Expensive art

Many pieces of expensive artwork are well beyond the reach of us everyday folk, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t appreciate art.

Recently, there has been a number of famous pieces to go under the hammer and a significant uplift in the sales figures they achieve thanks to new interest from the UAE and other wealthy art lovers overseas, but which piece holds the top spot for the world’s most expensive painting ever sold?

Currently, the most expensive painting ever sold spot is held by Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, a piece circa 1490-1519 that commanded an astronomical $450.3 million dollars. It was sold to the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture back in 2017 by a Russian businessman and investor.

There is plenty of mystery and intrigue surrounding this piece that shows Jesus in Renaissance dress and depicts his role as the saviour of the world and master of the cosmos. Originally thought missing, the painting was rediscovered in 2005 and went on to make art history when auctioned by Christie’s in New York. It was sold to Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Farhan on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture.

Scholars and art experts are still constantly discussing the attributes of this piece of art, with its true meaning still a matter of hot debate in artistic circles all over the globe.

Although such a price tag is unachievable for many art lovers, there are plenty of ways that you can still own pieces of art that resonate with you and that won’t blow a big hole in your finances.

From tasteful nudes and striking cityscapes to beautifully crafted still life canvases created using a wide range of materials and styles, Art2Arts works with some of the best up and coming artistic talent in the UK as well as artists who are steadily making a name for themselves with exhibitions and private collections both here and overseas.

We also offer a 0% finance scheme for anyone wishing to spread the cost of their latest piece of art, so you don’t need the money of a prince to adorn your home with beautiful works of art that could potentially rise in value over the years.

Take a look at some of our artists here or discover more about our 0% finance option to discover why owning art doesn’t require a big budget.