In 2014, women artists played a prominent role in the Sotheby’s Auction House Art Market. There was a surge in appreciation of works done by female artists achieving prices that were record breaking.
Jimson Weed of 1932, an iconic flower painting done by Georgia O’Keeffe, more than tripled the former world auction record for any female artist. The piece drew in an outstanding $44.4M in New York this past November. This landed O’Keeffe 8th overall in the top 10 highest sold pieces at the Sotheby’s Auction House for all of 2014.
The top ten highest sold pieces at the Sotheby’s Auction House in 2014 included:
• Alberto Giacometti, Chariot sold for $100,965,000
• Amedeo Modigliani, Tête sold for an artist’s record of $70,725,000
• Vincent Van Gogh, Still life, Vase with Daisies and Poppies sold or $61,765,000
• Claude Monet, Nymphéas sold for $54,071,001
• JWM Turner, Rome, from Mount Aventine sold for $47,430,454
• Francis Bacon, Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer sold for $45,400,274
• Mark Rothko, No. 21 (Red, Brown, Black and Orange) sold for $44,965,000
• Georgia O’Keeffe, Jimson Weed sold for $44,405,000
• Mark Rothko Untitled sold for $39,925,000
• Mark Rothko, Untitled (Yellow, Orange, Yellow, Light Orange) sold for $36,565,000
Other notable female artist figures in 2014 include Kay Sage, Vija Celmins, Artemisia Gentileschi, and Julia Margaret Cameron. American artist Kay Sage, emerged from the shadow of her husband’s reputation with her suggestive painting Le Passage of 1956. The piece immensely exceeded predicted sales when it sold for $7.1M.
The time and effort put into pieces by Vija Celmins is a scarcity seen by collectors. Her labor-intensive and meticulously detailed work is hard to come by which leads to furious competition when it appears at auction. Burning Plane from 1965 doubled the high estimate of $1.2M selling for $3.4M.
The Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi set a new record for herself taking in a remarkable sum of $1.2M exceeding predicted sale prices by almost $100,000. Lastly, Julia Margaret Cameron doubled her previous record auctioning No. 5 of a series of twelve life-sized heads for $461,000.
Closing out the year with record prices, this outstanding growth in appreciation for women artists demonstrates that the best is yet to come for the Sotheby’s Auction House.
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