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Peter Paul Rubens
The Massacre of the Innocents
ca. 1609-11



Pablo Picasso
Nu au collier
1932



Claude Monet
Nymphéas
1906



Claude Monet
Nymphéas
1906



Constantin Brancusi
Danaïde
ca. 1913



Paul Cézanne
Pichet et assiette de poires
1890-1893



Edgar Degas
Au musée du Louvre (Miss Cassatt)
ca. 1879



Alberto Giacometti
Grande tête de Diego
1954



Alberto Giacometti
La forêt
1950



Willem de Kooning
Orestes
1947
Artnet Top Ten
3/14/03


London ruled in 2002, as the three highest prices paid at auction for works of fine art -- a long-lost Rubens, a romantic Picasso from the 1930s and a Monet water lilies -- were paid at London sales. No less than three of the top ten were works of sculpture, a sleek portrait by Brancusi from ca. 1913 and two existential bronzes by Giacometti.

Two artists make two appearances on the list (Monet and Giacometti) and two works are on paper (the Degas and the de Kooning). And though the list is dominated by early 20th-century School of Paris moderns, one post-war New Yorker -- Willem de Kooning -- did make the cut at the number 10 spot.

If all goes according to plan, this list is the first of a series based on the Artnet Fine Art Auctions Database. Next week: the top ten works sold at auction by Damien Hirst. Prices given here include the auction house premium of 19.5 percent on the first $100,000 and 10 percent on the remainder.

1.
Peter Paul Rubens
The Massacre of the Innocents
ca. 1609-11
oil on panel, ca. 60 x 72 in.
sold for 49,506,650
($75,930,440)
est. 4,000,000-6,000,000
at Sotheby's London, July 10, 2002

2.
Pablo Picasso
Nu au collier
1932
oil on canvas, ca. 36 x 29 in.
15,956,650
($23,745,020)
6,000,000-9,000,000
at Christie's London, June 25, 2002

3.
Claude Monet
Nymphéas
1906
oil on canvas, ca. 32 x 37 in.
13,481,650
($20,061,980)
est. 10,000,000-15,000,000
at Sotheby's London, June 24, 2002

4.
Claude Monet
Nymphéas
1906
oil on canvas, ca. 35 x 36 in.
$18,709,500
est. $16,000,000-$20,000,000
at Sotheby's New York, Nov. 5, 2003

5.
Constantin Brancusi
Danade
ca. 1913
bronze with brown patina and gold leaf, 11 in. tall
$18,159,500
est. $8,000,000-$10,000,000
at Christie's New York, May 7, 2002

6.
Paul Cézanne
Pichet et assiette de poires
1890-1893
oil on canvas, 15 x 18 in.
$16,784,500
est. $14,000,000-$18,000,000
at Sotheby's New York, May 8, 2002

7.
Edgar Degas
Au musée du Louvre (Miss Cassatt)
ca. 1879
pastel, ca. 28 x 21 in.
$16,509,500
est. $12,000,000-$18,000,000
at Sotheby's New York, May 8, 2002

8.
Alberto Giacometti
Grande tête de Diego
1954
bronze with green-brown patina, ca. 26 in. tall
$13,759,500
est. $5,000,000-$7,000,000
at Sotheby's New York, May 8, 2002

9.
Alberto Giacometti
La forêt
1950
bronze patinaed, 23 in. tall, edition 5/6
$13,209,500
est. $7,000,000-$9,000,000
at Christie's New York, May 7, 2002

10.
Willem de Kooning
Orestes
1947
paper collage with enamel paint on board, ca. 24 x 36 in.
$13,209,500
est. $8,000,000-$10,000,000
at Sotheby's New York, Nov. 12, 2002


 
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