Alastair Sooke’s Top Ten Most Valuable Paintings In The World w/t – Art critic and journalist Alastair Sooke explores the remarkable stories behind the 10 most expensive paintings to have been sold at auction. What makes someone pay as much as $100m for a painting? Who is prepared to pay that much? Can an artwork ever be worth it? Alastair follows the trail of the priciest paintings in the world, how they were created, and the often bizarre circumstances that brought them to market. Alastair will hear stories of scandal, war, exile, revolution, paranoia, and economic turmoil – stories which range from the Holocaust to the discreet banks of Zurich and the boom of Japan in the 1980s. Alastair will discover that the art market operates to its own logic which may not always have much to do with the quality of the art.