According to UBS chief investment officer Mike Ryan, “an obvious appetite for art right now, especially in the ultra high net worth space,” has combined with a near-unprecedented eight-year expansion in global equity markets (currently the third-longest in history), providing the liquidity to feed that appetite. Once more, Art Basel drew in a particularly strong turnout of both established and new collectors, from over 100 countries, with especially robust attendance from Europe and Asia.
1 - $100,000 Thomas Ruff
At Konrad Fischer Galerie
2 - $95,000 Wolfgang Tillmans
At David Zwirner Gallery
3 - $94,405 Thomas Struth
At Galerie Greta MeertTwo editions of Thomas Struth‘s inkjet print Chemistry Fume Cabinet, the university of Edinburgh (2010)
4 - $80,000: Carrie Mae Weems
Jack Shainman GalleryThe Blues (2017) a series of tinted photographs of the singer Mary J. Blige
5 - $65,000 Ana Mendieta
Alison Jacques GalleryTwo unique vintage prints.
6 - $30,000–40,000 Alex Prager
At Lehmann MaupinAnaheim 2017
7 - $30,000: Catherine Opie
Regen ProjectsDebut photograph for her The Modernist series
8 - $8,000 Kwame Brathwaite
At Philip Martin GalleryFrom the 1960s (printed 2017).