Find out which are the most expensive sculptures sold at actions at this time, as the work arts will surprise you even if you are not a sculpture fan. Private collectors seem to not only pay for the art works but also keep them in an excellent state of preservation for the amazement of the public eye. If you thought you spend a fortune on the art work in your home, check out what others are ready to pay for a well known famous sculpture.
1. L’Homme qui marche
The art piece was made by Alberto Giacometti in 1961 and was sold at the Sotheby’s action house in London on 3 February 2010. Her buyer was Lily Safra and the sculpture was bought with $104.3 million. The bronze sculpture is said to represent “both a humble image of an ordinary man and a potent symbol of humanity”. The man’s own life force is viewed by this particular artist as a simple stride, and represents the most expensive sculpture of the moment.
2. Guennol Lioness
Our second art piece on the list was sold with $57.2 million at the Sotheby’s, New York. The Guennol Lioness found a new home at a private collection on the 4th of May 2010. The piece itself represents a 5,000-year-old Mesopotamian statue. It was found near Baghdad, Iraq and it depicts a well-muscled anthropomorphic lioness.
3. Grande tête
Sold with $53.3 million, the Grande tête mince by Alberto Giacometti now is owned by a private collected as well. The piece is interesting because of the unusual dimensions of the head, thus the proportions are distorted and the head seems tall and thin. Vied from different angles, the piece seems to cover 2 portraits instead of one.
The Tête was sold for $52.6 to a private collection on 14 June in 2010. It represents one of the 27 known sculptures by Modigliani. The artist completed this one between 1910 and 1912. The art piece is made of Limestone and has a dimension of 65 cm (25.6 inch).
5. Nu de dos, 4 état (Back IV)
The piece was sold for $48.8to a private collection on the 3 rd. of November in 2010. The artists, Henri Matisse , completed the Nu de dos, 4 état in the year 1958. The piece captivates through its dimensions and original view, making it one of the most appreciated works of art. Being one of the sculptures in the The Back Series, the bas-relief bronze sculpture has proven to be the most valued and the most expensive.
6. Madame LR (Portrait de Mme LR)
The Romanian artist Constantin Brâncuși completed the art work between 1914–17. Madame LR is the most expensive sculptures pertaining to this artist, as it was sold for $37.6 million on the 24th of February 2009 to a private collection.
7. Tete de femme (Dora Maar)
Pablo Picasso not only painted but also made sculptures that today are sold for more than $29.1 million. The art piece was completed in the year 1941 and was sold to a private collection on the 7th of November 2007 and represents a plaster-modeled, bronze-cast sculpture of the artist’s lover at that certain time.
8. Artemis and the Stag
Dating since c.100 BC – 100 AD the sculpture Artemis and the Stag was sold to a private collection on the 7th of June in 2007. The art work early is in fact a Roman Imperial or Hellenistic bronze sculpture of the ancient Greek goddess Artemis. The Artemis and the Stag is highly regarded for its particular state of preservation although the bow itself is missing.
9. Bird in Space
The Romanian artist Constantin Brâncuși is the only one at the moment who managed to have 2 of his works included on the Top 10 Most Expensive sculptures. His Bird in Space art work was sold to a private collection on the 5th of May in 2005, for no less than $27.5 million. The sculpture was completed between 1922 and 1923. The original title in Romanian is “Pasărea în văzduh.”
10. Grande Femme Debout II
A piece by Alberto Giacometti, completed between 1959–1960, the sculpture was sold with no less than $27.4 on 6 May 2008 to a Private collection, the piece represents the last sculpture on our top ten list.