Top 10 Most Expensive Sculptures

1. Alberto Giacometti: "Walking Man I"

$104 million - Sotheby, London, 2010


2. Damien Hirst: "For the love of God", 2006

$100 million - Private sale, August 2007

Top 10 Most Expensive Sculptures
Hirst's diamond-encrusted skull smashed all records when it was sold for $100 million in summer 2007.

3. Unknown artist: "The Guennol Lioness", c.3000 b.c.

$57.2 million - Sotheby's NY, December 5th 2007
Top 10 Most Expensive Sculptures
The Guennol Lioness, a true masterpiece of Ancient Art, was created approximately 5,000 years ago in the region of ancient Mesopotamia. This work is also the most expensive antiquity ever sold.

4. Constantin Brancusi: "Madame L.R"
$ 37.2 million Christie's auction, 23 February 2009
Top 10 Most Expensive Sculptures
In 2002, a sculpture by Brâncuşi named "Danaide" was sold for $18.1 million, the highest that a sculpture piece had ever sold for at auction. In May 2005, a piece from the "Bird in Space" series broke that record, selling for $27.5 million in a Christie's auction. In the latest Christie's auction, the Yves Saint Laurent/Pierre Bergé sale on February 23, 2009, another sculpture of Brâncusi, "Madame L.R", was sold for € 29.185 million ($ 37.2 million),

5. Pablo Picasso: "Tete de femme (Dora Maar)", 1941

$29.1 million Sotheby's NY, November 2007

Top 10 Most Expensive Sculptures
Picasso is a "must" in any most-expensive-Art list. This piece slightly surpassed the auction record set by a Roman antiquity (see below), but was smashed by the Guennol Lionness

6. Unknown artist: "Artemis and the stag", 1st century b.c.- 1st century a.c.

$28.6 million Sotheby's NY, June 2007

Top 10 Most Expensive Sculptures
7. Constantini Brancusi: "Bird in space", 1922-23

$27.5 million Christie's NY, May 2005

Top 10 Most Expensive Sculptures
Brancusi is arguably the most important sculptor of the 20 th century and his Birds in space rank among his most iconic works. This stylized piece surpassed the previous auction record for a sculpture -also held by Brancusi- in almost $10 million.

8. Alberto Giacometti: "Grande Femme debut", 1959/60

$27.5 million Christie's NY, May 2008

Top 10 Most Expensive Sculptures
Executed in response to a commission for the new Chase Manhattan Bank headquarters and public plaza in New York

9. David Smith: "Cubi XXVIII", 1965

$23.5 million Sotheby's NY, November 2005 Buyer: Eli Broad

Top 10 Most Expensive Sculptures
Smith's impressive sculpture - formerly in the Guggenheim Museum- was purchased by Larry Gagosian, representing collector Eli Broad. This is the most expensive contemporary sculpture ever sold.

10. Pablo Picasso: "La grue", 1951/52

$19.1 million Sotheby's NY, May 2008

Top 10 Most Expensive Sculptures
*11. Auguste Rodin: "Eve, grand modèle", c.1885

$18.97 million Christie's NY, May 2008

Top 10 Most Expensive Sculptures
"Eve, grand modèle-version sans rocher" by Auguste Rodin marks one of the great turning points in modern sculpture and was initially conceived in the 1880s for The Gates of Hell

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