Take stock of the world’s top 10 art auction list



Da Vinci

In the world’s top 10 art auction list, the sale price of all more than 100 million dollars, of which the first is the Italian Renaissance one of the three masters Da Vinci “Salvator Mundi” oil painting, interestingly, the authenticity of this painting has been controversial for a long time, until the end of 2010, a team of international experts was convened in London, The painting was identified as a genuine Leonardo, and its valuation skyrocketed. In 2011, the exhibition “Leonardo Da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan” at the National Gallery in London, the work was really introduced to the public and attracted many people to see it. In the same year, the British BBC documentary Da Vinci: The Lost Fortune mentioned an estimate of £125 million, or about $200 million. But in the end, no museum could afford that kind of money, so it ended up going to auction houses. When this work appeared at Christie’s in New York in 2017, it attracted the attention of the world, and the result was surprisingly sold at a record price of $450 million, which was a clean ride and firmly occupied the top 10 list.


Shoot Marilyn (Sage Blue)

Andy Warhol


Women of Algiers (” O “version)

Pablo Picasso

Women of Algiers (” O “version) by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. As an adult, Picasso was fascinated by Delacroix’s works, especially La Femme d ‘Algiers. For this reason, between December 1954 and February 1955, Picasso created 15 adaptations of Delacroix’s Women of Algiers, of which Women of Argelles (Version “O”) is one of Picasso’s most famous works. Its dense composition, displaying cubism, perspective and intense color, was a milestone in Picasso’s creation. The painting sold for $179 million at Christie’s in New York in 2015, the highest price ever paid for a Picasso.


Naked Woman Lying on Her Side

Amedeo Modigliani

The oil painting “Naked Woman Lying on her Side” by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani. Amedillo Modicioni is an Italian expressionist painter who occupies an important place in the history of world art. His ‘Nu Couche ‘, painted in 1917-1918, is regarded as one of the most recognized portraits in early 20th century painting and is also his representative work. It sold for $170 million at Christie’s in New York in 2015. According to public information, the work was collected by Shanghai collector Liu Yiqian and his wife.


Naked Woman Lying on Her Side

Amedeo Modigliani

The oil painting “Naked Woman Lying on her Left Side” by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani. Painted in 1971, it fetched $157 million at Sotheby’s New York in 2018. In 2003, this work was displayed at Christie’s auction, and the result was 26.9 million dollars, more than five times in 15 years, an astonishing increase.


The Models (Small Edition)

George Seurat

“Models (Small Edition)” oil painting by French artist Georges Seurat. Seurat is the representative painter of the French Impressionist point painting and an important figure of the post-Impressionism. There are two models, one big and one small. The larger one is owned by the Barnes Foundation in the United States, and the smaller one was sold at Christie’s in New York. It was sold at Christie’s New York in 2022 for $149 million, the highest price ever paid for a Seurat work.


Three paintings by Lucian Freud

Portrait Study (Triptych)

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud Portraits (Triptych)” oil painting. Bacon and Freud, who met in 1945 and became close partners, painted each other many times. The “Freud Portrait Studies (Triptych)” painted by Bacon for Freud is a famous painting in history. When it was put up for auction at Christie’s in New York in 2014, it sold for $142.4 million, the highest price ever paid for a Bacon painting.






Twelve Landscape Screens

Qi Baishi

Chinese painter Qi Baishi’s twelve screen Chinese paintings of landscape. This work, created in 1925, is the most representative landscape work in the transition period of Baishi’s old man style, and is also the largest landscape screen that can be circulated in society at present. The work started at 450 million yuan at the 2017 Poly auction in Beijing, and after 70 rounds of competition, it was finally sold for 931.5 million yuan, equivalent to about 139.7 million US dollars, setting the highest price in the Chinese art market.


Mont Saint-Victor

Paul Cezanne

French painter Paul Cezanne’s “Mont Saint-Victor” oil painting, some experts believe that from the “Mont Saint-Victor”, the artist in the combination of classicism and Romanticism, structure and color, nature and painting, have reached an unprecedented height. It sold for $137 million at Christie’s New York in 2022, the highest price ever paid for a Cezanne painting.

Sum up

Christie’s New York has contributed the most to the top 10 list, with a total of eight so far, and the top four are occupied by Christie’s. In 2015 and 2022, Christie’s New York each had three entries in the top 10 list, in other words, the record of rewriting the top 10 list twice and three times in one year is commendable. In the future, with the intensification of world inflation, it is bound to cause many institutions and collectors to avoid inflation risks by buying artworks. In fact, in the 2022 Christie’s auction in New York, due to the frequent sales of institutions and big collectors, the transaction capital has been significantly enlarged, which has sent a strong signal to the market, and it is expected that more market records will be broken in the future.

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