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The top 5 most expensive paintings ever sold

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Picture this: Nine-figure fine art

Think you paid a lot for that $59.99 print of "Dogs Playing Poker"? How does $186 million for a half-century-old oil painting of three bands of violet, red and green sound? With wealthy investors plowing record amounts of cash into fine-art acquisitions — almost $57 billion worldwide in 2014 alone, according to the Netherlands' TEFAF Art Market Report — CNBC looks at the sky's-the-limit prices some famous artworks are commanding on world markets. Here are the top five most expensive painting sales of all time.

By CNBC's Kenneth Kiesnoski
Posted 1 October 2015

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