Rich people love their art, especially the rare and historic ones, like an original van Gogh, for example.

There are many reasons for wanting these rare items. It could be a way of showing how rich one is and how one has something exclusive.

Or, it could be the genuine appreciation of beauty, owning a part of history, or honoring the genius of the artist.

Whatever the case, rich people pay obscene amounts of money for original pieces of art. The following is a list of 5 paintings that have sold for over $100 million (adjusted for inflation in 2011 US dollars).

Many of these transactions happened within the last 20 years, which serves as evidence of the ever-growing wealth of the ultra-rich.