Romanian sculptor, among best-selling artists at auction houses in the first half of 2017

A sculpture by famous Romanian artist Constantin Brancusi was among the most expensive works of art sold at auction houses in the first half of 2017, according to a ranking made by Artprice.

The top comprises of ten artworks that were sold at auctions for prices between USD 44.4 million and over USD 110 million. Six of the top ten auctions of the year took place in New York, according to

The ranking is topped by Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose painting Untitled (1982) was sold for USD 110.5 million at a Sotheby’s New York auction in May. Gustav Klimt comes second in the ranking, with his painting Bauerngarten, which was sold for USD 59 million at Sotheby’s London in March.

Romanian Constantin Brancusi is at number three. His 1913 bronze cast work La Muse Endormie (opening picture) was sold for USD 57.36 million at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale in New York in mid-May. The sum was almost double the initial estimate price of USD 20 – 30 million, and boosted Christie’s sales in the first half of the year.


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