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Top 100 auction records in 2017

Three of the best auction results of all time were recorded during 2017, a year that was particularly rich records across all artistic periods, from Old Master art to Contemporary art. The high-end art market is clearly dominated by New York, Beijing, London and Hong Kong.

Rank Artist Artwork Price ($) Date Auction house
1 Leonardo DA VINCI (1452-1519) Salvator Mundi (c.1500) 450,312,500 15 Nov. 2017 Christie’s New York
2 QI Baishi (1864-1957) Screens of landscapes) (1925) 140,954,580 17 Dec. 2017 Poly International Beijing
3 Jean-Michel BASQUIAT (1960-1988) Untitled (1982) 110,487,500 18 May. 2017 Sotheby’s New York
4 Vincent VAN GOGH (1853-1890) Laboureur dans un champ (1889) 81,312,500 13 Nov. 2017 Christie’s New York
5 Fernand LÉGER (1881-1955) Contraste de formes (1913) 70,062,500 13 Nov. 2017 Christie’s New York
6 Andy WARHOL (1928-1987) Sixty Last Suppers (1986) 60,875,000 15 Nov. 2017 Christie’s New York
7 Gustav KLIMT (1862-1918) Bauerngarten (1907) 59,004,638 1 Mar. 2017 Sotheby’s London
8 Constantin BRANCUSI (1876-1957) La muse endormie (1913) 57,367,500 15 May. 2017 Christie’s New York
9 Cy TWOMBLY (1928-2011) Leda and the Swan (1962) 52,887,500 17 May. 2017 Christie’s New York
10 Francis BACON (1909-1992) Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer (1963) 51,767,500 17 May. 2017 Christie’s New York
11 HUANG Binhong (1865-1955) Yellow mountain 50,577,000 19 Jun. 2017 China Guardian Beijing
12 CHEN Rong (1189-1258) Six Dragons 48,967,500 15 Mar. 2017 Christie’s New York
13 Cy TWOMBLY (1928-2011) Untitled (2005) 46,437,500 15 Nov. 2017 Christie’s New York
14 Max BECKMANN (1884-1950) Hölle der Vögel (1937-1938) 45,830,765 27 Jun. 2017 Christie’s London
15 Pablo PICASSO (1881-1973) Femme assise, robe bleue (1939) 45,047,500 15 May. 2017 Christie’s New York
16 Pablo PICASSO (1881-1973) Femme écrivant (Marie-Thérèse) (1934) 44,405,117 27 Jun. 2017 Christie’s London
17 Wassily KANDINSKY (1866-1944) Bild mit weissen linien (Painting with white lines) (1913) 42,264,404 21 Jun. 2017 Sotheby’s London
18 Francis BACON (1909-1992) Three Studies of George Dyer (1966) 38,614,000 16 Nov. 2017 Sotheby’s New York
19 Pablo PICASSO (1881-1973) Femme accroupie (Jacqueline) (1954) 36,875,000 13 Nov. 2017 Christie’s New York
20 CUI Ruzhuo (b. 1944) Screens of finger ink landscapes (2017) 36,543,780 17 Dec. 2017 Poly International Beijing
21 Jean-Michel BASQUIAT (1960-1988) La Hara (1981) 34,967,500 17 May. 2017 Christie’s New York
22 Francesco GUARDI (1712-1793) Venice: the Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi 33,877,824 6 Jul. 2017 Christie’s London
23 Andy WARHOL (1928-1987) Mao (1972) 32,404,500 16 Nov. 2017 Sotheby’s New York
24 Mark ROTHKO (1903-1970) Saffron (1957) 32,375,000 15 Nov. 2017 Christie’s New York
25 WU Changshuo (1844-1927) Screens of florae 31,671,276 17 Dec. 2017 Poly International Beijing
26 Joan MIRO (1893-1983) Femme et oiseaux (1940) 31,461,029 21 Jun. 2017 Sotheby’s London
27 Vincent VAN GOGH (1853-1890) Le moissonneur (d’après Millet) (1889) 30,861,461 27 Jun. 2017 Christie’s London
28 Pablo PICASSO (1881-1973) Femme assise dans un fauteuil (1917-1920) 30,487,500 15 May. 2017 Christie’s New York
29 Alberto GIACOMETTI (1901-1966) Grande femme II (1960) 29,497,454 19 Oct. 2017 Christie’s Paris
30 ZHAO Mengfu (1254-1322) The heart sutra 28,886,988 17 Dec. 2017 Poly International Beijing
