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# The most expensive painting ever sold is the abstract expressionist pi

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The most expensive painting ever sold is the abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million.

A. The most expensive painting ever sold is the abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million

B. The abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, is the most expensive painting, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million

C. Sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million, the abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, is a most expensive painting

D. The abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million making it the more expensive painting ever sold

E. The most expensive painting ever sold was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million

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The important elements to remember are that it is an abstract expressionist painting and that it was not just an expensive painting but an expensive painting ever sold. These are essential legacies of the original text and should be taken through in the correct choice.

A. The most expensive painting ever sold is the abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million --- Looks ok;

B. The abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, is the most expensive painting, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million ---I see no problem with ‘that was’ created except that it is two words extra. But more importantly, it is missing the ever sold point and hence is not reproducing the intent of the original.

C. Sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million, the abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, is a most expensive painting ---- same as in B. In addition, 'a most expensive' is ungrammatical.

D. The abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million making it the more expensive painting ever sold --- making it ‘the more expensive’ is wrong.

E. The most expensive painting ever sold was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million – missing the abstract expressionist piece

A therefore is the correct choice.
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21 Jul 2015, 14:23
I'd go with A since answers B-E clearly have errors. However, A still seems poorly worded. I think this might be a bogus question.
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21 Jul 2015, 22:28
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I'd go with A since answers B-E clearly have errors. However, A still seems poorly worded. I think this might be a bogus question.

Hi GmatTutor

Don't you think most expensive and ever are redundant, a case in answer choice A?

If you talk about Superlative degree(most), it essentially means since the beginning and hence, need not require the mention of time again.

I'd go with B. Let's wait for OA though!
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A. The most expensive painting ever sold is the abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million-No issues noticed.

B. The abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, is the most expensive painting, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million- "The abstract expressionist piece" is the name of a painting. Hence "that was" is simply unnecessary..out

C. Sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million, the abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, is a most expensive painting- "The abstract expressionist piece" is the name of a painting. Hence "that" is simply unnecessary..out

D. The abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million making it the more expensive painting ever sold- "The abstract expressionist piece" is the name of a painting. Hence "that was" is simply unnecessary.also "More" is used instead of "most".out

E. The most expensive painting ever sold was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million-where is the name of the painting?out.

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23 Jul 2015, 00:43
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A. The most expensive painting ever sold is the abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million-No issues noticed.

B. The abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, is the most expensive painting, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million- "The abstract expressionist piece" is the name of a painting. Hence "that was" is simply unnecessary..out

C. Sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million, the abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, is a most expensive painting- "The abstract expressionist piece" is the name of a painting. Hence "that" is simply unnecessary..out

D. The abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million making it the more expensive painting ever sold- "The abstract expressionist piece" is the name of a painting. Hence "that was" is simply unnecessary.also "More" is used instead of "most".out

E. The most expensive painting ever sold was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million-where is the name of the painting?out.

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In choice A, it has "that was" too. IMO, it is unnecessary too. I can cross only choice E off. Can anyone explain this
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"The abstract expressionist piece" is one painting.. Only when we have a collection of things from which we want to specifically show "one" as a subject we have to use "that".

For Eg.(my own creation ): The clothes look too good but that with embroidery is the best.. (one among the rest)..

In our case..

In B:The abstract expressionist piece that was, created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, is the most expensive painting, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million.(verb-ed modifier rightly modifying the preceding noun)

In A:The most expensive painting ever sold is the abstract expressionist piece... which refers to one painting among many which were sold..

In C: The whole sentence is passive voice firstly. So avoid such sentences on GMAT.

Secondly..the painting is "the" most expensive painting.. not "a" most expensive painting. Even here we can do away with "that was"

Hope its clear.

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23 Jul 2015, 01:54
Opp! I didn't notice "a" most expensive
It will narrow to A and B.
I think I get it.

But I have an question. Which one is correct?

1. I see the picture created by Tom
2. I see the picture which was created by Tom
3. I see the picture that was created by Tom

For me, I think the first choice is more concise than others.
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25 Jul 2015, 05:24
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Opp! I didn't notice "a" most expensive
It will narrow to A and B.
I think I get it.

But I have an question. Which one is correct?

1. I see the picture created by Tom
2. I see the picture which was created by Tom
3. I see the picture that was created by Tom

For me, I think the first choice is more concise than others.

Hi there

Yes I also would go for the first option. Number 2 however is not correct. I believe the modifier "was created by tom" is essential, therefore if you use a connector, you would have to chose "that".

Any opinions?

