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The Artists Behind the $1 Billion Art Week

     As Christie's New York "looked forward to the past" with two blockbuster evening auctions of legendary 20th- and 21st-century artists, we look to our own galleries' selection of masterworks on offer.

     It was a triumphant week for the art world in New York, and for the ever-more-global art market. Leading Monday's extraordinary sale were Pablo Picasso's Les Femmes d'Algers from 1955, which established a new record for the highest-selling work at auction at $179 million, and Alberto Giacometti's figurative Pointing Man from 1947, a stunning example of the Italian artist’s signature patinated bronzes — now the highest-selling sculpture at auction, at $142 million. That same night, an expected showstopper — Andy Warhol's Silver Liz (diptych) from 1963–65 — fetched a cool $29 million.

     The bidding frenzy continued at Rockefeller Center on Wednesday, while the Frieze Art Fair simultaneously opened to VIPs on Randall's Island. Christie's $706 million achieved on Monday night was bolstered by more phenomenal sales — among them an eight-foot Mark Rothko canvas from 1958 that had been off the market since 1987, which climbed to $82 million during a fierce battle between floor and phone bidders.

     In total, the two sales boasted 15 new auction records for icons of such famous styles as Cubism, Surrealism, Pop Art and Minimalism. Below, our editors have curated a selection of 37 covetable artists featured at auction in the past week. Enjoy at a leisurely pace, though beware — you may not be the only one looking to expand your collection.

Portrait with Jack Kerouac
By after Jean-Michel Basquiat
Exhibition poster (pre-text) for Basquiat's exhibition at Vrej Baghoomian Gallery, NY, 1988, photograph by Jerome Schlomoff. Hand-signed by the artist in black permanent marker in ...
Category

1980s Street Art Portrait Prints

Materials

Permanent Marker, Offset

Portrait of a Collector
By Jean-Michel Basquiat
Category

1980s Street Art

Materials

Offset, Permanent Marker

Lucio Fontana "Concetto Spaziale" Oil and Mixed-Media on Glass, 1953
By Lucio Fontana
Lucio Fontana. Concetto Spaziale 1952-1953. Oil and mixed media on glass. Measures: 90 X 110 cm (101 cm x 120 with frame). No signed. Sold with certification by Archivo Fon...
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Paintings

Materials

Glass

Koons Vase
By Jeff Koons
Artist: Koons, Jeff Title: Koons Vase Date: 2013 Medium: Bisque Porcelain Vase Unframed Dimensions: 14.250" x 15.750" Signature: Stamped signature on bottom Edition: /3500
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Sculptures

Materials

Porcelain

Important and Rare Pair of Lucio Fontana Painted Panels Entitled,"Battle"
By Arredamenti Borsani, Lucio Fontana
Lucio Fontana Battaglia ( a pair ) 1952-53 Mixed media on painted wood lacquered wood, ash, Measures: 205 X 73 cm each No signed Executed by Lucio Fontana during his coopera...
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Paintings

Materials

Ash

Ile de la Cite
By Robert Delaunay
Signed by the artist in pencil Edition: Rare proof on chine From Joseph Delteil's "Allo, Paris," published by Quatre Chemins, Paris, 1926 Altlier blindstamp l.l.
Category

1920s Expressionist Landscape Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Denegator Buff
By Jean Dubuffet
Unsigned Printer's proof from the estate of the printer, Norman Ives This was typical of master printer's to keep a set from the printing. From: Presences Fugaces (six plates) Publ...
Category

1970s Prints and Multiples

Materials

Screen

Line Up Series
By Cindy Sherman
Cindy Sherman Untitled Black and White from Line Up series, 1977/2011 black and white photograph image, 9 x 6 inches paper, 10 x 8 inches Edition of 20, 4 APs signed, dated, an...
Category

1970s Contemporary Figurative Photography

Protestator (Green)
By Jean Dubuffet
Unsigned Printer's proof from the estate of the printer, Norman Ives Edition: Published by Pace Editions, in an edition of 100, signed impressions Provenance: Norman Ives (t...
Category

1970s Modern Abstract Prints

l'Homme au Chapeau
By Jean Dubuffet
Artist: Jean Dubuffet Title: l'Homme au Chapeau Year: 1961 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 49/50 Image Size: 23.5 x 18.5 inches Frame: 33 x 27.5 inches
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1960s Modern Portrait Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Exaltador (Blue)
By Jean Dubuffet
Unsigned Printer's proof from the estate of the printer, Norman Ives This was typical of master printer's to keep a set from the printing. From: Presences Fugaces (six plates) Publ...
Category

