Paul Cezanne, The Card Players.

1. Paul Cézanne, The Card Players, $250 million
This masterpiece is supposedly the most expensive work ever sold.


2. MARK ROTHKO,White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender), $72.8 million
This “Rockefeller Rothko” was reportedly purchased by the Al-Thani family at a Sotheby’s auction in May 2007.

Mark Rothko, White Center.

3. ANDY WARHOL,The Men in Her Life, $63. 4 million
Philippe Ségalot reportedly orchestrated the acquisition of Warhol’s 1962 work. It was sold at Phillip’s in New York in November 2010.

Andy Warhol, The Men in Her Life.

4. Fabergé egg, $9.57 million
The egg was bought at a Christie’s auction in New York in 2002.


Sheikh Saud purchased a Fabergé egg at Christie's in 2002. This is a replica of what a traditional Fabergé looks like.

5. James John Audubon, Birds of America, $8.8 million
The late Sheikh Saud Al-Thani purchased this masterpiece, which at the time was the world’s most expensive book.

A page in The Birds of America.

6. The Clive of India Flask, $5 million
During Sheikh Saud’s shopping spree in London, he beat London’s V&A museum to purchase the £3m Clive of India flask.

The Clive of India Flask.

7. Girault de Prangey, The Temple of Jupiter in Athens, $922,490
When Sheikh Saud purchased this photograph in 2003, he set a new record (beating one of his own previous purchases) for the most expensive price paid for a daguerreotype and for a photograph.

Girault de Prangey, The Temple of Jupiter in Athens.

8. J. Ezra Merkin’s 11 Rothkos, $310 million
The family supposedly bought 11 Rothko paintings from financier J. Ezra Merkin when he had to liquidate the largest Rothko collection in the world due to his involvement with the Madoff scandal.

Mark Rothko, Green, Blue, Green on Blue (1968).

9. Werner Bokelberg’s Photography collection, $15 million
Sheikh Saud in 2000 bought up Bokelberg’s 136 photograph collection which included masterpieces by  Man Ray and Alfred Stieglitz.

Julia Margaret Cameron, Julia Prinsep Duckworth, April 1867  was just one of the 130 photographs in the collection.

10.  DAMIEN HIRST, Lullaby Spring, $19 million
Damien Hirst’s pill cabinet was purchased in the spring of 2007 at Sotheby’s.

Damien Hirst, Lullaby Spring.

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