The Freakonomics Blog has interviewed the arts writer Olav Velthuis and the University of Chicago professor David Galenson about the price paid for Lucian Freud’s “Benefits Supervisor Sleeping“. I found it interesting that the $33.6 million paid for the painting would keep the United States in gasoline for 20 minutes.Continue Reading
Lucian Freud has become the most expensive living artist at auction with his “Big Sue” painting. The large naked woman painted on a couch is called “Benefits Supervisor Sleeping” and sold for $33.6m or £17.2m at Christies last week. The sitter is Sue Tilley and she sat for Freud over a four year period.Continue Reading
While wandering around Wikipedia I discovered a list of the most expensive paintings in the world. Their prices have been adjusted for inflation too, which is quite interesting.Continue Reading
The New York Times has reported that a Jackson Pollock drip painting owned by David Geffen has been sold for $140 million. If confirmed, this would make it the most expensive painting in the world.
“Just last month Mr. Geffen sold two other 20th-century paintings a Jasper Johns and a Willem de Kooning for a total of $143.5 million. Given that he is among many business figures who has expressed interest in buying The Los Angeles Times, media industry analysts speculated that he was trying to raise cash for a potential bid. The Pollock, a densely tangled composition in browns and yellows, is unusually large, measuring about 4 by 8 feet, and was painted on fiberboard”. NY Times (may require free registration to view full article)Continue Reading
There has been a lot of news around about the most expensive painting ever to be sold recently, so I thought I would go see what people have been saying about it.
For those that didn’t hear, a Gustav Klimt painting sold to Ronald S Lauder for about $135 million (American dollars).
The famous Austrian painter Gustav Klimt has reportedly set a record for the most expensive painting to be sold. The 1907 iconic work “Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer I” has sold for $135 million dollars.
The billionaire cosmetics heir to the Estée Lauder fortune, Ronald S Lauder snapped the painting up to be exhibited in a museum in New York.
The painting was stolen by the Nazis in 1938 from the aunt and uncle of Maria Altmann. Maria only recently became the owner of the painting this year after reclaiming it. The work had been hanging in the National Gallery of Austria for the past 60 years.Continue Reading
Joseph Mallord William Turner’s painting of Venice has become the most expensive British painting to be sold at auction. The work titled “Giudecca, La Donna della Salute and San Giorgio”, sold at Christies in New York for $35.8 million (£20.5 million), breaking the previous record for a British painting by almost $15 million. JMW Turner broke his own auction record by about $25 million, with his “Seascape” painting selling for $10 million back in 1984.Continue Reading
The Card Players by famous French artist Paul Cézanne. Painted in 1892-93.
One of several versions painted by Cezanne, this version sold by the Greek shipping magnate George Embiricos for between $250 and $300 million dollars in 2011, making it the most expensive painting ever sold.
97 x 130 cm or 38 x 51 inches
Oil on canvas
Bought by the Royal family of Qatar.Continue Reading