The Top 10 Artists Who Broke Auction Records This Week

A number of winners emerged, despite the slowdown.

There’s a lot to unpack now that New York’s auction week is over, and talk of a slowdown is circulating among market experts. Amid an otherwise lackluster spring season at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips, a number of clear winners emerged, not the least of whom were the artists who broke their records.

Yusaku Maezawa, for example, the 40-year-old tech tycoon who went to town this week with purchases totaling $98 million in two days alone, was responsible for elevating Jean-Michel Basquiat to new heights with his $57 million acquisition of Untitled (1982). Then there’s the $9.7 million he paid for Richard Prince‘s Runaway Nurse (2007), effectively giving a boost to the contentious artist.

It was also refreshing to see female artists dominate sales—several of whom outpaced some of their big-ticket male counterparts. At Christie’s Impressionist evening sale, Frida Kahlo set a new record on Thursday with the $8 million sale of her Two Nudes in a Forest (1939), breaking her previous record by over $2 million. Then there are Agnes Martin and Joan Mitchell, who settled into the top ten highest lots at Christie’s evening sale this past Tuesday.

To review the artists who comprise this season’s heavyweights, artnet News compiled a list of the notable works that broke records at auction this week.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (1982)Image: Courtesy of Christie's Images Ltd.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (1982). Courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd.

1. Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (1982) at Christie’s
Hammer price:
$57.3 million

Agnes Martin Orange Grove

Agnes Martin, Orange Grove (1965). Courtesy of Christie’s.

2. Agnes MartinOrange Grove (1965) at Christie’s
Hammer price:
$10.7 million

Auguste Rodin, Éternel printemps, 1901-03. Photo: courtesy Sotheby's New York.

Auguste Rodin, Éternel printemps, (1901-03). Courtesy of Sotheby’s New York.

3. Auguste RodinÉternel printemps, (1901-03) at Sotheby’s
Hammer price:
$18 million

Richard Prince, Runaway Prince (2005-6). Image: Courtesy of Christie's Images Ltd.

Richard Prince, Runaway Prince (2005-6). Courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd.

4. Richard Prince, Runaway Prince (2005-6) at Christie’s
Hammer price:
$9.7 million

Kerry James Marshall, Plunge, (1992). Courtesy of artnet.

Kerry James Marshall, Plunge, (1992). Courtesy of artnet.

5. Kerry James Marshall, Plunge (1992) at Christie’s
Hammer price:
$2.2 million

Mike Kelley, Memory Ware Flat 1, (2000). Courtesy of artnet.

Mike Kelley, Memory Ware Flat 1, (2000). Courtesy of artnet.

6. Mike KelleyMemory Ware Flat 1 (2000) at Christie’s
Hammer price:
$3.3 million

Maurizio Cattelan, Him (2001)Image: Courtesy of Christie's Images Ltd.

Maurizio Cattelan, Him (2001). Courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd.

7. Maurizio Cattelan, Him (2001) at Christie’s
Hammer price:
$17.2 million

Frida Kahlo, Dos Desnudos en el Bosque (La Tierra Misma) (1939). Image: Courtesy of Christie's Images, Ltd.

Frida Kahlo, Dos Desnudos en el Bosque (La Tierra Misma) (1939). Image: Courtesy of Christie’s Images, Ltd.

8. Frida Kahlo, Dos Desnudos en el Bosque (La Tierra Misma) (1939) at Christie’s
Hammer price:
$8 million

Sam Francis, Summer #1 (1957).Photo: courtesy Sotheby's New York.

Sam Francis, Summer #1 (1957). Photo: courtesy Sotheby’s New York.

9. Sam Francis, Summer #1 (1957) at Sotheby’s
Hammer price:
$10.4 million

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Henri Charles Manguin, Les oliviers à Cavalière (1906). Courtesy of Christie’s.

10. Henri Charles Manguin, Les oliviers à Cavalière (1906) at Sotheby’s
Hammer price:
$950,000


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