Picasso at Christie's

Les Femmes d'Alger (version O), a work painted in 1955 by Pablo Picasso, exploded on 11th May, breaking every record for a painting ever at auction. The piece was estimated to sell at Christie's, New York, for $140 million. When the hammer went down at an incredible $179 million the entire art market's jaws had hit the floor. This became the most expensive painting ever sold on the secondary market.

Image via Christie's Picasso, Les Femmes d'Alger (version O), 1955
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Amadeo Modigliani at Christie's

A new record was set for an Italian artist as Modigliani's nude masterpiece became the world's second most expensive work of art ever to sell at auction. The painting was purchased for a final bid of $170.4 million (£113 million.)

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Ringo Starr's jacket at RR Auction

A wool jacket worn by Ringo Starr (aka Richard Starkey) in the film Help! 1965 was sold this summer for $46 527.

Ringo Starr in Help! 1965 Image via Billboard Ringo Starr in Help! 1965
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Tintin at Sotheby's

A double board Hergé was bought for €1.53 million on 24th October. Paris-based auction house Artcurial still holds the record sales for Hergé with the sale of the the cover pages of Tintin albums, which sold for €2.6 million last year.

Hergé , Tintin, King Ottokar's Sceptre (1939). Image via Sotheby's Paris Hergé , Tintin, King Ottokar's Sceptre (1939).
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1998 "LM-Specification" version of McLaren's iconic F1 supercar at RM Sotheby's

In August of this year, RM Sotheby's set a new world record for the most expensive British car sold as the rare 1998 "LM-Specification" version of McLaren's iconic F1 supercar sold for $13.75 million.

1998 "LM-Specification" version of McLaren's F1 supercar sold for $13.75 million at RM Sotheby's 1998 "LM-Specification" version of McLaren's F1 supercar sold for $13.75 million at RM Sotheby's

Lichtenstein at Christie's

A painting by Roy Lichtenstein entitled Nurse was auctioned in November for $95.37 million at Christie's in New York. This is almost double the previous record for Lichtenstein, which was set at $56.12 million.

lichtenstein Roy Lichtenstein, Nurse, 1964
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A blue diamond at Sotheby's

A Hong Kong billionaire set a record when he purchased the 12.03 carat blue diamond for $48.46 million, excluding commissions. He bought the ''Blue Moon'' at Sotheby's in Geneva as a gift for his daughter. Lucky her.

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