The ten most expensive paintings in history

5) $165.4m “No 5, 1948” by Jackson Pollock

  5 A sale shrouded in secrecy and brokered by Sotheby's in 2006. David Martinez reportedly bough the 8-foot by 4-foot piece of fibreboard, covered in drips of brown and yellow paint from David Geffen, the Dreamworks co-founder and entertainment magnate. Mr Martinez's law firm later issued a statement saying he did not own it.