Alberto Giacometti collectibles



2015-06-26 11:13:23

The Wall Street Journal once described Giacommetti as “a modern master known for his haunting sculptures of blank-faced Everymen.”

His sculpture L’Homme Qui Marche (Walking Man I) is the most valuable artwork ever sold at auction.

Notable sales

On 3rd February 2010, Alberto Giacometti’s L’Homme Qui Marche (Walking Man I) sold for $104.3 million) at Sotheby's. It set a record price for a work of art at auction.


Giacommetti was born into a Swiss family of artists. He began drawing around 1910-12, followed by painting and sculpting in 1913-15. While at secondary school in Schiers, near Chur (1914-19), he developed his drawing style primarily through portraiture.

In January 1922 he began studying sculpture in Paris under Emile-Antoine Bourdelle at the Académie de la Grande Chaudière, where he continued for five years.

In 1925 Giacommetti ceased drawing and painting to concentrate on sculpture. His brother, Diego Giacometti, joined him in Paris. In 1927 they moved into the studio at 46, Rue Hippolyte-Maindron in Montparnasse, where Alberto worked for the rest of his life.

Family members

Giacometti counts a number of family artists among his family members, including:

  • Giovanni Giacometti
  • Augusto Giacometti
  • Diego Giacometti

Collectors of Giacometti

Billionaire business magnate Roman Abramovich is among the high-profile fans of Giacometti’s works.

While it has been denied that Mr. Abramovich was the buyer of Walking Man I, he is known to have bought Giacommetti’s 1956 bronze figures of a woman from New York gallery Jan Krugier. That work had an asking price of around $14 million.

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