Works of art have never failed to receive the admiration of true art lovers and art collectors, who never shy away from stretching their boundaries to acquire such works of art. These below listed sculptures are amongst the most highly paid and expensive sculptures in the world and they all justify the price they have been collected for. The true depictions of man’s genius and understanding nature’s creation of things, these sculptures go way beyond the world of creativity and art. These are in fact the highest levels of art forms that mankind has ever witnessed.
L’Homme au doigt
Designed In 1947 by the renowned sculptor Alberto Giacometti, the “L’Homme au doigt” or “The Pointing Man” is a sculpture of a bronze man in a standing and pointing pose. It is the world’s most expensive sculpture, as it was sold for an unbelievable $141.3 million at an auction in May 2015. This sculpture is termed as “”Giacometti’s most iconic and evocative sculpture” and it is truly a proof of how well can mankind depict the natural attributes through his creativity. This is the highest amount paid for a sculpture till date and the chances of breaking the record definitely seem too feeble
L’Homme qui marche I
Designed by Alberto Giacometti in 1960, the “L’Homme qui marche I” or popularly, “The Walking Man” is a life sized work of bronze art. The sculpture intrigued art lovers so much that it became the second most highly paid sculpture in the world. The sculpture depicts the figure of a man in bronze, who is in a striding or walking pose. The sculpture was sold at a whopping $103.4 million.
Sold at $59.5 million, the Tête became the third most highly paid sculpture to be sold at an auction. The 2 feet tall sculpture depicts the head of a woman with simple but highly impressive geometric patterns and is made out of limestone. It was designed by Amedeo Modigliani between 1910 and 1912 and was kept in the artist’s collection, until 2010, until when an anonymous bidder bid for the sculpture and bought it from an exhibition that was arranged at Christie’s.
The Balloon Dog
Popular even among the most novice art lovers, the The Balloon Dog was sold at $58.4 in November 2013 and became the 4th most expensive sculpture for a difference in price of just $1 million from the Tête. It was designed by Jeff Koons, who is very well renowned for his balloon-type figurines. This sculpture earned Koons the achievement of being a living artist whose work of art was sold at such a high price.
The “Guennol Lioness” is an elamite sculpture that is labeled as the 5th most highly paid sculptures in the world. Being created in the 3000 BC, has been remarked by Sotheby’s as “one of the last known masterworks from the dawn of civilization remaining in private hands.” The statue depicts an anthromorphic figure of a woman and lioness and is unique in itself. The 5000 year old figure was retrieved from Baghdad in Iraq and is now in the private collection of Alastair Bradley Martin, who acquired it for a price of $57.2 million.