Art & Hollywood: L.A.'s Most Expensive Masters

Courtesy of Sotheby's New York
Ed Ruscha's top piece titled "OK"

2015 auction hauls for SoCal's top five earners, from the Artnet database.

This story first appeared in the Jan. 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

ED RUSCHA, 78

Total 2015 auction sales: $39.73M
Top piece: "OK"
($5.4M, Sotheby's New York, May 12)
Hollywood collectors: Jay Z, Leonardo DiCaprio, Beth Swofford, Brian Grazer

MARK BRADFORD, 54

Total 2015 auction sales: $21.89M
Top piece: "Constitution IV"
($5.8M, Phillips London, Oct. 14 — a record sale for the artist)
Hollywood collector: Ari Emanuel

DAVID HOCKNEY, 78

Total 2015 auction sales: $18.39M
Top piece: "Arranged Felled Trees"
($5.3M, Sotheby's London, July 1)
Hollywood collectors: Steve Martin, Steve Tisch, Elton John

MARK GROTJAHN, 47

Total 2015 auction sales: $17.72M
Top piece: "Untitled (Into and Behind the Green Eyes of the Tiger Monkey Face 43.18)"
($6.5M, Sotheby's New York, May 12)
Hollywood collectors: Darren Star, Ellen DeGeneres, Michael Ovitz, DiCaprio

STERLING RUBY, 43

Total 2015 auction sales: $6.8M
Top Piece: "SP22"
($869K, Christie's New York, May 12)
Hollywood collectors: Ovitz, UTA's Joshua Roth

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