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Willem de Kooning

2) Willem de Kooning – Woman III

Willem de Kooning - Woman III

Completed in 1953, it was sold in 2006 to hedge fund billionaire Steven A. Cohen by private sale. This masterpiece came from the collection of David Geffen, who is one of the founders of Dreamworks movie studios. Kooning is known for his series of artwork depicting women with exaggerated body parts. Woman III is the only one of this series that is still privately owned. Cohen purchased it for $137.5 million, which today equals $140.2 million.

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Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

3) Gustav Klimt – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Gustav Klimt - Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Painted in 1907, which was five years before his Portrait II of this model listed as number 10 above. This earlier piece was sold in a private sale by Bloch-Bauer’s niece Maria Altmann in 2006 to collector and Ronald Lauder (of Estee Lauder cosmetics) for his Neue Galerie, which is located in New York City and features nineteenth and twentieth century works of art. The price of the sale was $135 million, which when adjusted for inflation comes to $137.6 million.

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