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Highlight moment under the changing situation, 2020 Top list of works and artists

2020 is an unsettled year, the art market has been through many unpredictable moments. As time pass, the auction season in the first half of year has ended. There are both good and bad results in this fast changing situation, and there are also some highlight moments under the adversity.

As the right hand of your art investment, ArtPro is going help collectors in art business find opportunities under the crisis. Do you know by 2020, which artwork has become the top one in terms of global turnover? And which artist is on top of the “pyramid”? ArtPro is doing a real time updating list of 2020 Top artists and art works, we inviting everyone to follow and check the list.

List of Most Expensive Art Sold in 2020

Top1: Francis Bacon’s Triptych sold of $84.55 million

As for now, the most expensive artwork sold is by Francis Bacon, an Irish-born English figurative master painter. Bacon has created 28 large scaled triptych, the work “Triptych Inspired By The Oresteia Of Aeschylus” is one of them. Bacon’s triptychs have been in auction debut in 2014, this work is the 6th painting that has been released by now. It lived up to expectation, and was sold in a high price of $84.55 million which highlighted the first half year auction season, and got the Top1 position in 2020.

Top 2:“Nude With Joyous Painting”by Lichtenstein sold of $46.24 million

In July 10th, Christie presented a global live auction, the first auction of its kind — relayed in sequence from four time zones area around the world. The work “Nude With Joyous Painting” is one of the most important painting from Roy Lichtenstein’s nudes series in his later period. Its first time in auction house sets a record of $46.24 million, which makes it second top of market price in worldwide.

Top3: San Yu’s nudes painting sold at $32.91 million

San Yu is raising up waves in auctions at Asian market, his oil painting “Five Nudes” was sold for $HDK 303 million at Christie’s Hong Kong in 2019 which became the Top 12 high priced art. 2020 San Yu’s later work “Quatre Nus”, one of the most valuable piece from his nudes series has been showed at Southeby’s Hong Kong, and sold over $HKD 258 million($32.91 million). Its price has been increased by 15 times within 15 years, the annual rate of return has reached 20%. This painting is the second highest priced piece from all San Yu’s works, and it is the third most expensive art ever sold in global context.


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Beside this, artworks in different sections’ ranking are here for you to view.You can enter “World Top”, “American Top”, “European Top”, “Asian Top”, “Western In Asia Top”, “Japanese & Korean Top”, “Chinese Top” and “2010 Top-2019 Top” sections.These are all here for you to get related information.

List of Leading artists worldwide in 2020 by auction revenue

Top1: Pablo Picasso take the lead

1881 - 1973

Pablo Picasso the veteran on auction field has already showed over a thousand works, there are 2 pieces over 10 million (“Les femmes d'Alger (version 'F’)” of $29.21 million and “Tête De Femme Endormie”) of $11.19 million), and 15 works over one million dollar. With over 120 million dollars revenue, Picasso became the top of this list.

Top2: Francis Bacon immediately after

1909 - 1992

Francis Bacon is a regulars of the “Billions club” in every year. He has a good performance during the 2020 auction session, with 1 piece over 10 million and 2 pieces over one million. The work “Triptych Inspired By The Oresteia Of Aeschylus” is now the top1 artwork sold at auction, setting a world record which has contributed 89.7% of his total revenue.

Top3: Zao Wou-Ki is on third place

1920 - 2013

Chinese born French artist Zao Wou-Ki has 3 works sold over 10 million in 2020 (“20.03.60”, ”18.11.66”and “19.11.59”), and 15 works sold over one million dollar. In the past 10 years Zao Wou-Ki has become a backbone of the art market, the third place in worldwide has consolidated his position.


If you want to know more about the artist ranking information, click this picture below to enter ArtPro-APP’s “Discovery-TOP artist-2020 Top”page.



Beside this, artworks in different sections’ ranking are here for you to view.You can enter “World Top”, “European Top”, “American Top”, “Asian Top”, “Global Emerging Top”, “Japanese & Korean Top”, “Chinese Top” and “2010 Top-2019 Top” sections.These are all here for you to get related information.


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