Jackson Pollock’s masterpiece, entitled “No. 5, 1948″ is currently the most expensive painting ever sold. It was sold by David Geffen to an undisclosed buyer for $140 million. Rumor has it that Mexican businessman David Martinez bought the painting.
The painting was originally owned by Samuel Irving Newhouse, Jr. and displayed at the Museum of Modern Art before being sold to Geffen and then allegedly to Martinez in 2006 (though the supposed sale of this painting to Martinez has been denied by his attorneys).
Pollock is an American painter known for his contributions to the abstract expressionist movement. This particular painting was done on an 8′ × 4′ sheet of fiberboard, with thick amounts of brown and yellow paint drizzled on top of it, forming a nest-like appearance.