The Market's Hottest Artists

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

Photograph courtesy Christie's

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13. Albert Oehlen

Change since 2000: +1,962%

According to the Saatchi Gallery, which sells his work: "Albert Oehlen's paintings are neither beautiful nor seductive. Their self-consciously brutal surfaces seem to be corrupted from within, a perversion of the paintings they might have been." Born in Germany in 1954, he lives in Cologne and in La Palma, Spain.

Top sale price: $722,500 for "Untitled" in May 2012. At left is "Peon," sold for $422,500 in Oct. 2011.