Price Check! Here’s What Sold—and For How Much—at Art Basel 2023

Here's what dealers say they sold at the flagship event.

Hazlitt Holland Hibbert at Art Basel in Switzerland. Courtesy of Art Basel.

After the less-than-stellar performance of the New York auctions last month, Art Basel in Switzerland showed no formal signs of diminished interest from collectors or lack of appetite for big-ticket items. On the ground, however, reporters found a more nuanced scene.

“The opening day was busier than I’ve seen it in years,” said Gagosian’s Andrew Fabricant. Though Gagosian doesn’t partake in publicly sharing price information, the mega-gallery did say that it sold upwards of 40 works ranging in price from low-six-figures to more than $6 million.

The high-water mark among reported sales came at another mega-gallery’s booth. At Hauser & Wirth, someone shelled out $22.5 million for a Louise Bourgeois wall sculpture, Spider IV (1996). That marked a 36 percent increase in price in just over 12 months, according to Artnet’s resident Art Detective Katya Kazakina, who reported that the work last appeared at auction in April 2022 at Sotheby’s, where it fetched $16.5 million.

On the whole, the fair saw a return to form for dealers showing work by tried-and-true blue-chip artists like Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Jeff Koons, Rothko, and Picasso.

Below, we’ve rounded up a list of reported sales from participating galleries at Art Basel 2023, though it bears repeating that as this is based on dealers’ own reporting, it should all be taken with a grain of salt.

PAINTINGS

Philip Guston at Hauser and Wirth, Art Basel. Courtesy of Art Basel.

Philip Guston at Hauser and Wirth, Art Basel. Courtesy of Art Basel.

$9.5 million: Philip Guston, Four Heads (1975) at Hauser & Wirth

$5.5 million: George Condo, Figures in a Garden (2009) at Hauser & Wirth

$4.5 million: Mark Bradford, The Less Common Royalness (2014) at White Cube

$4.4 million: Jean Fautrier, La Mort du Sanglier (1927) at Applicat-Prazan

$3.5 million: Mark Bradford, 2000 Acres Listed (2023) at Hauser & Wirth

$3.2 million: Jack Whitten, Golden Spaces (1971) at Hauser & Wirth

$3 million to $4 million: A painting by Paul Klee at Di Donna

$3 million to $3.5 million: A piece by Pablo PIcasso at Almine Rech

$2.8 million: Alice Neel, Eddie (1968) at David Zwirner

$2.8 million: Robert Rauschenberg, My Panare Dream With Yutaje / ROCI VENEZUELA (1985) at Thaddaeus Ropac

$2.8 million: George Condo, Snoopy (2022) at Hauser & Wirth

$2.75 million: Noah Davis, Pueblo del Rio: Vernon (2014) at White Cube

$2.75 million: Louise Bourgeois, One Way Traffic (1946) at Hauser & Wirth

$2.5 million: Jonas Wood, Interior with L.A. Landscapes (2022) at David Kordansky Gallery

$2.4 million to $2.6 million: Yayoi Kusama, Infinity-Nets (ZSSATT)  (2008) at Edward Tyler Nahem

$2 million: Glenn Ligon, Stranger #95 (2023) at Hauser & Wirth

$2 million: A painting by Joan Mitchell at Di Donna

$2 million: A painting by Keith Haring at Di Donna

$2 million: Noah Davis, Graduation (2015) at David Zwirner

$1.9 million: El Anatsui, Untitled (Blue) (2023) at Goodman Gallery

$1.8 million: Josef Albers, Homage to the Square (1968) at David Zwirner

$1.5 million: Ed Clark, Gray Motion (2008) at Hauser & Wirth

$1.1 million: A painting by Alex Katz at Gladstone Gallery

$1 million: Elizabeth Peyton, Spencer Drawing (1999) at David Zwirner

$975,000: Rashid Johnson, Surrender Painting “Ocean Sounds” (2023) at David Kordansky Gallery

$975,000: Rashid Johnson, Seascape “True Colors”  (2022) at Hauser & Wirth

$950,000: Jack Whitten, Escalation I (2014) at Zeno X Gallery

$875,000: Sean Scully, Wall of Light Blue Blue (2023) at Thaddaeus Ropac

$875,000: Sean Scully, Tappan Deep (2023) at Lisson Gallery

$850,000: Henry Taylor, Untitled (2019) at Hauser & Wirth

$850,000 to $1 million: Tom Wesselman, Still Life with Blonde and Goldfish (1999) at Almine Rech

