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Under the hammer: record art auctions

14 november 2013, 12:37
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The last of four in a series of Andy Warhol paintings depicting car crashes shattered the pop artist's own auction record, selling for more than $105 million in New York on Wednesday.

Andy Warhol's artwork titled

Andy Warhol's artwork titled "Liz #1 (Early Colored Liz)" is auctioned at Sotheby's for $20,325,000. ©AFP

The previous day a triptych by British painter Francis Bacon -- "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" -- went for $142.4 million, smashing the world record for the most expensive piece of art auctioned.

The absolute art record was set in 2011 however with the private sale of a Paul Cezanne painting, "The Card Players", to the Qatari royal family for $250 million according to the magazine Vanity Fair.

A woman views oil on canvas paintings (L-R) by artist Paul Cezanne titled 'Man with a Pipe' (1890-92) and 'The Card Players' (1890-92) are seen during a press preview for Cezanne's Card Players exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

A woman views oil on canvas paintings (L-R) by artist Paul Cezanne titled 'Man with a Pipe' (1890-92) and 'The Card Players' (1890-92) are seen during a press preview for Cezanne's Card Players exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. ©Reuters/Shannon Stapleton


The exact value of private sales is often not revealed.


Below is a list of the 15 most expensive art works ever sold at an auction.

Unless stated otherwise, all are paintings.

1. Francis Bacon's triptych "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" sells for $142.4 million at Christie's in New York in 2013.

A journalist looks at Francis Bacon's paintings "Three Studies of Lucian Freud - 1969" during the opening of the exhibition 'Caravaggio and Bacon'. ©AFP

2. Edvard Munch's pastel "The Scream", sells for $119.9 million at Sotheby's in New York in 2012.

People use camera phones to photograph Edvard Munch's iconic

People use camera phones to photograph Edvard Munch's iconic "The Scream", a pastel-on-board (1895) during a press preview of an exhibition of Munch's work at New York City's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)©Reuters/Mike Segar 

3. Pablo Picasso's "Nu au Plateau de Sculpteur" ("Nude, Green Leaves and Bust") for $106.4 million at Christie's in New York in 2010.

Pablo Picasso's 1932 'Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust' is seen at Christie's auction house

Pablo Picasso's 1932 'Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust' is seen at Christie's auction house. ©Reuters/Shannon Stapleton


4.Andy Warhol's Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster), signed and a part of his 1963 Death and Disasters series, for $105,445,000 in New York in 2013.

Andy Warhol's artwork,

Andy Warhol's artwork, "Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)" is displayed while being auctioned at Sotheby's on November 13, 2013 in New York City. ©AFP

5. Alberto Giacometti's sculpture "Walking Man I" for $104.3 million at Sotheby's in London in 2010.

Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation's President Jacques Vistel walks past Alberto Giacometti's sculpture titled

Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation's President Jacques Vistel walks past Alberto Giacometti's sculpture titled "Walking Man I" during the inauguration of "Alberto Giacometti. A Retrospective" exhibition at the Picasso Museum in Malaga, southern Spain. ©Reuters/Jon Nazca

6. Picasso's "Boy with a Pipe" sells for $104.2 million at Sotheby's in New York in 2004.

The Pablo Picasso painting titled

The Pablo Picasso painting titled "Boy with a Pipe," is sold at Sotheby's auction house in New York,May 5, 2004, for a record $104,168,000. Painted in 1905, the work of art is now the most expensive painting sold at auction. ©Reuters/Chip East


7. Picasso's "Dora Maar with Cat" for $95.2 million at Sotheby's in New York in 2006.

Picasso's

Photo courtesy of en.wikipedia.org

8. Gustav Klimt's "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II" for $87.9 million at Christie's in New York in 2006.

A woman look at impressionist painter Gustav Klimt's

A woman look at impressionist painter Gustav Klimt's "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II" during a news preview of a sale of valuable impressionist and modern art paintings at Christie's. ©Reuters/Keith Bedfordith Bedford KKeith Bedford 


9. Mark Rothko canvas "Orange, Red, Yellow" for $86.9 million at Christie's in New York in 2012.

A visitor looks at

A visitor looks at "Orange, Red, Yellow" by Mark Rothko, displayed at Sotheby's auctioneers in London. ©Reuters/Alessia Pierdomenico


10. Bacon's "Triptych 1976" sells for $86.2 million at Sotheby's in New York in 2008.

A visitor looks at

A visitor looks at "Triptych 1976" by Francis Bacon, displayed at Sotheby's auctioneers in London. ©Reuters/Alessia Pierdomenico


11. Vincent Van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet" sells for $82.5 million at Christie's in New York in 1990.

Christopher Burge, President of Christie's in America, (L) hammers down Vincent Van Gogh's

Christopher Burge, President of Christie's in America, (L) hammers down Vincent Van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet" in their gallery in New York for a total price of $82.5 million -- a record price for a painting May 15, 1990. ©Reuters/Ray Stubblebine


12. Claude Monet's "Le Bassin aux Nympheas" ("Pool of Water Lilies") for $80.3 million at Christie's in London in 2008.

Claude Monet's

A man walks past "Le Bassin aux Nympheas" by Claude Monet during a preview of Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art auction in New York. ©Reuters/Lucas Jackson


13. Auguste Renoir's "Au moulin de la galette" ("Dance at the moulin de la galette") for $78.1 million at Sotheby's in New York in 1990.

Bal du moulin de la Galette

Photo courtesy of en.wikipedia.org

14. Peter Paul Rubens, "Massacre of the Innocents" for $76.7 million at Sotheby's in London in 2002.

"The Massacre of the Innocents", an early work by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, is put on display at Sotheby's in London ahead of the July auction of old master paintings. ©Reuters/Stephen Hird

15. Rothko's "No. 1 (Royal Red and Blue)" goes for $75.1 million at Sotheby's in New York in 2012.

Rothko's

Photo courtesy of wikipaintings.org

 

Source: AFP


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