The Market's Hottest Artists

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

Photograph courtesy Christie's

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8. Lucian Freud

Change since 2000: +2,723%

Lucian Freud is a British painter known for his portraits, especially of nudes. When he died in 2011 at age 88, Bloomberg's Laurence Arnold called him a "painter of regular people in all their fleshy glory who stayed loyal to portraiture and realism even when modern art veered toward the abstract." Born in Germany, he was the grandson of Sigmund Freud.

Top sale price: $33.6 million for "Benefits Supervisor Sleeping" (left) in May 2008.