$820,000: Nicolas Party, Mountains (2023) at Hauser & Wirth

$750,000: Robert Colescott, Untitled (1970) at Blum & Poe

$750,000: Lee Ufan, Response (2023) at Gallery Hyundai

$750,000: A piece by Alighiero e Boetti at Gladstone Gallery

$700,000: Lee Ufan, Dialogue (2021) at Gallery Hyundai

$650,000 to $715,000: Lee Ufan, Dialogue (2020) at Kukje Gallery

$650,000 each: Two paintings by Elizabeth Peyton at Gladstone Gallery

$630,000: A painting by Tracey Emin at Xavier Hufkens

$600,000 to $700,000: Ewa Juszkiewicz, Bird of paradise (2023) at Almine Rech

$523,000: Yan Pei MIng, Bruce Lee, Enter the Dragon (2023) at Massimo DeCarlo

$500,000 to $600,000: Scott Kahn, Fireflies (2022-23) at Almine Rech

UNDER $500,000

$490,000 to $539,000: Park Seo-Bo, Écriture No.020813, (2002) at Kukje Gallery

$475,000: Jenny Holzer, Putin’s Cook (2022) at Hauser & Wirth

$450,000: A painting by Sterling Ruby at Xavier Hufkens

$450,000: A painting by Amy Sillman at Gladstone Gallery

$450,000: Michaël Borremans The Gift, (2008) at Zeno X Gallery

$425,000: A painting by David Salle at Gladstone Gallery

$420,000: Ha CHong-hyun, Conjunction 20-79 (2020) at Blum & Poe

$410,000: Yu Hong, The Shepherd (2023) at Lisson Gallery

$400,000 to $450,000: Shara Hughes, Some Flowers Get Trampled (2023) at David Kordansky Gallery

$400,000 to $500,000: Javier Calleja, Ready for life (2023) at Almine Rech

$400,000: Jennifer Guidi, Interaction of Light and Dark (Black Sand with Colored Sand, Colored Rocks, Black Ground), (2023) at David Kordansky Gallery

$400,000: Oscar Murillo, surge (social cataracts), 2020-2021 at David Zwirner

$400,000: Lorna Simpson, Dreams and Sound (2023) at Hauser & Wirth

$400,000: A painting by Joe Bradley at Xavier Hufkens

$380,000: Paolo Scheggi, Zone riflesse, (1963) at Cardi Gallery

$375,000: Roberto Cuoghi, P(LIVPs)pa (2022) at Hauser & Wirth

$350,000 to $400,000: Sam Gilliam, Untitled (2022) at David Kordansky Gallery

$350,000 to $385,000: Ha Chong-Hyun, Conjunction 23-14 (2023) at Kukje Gallery

$350,000: Firelei Báez, A taxonomy for tenderness (Carte figurative et approximative représentant pour l’année 1858 les émigrants du globe), (2023) at James Cohan Gallery

$350,000: Jennifer Guidi, Activated Light (Painted Pink Sand, Multicolored CS, Rainbow Border, Black Ground), (2023) at Massimo DeCarlo

$325,000: A painting by Thierry De Cordier at Xavier Hufkens

$324,000: Jannis Kounellis, Untitled (1991) at Cardi Gallery

$300,000: Yun Hyong-keun, Burng Umber & Ultramarine (1973) at Blum & Poe

$300,000: Yan Pei-Ming, Dragon céleste rouge, (2023) at Massimo DeCarlo

$285,000: Luiz Zerbini, Exótica, (2023) at Stephen Friedman Gallery

$275,000: Thornton Dial, Black Honey (2015) at Blum & Poe

$250,000: McArthur Binion, Visual:Ear (2022) at Massimo DeCarlo

$250,000: Elias Sime, Tightrope: Behind the Processor #3 (2022) at James Cohan Gallery

$250,000: Rodney Graham, Untitled (2022) at 303 Gallery

$250,000 each: Two paintings by Katherine Bernhardt at David Zwirner

$250,000: A painting by Leon Kossoff at Xavier Hufkens

$220,000: Nate Lowman, Front Row Seats (2022) at Massimo DeCarlo

$200,000 to $250,000: Genesis Tramaine, Present with Mistakes (2023) at Almine Rech

$200,000: Elias Sime Tightrope: Behind the Processor #5, (2023) at James Cohan Gallery

$200,000: Mary Heilmann, Ace of Hearts (2023) at Hauser & Wirth

$180,000 to $250,000: Kenny Scharf, Blipbeepbloop (2023) at Almine Rech

$180,000: Lucas Arruda, Untitled (from the Deserto-Modelo series) (2022) at David Zwirner

$175,000: Rob Pruitt, A Month of Early Morning Fog Over Lake Montauk (February 2023) (2023) at 303 Gallery

$170,000 to $200,000: Nathanial Mary Quinn, Mrs. Boykins (2023) at Almine Rech

$150,000 to $250,000 each: Two paintings by McArthur Binion at Xavier Hufkens

$140,000: Yuan Yuan, Eight immortals table (2023) at Kiang Malingue

$125,000: Leilah Babirye, Agali Awamu (Togetherness) (2023) at Stephen Friedman Gallery

