Most costly works of art

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1. L’Homme Qui Marche (Walking Man 1) by Alberto Giacometti. This painting was auctioned last week by Sotheby’s in London, and fetched a record £65.7-million (R791-million).

2. Garcon a la pipe by Pablo Picasso was sold by Sotheby’s in New York for £65.6-million.

3. Dora Maar au Chat by Pablo Picasso. An anonymous Russian paid £60-million for this work at Sotheby’s in New York in 2006.

4. Adele Bloch-Bauer II by Gustav Klimt. This portrait was sold at Christie’s in New York in 2006 for £55.3-million.

5. New York Triptych (in three parts) by Francis Bacon. Russian oligarch and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich bought the artwork in 2008 for £55-million.

6. Portrait du Dr Gachet (below) by Vincent van Gogh. This oil on canvas was sold in 1990 by Christie’s in New York for £52-million.

7. Le Bassin Aux Nymphmas by Claude Monet. One of the series of water lily paintings by Monet fetched £50-million at an auction in London in 2008.

8. Bal au Moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. This was sold at Sotheby’s in New York in 1990 for £49-million.

9. The Massacre of the Innocents by Sir Peter Paul Rubens. This biblical masterpiece was bought by Canadian press baron Kenneth Thomson for £47-million in London in 2002.

10. White Centre (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose – above) by Mark Rothko. In 2007 this work fetched £45-milllion in New York.

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