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The Richest Living Artists in 2013
A closer look 01 Feb 2014

The Richest Living Artists in 2013

In 2013, no need to die of hunger and end your life in poverty in order to be an acclaimed artist. The starving Vincent Van Gogh style is over. To celebrate this, Artsper presents a list of the richest living artists.

A selection based on the sales in galleries and auction houses:

#1 Damien Hirst

The more British of the contemporary artists, the one who has been slicing cows and has produced the diamond vanity. Maybe the richest of all… His fortune has been estimated at 1 billion USD.

for the love of god 2008 damien hirst
For the Love of God, Damien Hirst

#2 Jeff Koons

The most criticized of the contemporary artists, the former trader on Wall Street who converted himself to art. He has “invaded” Versailles and that triggered the outrage of many reluctant critics who denounced his show as a blasphemy. $500 million.

Hanging Heart, Jeff Koons

#3 Our beloved Jasper Johns, who has inspired the Artsper name.

He and Rauschenberg are the major precursors of Warhol’s Pop Art. Bang Bang, $300 million.

Target with Four Faces, Jasper Johns

#4 André Vicari

You have certainly not heard of this Welsh painter working in France. We should note that he is the painter of the royal family of Saudi Arabia, and that probably solved his financial problems. Three museums in the Middle East are exclusively dedicated to him. $142 million.

HH the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Jabar Ahmad al-Sabah
L’Emir du Koweit, Sheikh Jabar Ahmad al-Sabah

#5 Takashi Murakami.

With a very recognizable style, this cheerful artist wanted at first to be a manga cartoonist. The fortune of the other invader of Versailles is estimated at $100 million.

Murakami #55 for online ONLY

#6 Anish Kapoor

The Leviathan of Monumenta, the aluminum bean. $85 million in his pocket!

Leviathan, Anish Kapoor

#7 Antony Gormley

The obsession for the body in the form of humans invading the space, in all their forms, in all possible materials. $50 million.

2010, personal exhibition at the Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney

#8 Gerhard Richter

The most contemporary of modern artists. $40 million.

Richter in front of his painting Funeral

#9 David Hockney

Former pop artist, now an iPad artist. $40 million.

iPad Drawings

#10 Cindy Sherman

Multifaceted photographer. $35 million.


The life of an artist can be good after all!