The Top 5 Most Expensive Pieces of Art Sold in 2005

  Name Artist Price Art House Date of Sale Type
1 Venice, the Grand Canal, Looking Northeast... Giovanni Antonio Canal (Canaletto) $32.6 million Sotheby's July 7, 2005 Oil on Canvas
2 Oiseau dans l'espace Constantin Brancusi $27.5 million Christie's May 4, 2005 Sculpture
3 Cubi XXVIII David Smith $23.8 million Sotheby's Nov. 9, 2005 Sculpture
4 Homage to Matisse Mark Rothko $22.5 million Christie's Nov. 8, 2005 Oil on Canvas
5 La blanchisseuse Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec $22.4 million Christie's Nov. 1, 2005 Oil on Canvas
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  1. After a long struggle with depression, Mark Rothko committed suicide by cutting his wrists in his New York studio on February 25, 1970.
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Sources:  Various including Forbes

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Most Expensive Pieces of Art Sold in 2005

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