Most Expensive Women Artists at Auction
Notoriously, the record-breaking artists that commandeer the headlines during auction season are all men like Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst. While women artists have yet to shatter the hundred million dollar mark like their male counterparts, these powerhouse ladies reign supreme in the bidding arena.
Georgia O’Keeffe holds the number one spot with her quintessential Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 painting executed in 1932. The lush white flower suggestively opens in a bed of green leaves, dreamily suspended in front of a soft blue, cloudy sky. This exquisite composition achieved a staggering $44.4 million at Sotheby’s in 2014. The lucky purchaser was the Crystal Bridges Museum; owner and founder Alice Walton wisely added this outstanding piece to the institution’s collection of American art.
Second place is occupied by Louise Bourgeois’ monumental, intimidating Spider, cast in bronze in 1996. The mighty and dynamic arachnid stands at nine feet tall, with spindly, twisted legs stretched out into the viewer’s space. Sold for $28.2 million at Christie’s in 2015, this example of the Spider set a new record for this powerful sculpture series. Previously selling for $10.7 million at Christie’s in 2011, meaning that in the span of just a few years this eight-legged creature more than doubled in price.
Finally, Joan Mitchell is record-holder number three, with her masterful, energetic and visceral painting Untitled, created in 1960. This forceful and robust abstract composition is a superb example of Mitchell’s prowess, selling for $11.9 million at Christie’s in 2014 and exceeding the high estimate of $9 million. Such a feat truly solidifies Mitchell as artist equal in importance and influence to any of her male Abstract Expressionist contemporaries.
Other incredible women artists in this elite list include Berthe Morisot, Natalia Goncharova, Agnes Martin, Cady Noland, Tamara de Lempicka, Camille Claudel and Frida Kahlo. Should you have any works by these spectacular and talented women or by other magnificent artists, Beverly Loan Company is always delighted to discuss loaning against or purchasing your art. Take photos of your pieces, gather any provenance documentation you have and send it to Art@BeverlyLoan.com or call 310-275-2555 to schedule an appointment with one of our fine art specialists today!
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