Name the Price: Masterpieces
by Staff
Most of the art world's extant masterpieces are firmly in the hands of major museums. Only occasionally do privately owned pieces change hands. Can you guess how wide wallets opened when these major work of art went up for sale?

Although never officially confirmed, the highest sum believed to have ever been paid for a painting was about $140 million, as of February 2010. Who painted this pricey piece of art?

  • Pablo Picasso
  • Jackson Pollock
  • Jasper Johns

Geffen also sold a Jasper Johns' piece that year (just not for quite so much) called "False Start." How much did that piece fetch?

  • $60 million
  • $80 million
  • $100 million

The hotly contested Gustav Klimt painting, "Adele Bloch-Bauer I," was reportedly sold to Ronald Lauder for how many millions?

  • $56 million
  • $87 million
  • $135 million

The life-size "L'Homme qui marche I," a bronze by Alberto Giacometti, hit the auction block in February 2010 and inched up the world record for a piece sold at auction. How much did it go for?

  • $91 million
  • $104 million
  • $112 million

Which of these Van Gogh masterpieces auctioned off for just shy of $54 million in 1987?

  • Irises
  • Sunflowers
  • Portrait of Dr. Gachet

Mark Rothko's 1950 painting "White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose)" was bought by David Rockefeller in 1960 for less than $10,000. How high did the bidding go when it was auctioned off in 2007?

  • $27 million
  • $58 million
  • $73 million

"Dora Maar With Cat" had been out of the public eye for more than 40 years when she was auctioned off in 2006, but unfortunately for Pablo Picasso fans, she was whisked away in a hurry. How much money did her mysterious new owner end up paying?

  • $77 million
  • $95 million
  • $120 million

In tune with other private transactions, the details surrounding the sale of Andy Warhol's "Eight Elvises" are a bit murky, but the general assumption is that the work sold for how many dollars?

  • $50 million
  • $75 million
  • $100 million

Warhol collaborated with another painter, Jean-Michel Basquiat, several times in the 1980s. In 2007, at the same show that saw Rockefeller's Rothko auctioned off, how much did a solo piece by Basquiat sell for?

  • $14 million
  • $21 million
  • $38 million

Francis Bacon's 1976 triptych exceeded hammer-price expectations and beat out his last record by more than $30 million. How much money did it sell for?

  • $74 million
  • $86 million
  • $92 million