Yayoi Kusama exhibited her first Infinity Nets in New-York in 1959. Employing the minimal repeated gesture of a single touch of the brush, Kusama’s revolutionary paintings responded critically to the emotionally and semiotically charged brushstrokes of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Today, Infinity Nets are true delights for art collectors all over the world, and Yayoi Kusama has become one of the most sold artists in the world.

 

 

In this article, we review auction results for Infinity Nets over the 10-year period from 2012 to 2021.

5 Take-Aways


 

#1. Infinity Nets are among the most sought-after artworks by Yayoi Kusama with a long-standing track record at auction

 

239 Infinity Nets sold at auction over the past 10 years for a cumulative value of USD 250,093,766.

 

 

Yayoi Kusama has now become one of the top selling artists at auction. Her signature works, Infinity Nets, and Pumpkins are collector’s favorites. 20 to 30 Infinity Nets sell at auction every year, from all sizes and all years, at many different values. Infinity Nets have been selling at auction since the 1990’s.

 

#2. Infinity Nets are widely sold geographically
with a very high sell-through rate

 

Infinity Nets are sold all over the world. Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips have been selling them in New-York, Hong-Kong, London and Paris. Mainichi Auction, Est-Ouest Tokyo, and SBI Art Auction have been selling them in Japan. K Auction and Seoul Auction have been selling them in South Korea. Only 27 Infinity Nets were bought in during the ten-year period resulting in an exceptional sell-through rate of 90.2%

 

 

#3. The Most Expensive Infinity Nets sold are from the 1960’s,
but the most often sold are painted after 2000

 

The Top 10 Lots sold at auction for Infinity Nets are all dated between 1959/1972. The most expensive Infinity Nets, Untitled from 1959 sold for USD 10,496,000 at Phillips in New-York on 12 May 2022.

Over the period, 26 Infinity Nets from the 1960’s (10.9% of lots) sold for a cumulative value of USD 79,449,205 (31.8% of cumulative value).

 

 

135 Infinity Nets painted after 2000 sold at auction during the 10-year period amounting to USD 139,073,575 (55.6% of lots / 56.5% of value)

 

#4. Infinity Nets have increased in value substantially

 

Median Price per SQ cm has increased from USD 25.86 in 2012 to USD 125.53 in 2021 (all years)

 

#5. White and Red Infinity Nets are the most sold at auction

 

48 White Infinity Nets sold at auction during the 10-year period amounting to close to 94,639,687
(20.1% of Lots / 37.8% of value)

 

 

49 Red Infinity Nets sold at auction during the 10-year period amounting to close to USD 68,238,115
(20.5% of lots / 27.3% of value)

 

1. Year 2021


 

27 Infinity Nets sold in 2021 for a cumulative value of USD 53,703,705

 

 

 

 

Top Lots sold in 2021

 

Hudson River, 1960
Oil on canvas
71.7×60.3 cm (28.2×23.7 inches)
Signed, titled and dated 1960 (on the reverse)
Bonhams New-York: 12 May 2021
USD 3,990,312

Mississippi River, 1960
Oil on canvas
60.3×71.7 cm (23.7×28.2 inches)
Signed, titled and dated 1960 (on the reverse)
Bonhams New-York: 12 May 2021
USD 3,630,312

Nets Obsession, 2004
Acrylic on canvas
162.3×162.3 cm (63.9×63.9 inches)
Signed, titled and dated ‘Yayoi Kusama 2004 “NETS OBSESSION”’ on the reverse
Phillips Hong-Kong: 8 June 2021
HKD 25,660,000 / USD 3,306,743

Gold-Sky-Nets, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
112×145.5 cm (41.1×57.3 inches)
Signed, titled and dated 2015 on the reverse
Seoul Auction: 26 October 2021
USD 3,125,309

INFINITY-NETS (OPRT), 2004
Acrylic on canvas
193×193 cm (75.9×75.9 inches)
Signed, titled and dated ‘”OPRT” Yayoi Kusama 2004 “INFINITY NETS”‘ on the reverse
Phillips Hong-Kong: 30 November 2021
HKD 22,635,000 / USD 2,903,076

INFINITY-NETS (T.OWE), 2006
Acrylic on canvas
162.6×162.6 cm (64×64 inches)
Signed, titled and dated ‘Yayoi Kusama 2006 INFINITY-NETS T.OWE’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s Hong-Kong: 24 May 2021
HKD 20,650,000 / USD 2,659,334

