2019 #ReUp: Art masterpieces that fetched millions in the past year

'Hurting the Word Radio #2’ is an early example of American painter Ruscha’s text paintings.

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The jury is still out on whether 2019 has been a good year for art.
The jury is still out on whether 2019 has been a good year for art. If you are a connoisseur, here’s a quiz to check if you are in step with the key moments when billionaires acquired these masterpieces at auctions.

'Buffalo II’ by Robert Rauschenberg
In 1964 in New York, Robert Rauschenberg finalised ‘Buffalo II’, one of the largest in his celebrated series of silkscreen paintings that captured the social, political and artistic zeitgeist of the decade. It is believed that this monumental work was snapped up by none other than Alice Walton, heir to the Walmart fortune, at the Christie’s auction. Do you know how much it sold for?
a) $80.8 million

b) $85.8 million
c) $88.8 million
d) $90.8 million

In 1964 in New York, Robert Rauschenberg finalised ‘Buffalo II’, one of the largest in his celebrated series of silkscreen paintings that captured the social, political and artistic zeitgeist of the decade.
In 1964 in New York, Robert Rauschenberg finalised ‘Buffalo II’, one of the largest in his celebrated series of silkscreen paintings that captured the social, political and artistic zeitgeist of the decade.


'Devolved Parliament’ by Banksy

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For the second year in a row, Banksy dominated the Sotheby’s Frieze Week evening sale of contemporary art in London. This time, without the drama of ‘shredding’. Art enthusiasts would recall the sale of the painting, ‘Girl with Balloon’ by the street artist last year. As soon as the gavel fell on that sale, a built-in shredder got activated and the work went in self-destruct mode. No such drama with the sale of this artwork, except the one related to high pricing.
Do you know how much it sold for?
a) $12 million
b) $14 million
c) $16 million
d) $18 million

For the second year in a row, Banksy dominated the Sotheby’s Frieze Week evening sale of contemporary art in London.
For the second year in a row, Banksy dominated the Sotheby’s Frieze Week evening sale of contemporary art in London.

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‘Knife Behind Back’ by Yoshitomo Nara
Political unrest wasn’t the only reason why Hong Kong made news this year. Sale of Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara’s painting at a Sotheby’s auction in the country also contributed to the headlines. This painting was executed in the watershed year of 2000 in Nara’s oeuvre. It was the year he finally returned to Japan after 12 years in Germany.
Do you know how much it sold for?
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a) $20 million
b) $22 million
c) $23 million
d) $25 million

This painting was executed in the watershed year of 2000 in Nara’s oeuvre.
This painting was executed in the watershed year of 2000 in Nara’s oeuvre.


‘Meules’ by Claude Monet
A new world record for this French impressionist painter only reiterates his enduring popularity. A part of the artist’s famed Haystacks series, with its unique perspective, dynamic composition, and vibrant paint palette, Meules is considered a classic piece within the series. This was the first time the work had come to auction since 1986. In just eight minutes, six bidders fought fervently for the masterpiece.
Do you know how much it sold for?
a) $110.7 million
b) $111.7 million
c) $112.7 million
d) $114.7 million

A new world record for this French impressionist painter only reiterates his enduring popularity.
A new world record for this French impressionist painter only reiterates his enduring popularity.


'Hurting the Word Radio #2’ by Ed Ruscha
This one is an early example of American painter Ruscha’s text paintings. The artist has, in fact, been credited with having invented an entire genre: Paintings consisting solely of text, either single words or phrases. The painting’s sale set a new record for the artist this year and served as a rejoinder for art market pessimists. Do you know how much it sold for?
a) $51.5 million
b) $52.5 million
c) $54.8 million
d) $55.5 million

The artist has, in fact, been credited with having invented an entire genre: Paintings consisting solely of text, either single words or phrases.
The artist has, in fact, been credited with having invented an entire genre: Paintings consisting solely of text, either single words or phrases.


‘Rabbit’ by Jeff Koons
Bidding for this three-foot tall stainless steel sculpture, reminiscent of a silver balloon animal, was a perfect chance to own a piece by an artist, who has a penchant for courting controversy. Clue for this one: The sale price of ‘Rabbit’ ensured that the work is now officially the world’s most expensive work by a living artist. It surpassed a previous record set by painter David Hockney’s ‘Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)’ for this honour.
Do you know how much it sold for?
a) $81 million
b) $85.1 million
c) $91 million
d) $95.1 million.

It surpassed a previous record set by painter David Hockney’s ‘Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)’ for this honour.
It surpassed a previous record set by painter David Hockney’s ‘Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)’ for this honour.


Answers
Buffalo II by Robert Rauschenberg
Correct answer: c) $88.8 million
Devolved Parliament by Banksy
Correct answer: a) $12 million
Knife Behind Back by Yoshitomo Nara
Correct answer: d) $25 million
Meules by Claude Monet
Correct answer: a) $110.7 million
Hurting the Word Radio #2 by Ed Ruscha
Correct answer: b) $52.5 million
Rabbit by Jeff Koons
Correct answer: c) $91 million

From Rare Pokemon Cards To Empty Frames, Bizarre Pieces Of Artwork That Were Sold For Millions
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An artwork called ‘Comedian’ created by an Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, which was recently sold for a whopping $121,000 (approximately Rs. 86.07 lakhs), has become the talk of the town.

The artwork, to everyone’s surprise, was a mere banana held against the wall using a duct tape. The rather puzzling piece of art being sold for such a massive amount, left the netizens scratching their heads in amazement. Things took a rather dramatic turn when performance artist David Datuna ended up taking the banana off the wall and eating it while the artwork was on display at an international gallery, Perrotin, at Art Basel in Miami.