31 Peter DOIG (b. 1959) Rosedale (1991) 28,810,000 18 May. 2017 Phillips New York
32 Marc CHAGALL (1887-1985) Les amoureux (1928) 28,453,000 14 Nov. 2017 Sotheby’s New York
33 Roy LICHTENSTEIN (1923-1997) Red and White Brushstrokes (1965) 28,247,500 17 May. 2017 Christie’s New York
34 Andy WARHOL (1928-1987) Big Campbell’s Soup Can with Can Opener (Vegetable) (1962) 27,500,000 17 May. 2017 Christie’s New York
35 FU Baoshi (1904-1965) The majestic mount Mao (1965) 27,451,938 5 Jun. 2017 Poly International Beijing
36 Cy TWOMBLY (1928-2011) Sunset (1957) 27,312,500 15 Nov. 2017 Christie’s New York
37 ZHAO Lingrang (b. XI) Willows and Geese 27,127,500 15 Mar. 2017 Christie’s New York
38 LI Keran (1907-1989) Sacred place of Revolution Mount Shao (1974) 26,972,790 17 Dec. 2017 Poly International Beijing
39 Wassily KANDINSKY (1866-1944) Murnau – landschaft mit grünem haus (1909) 26,851,589 21 Jun. 2017 Sotheby’s London
40 FU Baoshi (1904-1965) The song of the Pipa player (1945) 26,259,722 28 Nov. 2017 Christie’s Hong Kong
41 ZAO Wou-Ki (1921-2013) 29/01/64 (1964) 25,944,956 25 Nov. 2017 Christie’s Hong Kong
42 Paul GAUGUIN (1848-1903) Te Fare (La maison) (1892) 25,229,423 28 Feb. 2017 Christie’s London
43 Roy LICHTENSTEIN (1923-1997) Female Head (1977) 24,501,500 16 Nov. 2017 Sotheby’s New York
44 Roy LICHTENSTEIN (1923-1997) Nude Sunbathing (1995) 24,000,000 18 May. 2017 Sotheby’s New York
45 Joseph Mallord William TURNER (1775-1851) Ehrenbreitstein 23,940,044 5 Jul. 2017 Sotheby’s London
46 Claude MONET (1840-1926) Matinée sur la Seine (1897) 23,375,000 13 Nov. 2017 Christie’s New York
47 Joan MIRO (1893-1983) Peinture (1933) 23,375,000 13 Nov. 2017 Christie’s New York
48 Claude MONET (1840-1926) Les glaçons, Bennecourt (1893) 23,372,500 14 Nov. 2017 Sotheby’s New York
49 PAN Tianshou (1897-1971) After plough 23,299,138 19 Jun. 2017 China Guardian Beijing
50 Alberto GIACOMETTI (1901-1966) Grande figure (1948) 22,962,374 21 Jun. 2017 Sotheby’s London
51 CUI Ruzhuo (b. 1944) Sound of lotus (2013) 22,661,310 3 Oct. 2017 Poly Auction Hong Kong
52 CHEN Yifei (1946-2005) Warm spring in the jade pavilion (1993) 22,640,280 19 Dec. 2017 China Guardian Beijing
53 SHEN Zhou (1427-1509) Presented to Wu Kuan 22,426,070 18 Dec. 2017 China Guardian Beijing
54 Pablo PICASSO (1881-1973) Buste de femme au chapeau (1939) 21,679,000 14 Nov. 2017 Sotheby’s New York
55 Gerhard RICHTER (b. 1932) Eisberg (1982) 21,608,217 8 Mar. 2017 Sotheby’s London
56 Jean-Michel BASQUIAT (1960-1988) Red Skull (1982) 21,594,014 6 Oct. 2017 Christie’s London
57 Kasimir Sevrinovitch MALEVICH (1878-1935) Suprematist Composition with Plane in Projection (1915) 21,162,500 16 May. 2017 Sotheby’s New York
58 Peter DOIG (b. 1959) Red House (1995-1996) 21,127,500 16 Nov. 2017 Phillips New York
59 Pablo PICASSO (1881-1973) Plant de tomates (1944) 20,951,513 1 Mar. 2017 Sotheby’s London
60 René MAGRITTE (1898-1967) L’empire des lumières (1949) 20,562,500 13 Nov. 2017 Christie’s New York
61 CUI Ruzhuo (b. 1944) Miles flat spreading and snow full the sky (2016) 20,230,800 4 Jun. 2017 Poly International Beijing
62 Peter DOIG (b. 1959) Camp Forestia (1996) 20,125,811 6 Oct. 2017 Christie’s London
63 Franz KLINE (1910-1962) Light Mechanic (1960) 20,000,000 15 Nov. 2017 Christie’s New York
64 ZHANG Daqian (1899-1983) Landscape after Dong Yuan (1946) 19,992,233 18 Dec. 2017 China Guardian Beijing
65 Amedeo MODIGLIANI (1884-1920) Portrait de Baranowski (1918) 19,706,138 1 Mar. 2017 Sotheby’s London
66 ZAO Wou-Ki (1921-2013) 29/09/64 (1964) 19,611,938 27 May. 2017 Christie’s Hong Kong
