Some of the record holders- Gustav Klimt’s Blooming Garden, 3rd on the list of most expensive pieces of art ever sold in Europe; the Apollo and Artemis Diamonds, the most expensive in the history of auctions and a crocodile Birkin bag, which set the European record for collectible bags.
5 of the Most Expensive Works of Art Sold at Open Tenders since the Beginning of the Year
The earrings were sold in two separate lots, but left in one anonymous hand. It was a very successful auction in which Sotheby’s earned $151,546,458 and sold 90% of the lots.
The most successful auctions in the first half of 2017 were Post-War and Contemporary Art- The sales of the three largest auction houses (Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips) combined made a net profit of 1.4 billion.
In second place are the Impressionist and Modern art auctions, which took place in late June. Christie’s and Sotheby’s are market leaders in this segment with sales volumes of $194.5 million and $162.2 million, respectively. Bonhams brought $2.2 million. Totaled, Impressionist and Modernist auctions brought in $400 million, and the sales of fine art exceeded the $2 billion mark.
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