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Top 10 Priciest Items Sold by Sotheby’s in 2016

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We’ve spent loads of time writing about the auction world this year—including a number of intriguing auctions from Sotheby’s. There were priceless paintings, diamonds, and pretty much everything else you could imagine being stockpiled in the basement of a serious collector (or a Bond villain).

Nearing the end of the year, Sotheby’s raked in many millions at the auction block—and RealClearLife has the 10 items that brought in the highest hammer prices. Sorry, automobiles, books, and guitars—this is an art and gemstone–only list.

 

1. Pablo Picasso, ‘Femme Assise,’ 1909 – Sold for $63,631,391

Sotheby's Top 10 Priciest Sales of 2016
(Courtesy of Sotheby’s)

 

2. Amedeo Modigliani, ‘Jeanne Hébuterne (Au Foulard),’ 1919 – Sold $56,631,335

Sotheby's Top 10 Priciest Auctions in 2016
(Courtesy of Sotheby’s)

 

3. Edvard Munch, ‘Pikene på broen (Girls on the Bridge),’ 1902 – Sold for $54,487,500

Sotheby's Priciest Auction Items of 2016
(Courtesy of Sotheby’s)

 

4. Cy Twombly, ‘Untitled (New York City),’ 1968 – Sold for $36,650,000

Sotheby's Priciest Auction Items of 2016
(Courtesy of Sotheby’s)

 

5. Francis Bacon, ‘Two Studies For A Self-Portrait,’ 1970 – Sold for $34,970,000

Sotheby's Priciest Auction Items of 2016
(Courtesy of Sotheby’s)

 

6. Zhang Daqian, ‘Peach Blossom Spring,’ 1982 – Sold for $34,702,564

Sotheby's Top 10 Priciest Auction Items of 2016
(Courtesy of Sotheby’s)

 

7. Gerhard Richter, ‘A.B., Still,’ 1986 – Sold for $33,987,500

Sotheby's Top 10 Priciest Auction Items of 2016
(Courtesy of Sotheby’s)

 

8. De Beers Millennium Jewel 4 – Sold for $32,013,223

Sotheby's Top 10 Priciest Auction Items of 2016
(Courtesy of Sotheby’s)

 

9. ‘The Unique Pink’ Superb Fancy Vivid Pink Diamond Ring – Sold for $31,561,200

Sotheby's Top 10 Priciest Auction Items of 2016
(Courtesy of Sotheby’s)

 

10. Orazio Gentileschi, ‘Danaë,’ 1621 – Sold for $30,490,000

Sotheby's Top 10 Priciest Auction Items of 2016
(Courtesy of Sotheby’s)

For more on Sotheby’s list, click here.