Expensive American Artists

The Top 10 Most Expensive Living American Artists

Jeff Koons - Artwork: "Balloon Dog"

Artisans Gallery - Jeff Koons, Artwork: "Balloon Dog"

"Balloon Dog" 1994 to 2000 sold on November 12, 2013 at Christie's in New York for $58.4 million.
Jeff Koons is an American artist known for brightly colored reflective sculptures that resemble balloons in this painting was sold to an anonymous telephone better surpassing the initial 55 million estimates to become the most expensive work by living artists sold at an auction.

Jasper Johns - Painting: "Flag"

Artisans Gallery - Jasper Johns, Painting: "Flag"

"Flag" 1983 sold on November 11, 2014 at Sotheby's New York for $36 million.
This painting was originally acquired in 1983 from the artist and has remained in private hands for the last 30 years. It is been allowed to the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 2007 to 2014 and before that the Rhode Island school of design in Yale University Art Gallery. In 1983 it was auctioned off for $36 million at Sotheby's New York.

Ed Ruscha - Painting: "Smash"

Artisans Gallery - Ed Ruscha, Painting: Smash

A blue canvas with the word Smash in yellow was painted by this painter in 1963 and purchased by Larry Gagosian $30.4 million at a 2014 Christie's auction in New York.

Christopher Wool - Painting: "Riot"

Artisans Gallery - Christopher Wool, Painting: "Riot"

"Riot" 1990 sold on May 12, 2015 at Sotheby's New York for $29.9 million. It is one of the most iconic pieces. It is a fine example of the artist in general with his rebellious, anarchy fighting language that aims to be provocative and button pushing but conceptually brilliant. It is a statement and a threat, a composition relying on rectangular grid and giving out numerous interpretations, all the while it couldn't be more direct as a message.

Robert Ryman - Painting: "Bridge"

Artisans Gallery - Robert Ryman, Painting: "Bridge"

Robert Ryman moved up one place from last year with the sale of his 1980 painting Bridge for $20.6 million at Christie's in May. He had previously sold" Untitled" in 1961 for roughly 15 million and" Link" in 2002 for about $11.4 million at Christie's New York. This proves his work has been a recent force at auction.

Frank Stella - Painting: "Delaware Crossing"

Artisans Gallery - Frank Stella, Painting: "Delaware Crossing"

"Delaware Crossing" 1961 sold on November 4, 2015 at Sotheby's New York for $13.7 million.

Brice Marden - Painting: "The Attended"

Artisans Gallery - Brice Marden, Painting: "The Attended"

Brice Marden is among the most current commercially successful artists in the United States. "The Attended" was sold for $10.9 million at Sotheby's in November 2013.

Cady Noland - Painting: "Bluewald"

Artisans Gallery - Cady Noland, Painting "Bluewald"

Cady Noland painted in 1989 a red silk screen on aluminum which depicted Lee Harvey Oswald titled" Bluewald” sold for $9.8 million at Christie's in May 2015.

Richard Prince - Painting: "Runaway Nurse"

Artisans Gallery - Richard Prince, Painting: "Runaway Nurse"

"Runaway Nurse" 2005 to 2006 sold on May 10, 2016 at Christie's in New York for $9.7 million. Richard Prince is a major player in the American art market. He sold 69 works in a 12 month period which generated $55.8 million thanks to the paintings from the famous "Nurses" series and through his photographs which are still highly sought after.

David Hammons - Artwork: "A Basketball Hoop"

Artisans Gallery - David Hammons, Artwork: "A Basketball Hoop"

"A Basketball Hoop" with a frosted glass backboard adorned with lights and chandelier crystals was sold for more than $8 million on November 11, 2013 at Phillips New York.