This year was a turbulent one, and auction houses were not exempt from facing the changes wrought by it.
Sotheby’s led the pack with a major evening sale in June; a Francis Bacon triptych was among its top lots.
While auction houses worked to mitigate any potential losses resulting from the pandemic, some top collectors struggled, too—in particular Ronald Perelman.
Works by Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Gerhard Richter, Alberto Giacometti, and more departed his collection for the auction block, where buyers exhibited interest.
Worked sold privately—including two Alberto Giacometti sculptures from Perelman’s collection, one of which was offered with a minimum bid of $90 million—are not ranked on this list.)