Auctioneers have had a busy year. Hammers have been brought down around the world to seal the fate of objects which have achieved huge sums.
Some have even broken world records…
A private sale at the beginning of the year saw Paul Gauguin’s 1892 work ‘When Will You Marry?’ exchange hands for around $300 million (USD).
The work, which portrays two Tahitian women, left its decades-long resting place in Switzerland to be relocated in Qatar.
Pablo Picasso’s ‘Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’) was the most-expensive work of art sold ever sold at auction. In May it went for $179,365,000 (USD) at Christie’s in New York.
Painted in 1954, the singed oil on canvas is one of a series ranging from ‘A’ to ‘O’ to pay homage to Henri Matisse.
May was a record-breaking month in the art-auction world. Alberto Giacometti’s 1947 ‘Man Pointing’ became the most-expensive sculpture in history. The 1.8-metre work in bronze sold at the same Christie’s sale as the Picasso painting, for $148,280,000 (USD).
Sales of vintage cars have also rocketed.
December saw the sale of a 1956 Ferrari, which had been driven that year by Juan Miguel during Italy’s Mille Miglia.
It sold at Sotheby’s for $28 million (USD).
In November, a Hong Kong collector caused a stir when he bought a 12.03 carat blue diamond for more than 48 million euros at a sale held in Geneva.
A day earlier, the same buyer bought a rose-coloured diamond for 28.5 million at the same Sotheby’s auction.