However, the banana-duct tape ensemble is not the only bizarre piece of artwork that has made a massive amount of money. Several ridiculous and weird pieces of artwork have been sold for millions of dollars in the last decade. Here are some of them.

An artwork called ‘Comedian’ created by an Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, which was recently sold for a whopping $121,000 (approximately Rs. 86.07 lakhs), has become the talk of the town. The artw..
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It is a popular saying that when you look at the world through rose-tinted glasses, you might end up missing out on some red flags. Gerhard Richter, a German visual artist, created a unique piece of artwork, which was essentially a mirror, painted in red.

In October 2012, Richter's Abstraktes Bild set an auction record price for a painting by a living artist at £21m ($34m, approximately Rs, 3.4 crores). This was exceeded in May 2013 when his 1968 piece Domplatz, Mailand (Cathedral square, Milan) sold for $37.1 million (£24.4 million, approximately Rs. 2.44 crores) in New York.

Seems like Richter wanted to paint the town red, after all!

It is a popular saying that when you look at the world through rose-tinted glasses, you might end up missing out on some red flags. Gerhard Richter, a German visual artist, created a unique piece of ..
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Pokemon is the global phenomenon that has taken the world by storm and back in the previous decade, several people were fond of collecting Pokemon cards and tazos. However, there was one sought-after, coveted card which was sold at an auction for $224,500 (approximately Rs. 1.59 crores) according to gaming news site, Kotaku.

What’s so special about the card, you ask? The card was special because it was handed out as a prize in the competitions in the year 1998. Only 39 of these cards were made, making them very rare.

Pokemon is the global phenomenon that has taken the world by storm and back in the previous decade, several people were fond of collecting Pokemon cards and tazos. However, there was one sought-after..
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Being away from home for long durations can be quite a daunting feeling. To cure us of overpowering feelings of homesickness, British artist Tracey Emin came up with an artwork called ‘My Bed’ in 1998.

‘My Bed’, consisted of Emin’s bed full of soiled bedsheets stained with bodily secretions, condoms, knickers with menstrual blood stains and everyday objects like slippers. ‘My Bed’ was bought by Charles Saatchi for £150,000 (approximately Rs. 1.4 crore) and displayed as part of the first exhibition when the Saatchi Gallery opened its new premises at County Hall, London.

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If you feel bizarre pieces of Modern Art were a rarity in the 20th Century, you’re wrong. In 1961, an Italian artist Piero Manzoni, created a piece of art that raised several eyebrows. Called, ‘Artist’s Shit’, the artwork by Manzoni consists of 90 tin cans filled with feces.

Each can weighs around 30 grams. The most bizarre and confusing fact about ‘Artist’s Shit’, is that a single tin of the ‘artwork’ was sold for €124,000 (approximately Rs. 97.57 lakhs) on Sotheby, one of the largest brokers of fine and decorative art on May 23, 2007.

Another can was sold in October 2008 for £97,250 (approximately Rs. 91.12 lakhs). Needless to say, the buyers spent a humongous amount on..err...a piece of crap.

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Venus de Milo is a popular ancient Greek statue located in Louvre Museum. Zhu Cheng, one of China’s most renowned sculptors, helped nine art students recreate Venus de Milo’s statue using excrement. It is placed in a transparent box at Henan Art Museum in Zhengzhou city, China, so that the spell of poop doesn’t drive everyone away.

The statue was purchased by a Swiss art collector for a staggering 300,000 yuan ($45,113 approximately Rs. 32.09 lakhs).

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Every piece of artwork, it is often argued, should push the boundaries of what is deemed acceptable in the society. The piece of artwork called ‘Piss Christ’, by the American artist and photographer Andres Serrano, pushed the boundaries a little too far.

‘Piss Christ’, is essentially a photograph of the Crucifix,a holy Christian symbol submerged in the artist’s urine. To no one’s surprise, the piece of ‘art’ caused a massive outrage and major controversy, with Serrano receiving death threats and hate mail. However, the bizarre artwork received a funding of $15,000 (Rs.10.67 lakhs) from the taxpayer’s money.

Several others alleged that the government funding of the artwork violated the principle of separation of Church and State.

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If you are a fan of big blank walls in your home and workspace, chances are, you would absolutely adore the ‘non-existent’ art sold by Museum of Non-Visible Art, based in New York. The people behind the museum, call the art ‘non-visible’.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, the artworks are essentially pieces of empty frames. The art exists only in the imagination of the artist. As per a report by npr.org, a woman in 2011, paid $10,000 (Rs. 7.11 lakhs) for a piece called ‘fresh art’ by the museum.

Looks like the museum took the popular quote ‘beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder’ too literally.

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This piece of artwork was created out of a bet placed among a bunch of friends. Justin Gignac, was a New York-based artist who was often belittled by his co-workers because he stood for the importance of package design. That was when Gignac took it upon himself to prove his co-workers wrong.

Gignac came up with a souvenir which is essentially a nicely-packaged cube containing garbage from New York City. In no time, people started viewing the souvenirs as a piece of art, thereby proving Gignac’s point. The cubes were sold for as high as $50-$100 (approximately Rs. 3,550- Rs. 7,113).

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Everybody loves snacking on Cheetos, but for Andy Huot, a mechanical engineer from Louisville, Kentucky, every bag of Cheetos contains uniquely shaped curls which can be used to re-enact creative scenes. Whatever scenes Huot creates, he shares it on his Instagram account, which has 40,000+ followers.

The artist recently recreated the scene where ‘The Three Wise Men’, come to shower baby Jesus with gifts. The scene of Christ’s nativity was created entirely using Cheetos cheese puffs and gained massive appreciation from Huot’s fans.

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