#12 “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer ll” by Gustav Klimt ($150M)
Adele Bloch-Bauer ll is one of the most famous (and expensive) paintings made by Gustav Klimt circa 1912. The painting is of gorgeous Adele Bloch-Bauer who was the wife of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, a rich industrialist and a close friend of Gustav Klimt. Gustav’s art was sponsored and supported by Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer.
AdeleBloch-Bauer was the only lady to get painted on the canvas twice by Klimt. Her beauty was showcased in the much more famous Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer l in 1903.
The “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer ll” was sold by the OWN network founder and a multi-billionaire, Oprah Winfrey – who previously acquired it for $80M – for $150 million to an unknown Chinese buyer.