The most expensive artworks of 2022

Friday 30th December, 2022 - Bruce Sterling

*Most of them previously owned by a dead tech billionaire.


Price: $137.8 million

When: November 9

Where: Christie’s New York

Why: “When are you going to find another Cézanne La montagne Sainte-Victoire?” dealer Christophe van de Weghe asked Artnet News following the Allen collection evening sale last month. He called the work one of several incredible opportunities for people trying to build top-flight collections.

As Katya Kazakina reported, Allen was not afraid to open his wallet when he saw something he wanted. He bought this particular work for $38.5 million at Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg in May 2001. Now, two decades later, the painting fetched nearly four times that amount. Although only two people competed for the picture, its $137.8 million price tag easily shattered the artist’s auction record of $60.5 million, which was set in 1999….