Luxurious takes a look at the Top Five most expensive artworks sold in 2010. Once again artist Andy Warhol proved incredibly popular with private or instutional collectors. Its interesting to see that Asian artists are also being rewarded for their talent with collectors paying good sized sums for some outstanding pieces.
The Warhol piece was based on a young Elizabeth Taylor between husbands and was one of many paintings sold that night, in total $137 million worth of art was sold. The Warhol wasn’t the only piece that fetched a high price that night. A Murakami sculpture titled “Miss Ko2,” which is a six foot tall sculpture of a sassy cocktail waitress, was estimated to be sold at between $4-6 million. This piece eventually sold for the huge amount of $6.8 million.
Artist : Andy Warhol (Aug 6, 1928 – Feb 22, 1987),
Title: Men in Her Life,
Executed in October-November 1962
Medium: Silkscreen and pencil on primed canvas.
84 1/2 x 83 1/4 in. (214.6 x 211.5 cm).
SOLD AT $63,362,500 (inc Buyers Premium)
Philips de Pury 2010
Artist: Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997)
Signed and dated ‘rf Lichtenstein ’64’ (on the reverse)
Medium: Oil and magna on canvas
36½ x 38 in. (90.2 x 96.5 cm.)
Painted in 1964.
SOLD AT $42,642,500 (inc Buyers Premium)
Christies 10 November 2010
ZHANG XIAOGANG (Born 1958)
CHAPTER OF A NEW CENTURY – BIRTH OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA II
Signed in Pinyin and Chinese,
Framed and Dated 1992
Oil, cotton tape and black and white photocopies collage on canvas
SOLD AT: 52,180,000 HKD (Including Buyers Premium)
LIU XIAODONG (Born 1963)
Disobeying the rules
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size 70.9 x 90.6 in. / 180 x 230 cm.
Description signed in Chinese and dated 1996, titled and signed in Chinese and dated 1996 on reverse
SOLD AT: $4,975,000
SYED HAIDER RAZA (B. 1922)
Signed and dated ‘RAZA ’83’ (lower right); signed, inscribed, titled and dated ‘RAZA 1983 “SAURASHTRA” 200 x 200 cms.’
“SAURASHTRA”‘ (on the reverse)
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
78¾ x 78¾ in. (200 x 200 cm.)
SOLD AT: £2,393,250 (Including Buyers Premium)