Silver Nets (EOKI), 2015
Acrylic on canvas
162.2×130.5 cm (63.9×51.4 inches)
Signed, titled and dated ‘EOKI SILVER NETS YAYOI KUSAMA 2011’ on the reverse
Phillips London: 15 October 2021
GBP 1,837,500 / USD 2,527,858

Infinity Nets [OTWHON], 2014
Acrylic on canvas
144.8×144.8 cm (57×57 inches)
Signed, titled and dated ‘INFINITY-NETS YAYOI KUSAMA 2014 OTWHON’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s Hong-Kong: 1 December 2021
HKD 19,450,000 / USD 2,496,342

Infinity Nets [OPQR], 2007
Acrylic on canvas
91×73 cm (35.8×28.7 inches)
Signed, titled and dated ‘Yayoi Kusama 2007 INFINITY-NETS OPQR’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s London: 15 October 2021
GBP 1,702,500 / USD 2,342,137

Infinity-Nets (GKT), 2015
Acrylic on canvas
145.5×112 cm (57.3×44.1 inches)
Signed, titled and dated ‘GKT YAYOI KUSAMA 2015 INFINITY-NETS’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s London: 15 October 2021
GBP 1,702,500 / USD 2,342,137

Nets-Infinity (OPQA), 2004
Acrylic on canvas
130.3×97.2 cm (51.4×38.2 inches)
Signed, titled in English and Japanese and dated 2004 (on the reverse)
Christie’s New-York: 14 May 2021
USD 870,000

 

2. Year 2020


 

10 Infinity Nets sold in 2020 for a cumulative value of USD 11,142,216

 

 

 

 

Top Lots sold in 2020

INFINITY NETS (G.E.R), 1999
Acrylic on canvas (in three parts)
194.3×389.9 cm (76.5×153.5 inches)
Signed, titled, dated 1999 and numbered on the reverse of each canvas
Sotheby’s New-York: 20 June 2020
USD 3,620,000

INFINITY-NETS (QRTWE), 2007
Acrylic on canvas
194×259 cm (76.4×101.9 inches)
Signed, titled and dated ‘Yayoi Kusama 2007 “INFINITY-NETS QRTWE”‘ on the reverse
Phillips Hong-Kong: 3 December 2020
HKD 17,190,000 / USD 2,217,648

INFINITY-NETS (NOLM), 2013
Acrylic on canvas
162×130.3 cm (63.7×51.2 inches)
Signed, titled and dated 2013 on the reverse
Sotheby’s Hong-Kong: 6 October 2020
HKD 29,215,000 / USD 1,271,629

INFINITY NETS V.A.T., circa 1979
Acrylic on canvas
91.1×72.7 cm (35.9×28.6 inches)
Signed, titled and inscribed 1959 on the reverse
Sotheby’s New-York: 29 June 2020
USD 1,160,000

INFINITY-NETS (KSUZL), 2017
Acrylic on canvas
161.9×130.5 cm (63.7×51.3 inches)
Signed, titled and dated ‘YAYOI KUSAMA 2017 INFINITY-NETS KSUZL’ on the reverse
Phillips London: 12 February 2020
GBP 525,000 / USD 685,199

 

3. Year 2019


 

26 Infinity Nets sold in 2019 for a cumulative value of USD 29,559,131

 

 

 

 

Top Lots sold in 2019

 

Interminable Net #4, 1959
Oil on canvas
143.5×108.6 cm (51.3×51.3 inches)
Signed in English, titled and dated 1959 on the reverse
Sotheby’s Hong-Kong: 1 April 2019
HKD 62,433,000 / USD 7,953,653

Infinity Net (TWHOQ), 2006
Acrylic on canvas, in three parts
Each 194×130.3 cm (76.4×51.2 inches)
Overall 194×390.9 cm (76.4×153.9 inches)
Signed, titled and dated ‘Yayoi Kusama 2006 INFINITY NETS TWHOQ’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s Hong-Kong: 25 May 2019
HKD 27,725,000 / USD 3,532,252

The Pacific Ocean, 1959
Oil and mixed media on canvas
46.4×35.6 cm (18.3×14 inches)
Signed lower left; signed, titled, and dated 1959 on the reverse
Sotheby’s New-York: 16 May 2019
USD 3,500,000

Infinity-Nets (BCO), 2013
Acrylic on canvas
130.2×194.3 cm (51.2×76.5 inches)
Signed, titled and dated ‘BCO INFINITY-NETS 2013 YAYOI KUSAMA’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s New-York: 15 May 2019
USD 1,695,000

