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THE MOST EXPENSIVE SCULPTURES EVER SOLD

Do you know how much the world’s most expensive sculptures have sold for? You might be amazed!

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At the PPC Imaginarium Awards 2015/2016, participating artists and designers have the opportunity to sell their pieces. If you have entered, do you have an idea of a price you feel your piece is worth? We thought it would be interesting to have a look at the ten most expensive sculptures ever sold.

10. Jeff Koons: Tulips, 1995-2004

Jeff Koons: Tulips, 1995-2004

[Image source: http://iloboyou.com/most-impressive-items-ever-auctioned-by-christies/]

The giant steel sculpture was sold to hotel mogul Steve Wynn for $33.7 million during Christie’s post-war and contemporary art sale in November 2012.

9. Constantin Brâncuși: Madame LR, 1914-1917

Constantin Brâncuși: Madame LR, 1914-1917

[Image source: http://www.wikiart.org/en/constantin-brancusi/madame-lr-portrait-de-mme-lr-1918]

In 2009, Brâncuși’s abstract sculpture was sold to Yves Saint Laurent for $37.6 million.

8. Henri Matisse: Nu de dos 4 état (Back IV), 1958

Henri Matisse: Nu de dos 4 état (Back IV), 1958

[Image source: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/sculptures-statues-figures/henri-matisse-nu-de-dos-4-etat-5369418-details.aspx]

In November 2010, work from Matisse’s ‘Back’ series was put on auction. The sculpture, Nu de dos 4 état (Back IV), fetched a handsome $48.4 million from a private collector.

7. Alberto Giacometti: Grand tête mince, 1955

Alberto Giacometti: Grand tête mince, 1955

[Image source: http://www.extravaganzi.com/alberto-giacomettis-grande-tete-mince-sold-for-more-than-50-million/]

In May 2010, Giacometti’s unusual brass bust was sold to a private collection for $53.3 million. In 2013, the piece was resold for $50 million. As with many of his other sculptures, the muse behind Giacometti’s bust was his brother, Diego.  

6. Unknown artist: The Guennol Lioness, c. 3000 BC

Unknown artist: The Guennol Lioness, c. 3000 BC

[Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guennol_Lioness]

Created approximately 5000 years in Mesopotamia, this example of ancient artistry was sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $57.2 million in 2007, making it the most expensive example of ancient artistry ever to be sold.

5. Jeff Koons: Balloon Dog (Orange), 1994-2000

Jeff Koons: Balloon Dog (Orange), 1994-2000

[Image source: http://www.doublestonesteel.com/blog/art-and-sculpture/koons-balloon-dog-orange/]

Koons’ Balloon Dog (Orange) sold in 2013 for an impressive $58.4 million, making it the most expensive sculpture ever sold of a living artist. The sculpture is one of five in a series with the other versions being blue, magenta, red and yellow.

4. Amedeo Modigliani: Tête, 1910-1912

Amedeo Modigliani: Tête, 1910-1912

[Image source: http://www.christies.com/features/2010-june-amedeo-modigliani-tete-781-3.aspx]

In his lifetime, artist Modigliani created 27 scupltures, only 10 of which are owned privately today. In 2010, ‘Tête’ was sold to a private collector for $59.5 million, making Modigliani’s sculpture the most expensive work of art ever to be sold at an auction in France.

3. Alberto Giacometti: Chariot, 1950

Alberto Giacometti: Chariot, 1950

[Image source: https://whitherthebook.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/alberto-giacomettis-the-chariot-how-an-artist-creates/]

In 1947, when discussing the piece with his dealer Pierre Matisse, Giacometti said, “I saw the sculpture before me as if already done.” After being in the same private collection for over 40 years, the example above was sold at Sotheby’s New York in 2014 for $101 million.

2. Alberto Giacometti: L’homme qui marche I, 1961

Alberto Giacometti: L’homme qui marche I, 1961

In 2010, Giacometti’s life-sized bronze sculpture sold for $104.3 million, making it – at the time – the most expensive piece of art ever to be sold at auction.

1. Alberto Giacometti: L’homme au Doigt, 1947

Alberto Giacometti: L’homme au Doigt, 1947

[Image source: http://exploregram.com/a-closer-look-behind-alberto-giacomettis-iconic-lhomme-au-doigt-offered-for/]

In May 2015, yet another one of Giacometti’s bronze sculptures went on auction. Having been in the same private collection for 45 years, there was an understandable hype around the selling of L’homme au Doigt. The sculpture did not disappoint, selling for an unprecedented $141.3 million, making it the most expensive sculpture ever to be sold.

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