Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips, are some of the large auction houses that have recorded the best year in their history. According to the statistics and the sales list, the amount paid by different buyers, in various auctions, reaches millionaire values. The shocking thing is that the sum of the three emblematic spaces reached the stratospheric figure of 17.800 million dollars.
Of this sidereal figure, the sum of $13.6 billion corresponds exclusively to strictly works of art. However, the curious thing about the fact is that the paintings of these renowned artists are of different pictorial styles, periods and origins. Meaningful names like Andy Warhol, Paul Cezanne and Vincent van Goghare among the “art geniuses” whose paintings are on the exclusive list of the most expensive that have been sold in 2022.
“Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” by Andy Warhol
the portrait of Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, which was part of the Ammann brothers’ estate, was acquired for $195.04 million. The work of the Pop Art icon was the second highest figure sold at auction after the auction of “Salvator Mundi” by Leonardo Da Vinci, which sold for 450 million dollarss in 2017.
“‘The models. Group Portrait”, by Georges Pierre Seurat
The French painter, bastion of Neo-Impressionism, was auctioned off for the impressive value of $149.2 million at the auction house Christie’s. The portrait of three half-naked women, made in 1888, obtained a prestigious position in the artistic technique of the portrait painter throughout his prolific work.
“La montagne Sainte-Victoire”, by Paul Cézanne
Also of French origin, but from the post-impressionist stage, is the work “La montagne Sainte-Victoire” by the master Paul Cézanne. The 1890 painting was auctioned for the astronomical amount of $137.8 millionplacing it among the three most quoted of the year.
“Orchard with Cypresses” by Vincent van Gogh
The great Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh it is a referent of persistence in the world of art. His poor and austere life came hand in hand with the poor sale of his works. Yet today, any painting by the red-haired artist commands a sale price of tens of millions of dollars. The Orchard with Cypresses of 1888 was sold at the exorbitant value of $117.2 million.
“Motherhood II” by Paul Gauguin
Another of the references of French post-impressionism was the great Paul Gaugin. The master of color influenced the avant-garde painters in Europe, including Pablo Picasso. His painting “Maternidad II” made during his stay in the Polynesian islands, was valued at $105.7 million.
“Birch Forest” by Gustav Klimt
The Austrian painter is the last artist to surpass the hundred millionaire with an estimated value of $104.6 million, according to the cost of the last sale, of the painting made in 1903.
“Large Interior, W11 (after Watteau)”, by Lucian Freud
Far from the impressive prices of the works of art on the list, is “Large Interior, W11 (after Watteau)”, by Lucian Freud. The figurative painting by the British painter is quoted in $86.3 million.