Top art sales of 2021

The art world saw big sales and world's firsts in 2021


A Mark Rothko titled ‘No.7’ sold for $82.5 million at auction

the second-highest price for a work by the late abstract artist


This Pablo Picasso oil painting sold for $103.4 million at auction

It's a portrait of Picasso's French lover, Marie-Therese

titled 'Femme assise près d'une fenêtre (Marie-Thérèse)'


A rare Sandro Botticelli portrait sold for $92.2 million at Sotheby’s

breaking a new record for the Italian renaissance painter

‘Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Roundel’

is one of around a dozen of Botticelli's portraits known to survive today


This digital artwork sold for nearly $70 million at Christie's

‘Everydays: The First 5,000 Days’ is the first-ever non-physical piece of art

to be sold by a major auction house

It’s a collage of 5,000 individual images made over more than 13 years

by American artist Mike Winkelmann, known as Beeple

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) ARTIST, MIKE WINKELMANN, AKA "BEEPLE," SAYING: "The work is, is a giant compilation of 5,000 different individual days. Each day of the, 'Everydays' - again I started on May 1st, 2007 - and if you look at the piece, in the upper left-hand corner is the very first 'Everyday,' and the very lower-right hand corner is the very last 'Everyday,' or the 5,000th, 'Everyday.'"

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