UNDER $100,000

$100,000: Naudline Pierre, I Will Be Made New (2023) at James Cohan Gallery

$100,000: Marcel Dzama, Here today (2023) at David Zwirner

$100,000: Rodney Graham, Untitled (2007) at Lisson Gallery

$90,000: Sue Williams, Betsy Ross Composite (2020) at 303 Gallery

$90,000 to $125,000 each: Two paintings by Ulala Imai at Xavier Hufkens

$90,000 each: Friedrich Kunath, It’s Just Us Now, (2021–2022) and Self-Portrait at 44 (2019) at Blum & Poe

$85,000: Jamian Juliano-Villani, The International School at Massimo DeCarlo

$75,000 to $150,000 each: Four small paintings by Tracey Emin at Xavier Hufkens

$75,000 – $80,000: A painting by Cathy Wilkes at Xavier Hufkens

$75,000: Laurne Quin, Syncopare (2023) at Blum & Poe

$75,000: Umar Rashid, Sem Agua (no water) in the Empty Quarter. 1795. Iram, a ruin of ancient Nabatea is unearthed, and angry. The Portuguese face off against the Bedouin and falter due to want of treasure and lack of water. What is nourishing when the only option is edible poison? The dance begins. Enter Sandman., (2023) at Blum & Poe

$75,000: Allison Katz, Night Philosophy (2022) at dépendance

$75,000: Sam Falls, Antheia (2023) at 303 Gallery

$70,000: Solange Pessoa, Untitled / sem titulo (2022) at Blum & Poe

$68,000: Aubrey Williams, Maya Day (Olmec-Maya & Now) (1972/1982) at Jenkins Johnson Gallery

$68,000: Brook Hsu, Girl with Unicorn (2023) at Kiang Malingue

$65,000 each: Lily Stockman, Burns Canyon Morning (2023); Benton End Iris (2023); and Atwater Foxglove (2023) at Massimo DeCarlo

$60,000 – $85,000 each: Two paintings by Matt Connors at Xavier Hufkens

$55,000: Asuka Anastacia Ogawa, bye bye (2023) at Blum & Poe

$54,000 each: Laure Prouvost, The Hidden Paintings Grandma Improved, Looking Forward (2023) and The Hidden Paintings Grandma Improved, Looking At You (2023) at Lisson Gallery

$50,000: Yann Gerstberger PGM (OX), (2023) at Taka Ishii Gallery

$50,000: Christopher Hartmann, Daydreaming (I miss you) (2023) at Blum & Poe

$49,000: Thilo Heinzmann, O.T. (2023) at dépendance

$48,000: Anna Park, Lilli’s Dream House (2023) at Blum & Poe

$48,000: Tanya Merrill, Dogwood (2023) at 303 Gallery

$45,000: Jacob Kassay, Untitled (2018) at 303 Gallery

$45,000: Theodora Allen, Death Mask III (Cyclops) (2023) at Blum & Poe

$42,000: Cassi Namoda, Portrait of Makonde woman (2023) at 303 Gallery

$40,000: A painting by Sayre Gomez at Xavier Hufkens

$40,000 each: Two paintings by Ser Serpas at Balice Hertling

$34,200: Goro Kakei, Spring (1991) at Taka Ishii Gallery

$14,000 to $45,000 each: Eight paintings by Owen Fu at Balice Hertling

SCULPTURES & INSTALLATIONS

Galleries, Hauser and Wirth. Courtesy Art Basel.

Hauser and Wirth. Courtesy Art Basel.

$22.5 million: Louise Bourgeois, Spider IV (1996) at Hauser & Wirth

$2.8 million: Alexander Calder, Untitled (1976) at Pace Gallery

$2.5 million: A glass sculpture by Roni Horn at Xavier Hufkens

$2 million to $2.5 million: A fabric sculpture by Louise Bourgeois at Xavier Hufkens

$2 million: A sculpture by Henry Moore at Di Donna

$1.85 million each: Three editions of Georg Baseltiz, Dresdner Frauen – Elke (1989/2023) at White Cube

$1.5 million: Alexander Calder, Gingerbread Man (1971) at Pace Gallery

$1.3 million: Barbara Chase-Riboud, Andrea Chenier (1967/2022) at Hauser & Wirth

$1.2 million: Anselm Kiefer, Whoever has no house now, will never have one (for R. M. Rilke), (2002) at White Cube

$1.125 million: Doris Salcedo, Tabula Rasa XI (2019) at White Cube

$1.1 million: Donald Judd, Untitled (1977) at Cardi Gallery

$775,000: Alexander Calder, Untitled (ca. 1965) at Pace Gallery

$700,000: Carol Bove, Demon (2023) at David Zwirner

$675,000: Alexander Calder, Untitled (ca. 1960) at Pace Gallery

$550,000: Yoshitomo Nara, Ennui Head (2023) at Blum & Poe

$500,000 to $600,000: Lee Ufan and Park Young-sook Untitled, (2017) at Gallery Hyundai

