While most of the art world has checked out for the summer, there are still a few lingering sales taking place around the world. The majority of the top lots for July 2022 came from Poly Auction Hong Kong, where the modern and contemporary evening sale brought in more than HKD 410 million ($52 million), and a jewelry sale netted around HKD 196 million ($25 million). Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled painting from 1981—a blurry red work incorporating many familiar icons including a crown, crude arrow-like symbols, and a figure baring its teeth—led the modern and contemporary sale, trailed by works by Wayne Thiebaud, Adrian Ghenie, and Yayoi Kusama.

On the other side of the world, Christie’s Old Master sale in London brought in £28.1 million ($34 million), led by Lucas Cranach the Elder’s portrait of The Nymph of the Spring, which bested its high estimate of £8 million, fetching £9.4 million including fees. None of the artworks from Sotheby’s Old Masters event, made the cut, and that auction only fetched a middling £7.1 million, a dramatically lower result than comparable pre-pandemic sales.

Below, see the full list of the 15 most expensive works that sold at auction last month.

 

1. Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (1981)

Jean-Michel Basquiat, <i>Untitled</i> (1981). Courtesy of Poly Auction Hong Kong.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (1981). Courtesy of Poly Auction Hong Kong.

Estimate: Undisclosed

Final Price: HKD 105.6 million ($13.5 million)

Where & When: Poly Auction Hong Kong, July 12, 2022

 

2. Lucas Cranach the Elder, The Nymph of the Spring

Lucas Cranach the Elder, <i>The Nymph of the Spring</i>. Courtesy of Christie's Images, Ltd.

Lucas Cranach the Elder, The Nymph of the Spring. Courtesy of Christie’s Images, Ltd.

Estimate: £6 million to £8 million ($7.2 million to $9.6 million)

Final Price: £9.4 million ($11.3 million)

Where & When: Christie’s London, July 7, 2022

 

3. Wayne Thiebaud, Encased Cakes (2010–11)

Wayne Thiebaud, </I> Encased Cakes</i> (2010-11). Courtesy of Poly Auction Hong Kong.

Wayne Thiebaud, Encased Cakes (2010–11). Courtesy of Poly Auction Hong Kong.

Estimate: HKD 60 million to HKD 86 million ($7.6 million to $10.9 million)

Final Price: HKD 79 million ($10 million)

Where & When: Poly Auction Hong Kong, July 12, 2022

 

4. Adrian Ghenie, Lidless Eye (2016–18)

Adrian Ghenie, <i>Lidless Eye</I> (2016-18). Courtesy of Poly Auction Hong Kong.

Adrian Ghenie, Lidless Eye (2016-18). Courtesy of Poly Auction Hong Kong.

Estimate: HKD 50 million to HKD 75 million ($6.4 million to $9.5 million)

Final Price: HKD 60 million ($7.6 million)

Where & When: Poly Auction Hong Kong, July 12, 2022

 

5. Cartier, The Fleur de Lotus Ring

Cartier, <i>The Fleur de Lotus Ring</i>. Courtesy of Poly Auction Hong Kong.

Cartier, The Fleur de Lotus Ring. Courtesy of Poly Auction Hong Kong.

Estimate: Undisclosed

Final Price: HKD 57.6 million ($7.3 million)

Where & When: Poly Auction Hong Kong, July 13, 2022

 

6. Anthony van Dyck, Portrait of a Carmelite monk, head and shoulders

Anthony van Dyck, <i>Portrait of a Carmelite monk, head and shoulders</i>. Courtesy of Christie's Images, Ltd.

Anthony van Dyck, Portrait of a Carmelite monk, head and shoulders. Courtesy of Christie’s Images, Ltd.

Estimate: £2.8 million to £3.5 million ($3.4 million to $4.2 million)

Final Price: £3.4 million

Where & When: Christie’s London, July 7, 2022

 

7. Jakob Isaakszoon van Ruysdael, A wooded landscape with a man and two dogs on a path, a cottage beyond

Jakob Isaakszoon van Ruysdael, A wooded landscape with a man and two dogs on a path, a cottage beyond. Courtesy of Christie’s Images, Ltd.

