David Hammons, born in 1943, ranks #8 on our top 10 list of the most expensive living American artists.
The American artist especially known for his works in and around New York City and Los Angeles during the 1970s and 1980s gained recognition when he staged his first show (an installation of painted and singed fur coats) at L&M Arts.
Though he is known for his works from this time, it’s his work from the ’90s and 2000s that has fetched the highest prices at auction.
But his record was set in November 2013, at Phillips New York, when his sculpture ‘Untitled (2000)’ sold for $8 million, exceeding its estimated of $5-$7 million.
As you can see in the image below, ‘Untitled (2000)’ represents a basketball hoop and backboard fashioned from steel, brass, frosted glass and crystal with light fixtures. An interesting combination we might add.