Get out your checkbooks! While it is well known that art can be a good investment, selecting which artists are the best bet for making a purchase can be a more difficult task. This is true for budding collectors as well as the most seasoned art lovers. To make the best investments in art, look to Picasso, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Basquiat or KAWS, according to specialized magazine Artnet News.
While the covid-19 pandemic has profoundly changed the art market in a few months, some artists continue to ignite the auctions. This is notably the case of the Spanish master Pablo Picasso, whose paintings, sketches, ceramics and other works of art have sold for more than 115.2 million dollars since the beginning of 2020.
With nearly 85% of Picasso's artworks finding buyers, Christie's will feature one of his portraits of Dora Maar in its upcoming 20th Century sale. Christie's experts estimate that this intimate painting, entitled "Woman in an Armchair," could fetch close to $30 million.
Artist Roy Lichtenstein is also popular with art collectors, who have generated more than $77 million in the last six months by auctioning off his Pop artwork.
The creator of "White Brushstroke I" even dethroned the master of Pop Art, Andy Warhol, whose works have sold for $45.4 million since the beginning of the year. A colorful portrait of street artist Keith Haring, created by Warhol in 1983, could raise this figure at the next Sotheby's auction, "Dear Keith."
As for contemporary artists, Jean-Michel Basquiat continues to be prized by art collectors. The American artist's creations have generated nearly $53 million in the last six months, according to The Intelligence Report.
George Condo and KAWS come second and third in the ranking of the most "bankable" contemporary artists, even though their works have sold for just $18.7 million and $16.5 million since the beginning of the year 2020.
If we look at the "Old Masters," Andrea Mantegna and Peter Paul Rubens are the artists that are attracting the most interest from art collectors. For example, Andrea Mantegna's painting "The Triumph of Alexandria" recently sold for nearly 11.7 million at Sotheby's New York. This is an auction record for the Italian master.