Wednesday, October 24, 2012

By the numbers: international edition

2  the number of Gerhard Richter paintings the same size as the one recently sold at auction that Eric Clapton still owns
3  the percentage charged for buyer’s and seller’s commission by online seller ArtViatic
5.5 the number in thousands of square meters that is the size of Larry Gagosian’s new gallery in Paris
20 the number of years that artist Damian Hirst has lent his giant statue of a pregnant woman waving a sword to the village of Ilfracombe in England
26  the age in years of Wlodzimierz Umaniec the man who defaced the Rothko painting Black on Maroon on 7 October
39  the number in millions of dollars that it cost to set up Documenta 2012 in Kassel
41.2 the number in millions of dollars paid at auction for one of Eric Clapton’s Gerhard Richter painting
110 the number of years the American magazine Art News has been on the stands
127.5 the amount in millions of dollars fetched by Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings at auction over the financial year 2011-12
9000 the number of butterflies killed during Damien Hirst’s survey exhibition at Tate Modern in London