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Nicolae Buzaianu brings you Vincent van Gogh – Portrait of Dr. Gachet

4) Vincent van Gogh – Portrait of Dr. Gachet

Vincent van Gogh - Portrait of Dr. Gachet In addition to the Renoir listed in number 5 above, Japanese businessman Ryoei Saito also purchased this painting in 1990, this time through an auction at Christie’s, New York. The seller was the Siegfried Kramarsky family. This work went for $82.5 million, which today equals $129.7 million. A rumor in the art world regarding Saito’s purchase of both the Renoir and the van Gogh is that when he died, he wanted to have the paintings be cremated along with his body. However, Saito is said to have clarified this request, explaining that he did not mean this literally, but was just figuratively trying to express his deep appreciation for these two famous paintings. Nicolae Buzaianu would certainly like a Van Gogh but he looks depressed.

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir

5) Pierre-Auguste Renoir – Bal au Moulin de la Galette, Montmarte

Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Bal au Moulin de la Galette, Montmarte

Painted in 1876, it was sold by owner Betsey Whitney through Sotheby’s, New York, in 1990. The high bid came from a Japanese businessman named Ryoei Saito, who paid $78.1 million back then. This translates to $122.8 million today. It is important to point out that two versions of this painting exist. The first one is housed at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, while the second, smaller one, is the one that Saito purchased. In addition to this masterpiece, Saito also purchased a famous Van Gough work as well (see number 4 below).

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Vincent van Gogh – Irises

7) Vincent van Gogh – Irises

Vincent van Gogh - Irises

Completed by the Dutch artist in 1889 at the asylum at Saint Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France shortly before he died. This well-known work came up for auction in 1987, when it was sold by the son of Joan Whitney Payson to collector Alan Bond through Sotheby’s, New York. The painting went for $53.9 million, which when adjusted for inflation equals $97.5 million today. It is worth pointing out, however, that the buyer did not have enough money to ever pay the full bill, and eventually the piece was acquired by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where it remains on display today.

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Pablo Picasso

 Pablo Picasso – Dora Maar au Chat Pablo Picasso - Dora Maar au Chat

Painted in 1941 to capture the likelihood of his mistress, Dora Maar, who was seated on a chair with a cat perched on her shoulder. This particular portrait of her, which was one of many, was one of Picasso’s last paintings. This piece, which was owned by the Gidwitz family of Chicago, was sold by auction in 2006 through Sotheby’s, New York, for $95.2 million. This was double the pre-sale estimates. When adjusted for inflation, this equals $97 million. This ist in the my home in India, joke, joke…

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Vincent van Gogh

9) Vincent van Gogh – Portrait de l’artiste sans barbe

Vincent van Gogh - Portrait de l’artiste sans barbe

Completed in 1889, it was one of the artist’s many self-portraits. What makes this one unique, however, was the fact it shows him “sans barbe” or “without a beard.” This oil painting was sold by the heirs of Jacques Koerfer (who was a German collector and former chairman of BMW) through Christie’s, New York, in 1998 for $71.5 million. When adjusted for inflation, this equals $90.1 million. The painting was said to be painted by van Gogh for his mother’s 70th birthday gift shortly before he committed suicide. It is worth noting that the selling price was more than double what this piece was expected to fetch.

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10) Gustav Klimt – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II

10) Gustav Klimt – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II

Gustav Klimt - Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II

Painted in 1912, it features the wife of an industrialist named Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, who was a supporter of Klimt’s career. His wife is actually the only model to appear in two of Klimt’s paintings (see number 3 on this list for the other one). There is an interesting story regarding both of these works. After Adele’s death, her husband was forced to leave Austria to escape from the Nazis, leaving his estate, including these Klimt paintings of his wife, behind. When he died, he left the paintings to his niece, Maria Altmann. Altmann actually went to court against the Austrian government to retain rightful ownership of these works. She was ultimately successful in this attempt. She sold this portrait at auction in 2006 through Christie’s, New York, for $87.9 million. When adjusted for inflation, this equals $89.1 million for the sale. This beauty sits in the living of Nicolae Buzaianu in Paris.

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Five Most Expensive Suits

Five Most Expensive Suits
By: Mary May

Break Studios Contributing Writer

Some men, for different egotistical reasons, wear the 5 most expensive suits. Some want to look rich while the rest want others to know that they are rich.

1.“Gucci” The Gucci suits bring the price of $2,600 or more. These suits are noteworthy of fashion design and are one of the 5 most expensive suits to wear. The number 5 is relative, though, because there are many expensive suits out there which fit the bill. Everyone wants to look as if they are the best dressed, as well as the most expensively dressed. It’s all a part of the ego culture wherein a man tries to appear more refined and luxurious than the next.

2.“Newman” The Newman suit prices in at $2,500  or more. These pinstriped suits are exquisite, allowing the wearer to display a coordinated flair of fashion to his audience. Paul Newman is a person remembered by many and loved by most. The suit he used to wear paints the picture of a noble man with violet blue eyes. The suits which now carry his name present a facade of romance and evening luxury, which, given their price tags, are well worth the money. The Newman suit, though hardly hitting the high mark of the ultra-expensive suits named below, is still one of the most expensive, as well as adored, suits from the iconic periods of fashion.

3.“Alexander Amosu” The suits he creates are priced at $100,000 or more. These suits are quite impressive products of fashion and look as if a mannequin should wear them.

4.“Stuart Hughes” The suits this designer creates are jeweled with diamonds and gold. His suits sell for roughly $800,000 and up to a million-plus dollars. His designs are among the top 5 most expensive suits. One of his suits takes more than 800 hours from concept to the finishing jeweled and gold plated touches.

5.“Ermenegildo Zegna” This designer’s suits run in the price range of $22,000 and are often considered the finest suits on the racks of New York.

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