Quiz time: 6 iconic paintings that fetched millions at art auctions in 2018
A Modigliani painting sold for a record price at an auction in May 2018.
The new year is here, even as the jury’s still out on whether 2018 was good for the art world or not. Last year had its share of record sales, nonetheless. Take a quick quiz to check if you are in step with the key moments when billionaires loosened their purse strings and acquired these masterpieces.
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1. ‘Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)’ by David Hockney
At the November 2018 sale of Christie’s, this Hockney painting became the most expensive work of art by a living artist sold at an auction. The seller of this iconic work was British billionaire currency trader Joe Lewis, who decided to put up the painting for sale without a reserve price. Bidding therefore started at a modest $ 18 million.
a) $85.3 million
b) $95.3 million
c) $90.3 million
d) $100.3 million
2. ‘Young Girl with a Flower Basket’ by Pablo Picasso
The three -day auct ion of David Rockefeller’s private collection last year was perhaps the highlight of the art auction calendar. This famous work by the Spanish artist went up for sale on day one. The price it clinched contributed significantly to the total monies raised from the 1,600-plus item sale.
a) $110 million
b) $115 million
c) $118 million
d) $120 million
3. ‘Chop Suey’ by Edward Hopper
It is believed that the term ‘chop suey’ comes from the Cantonese phrase tsap sui, meaning ‘odds and ends’. In the New York of 1920s, chop suey restaurants served as popular lunch options for the working class. Since Hopper’s oil paintings were often a result of a combination of his past experiences, it is thought that this painting was partially inspired by two restaurants that the artist visited during the time.
a) $90.9 million
b) $91.9 million
c) $92.9 million
d) $94.9 million
4. ‘Woman as Landscape’ by Willem de Kooning
This work by de Kooning went up for sale alongside Hopper’s ‘Chop Suey’ and set a record auction price for the Dutch abstract expressionist artist. The painting is considered important in de Kooning’s oeuvre. It has been included in some of the most important exhibitions of his work in US and Europe.
a) $60.93 million
b) $65.93 million
c) $66.93 million
d) $68.93 million
5. ‘Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)’ by Amedeo Modigliani
This work by Modigliani sold for a record price at an auction in May 2018, establishing a new milestone in the history of Sotheby’s. It was the highest price fetched by a work at a public sale by the auction house ever. Fresh from its participation in the artist’s retrospective at the Tate Modern, the painting’s prospects looked bright from the word go.
a) $157 million
b) $165 million
c) $170 million
d) $175 million
6. ‘Suprematist Composition’ by Kazimir Malevich
This painting by the Russian abstractionist is considered to have given art one of its ‘thunderclap moments’. According to a note shared by Christie’s on its website, ‘Composed of multiple, geometric forms in an array of colours, ‘Suprematist Composition’ — like the other ‘Suprematist’ paintings Malevich made in a brief period up to 1919 — reflected the artist’s wish to experience the world in a state of higher, or supreme, consciousness.’
a) $82.8 million
b) $85.8 million
c) $86.8 million
d) $88.8 million
1. $90.3 million
2. $115 million
3. $91.9 million
4. $68.93 million
5. $157 million
6. $85.8 million