$500,000: Jaume Plensa, Juana’s World II (2022) at Gray

$450,000: A sculpture by Paul McCarthy at Xavier Hufkens

$436,000: Elmgreen & Dragset, The Painter, Fig. 4 (2022) at Perrotin

$400,000 to $450,000: A suclpture by Louise Bourgeois at Xavier Hufkens

$400,000 to $450,000: A suclpture by Thomas Houseago at Xavier Hufkens

$380,000: Thomas Schutte, Männerkopf, (2020) at Peter Freeman, Inc.

$350,000: A film by Arthur Jafa at Gladstone Gallery

$350,000 to $425,000: Elmgreen & Dragset, The Guardian (2023) at Pace Gallery

$350,000 to $400,000 : Lee Ufan and Park Young-sook Untitled, (2023, 2020) at Gallery Hyundai

$330,000: Kehinde Wiley, Ariadne Asleep on the Island of Naxos (2022) at Templon

$325,000: Huma Bhabha, Tomorrow (2023) at David Zwirner

$300,000: Fred Eversley, Untitled (parabolic lens) (2022) at David Kordansky Gallery

$300,000: A sculpture by Sherrie Levine at Xavier Hufkens

$275,000: Louise Bourgeois, Untitled (2004) at Hauser & Wirth

$238,000: Elmgreen & Dragset, ‘/’ (2023) at Massimo DeCarlo

$224,000: Yinka Shonibare, CBE Refugee Astronaut IV, (2023) at James Cohan Gallery

$180,000: Pipilotti Rist, Ein glückliches Mandala (2022) at Hauser & Wirth

$173,000: Jeppe Hein, Circle Geometric Mirrors (2022) at 303 Gallery

$170,000: Berlinde De Bruyckere It almost seemed a lily, (2021-2023) at Hauser & Wirth

$150,000 to $200,000: Huma Bhabha Born Out of Time, (2023) at David Kordansky Gallery

$120,000: Genesis Belanger, One Bite of the Ripest Fruit (2023) at Perrotin

$100,000: A sculpture by Meret Oppenheim at Di Donna

$92,000: Alicja Kwade, Amáss, (2022) at 303 Gallery

$82,000: Genesis Belanger, He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (2023) at Perrotin

$60,000 to $70,000: Lee Ufan, Untitled (2023) at Gallery Hyundai

$60,000: Lee Ufan, Terracotta (2011) at Gallery Hyundai

$55,000: Alicja Kwade, Entropie (2148 hours) (2022) at 303 Gallery

$38,000: Alicja Kwade, 61d, Acausal Emergence (2022) at 303 Gallery

$34,200: Goro Kakei, A Pistol in the Skirt (1986) at Taka Ishii Gallery

$30,000: Mary Heilmann, Rogue Tube (2018) at 303 Gallery

$22,000 each: Alicja Kwadem, Rockings (2022) at 303 Gallery

PRINTS, PHOTOGRAPHS, & WORKS ON PAPER

Sprüth Magers at Art Basel, 2023. Courtesy of Art Basel.

Sprüth Magers at Art Basel, 2023. Courtesy of Art Basel.

$382,000: Bernd & Hilla Becher, Winding Towers (3 views each) (1967) at Sprüth Magers

$225,000 to $275,000: Meret Oppenheim, Röntgenaufnahme des Schädels M.O. / X-Ray of M. O.’s Skull (1964) at Peter Freeman, Inc.

$200,000: Roni Horn, Frick and Fracks (2016/2022) at Hauser & Wirth

$175,000 each: Yoshitomo Nara, Rock’n Roll Girl (2022) and Yes! It Is! (2020) at Blum & Poe

$120,000 each: Three works on paper by Gerhard Richter at David Zwirner

$100,000: Roni Horn, Untitled No.10 (2020) at Galleria Raffaella Cortese

$100,000: Louise Bourgeois, I Do (2009) at Hauser & Wirth

$80,000: Zoe Leonard, Working on the RMS Scythia (2016) at Galleria Raffaella Cortese

$75,000 to $150,000 each: Five gouaches on paper by Louise Bourgeois at Xavier Hufkens

$74,000: Robert Breer, “70” (1970) at gb agency

$65,000: Eduardo Chillida Sin título (Untitled) (1980) at Hauser & Wirth

$65,000: Mimi Lauter, The Solar System, my house on fire, and hamsa (2023) at Blum & Poe

$59,000: Eduardo Chillida Sin título (Untitled) (1995) at Hauser & Wirth

$50,000: A work on paper by Leon Kossoff at Xavier Hufkens

 

 


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