Canova, The Bust of Peace (side)

Usually, when I feature a lot on The Hot Bid, it sells. Here are the ten featured lots from 2018 that sold for the highest sums. All prices given include the relevant premiums.

10. Whoa! That Elmer Crowell preening black duck decoy flew away with $600,000 at Copley Fine Art Auctions–double its high estimate!

9. A clear winner indeed! Ceruti’s 18th century portrait on glass sold for $615,000–more than double its high estimate–at Sotheby’s.

8. RECORD! A piece of Thomas Stearns’s glass masterpiece sold for $737,000 at Wright–a new auction record for the artist. [Note: This is the first of three items featured on The Hot Bid in 2018 that went on to set world auction records.]

7. SOLD! Sotheby’s sold Richard Feynman’s 1965 Nobel Prize for Physics for… $975,000.

6. SOLD! Christie’s auctions a Ming Dynasty six-poster Huanghuali bed for an eye-popping $1.9 million.

5. SOLD! Christie’s sold the 1903 Maxfield Parrish for… just over $2 million.

4. RECORD! Stack’s Bowers Galleries sold Louis Eliasberg’s 1913 Liberty Head Nickel for $4.5 million.

3. SOLD! Zhang Xiaogang’s Bloodline: Big Family No. 9 commands $4.8 million at Phillips.

2. RECORD! A Dutch silver masterpiece by Adam van Vianen sells for $5.3 million at Christie’s.

And the item that went on to become the most-expensive lot featured in 2018 is… pictured at the top and linked below.

Whoa! Sotheby’s sold Canova’s rediscovered Bust of Peace for more than $7 million!

Special thanks to the kind folks at Sotheby’s for permitting me to re-use the image of the Canova bust.

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