING BY TADEUS KANTOR
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
1963 ABSTRACT POLISH OIL PAINTING BY TADEUS KANTOR
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$1,40022 Bids
Henry Lawrence Faulkner Winged Angel Saint Icon Gilt Oil Kentucky Key West NY Gay LGBTQ Interest
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Henry Lawrence Faulkner Winged Angel Saint Icon Gilt Oil Kentucky Key West NY Gay LGBTQ Interest
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$1,50022 Bids
Aaron Bohrod (WI,IL,1907-1992) oil painting
Mar 10, 11:45 AM EST
Aaron Bohrod (WI,IL,1907-1992) oil painting
by Broward Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $5,250- $6,500
$67519 Bids
RODDY MEAGHER, Landscape, oil on board
Feb 27, 7:00 PM AEDT
RODDY MEAGHER, Landscape, oil on board
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD26018 Bids
CANADIAN FOLK OIL PAINTING ON SHELL BY MAUD LEWIS
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
CANADIAN FOLK OIL PAINTING ON SHELL BY MAUD LEWIS
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$55017 Bids
AARON BLABEY (1974 -) , Phoebe - 2004, acrylic on canvas, 83 x 83 cm (frame: 87 x 87 cm)
Feb 27, 8:00 PM AEDT
AARON BLABEY (1974 -) , Phoebe - 2004, acrylic on canvas, 83 x 83 cm (frame: 87 x 87 cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD32517 Bids
Original Oil Painting On Canvas 24" X 33"
Feb 27, 6:00 PM EST
Original Oil Painting On Canvas 24" X 33"
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2417 Bids
CUBIST ARGENTINIAN OIL PAINTING BY EMILIO PETTORUTI
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
CUBIST ARGENTINIAN OIL PAINTING BY EMILIO PETTORUTI
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$2,20017 Bids
KRISTIE STENNING , Violet II, oil on board, 182.5 x 122 cm
Feb 27, 8:00 PM AEDT
KRISTIE STENNING , Violet II, oil on board, 182.5 x 122 cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD37517 Bids
PENNY MEAGHER, The Quintet, 46 x 56cm
Feb 27, 7:00 PM AEDT
PENNY MEAGHER, The Quintet, 46 x 56cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD37515 Bids
CHRISTOPHER DEAN (1963 -) , Poet Because You Are Dead, oil on canvas, 45.5 x 56 cm
Feb 27, 8:00 PM AEDT
CHRISTOPHER DEAN (1963 -) , Poet Because You Are Dead, oil on canvas, 45.5 x 56 cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD35015 Bids
ATTR NICOLAS DE STAEL MID 20TH C FRENCH OIL PAINTING
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
ATTR NICOLAS DE STAEL MID 20TH C FRENCH OIL PAINTING
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$60015 Bids
ABSTRACT ARAB LEBANESE OIL PAINTING BY ETEL ADNAN
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
ABSTRACT ARAB LEBANESE OIL PAINTING BY ETEL ADNAN
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$1,10014 Bids
GERTRUDE ABERCROMBIE SURREAL AMERICAN OIL PAINTING
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
GERTRUDE ABERCROMBIE SURREAL AMERICAN OIL PAINTING
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$60014 Bids
ANTÓNIO NEVES (n.1963) Aguarela sobre papel Assinada e datada de 1991 (?) Dim. aprox. mancha: 36,5 x 55 cm
Feb 26, 7:00 PM WET
ANTÓNIO NEVES (n.1963) Aguarela sobre papel Assinada e datada de 1991 (?) Dim. aprox. mancha: 36,5 x 55 cm
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €70- €140
€30014 Bids
POLISH STILL LIFE OIL PAINTING BY SIGMUND MENKES
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
POLISH STILL LIFE OIL PAINTING BY SIGMUND MENKES
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$60014 Bids
PENNY MEAGHER, Umbrellas, oil on board, 90 x 59
Feb 27, 7:00 PM AEDT
PENNY MEAGHER, Umbrellas, oil on board, 90 x 59
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD16014 Bids

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