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10 most expensive works of art sold by auction in 2018

The total amount paid for the 10 top lots of the outgoing year amounted to 915 million 157 thousand 400 dollars.This year, there were no blockbusters of the Savior of the World scale by Leonardo da Vinci, sold for $ 450.3 million in 2017, at auctions. But in the top ten most expensive works sold by auction, there are new world records for major artists. It is worth noting that many top lots were sold for just a few bids, and sometimes less. 1557 million 159 thousand dollars
Amedeo Modigliani, "Reclining Nude (on the left side)", 1917
Sotheby's New York, May 14, 2018Reclining naked (on the left side) Amedeo Modigliani 1917, 89.5 × 146.4 cm. Covenant lying naked Amedeo Modigliani rarely appear at auctions. Therefore, when the Irish breeder John Mannier put up for sale the biggest picture in the heritage of the Italian-French expressionist, Sotheby's, gave her the highest in its history presale estimate of $ 150 million. However, the expectation of activity from Asian collectors did not materialize - the participants did not bet on the sales area or by phone. It came to the only irrevocable proposal submitted to the sale. However, "Lying naked (on the left side)" was the most expensive lot ever sold at Sotheby's, and the fourth most expensive painting in the world, gone under the hammer. Not so bad.

115 million dollars
Pablo Picasso, “The Girl with the Flower Basket”, 1905
Christie's New York, May 8, 2018
Starry lot from the heritage of David and Peggy Rockefeller - a rare masterpiece of Pablo Picasso from the "pink period" - received an estimate of $ 100 million. The origin of the picture is impeccable: David Rockefeller bought it from the collection of Gertrude Stein.
But perhaps the fact that this is a portrait of a naked teenage girl who, apparently, was a prostitute, scared off some of the bidders. And it further narrowed the already very small pool of potential buyers - collectors who can spend $ 100 million on one painting.
And when it came to the auction, only one participant entered the game by phone. He offered 102 million for the picture (or $ 115 million including the prize) and became the winner. Later, the New York Times reported that the buyer was the family of famous collectors-dealers Nahmad. This fall, they lent a canvas for the exhibition “Picasso. Blue and pink "in the Orsay Museum in Paris.

91 million 875 thousand dollars
Edward Hopper, "Chop Sui", 1929
Christie's New York, November 13, 2018
The famous work of the American master Edward Hopper "Chop Sui" received a preliminary estimate of $ 70 million, although some believed that the thirst for owning an instantly recognizable picture could raise the price above one hundred million dollars. This did not happen, but those present witnessed vigorous bargaining between two Christie's employees, who represented their clients by telephone. In the end, she won a bet of $ 85 million, which, together with the premium, turned into 91.8 million - a record amount not only for the author, but for the entire category of “American art”, to which the auction house refers pre-war artists.Chop suiEdward Hopper1929, 96.5 × 81 cm90 million 312 thousand 500 dollars
David Hockney, “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)”, 1972
Christie's New York, November 15, 2018
Backstage auction deals based on guarantees did not attract Joe Lewis, the owner of David Hockney’s double portrait. And he offered a picture for sale without a reserve. Therefore, when the bidding began with $ 18 million, the rush began at Christie's, which resulted in a price jump of $ 55 million. From this point on, the struggle continued between four bidders until the price reached 80 million dollars - in fact, a pre-sale estimate. Given the fees, the total amount was $ 90.3 million, and this Hock overthrew Jeff Koons from the pedestal of the world's most expensive living artist.Portrait of the artist (Pool with two figures) David Hockney1972, 305 × 214 cm

85 million 812 thousand 500 dollars
Kazimir Malevich, Suprematist Composition, 1916
Christie's New York, May 15, 2018
The size of this painting by Kazimir Malevich is only 88 cm by 71 cm, but this small canvas contains a lot of money - now it costs $ 13,659.8 per square centimeter.
Brett Gorvi, a co-owner of the Lévy Gorvy gallery, bought this rare “Suprematic composition” for $ 76 million (or 85.8 million with a commission). The result, which exceeded the preliminary estimate of $ 70 million, became a new record for the Russian artist.

84 million 687 thousand 500 dollars
Claude Monet, "Water Lilies in Bloom", approx. 1914−17
Christie's New York, May 8, 2018
In recent years, Asian connoisseurs were delighted with Claude Monet, and the provenance “from the David Rockefeller collection” added to the attractiveness of a landscape of a series of water lilies. One of the buyers from this region made a high enough bid to set a new record for the artist. Despite the fact that “Water Lilies in Blossom” received a preliminary estimate of $ 50 million, an anonymous collector offered one and a half times more and became the owner of the canvas.Water lilies in bloomClod Monet1917, 160.3 × 180 cm80 million 750 thousand dollars
Henri Matisse, "Lying Odalisk with Magnolias", 1923
Christie's New York, May 8, 2018
This work by Henri Matisse from the Rockefeller collection also set a record for the artist - and was also bought on behalf of the bidder by phone. The last bid of 71.5 million dollars exceeded the preliminary estimate by half a million, and the canvas went to Asia.Lying odalisque with magnoliasHenri Matisse1923, 60.5 × 81.1 cm71 million 187 thousand. 500 dollars
Constantin Brancusi, "Young Woman (PortraitPortrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people existing in reality. Portrait - in French reading - portrait, from old French portraire -" reproduce something feature in the dash. " the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin persona - "person; person". Read more Nancy Canard) ", 1932
Christie's New York, May 15, 2018
This stylized portrait Portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more The heiress of the shipping business and muse Nancy Canard was tentatively valued at $ 70 million. The statuette was sold for an amount below the estimate, for $ 63 million, to the bidder by phone. Nevertheless, the work set a record for the work of Constantin Brancusi, bypassing the Sleeping Muse (1913), which was sold for 57.3 million dollars in May 2017.68 million 937 thousand 504 dollars
Willem de Kooning, Woman as a Landscape, approx. 1954−55
Christie's New York, November 13, 2018
Christie's set a new record for Willem de Kooning, when an anonymous collector on the phone bought this phone for $ 61 million — only a million more than the lower threshold of this e-mail. But this record did not stand nearby with the price of 300 million, for which his Exchange was sold in a closed transaction (1955).
  • Constantin Brancusi, "Young Woman (Portrait of Nancy Canard)", 1932. Private collection
  • Willem de Kooning, "Woman as landscape", approx. 1954-5. Private collection
69 million 435 thousand. 900 dollars
Pablo Picasso, "A Woman in a Beret and Plaid Dress (Maria Theresa Walter)", 1937
Sotheby's London, February 28, 2018
In late February, the British firm Gurr Johns in two days bought 13 works by Pablo Picasso for £ 112 million ($ 155.2 million). Much of this amount was spent on the portrait of Maria Theresa Walter, the muse of the artist. His preliminary estimate was 32 million pounds, but the hammer fell at around 44 million, and additional fees brought this figure to 49.8 million pounds.A woman in a beret and a plaid dress (Maria Theresa Walter) by Pablo Picasso1937Arthiv: read us in the Telegram and look in Instagram
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