Estimate: £1 million to £1.5 million ($1.2 million to $1.8 million)

Final Price: £3.4 million ($4 million)

Where & When: Christie’s London, July 7, 2022

 

8. Jan Jansz Uyl the Elder, Pewter jug and silver tazza on a table (1633)

Jan Jansz Uyl the Elder, <i>Pewter jug and silver tazza on a table</i> (1633). Courtesy of Christie's Images, Ltd.

Jan Jansz Uyl the Elder, Pewter jug and silver tazza on a table (1633). Courtesy of Christie’s Images, Ltd.

Estimate: £2.5 million to £3.5 million ($2.9 million to $4.2 million)

Final Price: £3.1 million ($3,8 million)

Where & When: Christie’s London, July 7, 2022

 

9. Wu Guanzhong, Warm Spring in the Mountain Village (1976)

Wu Guanzhong, <i>Warm Spring in the Mountain Village </i>(1976). Courtesy of Poly Auction Hong Kong.

Wu Guanzhong, Warm Spring in the Mountain Village (1976). Courtesy of Poly Auction Hong Kong.

Estimate: HKD 16 million to HKD 24 million ($2 million to $3 million)

Final Price: HKD 28.2 million ($3.6 million)

Where & When: Poly Auction Hong Kong, July 12, 2022

 

10. Harry Winston, 65.75 Carat Colombian No Oil Emerald and Diamond Necklace

Harry Winston, 65.75 Carat Colombian No Oil Emerald and Diamond Necklace

Harry Winston, 65.75 Carat Colombian No Oil Emerald and Diamond Necklace. Courtesy of Poly Auction Hong Kong.

Estimate: HKD 22 million to HKD 32 million ($2.8 million to $4.1 million)

Final Price: HKD 26.4 million ($3.4 million)

Where & When: Poly Auction Hong Kong, July 13, 2022

 

11. Jean-Michel Basquiat, Logo (1984)

Jean-Michel Basquiat,<i> Logo</i> (1984). Courtesy of Poly Auction Hong Kong.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Logo (1984). Courtesy of Poly Auction Hong Kong.

Estimate: HKD 11 million to HKD 22 million ($1.4 million to $2.8 million)

Final Price: HKD 25.2 million ($3.2 million)

Where & When: Poly Auction Hong Kong, July 12, 2022

 

12. Edgar Degas, Femme assise (ca. 1892–95)

Edgar Degas, Femme assise (ca. 1892–95). Courtesy of Hôtel des ventes de Monte-Carlo.

Estimate: €2 million to €3 million ($2 million to $3 million)

Final Price: €2.4 million ($2.8 million)

Where & When: Hôtel des ventes de Monte-Carlo, July 13, 2022

 

13. Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Nets (BSGK) (2015)

Yayoi Kusama,<i> Infinity Nets (BSGK)</i> (2015). Courtesy of Poly Auction Hong Kong.

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Nets (BSGK) (2015). Courtesy of Poly Auction Hong Kong.

Estimate: HKD 16.5 million to HKD 25 million ($2.1 million to $3.2 million)

Final Price: HKD 19.8 million ($3.1 million)

Where & When: Poly Auction Hong Kong, July 12, 2022

 

14. Pablo Picasso, Buste d’homme (1965)

Pablo Picasso, <i>Buste d'homme</i> (1965). Courtesy of Koller Auctions.

Pablo Picasso, Buste d’homme (1965). Courtesy of Koller Auctions.

Estimate: CHF 2 million to CHF 3 million  ($2.1 million to $3.1 million)

Final Price: CHF 2.3 million ($2.4 million)

Where & When: Koller Auctions, July 1, 2022

 

15. Jacob & Co., An Impressive Jadeite Bead and Diamond Necklace

acob & Co., <i>An Impressive Jadeite Bead and Diamond Necklace</i>. Courtesy of Sotheby's.

acob & Co., An Impressive Jadeite Bead and Diamond Necklace. Courtesy of Sotheby’s.

Estimate: Undisclosed

Final Price: HKD 18.3 million ($2.3 million)

Where & When: Sotheby’s Hong Kong, July 19, 2022

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