What the Art Market has to say about BEEPLE (1981)

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Christie’s hammers $970 million in a week! [16 Nov 2021]

Last week Christie’s took $970 million from three sales and two very lively auction evenings. With 15 new auction records, 22 artists, from Van Gogh to Beeple, crossed the $10 million threshold. The whole week was animated by an augmented audience with the auctions being organized live from New York, but also from Hong Kong […]

Several young artists have dwarfed their estimates; Artprice takes a closer look [05 Nov 2021]

On 14 October 2021, just before its prestige Contemporary Art Evening Sale in London, Sotheby’s calculated the estimated value of the canvas I’ll Have What She’s Having (2020) by Flora Yukhnovich at $80,000 – $110,000. But the work finally sold for over $3 million. Nothing justifies this result 30 times higher than the estimates, if […]

The 3 most expensive Contemporary artists of the year so far [27 Jul 2021]

The fact that Jean-Michel Basquiat is still the most expensive Contemporary artists at auction is not surprising. The African-American star, who died in 1988, is to Contemporary art what Picasso is to Modern art. On the other hand, the logic behind the other two artists in the year’s top 3 auction Contemporary results is more […]

Mr Christie, before Christie’s… His early days [16 Jul 2021]

The officially recognised start date of Christie’s auction activity is Friday 5 December 1766 when Mr James Christie hosted a sale of ‘the household furniture, jewelry, plates, firearms, etc… property of a noble character (deceased)” in London. Among other items, the sale included a pair of sheets, two pillowcases and two chamber pots… a banal […]

Fred Forest vs Beeple – Major success at Phillips [18 Jun 2021]

Fred Forest more expensive than Beeple… On 15 June, Fred FOREST – a French artist familiar with initiatives highlighting the speculative mechanisms within the art market – sent ripples through the art world by offering an NFT (on the specialized NFT platform, Opensea) purposefully priced above the result fetched by Beeple’s now famous digital collage […]

Historic volume of transactions in the first quarter [20 Apr 2021]

Despite all the restrictions art market professionals have faced, Q1 2021 ended with a historic record in terms of the number of lots sold on the auction market. During the first quarter of 2021, more than 112,000 artworks changed hands in auction sales around the world. This remarkable figure illustrates the strong growth dynamic of […]

Beeple, from crypto-success to mega-stardom [13 Apr 2021]

To see Mike Winkelmann – shirt & sweater, small glasses and greying temples – you would have no idea that this ‘normal family man’ appearance hides the imagination of Beeple, a hallucinated world, populated by Hillary Clinton cyborgs, Mark Zuckerberg zombies and futuristic starships in vertical robotic cities. So… apart from being the most bankable […]

News in brief: from Van Gogh… to Beeple [05 Mar 2021]

Beeple drives interest in non-fungible tokens (NFTs) market Will it end up being the most expensive digital artwork of all time? The First 5000 Days (2021) by Mike Winkelmann, aka ‘BEEPLE’, is currently skyrocketing in a Christie’s online auction. On Monday 1 March, four days after the start of the sale, this unique digital collage […]

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