Andreas Gursky – The Rhine II. £3m

The Rhine II was produced in an edition of six; Tate owns the fifth in the series. This large colour photograph depicts a stretch of the river Rhine outside Düsseldorf. The image is immediately legible as a view of a straight stretch of water, but it is also an abstract configuration of horizontal bands of …

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Painting Number 5. £150m

Number 5, 1948 is a painting by Jackson Pollock, an American painter known for his contributions to the abstract expressionist movement. The painting was done on an 8′ x 4′ sheet of fiberboard, with thick amounts of brown and yellow paint drizzled on top of it, forming a nest-like appearance. It was originally owned by …

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Small brown armchair. £19m

A small brown leather armchair once owned by Yves Saint Laurent was sold for £19.4 million, making it the most expensive piece of 20th-century design to ever be auctioned. The armchair, by Irish designer Eileen Gray, was only expected to reach around £3 million at Christie’s in Paris. But despite the global recession, frenzied bidding …

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