Contemporary art

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The value of contemporary art has risen by 55% in a year, according to a study of auction sales from around the world.

The annual Hiscox Art Market Research report also claimed modern art, produced from the late 19th century to the 1970s, has jumped in value by 44%.

The world's most expensive piece of contemporary art went for £50 million in August - a diamond-encrusted skull by Damien Hirst.

Art expert Charles Dupplin said it had been a "tremendous year" for art.

European record - art bought whilst on cheap holidays

Hirst's work, For the Love of God, was bought by an investment group.

At the time some critics dismissed it as tasteless while others saw it as a reflection of celebrity-obsessed culture.

One of the artist's trademark medicine cabinets sold for £9.65 million earlier this year, which broke the European record for a work by a living artist.

In April, a Banksy painting - Space Girl and Bird - sold for £288,000, a record for the guerrilla artist.

And when Claude Monet's Waterloo Bridge went under the hammer, it fetched nearly £18 million.

"It seems that every few weeks another record-breaking price is being paid for a leading artist," added Mr Dupplin.

Photography in Art

Photography art has played a massive role in contemporary art for years now. Through the use of advanced photo editing software, you now have the potential to turn photographs into highly complex art, which in many ways is starting to replace more traditional art forms, such as painting. While paintings remain a highly sought after type of art, there is more than enough room for people interested in art to look at high quality artistic photographs as a new, positive step forward for the art community. 

"The market for this art has never been so buoyant."


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