With Sotheby’s new record for the highest total at a London auction, it would seem that the sky is indeed the limit where the global art market is concerned, with high-powered collectors prepared now more than ever to push the barrier of $100 million for works by big names, and with it possibly the envelope of good taste. The commodification of art seems to have no limit, much like the depths of the Qatar Royal family’s pockets. So dispense with caution and take some good buying advice; here Artlyst gives you the list of the most expensive works of art, so decide on your upper limit, get your cheque book at the ready, and pay close attention to the room – then check out a top ten that’ll blow your minds as well as every penny you have.
10. Alberto Giacometti – L’Homme Qui Marche I
L’Homme Qui Marche I by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti was sold at Sotheby’s in January 2010 for £65 million, the work is one of the cast bronze sculptures that comprise six numbered editions plus four artist proofs created by Swiss sculptor in 1961. On 3 February 2010, the second edition of the cast of the sculpture became one of the most expensive works of art ever sold at auction, the most expensive sculpture, and the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction in the UK.