The Market's Hottest Artists

By Ben Steverman - 2012-10-16T15:46:39Z

Photograph courtesy Sotheby's

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15. Zao Wou-Ki

Change since 2000: +1,779%

Zao Wou-Ki's paintings are an "exemplary reconciliation of Chinese and European aesthetics," according to New York University Professor Jonathan Hay. Zao, born in Beijing in 1921, has worked in Paris since 1948.

Top sale price: $8.86 million for "10.1.68" (left) in October 2011.