Skate’s Top 10,000
Skate’s Top 10,000 is our proprietary rating which contains the 10,000 most valuable artworks sold at public auctions worldwide since 1985 and serves as perfect tracking tool for the premium art market.
The aggregate value of these 10,000 most expensive artworks totals USD 55.7 bln as of January 1, 2016, with the lowest priced artwork at just under USD 1.65 mln.
KEY STATISTICS IN SKATE’S TOP 10,000
Total Value (USD)
Number of artists
Number of artists with more than 1 trade
Number of artists with 5 or more trades
Threshold price (USD)
Percentage of trades made of repeat sales
Percentage of volume made of repeat sales
Weighted average ERR
The universe of the world’s most valuable art is represented by artworks of slightly more than 1,000 artists, and only 313 artists have a fairly liquid market with over five repeat sales recorded in the high-end price category. Please read Skate’s Annual Art Investment Report 2015 for more insights into the global performance of the world’s most valuable artworks.