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Who Are The Most Expensive Women Artists At Auction?

When Georgia O'Keeffe's painting Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 (1932) sold at Sotheby's last week for $44.4 million, tripling its high estimate of $15 million, it became the most expensive painting by a female artist sold at auction. The record was previously held by Joan Mitchell, for Untitled, which sold for $11.9 million, and was set earlier this year at Christie's New York in May 2014 (see "O'Keeffe Painting Sells for $44 Million at Sotheby's, Sets Record for Work by Female Artist.")

The sales of the Mitchell and O'Keeffe paintings were among several notable sales this year of work by female artists, including Cindy Sherman, Yayoi Kusama, and Barbara Hepworth. Although we recently had a piece on living artists (see "Who Are the Top 10 Most Expensive Living Women Artists?"), with all the recent movement among female artists at the auctions, whether living or dead, we think it's a good time to look at the top 10.

  • 1. Georgia O'Keeffe
    Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 (1932) sold at Sotheby's New York on November 20, 2014, for 44,405,000.
    Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 (1932) sold at Sotheby's New York on November 20, 2014, for 44,405,000.
  • 2. Joan Mitchell
    Untitled (1960) sold at Christie's New York on May 13, 2014,  for $11,925,000.
    Untitled (1960) sold at Christie's New York on May 13, 2014, for $11,925,000.
  • 3. Berthe Morisot
    Après le déjeuner (1881) sold at Christie's London on February 6, 2013, for $10,933,245.
    Après le déjeuner (1881) sold at Christie's London on February 6, 2013, for $10,933,245.
  • 4. Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova
    Les fleurs (1912) sold at Christie's London on June 24, 2008, for $10,860,833.
    Les fleurs (1912) sold at Christie's London on June 24, 2008, for $10,860,833.
  • 5. Louise Bourgeois
    Spider (1996) sold at Christie's New York on November 8, 2011, for $10,722,500.
    Spider (1996) sold at Christie's New York on November 8, 2011, for $10,722,500.
  • 6. Tamara de Lempickae-lempicka
    Le rêve (Rafaëla sur fond vert) (1927) sold at Sotheby's New York on November 2, 2011, for $8,482,500.
    Le rêve (Rafaëla sur fond vert) (1927) sold at Sotheby's New York on November 2, 2011, for $8,482,500.
  • 7. Yayoi Kusama
    White No. 28 (1960) sold at Christie's New York on November 12, 2014, for $7,109,000.
    White No. 28 (1960) sold at Christie's New York on November 12, 2014, for $7,109,000.
  • 8. Barbara Hepworth
    Figure for Landscape (1960) sold at Christie's London on June 25, 2014, for $7,083,050.
    Figure for Landscape (1960) sold at Christie's London on June 25, 2014, for $7,083,050.
  • 9. Kay Sage
    Le passage (1956) sold at Sotheby's London on February 5, 2014, for $7,074,026.
    Le passage (1956) sold at Sotheby's London on February 5, 2014, for $7,074,026.
  • 10. Cindy Sherman
    Untitled Film Stills (1977) sold at Christie's New York on November 12, 2014, for $6,773,000.
    Untitled Film Stills (1977) sold at Christie's New York on November 12, 2014, for $6,773,000.

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