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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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Charlie Wrencher - Abstract coastal painting 150 x 100 cm Oil on canvas
Jun 18, 7:00 PM AEST
Charlie Wrencher - Abstract coastal painting 150 x 100 cm Oil on canvas
by Lawsons
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD90024 Bids
MINNIE PWERLE (1910 - 2006) ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
Jun 23, 10:00 AM AEST
MINNIE PWERLE (1910 - 2006) ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
by Yarra Valley Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD3,00020 Bids
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CAMILLE JEAN-BAPTISTE COROT (1796-1875), ATTRIBUTED TO
Jun 29, 10:00 AM CEST
CAMILLE JEAN-BAPTISTE COROT (1796-1875), ATTRIBUTED TO
by Galerie Moenius
Est: CHF200- CHF400
CHF55017 Bids
Arthur R. Ward, Country Track with Draught Horses & Gums, Oil on canvas, 60 x 38
Jun 23, 5:00 PM AEST
Arthur R. Ward, Country Track with Draught Horses & Gums, Oil on canvas, 60 x 38
by Lawsons
Est: AUD300- AUD400
AUD22016 Bids
INDIAN ANIMALS OIL PAINTING BY MANJIT BAWA WITH COA
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
INDIAN ANIMALS OIL PAINTING BY MANJIT BAWA WITH COA
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$1,10016 Bids
Tableaux VOGELS Guillaume (1836 - 1896)
Jun 18, 6:30 PM CEST
Tableaux VOGELS Guillaume (1836 - 1896)
by Vanderkindere
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€4,40016 Bids
Asta Norregaard (Norway,1853-1933) oil painting antique
Jul 07, 11:45 AM EDT
Asta Norregaard (Norway,1853-1933) oil painting antique
by Broward Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $10,500- $13,500
$62516 Bids
AMERICAN SCHOOL (19TH CENTURY) IMPRESSIONISTIC PAINTING OF COWS
Jun 21, 9:00 AM EDT
AMERICAN SCHOOL (19TH CENTURY) IMPRESSIONISTIC PAINTING OF COWS
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $200- $300
$65015 Bids
ORIGINAL DALE LEONARD FRANK (b.1959) UNTIILED
Jun 23, 10:00 AM AEST
ORIGINAL DALE LEONARD FRANK (b.1959) UNTIILED
by Yarra Valley Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD38015 Bids
Frederick McDuff Jardin du Luxembourg Oil Canvas
Jul 14, 12:00 PM EDT
Frederick McDuff Jardin du Luxembourg Oil Canvas
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$4,50014 Bids
Superb Folk Art Oil Painting by Lillian Meeks
Jun 23, 6:00 PM EDT
Superb Folk Art Oil Painting by Lillian Meeks
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$16014 Bids

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Broward Auction Gallery LLC

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