67 Claude MONET (1840-1926) Les arceaux de roses, Giverny (1913) 19,421,000 14 Nov. 2017 Sotheby’s New York
68 XU Wei (1521-1593) Natural sketches 19,209,928 18 Dec. 2017 China Guardian Beijing
69 Andy WARHOL (1928-1987) Last Supper (1986) 18,727,500 17 May. 2017 Christie’s New York
70 CUI Ruzhuo (b. 1944) Rain in the Autumn (2010) 18,223,920 3 Apr. 2017 Poly Auction Hong Kong
71 René MAGRITTE (1898-1967) La corde sensible (1960) 17,926,045 28 Feb. 2017 Christie’s London
72 Édouard VUILLARD (1868-1940) Misia et Vallotton à Villeneuve (1899) 17,750,000 13 Nov. 2017 Christie’s New York
73 Jean-Michel BASQUIAT (1960-1988) Jim Crow (1986) 17,680,936 20 Oct. 2017 Christie’s Paris
74 LI Gonglin (1049-1106) Treaty of Bianqiao 17,607,500 15 Mar. 2017 Christie’s New York
75 Christopher WOOL (b. 1955) Untitled (1988) 17,159,500 17 May. 2017 Christie’s New York
76 HAN Gan (0706-0783) Horse 17,047,500 15 Mar. 2017 Christie’s New York
77 Sigmar POLKE (1941-2010) Frau mit Butterbrot (1964) 17,047,500 17 May. 2017 Christie’s New York
78 Pablo PICASSO (1881-1973) Femme nue assise (1965) 16,800,263 1 Mar. 2017 Sotheby’s London
79 Mark GROTJAHN (b. 1968) Untitled (S III Released to France Face 43.14) (2011) 16,767,500 17 May. 2017 Christie’s New York
80 Henri MATISSE (1869-1954) Les régates de Nice (1921) 16,625,000 13 Nov. 2017 Christie’s New York
81 Pablo PICASSO (1881-1973) Figure (de femme inspirée par la guerre d’Espagne) (1937) 16,093,750 13 Nov. 2017 Christie’s New York
82 Marc CHAGALL (1887-1985) Le grand cirque (1956) 16,034,000 14 Nov. 2017 Sotheby’s New York
83 Max ERNST (1891-1976) Le roi jouant avec la reine (1944) 15,987,500 16 May. 2017 Sotheby’s New York
84 Claude MONET (1840-1926) Le bassin aux nymphéas (c.1917/20) 15,987,500 16 May. 2017 Sotheby’s New York
85 LI Keran (1907-1989) Magnificent Mountains with Gushy Cascades (1978) 15,639,243 2 Oct. 2017 Sotheby’s Hong Kong
86 Peter DOIG (b. 1959) Cobourg 3 + 1 More (1994) 15,515,147 7 Mar. 2017 Christie’s London
87 Gerhard RICHTER (b. 1932) Abstraktes Bild (1991) 15,425,000 18 May. 2017 Sotheby’s New York
88 ZHANG Daqian (1899-1983) Kuan Yin of the water moon (1943) 15,298,404 18 Dec. 2017 China Guardian Beijing
89 Francis BACON (1909-1992) Head with Raised Arm (1955) 14,987,098 6 Oct. 2017 Christie’s London
90 Norman Perceval ROCKWELL (1894-1978) Two Plumbers (1951) 14,975,000 23 May. 2017 Sotheby’s New York
91 QI Baishi (1864-1957) Eagle and rock 14,950,713 18 Dec. 2017 China Guardian Beijing
92 Pablo PICASSO (1881-1973) Femme assise dans un fauteuil sur fond blanc (1953) 14,863,013 1 Mar. 2017 Sotheby’s London
93 Louise BOURGEOIS (1911-2010) Spider Iv (1996) 14,679,200 16 Nov. 2017 Sotheby’s New York
94 Jean-Michel BASQUIAT (1960-1988) Untitled (One Eyed Man Or Xerox Face) (1982) 14,607,319 8 Mar. 2017 Sotheby’s London
95 Marc CHAGALL (1887-1985) Les trois cierges (1939) 14,583,500 15 May. 2017 Christie’s New York
96 TANG Yin (1470-1523) Moon and spring water 13,921,440 17 Dec. 2017 Poly International Beijing
97 René MAGRITTE (1898-1967) Le banquet (1955/57) 13,626,000 14 Nov. 2017 Sotheby’s New York
98 ZENG Fanzhi (b. 1964) Mask Series 1996 No. 6 (1996) 13,516,074 3 Apr. 2017 Poly Auction Hong Kong
99 ZHU Yuanzhi (1906-1963) Wheels: Industrial New York (1932) 13,478,906 30 Sep. 2017 Sotheby’s Hong Kong
100 ZHANG Daqian (1899-1983) Ancient temples amidst clouds (1965) 13,145,618 30 May. 2017 Christie’s Hong Kong
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