A 2011 BBC documentary, the art critic Alastair Sooke tracks down the ten most expensive paintings ever to be sold at auction (there have probably been bigger sales, but not all transactions are made public). He attempts to understand and explain why these paintings fetch so much money, and why the super rich want to spend their money on art.
The ten paintings featured include works from Picasso, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Klimt, and more. He visits the home of Lord Archer, an avid art collector himself, talks to some of the experts at the prestigious auction house Christie’s, and gains an insight into the world of the newest breed of super rich Russian oligarchs and their motivations. Also consider watching What Makes Art Valuable?