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26 Jul 2015, 01:18
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A. The most expensive painting ever sold is the abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million

I admit (A) is the most clear in intended meaning , but does it not lack a "That.. and that" parallelism ? Should the sentence not be "that was created...... and that was sold" . "D" on the other hand looks ok if you consider "more" to be a typo. Does "D" have any other error I am overlooking ?
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26 Jul 2015, 02:34
We are forced to take ‘the more’ in D not as a typo, because of a similar basic mistake in C in the form of “a most expensive” expression; we are not used to seeing so many basic errors in one thread in a GMAT level exam. This is the reason that we are forced to consider A as probably the best among the lot, although it also has problems of its own such as lack of parallelism.
That aside in D, the phrase ‘for \$149.7 million making it’ seems to be suspect; one may note that the there is no comma between ‘\$149.7 M’ and ‘making’. This implies that ‘making’ modifies the sale price per se rather than the sale. Indeed, it is the sale for \$149.7 M that makes it most expensive to have been and not just \$149.7M. To that extent, the choice deviates from the intended meaning.
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12 Sep 2015, 04:26
in choice A, just after and "was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million" is a complete clause or it isn't- since it doesn't clearly say "what" was sold. Is this a violation of FANBOYS?
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We are forced to take ‘the more’ in D not as a typo, because of a similar basic mistake in C in the form of “a most expensive” expression; we are not used to seeing so many basic errors in one thread in a GMAT level exam. This is the reason that we are forced to consider A as probably the best among the lot, although it also has problems of its own such as lack of parallelism.
That aside in D, the phrase ‘for \$149.7 million making it’ seems to be suspect; one may note that the there is no comma between ‘\$149.7 M’ and ‘making’. This implies that ‘making’ modifies the sale price per se rather than the sale. Indeed, it is the sale for \$149.7 M that makes it most expensive to have been and not just \$149.7M. To that extent, the choice deviates from the intended meaning.

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That and that parallelism is not needed since we are starting an independent clause after comma
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The most expensive painting ever sold is the abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million.

A. The most expensive painting ever sold is the abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million

B. The abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, is the most expensive painting, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million
The abstract expressionist piece is the most expensive painting, and was sold for \$149.7 million. These two cannot be two different consecutive tasks.

C. Sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million, the abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, is a most expensive painting..................The superlative form, indicated here by the use of the word most, must be preceded by the word the.

D. The abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million making it the more expensive painting ever sold

E. The most expensive painting ever sold was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million....................misses the word expressionist painting
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The most expensive painting ever sold is the abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million.

A. The most expensive painting ever sold is the abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million

B. The abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, is the most expensive painting, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million

C. Sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million, the abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, is a most expensive painting

D. The abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million making it the more expensive painting ever sold

E. The most expensive painting ever sold was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million

took some time to solve it...

Most expensive painting ever sold:
1. is the abstract expressionist piece that was created by JP entitled (correctly modifies piece)
2. was sold.

A seems to be without any errors.

B. is, and was - 2 parallel verbs - comma not needed.
C. is A most expensive - out right away
D. making it - incorrect modifier
E. close, but not. original meaning: X is Y and was B. in this case X was B. so the emphasis is slightly different. chose A.
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There is no IC after the comma + and in A. One can see that there is no subject for the clause after 'and'.

Second, in the given context, the use of the comma before 'and' is the culprit. It can't be used when there is no IC in the second part. It is a violation of symmetrical parallelism.
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Dear experts , I have 2 doubts on this one :

1) Does not option A miss out on that .. and that parallelism. That was created and that was sold ...??
2) "created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5 " .... Does this not imply Jackson Pollock was entitled No.5 ? I thought the painting was entitled ?

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As far as that parallelism goes, yes, your view is correct. but in the case of modifications, logic overrides structure, as we don't name humans as NO 5, 1948, whereas it is common to name paintings with fancy names like the one in this topic.
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The important elements to remember are that it is an abstract expressionist painting and that it was not just an expensive painting but an expensive painting ever sold. These are essential legacies of the original text and should be taken through in the correct choice.

A. The most expensive painting ever sold is the abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million --- Looks ok;

B. The abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, is the most expensive painting, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million ---I see no problem with ‘that was’ created except that it is two words extra. But more importantly, it is missing the ever sold point and hence is not reproducing the intent of the original.

C. Sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million, the abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, is a most expensive painting ---- same as in B. In addition, 'a most expensive' is ungrammatical.

D. The abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million making it the more expensive painting ever sold --- making it ‘the more expensive’ is wrong.

E. The most expensive painting ever sold was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for \$149.7 million – missing the abstract expressionist piece

A therefore is the correct choice.

Hi Daagh,

Although i marked A as the answer, it was a difficult choice between A and B. Also,IMO, the language is a bit messed up as it should've been 'an abstract expressionist piece' as this clearly represent a genre/category.
My question is: What should be the concrete reason to choose A over B?
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01 Nov 2017, 18:20
boiled down to A and C.
C changes the original meaning, and "a most" is wrong -> C is not the answer.
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