American painter, sculptor and printmaker, Jasper Johns was Initially working in the styles of abstract expressionism and neo-dada, but eventually burst onto the scene as a true master of pop art, cementing his status next to the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein. Johns' innovative technique and style, unusual and outstanding, and a legacy that goes well beyond his 1955 Flag make his presence in the art world nothing short of monumental. In 1980, the Whitney Museum of American Art acquired his 1958 Three Flags for $1 million, then the highest price paid for the work of a living artist. Since then, the sums have only continued to grow. His current fortune is estimated at around $290 million.
Featured image: Jasper Johns - Corpse and Mirror, 1974 - Courtesy of the artist