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artnet news Top 10 Most Expensive Living American Artists at Auction 2015


Brice Marden, Blue Horizontal (1986-87). Photo courtesy of Christie's/ © 2015 Brice Marden / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Source: Artnet News

TOP TEN ARTISTS BY LOT 2005–2015 Our series of most expensive living artists continues with the Americans. Though our list from this past year, which was also drawn from the artnet Price Database, looked at auctions as far back as 1988, this year's list is limited to the past ten years. Nonetheless, the lists are comparable because most of the auction highs that determine the artists' placement on them have happened just in the past few years. And as you might expect, there hasn't been all that much movement.

Brice Marden

Although his painting The Attended (1996-99) is still his highest sale during this period ($10.9 million at Sotheby's in November 2013), Brice Marden also had sales in May of Blue Horizontal (1986-87) for $10.3 million at Christie's and Elements (Hydra) for $9.2 million at Phillips, and a 2010 sale of Cold Mountain I (Path) (1988-89) for $9.6 million at Sotheby's.

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