Can You Value a Masterpiece?

Test your art-collector's eye and see if you can correctly price some of the most expensive artworks in history

By Google Arts & Culture

The Scream (1910) by Edvard MunchThe Munch Museum, Oslo

How much is art worth? As something without intrinsic monetary value, the answer is that it’s worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it. And in the case of the following artworks, it turns out that some people are willing to pay a lot. 

The cheapest painting on this list clocks in at more than $70 million. But how good are you at valuing these masterpieces?

Diana and Actaeon (1556-9) by TitianThe National Gallery, London

Diana and Actaeon, Titian

Among the Italian master's greatest works, this painting shows the fateful moment that the hunter Actaeon discovers Diana bathing. But for how much did The National Galleries of Scotland purchase it in 2009? Scroll on for the big reveal...

$70.6 million

The equivalent of $84 million today

The Cardplayer (1890 - 1892) by Paul CézanneMusée d’Orsay, Paris

The Card Players by Paul Cézanne

It’s one of 5 paintings included in the French master’s 1890s series. Purchased by the Royal Family of Qatar in 2011, they reportedly paid double the record for any artwork sold at auction. But just what did it fetch under the hammer?

$250 million

Sold in 2011.

Dr Paul Gachet (1890) by Vincent van GoghMusée d’Orsay, Paris

Portrait of Dr Gachet by Vincent Van Gogh

One of the most revered works by Van Gogh, this painting is of Dr Paul Gachet, with whom Van Gogh lived. Dr Gachet also cared for Van Gogh during the final few months of his life. There are 2 versions of the painting. One hangs in the Musee d’Orsay. The other sold in 1990 for a then world record fee. But what was it?

$82.5 million

Sold in 1990 and worth considerably more now.

The Scream (1910) by Edvard MunchThe Munch Museum, Oslo

The Scream by Edvard Munch

One of the most recognisable paintings of all time, Munch’s The Scream is an expressionist classic and actually one of 4 versions in a collection of 22 paintings. It was subtitled Der Schrei der Natur orThe Scream of Nature. But what price would you put on this masterpiece?

$119.9 million

It sold at Sotheby's in 2012.

Self-Portrait. Between the Clock and the Bed (1940/1943) by Edvard MunchThe Munch Museum, Oslo

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