Here Are the 15 Most Expensive Artworks Sold at Auction Around the World in June 2022

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In the wake of the $2.8 billion marquee spring sales in New York, market-watchers turned their attention to London last month to see if the trend would hold amid a cryptocurrency crash, exploding inflation, and historic interest-rate hikes. The results were certainly not as bombastic as those in New York, but as Artnet News’s Tim Schneider wrote in the Back Room, “overall, sales were no cause for panic.” Sotheby’s posted the weakest results for its series, which included the Jubilee auction of British art and its Modern and contemporary evening sale, netting a combined total of £149.1 million ($181.6 million), just a hair above its low estimate.

Despite not finding a home for the much-touted first-ever self-portrait by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, a colorful Van Gogh-esque painting that was expected to fetch up to $15 million, the auction house did provide the top price of the month: Francis Bacon’s 1964 portrait of his frenemy Lucian Freud, which brought in £43.3 million ($52.7 million) after only two bids.

Elsewhere, Christie’s combined sales of works by Marc Chagall and 20th and 21st century art in Paris and London, bringing in a total of £203.8 million ($248 million), led by two Monet paintings that fetched identical results of £30.1 million ($36.8 million). Jeff Koons’s magenta sculpture was consigned by billionaire Victor Pinchuk and his wife Olena to raise money for humanitarian aid in Ukraine; the shiny sculpture brought in £10.1 million ($12.4 million).

Below, see the full list of the top 15 most expensive works to sell at auction around the world in June 2022.

 

1. Francis Bacon, (1964)

Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait of Lucian Freud (1964). Courtesy of Sotheby's

Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait of Lucian Freud (1964). Courtesy of Sotheby’s.

Estimate: Undisclosed (in excess of £34 million)

Final Price: £43.3 million ($52.7 million)

Where & When: Sotheby’s London, June 29, 2022

2. Claude Monet, (1899–1904)

Claude Monet, Waterloo Bridge, effet de brume (1899-1904). Courtesy of Christie's.

Claude Monet, Waterloo Bridge, effet de brume (1899-1904). Courtesy of Christie’s.

Estimate: £22 million to £32 million ($26.9 million to $39.1 million)

Final Price: £30.1 million ($36.7 million)

Where & When: Christie’s London, June 28, 2022

 

3. Claude Monet, (1907)

Claude Monet,<i> Nymphéas, temps gris</i> (1907). Courtesy of Christie's.

Claude Monet, Nymphéas, temps gris (1907). Courtesy of Christie’s.

Estimate: £20 million to £30 million ($24.4 million to $36.6 million)

Final Price: £30.1 million ($36.7 million)

Where & When: Christie’s London, June 28, 2022

 

4. Yves Klein, (1960)

Yves Klein,<i> Anthropométrie de l’époque bleue, (ANT 124) (Anthropometry of the Blue Period), (ANT 124))</i> (1960). Courtesy of Christie's.

Yves Klein, Anthropométrie de l’époque bleue, (ANT 124) (Anthropometry of the Blue Period), (ANT 124) (1960). Courtesy of Christie’s.

Estimate: Undisclosed (in the region of £24 million)

Final Price: £27.2 million ($33.2 million)

Where & When: Christie’s London, June 28, 2022

 

5. Alberto Giacometti, (1932-36)

Alberto Giacometti, Femme qui marche, numéroté ‘’IIIIV’’ (1932–36). Photo © Christie’s Images.

Estimate: Undisclosed (in the region of €20 million to €30 million)

Final Price: €27.2 million ($28.3 million)

Where & When: Christie’s Paris, June 14, 2022

 

6. René Magritte,(1962–63)

René Magritte, <i>Souvenir de voyage</i> (1962–63). Courtesy of Christie's.

René Magritte, Souvenir de voyage (1962–63). Courtesy of Christie’s.

