(Worldkings) Top 100 treasures of the world – P5. Alberto Giacometti sculpture 'Pointing Man' sells for record breaking $141m

13-04-2019

(Worldkings.org) - In a record breaking Christie’s auction in New York, not only did Picasso’s “Les Femmes d’Alger (version O)” set a world record for the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction, but Alberto Giacometti’s “Pointing Man” also became the most valuable sculpture, fetching just over $141 million.

 

 

 

“Pointing Man” or “L’homme au doigt”, a life sized sculpture of a thin man in typical Giacometti style, was created by the Swiss artist in just one night, between midnight and nine the next morning. It was rapidly made for his first exhibition in New York in 1947.

 

 

The piece was originally intended to be part of a larger composition, with his left arm positioned to hook around a second figure, the Tate believes. But Giacometti eventually scrapped this idea, considering the sculpture to be a complete work on its own.

 

 

Giacometti already held the record for most expensive sculpture ever sold at auction, his famous “The Walking Man” having sold in 2010 for $104 million.

In light of the latest auction news, The National Portrait Gallery has just announced its first ever exhibition solely consisting of the artist’s work to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the artist’s death.

 

 

Running from the 15 October 2015 to 10 January 2016, Giacometti: Pure Presence will feature over 60 of his works, including paintings, sculptures and drawings from throughout his entire career.

According to www.independent.co.uk


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