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Most expensive works of art at auction, January to December 1999

The top twenty has Cézanne at the top with a new record from Sotheby's

1. Paul Cézanne, “Rideau,

Cruchon et compotier”

$60,502,500 (£36,894,420)

Mr & Mrs John Hay Whitney Collection, 10 May 1999, Sotheby’s New York

Record for the artist at auction

2. Pablo Picasso, “Femme Assise dans un Jardin”

$49,502,500 (£30,196,530)

Eleanore and Daniel Saidenberg Collection, 10 Nov 1999, Sotheby’s New York

3. Pablo Picasso, “Nu au Fauteuil noir”, 1932

$45,102,500 (£27,841,049)

Madeleine Haas Russell Collection, 9 November 1999, Christie’s New York

4. Georges Seurat, “Paysage, l’Ile de la Grande Jatte”

$35,202,500 (£21,466,480)

Mr & Mrs John Hay Whitney Collection, 10 May 1999, Sotheby’s New York

Record for the artist at auction

5. Cézanne, “Bouilloire et fruits”

£18,151,500 ($29,319,170)

Impressionist and Modern Art, Pt 1, 7 Dec 1999, Sotheby’s London

6. Edgar Degas,

“Danseuse au Repos”

£17,601,500 ($27,930,020)

Impressionist and Modern Art, Pt 1, 28 June 1999, Sotheby’s London

Record for the artist at auction and the highest price paid at auction for a work on paper

7. George Bellows, “Polo Crowd”

$27,502,500 (£17,043,300)

American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, 1 Dec 1999, Sotheby’s New York

Record for a work by an

American artist at auction

8. Claude Monet, “Nymphéas”, 1906

$22,552,500 (£13,921,296)

Impressionist & Post-Impressionist Art, 8 November 1999, Christie’s New York

9. Vincent van Gogh,

“La Roubine du Roi”, 1888

$19,802,500 (£12,223,765)

Impressionist and 19th Century Art, 12 May 1999, Christie’s New York

10. Amedeo Modigliani, “Nu Assis sur un Divan”

$16,777,500 (£10,225,890)

Impressionist and Modern Art, Pt 1, 11 Nov 1999, Sotheby’s New York

11. Paul Cézanne,

“Pichet de Gres”

$16,502,500 (£10,058,270)

Impressionist and Modern Art, Pt 1, 11 Nov 1999, Sotheby’s New York

12. Claude Monet,

“Dans la Prairie”

$15,402,500 (£9,507,716))

Impressionist and Modern Art, Pt 1, 11 Nov 1999, Sotheby’s New York

13. Vincent van Gogh, “Le pont de Trinquetaille”, 1888

$15,402,500

(£9,507,716)

Impressionist & Post-Impressionist Art, 8 November 1999, Christie’s New York

14. The Rothschild Prayerbook, Ghent or possibly Bruges, c.1505 £8,581,500

($13,378,558)

Nathaniel and Albert von Rothschild Collection,

8 July 1999,

Christie’s London

Record for an illuminated manuscript

15. Frans Hals, “Portrait of Tieleman Roosterman”

£8,251,500 ($12,872,340)

Nathaniel and Albert von Rothschild Collection, 8 July 1999, Christie’s London

Record for the artist at auction

16. Pablo Picasso, “La Statuaire”

$11,827,500 (£7,214,780)

Eleanore and Daniel Saidenberg Collection, 10 Nov 1999, Sotheby’s New York

17. A Louis XVI ormolu-mounted parquetry and marquetry commode by Jean-Henri Riesener

£7,401,500 ($11,546,340)

Nathaniel and Albert von Rothschild Collection, 8 July 1999, Christie’s London

Record for a piece of French furniture at auction

18. Giovanni Segantini, “Primavera sulle alpi”, 1897

$9,572,500 (£5,908,951)

Madeleine Haas Russell Collection, 9 November 1999, Christie’s New York

Record for the artist at auction

18. Giovanni Segantini, “Primavera sulle alpi”, 1897

$9,572,500 (£5,908,951)

Madeleine Haas Russell Collection, 9 November 1999, Christie’s New York

Record for the artist at auction

20. Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez, Saint Rufina

$8,912,500 (£5,434,500)

Important Old Master Paintings, 29 January 1999, Christie’s New York

Record for a Spanish Old Master painting

and a record for the artist at auction