Why do you think Picasso sold for $179 million? Isn't this outrageous?
Yes, it's a very interesting phenomena of the ultra wealthy chasing fixed amount of Picassos in the world. It could apply to any artist, but especially to Picasso. This artist has over 20,000 different types of works and has completely dominated the 2D art field. There simply is no other artist of such importance in the art world. It will be very difficult for a new artist to rise and replace Picasso's output.
Does Picasso hold other price records?
Yes, this is one of several Picasso's over $100 million price range. We have Garcon a la Pipe painting that sold for $104 million. Nude, Green Leaves and Dust sold for $106 million.
Is this the most expensive painting ever?
Incredibly enough, a William de Kooning sold for $300 million. The amazing part is the work is not even a lick of realism involved in the work.
What about other museum works?
If you look at many of the museum works collected pre-1800s, most of those works will likely never come to market if no war comes to their countries. Mona Lisa is a good example of that. It's inflation adjusted estimate would be $782 million based off insurance.
Who are the top four artists in the most expensive works ever?
Vincent Van Gogh
Do you see your work approaching this levels?
Probably not in my lifetime. Maybe 200 years out, we shall see...
What would be your most prized painting over time?
That's a good question. I have two works "303 Signatures" about Charter 08 that triggered an impromptu Chinese art show close to my house. The fact that the CCP government locked up Liu Xiaobo for 11 years for the words in this painting below are quite incendiary.
Another possible contender of my work to rise the most in value could be "Daraa Drought Drowned by a Bloody Bath". This work has been shared the most over social media. It dwells into the peaceful protests by Syrian civilians that eventually led to civil war under the unbending rule of Assad. Over 300,000 people have lost their lives to this brutal war.
Do you have either of these works?
I still own "303 Signatures" as it is very dear to my wife and I. I wish I had kept "Daraa.." but sometimes you have to just get your work into the market and let it do its magic. I'm sure Picasso took a long time before relenquishing Guernica.