1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Beach Scene
By Willem de Kooning
Printer: Fred Genis, Hollanders Workshop, New York Publisher: Knoedler, New York Edition size: 39, plus proofs Catalogue raisonné: Graham 23 Signed, dated, and numbered, lower m...
Category

1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Monopink Table by Yves Klein
By Yves Klein
This work is from an edition begun in 1963, under the supervision of Rotraut Klein-Moquay, France, based on a 1961 model by Yves Klein. The table is accompanied with a signed and num...
Category

20th Century Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Stainless Steel

Untitled (Delta)
By Jean-Michel Basquiat
Category

1980s Street Art

Materials

Screen

Set of Three Signed Sturtevant Serigraphs
By Elaine Sturtevant
A set of three prints by influential American artist Elaine Sturtevant, studying circular motion and riffing/ripping (depending on your views on copyright) off the works of Robert Ra...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern Prints

Materials

Paper

History Kids
By Ed Ruscha
Ed Ruscha History Kids, 2013 Lithograph Image size: 24 1/16 x 24 inches (61.1 x 71.8 cm) Paper size: 29 x 28 1/4 inches (73.7 x 71.8 cm) Edition 60 Signed 'Ed Ruscha' and dated lower...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Landscape Prints

Materials

Lithograph

High School Desk
By Willem de Kooning
Printer: Fred Genis, Hollanders Workshop, New York Publisher: Knoedler, New York Edition size: 57, plus proofs Catalogue raisonné: Graham 15 Signed, dated, and numbered, lower m...
Category

1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Distant Muses
By Brice Marden
Printer: Gemini G.E.L. Publisher: Gemini, G.E.L., Los Angeles, CA Edition size: 300, plus proofs Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Prints and Multiples

Materials

Screen

Cyprian Evocation
By Brice Marden
Publisher: The artist Edition size: 60, plus proofs Signed, dated, and numbered, lower margin
Category

1990s Contemporary Abstract Prints

Materials

Aquatint, Etching

Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians of The British Empire
By Peter Doig
Limited-edition of 100 Hand-signed by both Billy Childish and Peter Doig Record and print featuring four new Billy Childish songs housed in a full colour gatefold sleeve.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Split Rocker
By Jeff Koons
Artist: Jeff Koons, American (1954 - ) Title: Split Rocker Year: 2012 Medium: Porcelain Vase Sculpture, signature and numbering under base Edition: 3500 Size: 15 x 16 x 15 in. (...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Porcelain

Soviet / American Array Vl
By Robert Rauschenberg
Soviet / American Array VI is a 1991 color intaglio by Robert Rauschenberg. Soviet / American Array VI is part of a larger series entitled Soviet / American Array where Rauschenberg ...
Category

1990s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Intaglio

L'Art de Vivre, René Magritte
By René Magritte
This etching and aquatint in colors on Japon nacré was created by the artist in 1968. Stamp signed in ink and hand-numbered, from the edition of 150. Accompanied by Certificate of A...
Category

20th Century Surrealist Figurative Prints

Materials

Etching, Aquatint

Untitled
By Robert Delaunay
Signed by the artist in pencil Lithograph from Joseph Deltiel's "Allo, Paris" published by Quatre Chemins, Paris, 1926 Altlier blindstamp 1.1. Rare proof on chine
Category

1920s Landscape Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Untitled
By Robert Delaunay
Signed by the artist in pencil Lithograph from Joseph Delteil's "Allo, Paris," published by Quatre Chemins, Paris, 1926 Altlier blindstamp 1.1 Rare proof on chine.
Category

1920s Prints and Multiples

Affiche pour la Hune II
By Max Ernst
Signed in pencil lower right Edition: 99 (13/99) Lithograph in colors on Japan paper Reference: Spiess/Leppien 147a (before the text)
Category

1970s Prints and Multiples

The Studio with Bottles
By Alberto Giacometti
This original lithograph is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Alberto Giacometti" in the lower right margin, and it is hand numbered in pencil. This work is one of the three lit...
Category

1950s Prints and Multiples

Materials

Lithograph

Untitled (Area)
By Jean-Michel Basquiat
Category

1980s Street Art

Materials

Lithograph

Pop Art Rug by Roy Lichtenstein
By Roy Lichtenstein
Pop Art rug by Roy Lichtenstein, origin: India, circa: Mid-20th century.
Category

20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Indian Rugs

Materials

Wool

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