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The 3 Most Expensive Abstract Expressionist Paintings in the World

on February 12, 2024

The Abstract Expressionist movement has produced some of the most coveted artworks in the world. Among these masterpieces, a select few have achieved extraordinary prices, which reflects their significance in the art world.

Jackson Pollock's "Number 17A," a quintessential example of his iconic drip technique, holds the record for the highest price paid for an Abstract Expressionist painting, fetching an astounding $200 million in 2015. This dynamic composition captivates viewers with its intricate web of paint, embodying Pollock's unparalleled spontaneity and energy.

Jackson Pollock Number 17A

'Number 17A' by Jackson Pollock, 1948.

Mark Rothko's "Orange, Red, Yellow," renowned for its luminous color fields and meditative aura, sold for $86.9 million in 2012, underscoring the enduring appeal of his transcendent art.

Mark Rothko red orange yellow

'Orange Red Yellow' by Mark Rothko, 1961.

Willem de Kooning's "Interchange" commands the highest price in private sales, reaching an impressive $300 million. This vibrant and visceral work exemplifies de Kooning's mastery of form and gesture, captivating collectors with its raw intensity.

Willem de Kooning Interchange

'Interchange' by Willem de Kooning, 1955.

These remarkable prices reflect the timeless allure of abstract expressionism and the profound impact of its pioneering artists. As these iconic works continue to inspire awe and fascination, their value as cultural treasures and investments only continues to grow.


Pete Stein
Founder, Galerie Stein

Galerie Stein will be presenting several contemporary Abstract Expressionist artists both virtually at and in our gallery in Montreal in 2024.
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