Top 10 most expensive sculptures

history & culture

Clay, wood, stone, metal and nowadays plastics are all used by artists to create fascinating sculptures. Many ancient sculptures that survived time are now offering a rich insight in the religious and political life of the Greek, Roman, Indian and Chinese civilizations, as well as others. Some of these creations belong to the most expensive sculptures.

Sculpture is a form of visual arts that operates in three dimensions, representing the real world to a more accurate level. Precious materials such as gold, silver, jade, and ivory are often used for small luxury works. Less expensive materials such as oak, clay, terracotta and wax are used for sculpture for wider consumption. These are also the materials that aren’t likely to last. Sometimes even ice is used for sculpture. Many modern artists use plastics, sometimes collected on the streets as garbage. But what are the world’s most expensive sculptures? Who created them and what’s the price they we’re sold for? Here’s a top 10 most expensive sculptures!

Top 10 most expensive sculptures

  1. Unknown artist: “Artemis and the stag”, 1st century b.c.- 1st century a.c. – $28.6 million
  2. Pablo Picasso: “Tete de femme (Dora Maar)”, 1941 – $29.1 million
  3. Jeff Koons: “Tulips”, 1995-2004 – $33.7 million
  4. Constantin Brancusi: “Madame LR (Portrait de Mme LR)”, c.1914-17 – $36.8 million
  5. Henri Matisse: “Nu de dos, 4 état (Back IV)”, 1958 – $48.8 million
  6. Alberto Giacometti: “Grande tête mince”, 1955 – $53.3 million
  7. Unknown artist: “The Guennol Lioness”, c.3000 b.c. – $57.2 million
  8. Amedeo Modigliani:”‘Tête'”, 1910-12 – $59.5 million
  9. Damien Hirst: “For the love of God”, 2006 – $100 million *
  10. Alberto Giacometti: “L’Homme qui marche I”, 1961 – $104.3 million

* unconfirmed sale


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