The best-selling works of Fernando Botero

7 February, 2023

Without a doubt, Fernando Botero is one of the most sought-after artists in the art market today; in 2022, he himself broke his own sales record as the highest-valued living Latin American artist. These have been his best-selling works:

1. Man on horseback (4.3M USD)

On March 11 at a Christie’s auction, Fernando Botero broke his own record as the highest-grossing living Latin American artist by selling his sculpture “Man on Horseback” for a total of $4.3 million. This piece was valued between 2 and 3 million dollars, but after ten minutes of auctioning it was left with a total value of more than 4 million.

The nearly 10-foot-tall bronze sculpture had been auctioned in 2016 at Sotheby’s for $1.84 million, rising 135% in value this year.

2. Adam and Eve (2.9M USD)

In 2018 the British house Bonhams auctioned the work who belonged to the collection of Saudi millionaire Walid Juffali. It is a more modern version of Botero’s 1999 sculpture, which is worth around 2.6M USD. This version is from 2003 and for 4 years was the most expensive work of art sold by a living Latin American artist (surpassed by another sculpture also by Fernando Botero).

“Adam and Eve”. formed by two bronze figures of more than three meters high.

The sculptures were located in a park in Surrey, England. At the same place where the auction was held.

3. The Musicians and the 4 musicians (2.1M USD)

In May 2006, his paintings ‘The Musicians’ (1979) and ‘The Four Musicians’ (1984) were auctioned for 2.1M USD at a Christie’s auction, making these paintings his most expensive canvases.

The painting ‘The Musicians’ had not circulated among collectors for a little over 20 years, this is one of the reasons why the piece ended up being sold at this value.

This painting was the one that illustrated the catalog of Botero’s first exhibition in the United States.

4. One Family (1.4M USD)

This work was sold during an auction of Latin American art held by Sotheby’s in 2011. This same auction, at the time, broke the record for a Latin American auction with the highest sales proceeds.

The auction also included works by Mexican artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo.

5. Woman with guitar (1M USD)

In 2021, this canvas was auctioned in Paris. The work was part of a Parisian woman’s collection of modern and post-war artists. This painting had a sale estimate between $550,000 and $750,000.

The work, which depicts a voluptuous nude woman lying on a pink sofa while holding a guitar, is one of the most valuable works in the “L’art à fleur de peau” collection organized by Christie’s auction house.

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