Estimate: £5 million to £7 million ($6.1 million to $8.5 million)

Final Price: £16.1 million ($19.6 million)

Where & When: Christie’s London, June 28, 2022

 

7. Andy Warhol, (1986)

Andy Warhol, Self Portrait (1986). Courtesy of Sotheby’s.

Estimate: £12 million to £18 million ($14.6 million to $21.9 million)

Final Price: £12.7 million ($15.5 million)

Where & When: Sotheby’s London, June 29, 2022

 

8. Claude Monet,(1880)

Claude Monet, <i>Vétheuil </i>(1880). Courtesy of Sotheby's.

Claude Monet, Vétheuil (1880). Courtesy of Sotheby’s.

Estimate: £10 million to £15 million ($12.1 million to $18.2 million)

Final Price: £11.7 million ($14.3 million)

Where & When: Sotheby’s London, June 29, 2022

 

9. Gerhard Richter, (1970)

Gerhard Richter, <i>Study for Clouds (Contre-jour)</i> (1970). Courtesy of Sotheby's.

Gerhard Richter, Study for Clouds (Contre-jour) (1970). Courtesy of Sotheby’s.

Estimate: £6 million to £8 million ($7.3 million to $9.7 million)

Final Price: £11.2 million ($13.6 million)

Where & When: Sotheby’s London, June 29, 2022

 

10. Jeff Koons, (2006–13)

Jeff Koons, Balloon Monkey (Magenta), 2006–13. the monumental sculpture carries an estimate of £6 million to £10 million ($7.55 million to $12.58 million) with the proceeds supporting humanitarian aid efforts in Ukraine in light of the Russian invasion. Photo courtesy of Christie's London.

Jeff Koons, , (2006–13). Photo courtesy of Christie’s London.

Estimate: £6 million to £10 million ($7.3 million to $12.2 million)

Final Price: £10.1 million ($12.4 million)

Where & When: Christie’s London, June 28, 2022

 

11. Auguste Rodin, (1880)

Auguste Rodin, <i>Penseur, Taille de la Porte dit "Moyen Modèle"</i> (1880). Courtesy of Christie's.

Auguste Rodin, Penseur, Taille de la Porte dit “Moyen Modèle” (1880). Courtesy of Christie’s.

Estimate: €9 million to €14 million ($9.4 million to $14.7 million)

Final Price: €10.7 million ($11.2 million)

Where & When: Christie’s Paris, June 30, 2022

 

12. Jean-Michel Basquiat, (1982)

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Self Portrait) (1982). Courtesy of Christie’s.

Estimate: £4 million to £6 million ($4.9 million to $7.3 million)

Final Price: £7.9 million ($9.7 million)

Where & When: Christie’s London, June 28, 2022

 

13. Fang Lijun, (1992)

Fang Lijun, <i>Series 2 (Part 4)</i> (1992). Courtesy of China Guardian Auctions.

Fang Lijun, Series 2 (Part 4) (1992). Courtesy of China Guardian Auctions.

Estimate: 48 million CNY to 58 million CNY ($7.2 million to $8.6 million)

Final Price: 63.8 million CNY ($9.5 million)

Where & When: China Guardian Auctions Co., Ltd., June 28, 2022

 

14. Liu Wei, (1992)

Liu Wei, <i>Family Portrait </i>(1992). Courtesy of China Guardian Auctions.

Liu Wei, Family Portrait (1992). Courtesy of China Guardian Auctions.

Estimate: 35 million CNY to 45 million CNY ($5.2 million to $6.7 million)

Final Price: 57.5 million CNY ($8.6 million)

Where & When: China Guardian Auctions Co., Ltd., June 28, 2022

 

15. August Strindberg, (1901)

August Strindberg, <i>Wave V</i> (1901). Courtesy of Sotheby's.

August Strindberg, Wave V (1901). Courtesy of Sotheby’s.

Estimate: £2 million to £3 million ($2.4 million to $3.6 million)

Final Price: £6.8 million ($8.2 million)

Where & When: Sotheby’s London, June 28, 2022

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