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Methodology

The analysis of the Art Market presented in this report is based on results from Fine Art public auctions. Consequently, this report concerns paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, prints, videos and, installations, but excludes antiques, anonymous cultural goods and furniture.

This report covers the period from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.

Contemporary artists are herein defined as artists born after 1945.

All the prices in this report are indicated in US dollars. They include the hammer price and the buyer’s premium.

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Top 500 contemporary artists: #1 to #50

Rank Artist Auction turnover Sold lots Best result
1 Jean-Michel BASQUIAT (1960-1988) $313,520,830 98 $110,487,500
2 Peter DOIG (b. 1959) $60,651,662 40 $28,810,000
3 Christopher WOOL (b. 1955) $52,622,505 45 $17,159,500
4 Rudolf STINGEL (b. 1956) $51,539,840 28 $10,551,500
5 Mark GROTJAHN (b. 1968) $39,046,320 17 $16,767,500
6 Richard PRINCE (b. 1949) $36,020,684 56 $5,847,500
7 Yoshitomo NARA (b. 1959) $35,878,411 223 $3,103,911
8 Keith HARING (1958-1990) $34,823,067 350 $6,537,500
9 ZENG Fanzhi (b. 1964) $31,099,780 23 $13,516,074
10 Damien HIRST (b. 1965) $30,071,188 268 $5,850,000
11 Adrian GHENIE (b. 1977) $28,267,616 35 $9,054,022
12 Anselm KIEFER (b. 1945) $23,999,092 40 $3,063,008
13 Albert OEHLEN (b. 1954) $18,552,016 28 $3,619,672
14 Mark BRADFORD (b. 1961) $16,374,654 10 $4,773,760
15 Jeff KOONS (b. 1955) $15,604,353 65 $7,863,500
16 Thomas SCHÜTTE (b. 1954) $14,920,829 19 $5,175,500
17 ZHANG Xiaogang (b. 1958) $14,629,862 36 $5,556,717
18 John CURRIN (b. 1962) $13,526,334 9 $12,007,500
19 George CONDO (b. 1957) $13,313,752 73 $1,006,000
20 ZHOU Chunya (b. 1955) $13,147,163 39 $2,124,234
21 Sean SCULLY (b. 1945) $11,971,151 56 $1,692,500
22 Njideka Akunyili CROSBY (b. 1983) $10,643,670 9 $3,072,754
23 LUO Zhongli (b. 1948) $9,801,819 15 $7,249,370
24 Günther FÖRG (1952-2013) $9,055,465 171 $798,453
25 Takashi MURAKAMI (b. 1962) $8,059,701 373 $2,944,939
26 Miquel BARCELO (b. 1957) $7,970,086 20 $3,598,370
27 LIU Wei (b. 1965) $7,742,395 17 $2,092,138
28 Cecily BROWN (b. 1969) $7,392,898 9 $2,420,779
29 LIU Xiaodong (b. 1963) $7,133,015 10 $2,699,280
30 Cindy SHERMAN (b. 1954) $7,046,636 54 $1,032,500
31 AI Weiwei (b. 1957) $6,901,340 28 $3,370,000
32 Robert GOBER (b. 1954) $6,677,835 10 $5,287,500
33 Jonas WOOD (b. 1977) $6,646,336 33 $1,152,500
34 Martin KIPPENBERGER (1953-1997) $6,404,738 37 $4,860,972
35 KAWS (b. 1974) $6,273,765 150 $410,560
36 BANKSY (b. 1974) $6,042,397 279 $417,437
37 Mike KELLEY (1954-2012) $5,980,107 19 $2,887,500
38 Wolfgang TILLMANS (b. 1968) $5,684,293 49 $783,717
39 Antony GORMLEY (b. 1950) $5,586,310 45 $847,500
40 Anish KAPOOR (b. 1954) $5,557,394 37 $1,241,323
41 Urs FISCHER (b. 1973) $5,477,305 9 $3,367,500
42 Wade GUYTON (b. 1972) $5,455,312 14 $1,990,000
43 Joe BRADLEY (b. 1975) $5,393,546 13 $1,807,500
44 William KENTRIDGE (b. 1955) $5,185,884 121 $437,006
45 LIU Ye (b. 1964) $5,138,893 20 $1,822,392
46 LIU Dan (b. 1953) $5,000,146 23 $701,000
47 Glenn LIGON (b. 1960) $4,653,879 19 $1,212,500
48 LENG Jun (b. 1963) $4,532,523 5 $4,054,383
49 CHEN Yifei (1946-2005) $4,364,873 14 $1,028,399
50 Neo RAUCH (b. 1960) $4,321,821 27 $1,031,576
July 2016 – June 2017 / © artprice.com

 

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