Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Art can come in many different forms from painting to photography to performance. Today we’re going to be focusing on the art of sculpture, an age-old format that has produced some of the most revered pieces in art history. Have you ever wondered which sculptures have proven themselves to be more special than others? Well, you’re in the right place to find out. Let’s not delay any longer, complete with inflation-adjusted prices for ultimate accuracy. Here is our list of the 10 most expensive sculptures ever sold at auction.
10: Bird in Space by Constantin Brancusi – $33.7 Million
Kicking off our list of expensive sculptures at the already phenomenal price of $33.7 Million is Constantine Brancusi’s masterpiece of “Bird in Space” created in 1923. The sculpture is a conceptual piece that aims to capture the movement of a bird in the air rather than a traditional bird shape with recognizable attributes. In total there are 16 sculptures in the “Bird in Space” series. 7 sculpted from marble and 9 cast in bronze. As luck would have it for avid collectors one of the marble versions of the iconic statue arrived at Christie’s New York for sale in May of 2005. The Romanian-born artists’ 4-foot sculpture was snapped up by an anonymous private collector for what was at the time a record-breaking sum for a public auction.
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9: Tulips by Jeff Koons – $35.2 Million (Expensive Sculptures)
Some critics might call American artist Jeff Koons is vibrant tulip sculpture clumsy. But we happen to think it’s a work of modern genius. One of five versions, the piece featuring a group of tinted stainless-steel tulip-like shapes were created between 1995 and 2004. It was put on public display outside the famous Rockefeller Center in New York City before going on sale at Christie’s in November 2012. Then owned as an investment piece by a bank in Germany. Tulips were sold at auction for $35.2 Million to an at the time anonymous buyer. It is since been revealed that the lucky new owner was hotel mogul Steve Wynn. We think this is probably the most expensive bouquet of flowers any husband could ever purchase for his wife.