The World’s Most Expensive Paintings

The World’s Most Expensive Paintings investigates the ten most expensive paintings to ever have been sold at an auction and explores why the prices are so high on certain art pieces.

Stepping into the world of the super-rich, the documentary details why art has become an obsession for the elite and why they spend a lot of their money on it.

Featuring works by Picasso, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Klimt and Rubens, we enter a world of secrecy and rivalry, passion and power.

Highlights include a visit to the art-crammed home of millionaire author Lord Archer; a rare interview with the man at the heart of the sale of the most expensive old master of all time; privileged access to auctioneers Christie’s; and a glimpse of the world of the Russian oligarchs.

These revelatory journeys allow us to gain an eye-opening view of the super wealthy, and their motivations as collectors of the World’s Most Expensive Paintings.

Later in 2017 (this documentary was filmed and finished in 2011) a price of $450 million was given for the painting Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci, effectively marking an all-time high price as the most expensive painting ever bought.

The World’s Most Expensive Paintings
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  • Release date2011
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  • Director(s)Russell England