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Ai Weiwei, costly artist-activist

Art Market | Influential art world figure Ai Weiwei has maintained an ecosystem built around both his artist and media alter-ego identities for years. A study of his works put up for auction between 2006 and 2016 reveals his market value is intimately linked to the current events surrounding the work.

Ai Weiwei © Courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio
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Ai Weiwei
© Courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio

Over these 10 years of auctions, two observations can be made :
- In total, the works of […]

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Ai Weiwei © Courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio Ai Weiwei, Map of China vendue pour 1 527 682$ par Sotheby’s Hong Kong © Courtesy the artist Ai Weiwiei, Grapes vendue pour 666 088$ par Phillips, De Pury and Luxemburg London © Courtesy of TES Ai Weiwei, Forever Bicycles vendue pour 730 294$ par Sotheby’s Hong Kong © DR Ai Weiwei, Colored Vases vendue pour 737 968$ par Sotheby’s London © DR Ai Weiwei, Circle of Animals, Zodiac Heads (gold) vendue pour 4 434 615$ par Phillips, De Pury & Luxembourg London © Courtesy of Portland Art Museum Ai Weiwei, Circle of Animals, Zodiac Heads (bronze) vendue pour 5 427 242$ par Phillips, De Pury and Luxembourg London © DR

Ai Weiwei
© Courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio

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