Tuesday, December 08, 2009

By the numbers: International edition

1    The number of pavilions the Vatican is planning for the 2011 Venice Biennale

1.04    The number of US dollars in millions embezzled by the former financial director of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

13    The estimated amount in billions of US dollars lost to the art market in the last 12 months

3,300    The number of Hong Kong students it took to make the world’s largest recorded finger painting

375,000    The number of people who visited this year’s Venice Biennale

17,500,000    The purchase cost in US dollars per Elvis in the sale of Andy Warhol’s 1963 painting Eight Elvises

184,000,000    The estimated value in US dollars of Madonna’s art collection in 2008

Image: Early concept sketch for Vatican pavilion
sources: Economist, Times, NYT, Artforum, Artfino