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The list of Worlds wealthiest artists

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By: Wealth-X

Damian Hirst leads the list of the world’s wealthiest artists with the net worth of US $350 million according to Wealth-X.

With the art world converging on London to behold and buy works from Contemporary Masters at the annual Frieze Art Festival, Wealth-X today released a list of the top 5 wealthiest artists.

Hirst – who is famous for his provocative artworks featuring dead animals preserved in formaldehyde – made history in 2007 by becoming the first living artist to sell a complete show at a Sotheby’s auction, rather than through individual galleries. The show, entitled “Beautiful Inside My Head Forever”, raised a whopping US$198 million – smashing the previously held record for a one-artist auction.

American abstract expressionist painter and sculptor Jasper Johns came in second on the list with a net worth of US$210 million. In 2006, Johns’ painting “False Start” was purchased by private collectors for US$80 million – the largest amount ever paid for a painting by a living artist.

Below are top 5 wealthiest artists worldwide:

Rank

Name

Country

Net worth

(in US$ million)

1

Damien Hirst

UK

350

2

Jasper Johns

USA

210

3

Andre Vicari

UK

210

4

Jeff Koons

USA

100

5

David Choe

USA

100

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