Infinity Nets (QPOW), 2006
Acrylic on canvas
91.1×72.7 cm (35.9×28.6 inches)
Signed, titled in English and Japanese and dated 2006 (on the reverse)
Christie’s New-York: 26 September 2019
USD 1,520,000

WHITE NETS (HWTOQ), 2006
Acrylic on canvas
161.9×161.9 cm (63.7×63.7 inches)
Signed, titled and dated 2006 on the reverse
Sotheby’s New-York: 15 November 2019
USD 1,520,000

Infinity Nets [BRST], 2016
Acrylic on canvas
145.5×112 cm (57.2×44 inches)
Signed, titled and dated ‘INFINITY-NETS BRST YAYOI KUSAMA 2016’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s New-York: 13 November 2019
USD 1,455,000

Infinity-Nets (OQRWHN), 2008
Acrylic on canvas
194×194 cm (76.4×76.4 inches)
Titled in Japanese, signed ‘Yayoi Kusama INFINITY-NETS (OQRWHN) 2008’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s Hong-Kong: 22 November 2019
HKD 10,925,000 / USD 1,396,184

INFINITY-NETS (MTTI), 2010
Acrylic on canvas
130.3×130.3 cm (51.4×51.4 inches)
Signed in English, titled and dated 2010 on the reverse
Sotheby’s Hong-Kong: 1 April 2019
HKD 5,215,000 / USD 664,365

 

4. Year 2018


 

31 Infinity Nets sold in 2018 for a cumulative value of USD 33,347,111

 

 

 

 

Top Lots sold in 2018

Red-Nets No. 2.A.3., 1960
Oil on canvas
71.1×55.9 cm (28.2×22 inches)
Signed and titled in English and dated 1960 on the reverse
Sotheby’s Hong-Kong: 31 March 2018
HKD 35,587,500 / USD 4,534,132

No. F.C.H., 1960
Oil on canvas
76.2×66 cm (30×26 inches)
Titled, dated and signed ‘ No. F. C. H. 1960 YAYOI KUSAMA’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s Hong-Kong: 26 May 2018
HKD 26,500,000 / USD 3,377,861

NETS-OBSESSION [OPR], 2003
Acrylic on canvas
194×259 cm (76.4×102 inches)
Signed, titled and dated 2003 on the reverse
Sotheby’s New-York: 17 May 2018
USD 2,535,000

Infinity-Nets [TOWZ], 2005
Acrylic on canvas
91.1×116.8 cm (35.9×46 inches)
Signed, titled and dated ‘INFINITY-NETS Yayoi Kusama 2005 TOWZ’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s New-York: 18 May 2018
USD 1,812,500

Nets Infinity, 1998
Acrylic with gold pigment and metallic paint on canvas
117×91 cm (46.1×35.8 inches)
Signed, titled and dated ‘Yayoi Kusama 1998 Nets Infinity’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s Hong-Kong: 26 May 2018
USD 1,695,304

Infinity Nets [A.BB], 2004
Acrylic on canvas
116.8×91.4 cm (46×36 inches)
Signed, titled and dated ‘Infinity Nets Yayoi Kusama 2004 A.BB’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s New-York: 15 November 2018
USD 792,500

INFINITY-NETS (TWQPA), 2012
Acrylic on canvas
162×130.3 cm (63.8×51.3 inches)
Titled, signed and dated 2012 (on the reverse)
Christie’s Hong-Kong: 24 November 2018
HKD 9,700,000 / USD 1,239,759

5. Year 2017


 

24 Infinity Nets sold in 2017 for a cumulative value of USD 33,973,094

 

 

 

 

 

Top Lots sold in 2017

 

UNTITLED, 1972
Oil on canvas
106.7×91.8 cm (42×36.1 inches)
Signed in English and dated 1972 on the reverse, framed
Sotheby’s Hong-Kong: 30 September 2017
HKD 42,287,500 / USD 5,413,493

Lake Michigan, 1960
Oil on canvas
64.8×80 cm (25.5×31.5 inches)
Signed, titled and dated 1960 on the reverse
Sotheby’s New-York: 18 May 2017
USD 5,300,000

Untitled, circa 1960
Oil on canvas
102×142.2 cm (40.2×56 inches)
Christie’s Hong-Kong: 25 November 2017
HKD 33,700,000 / USD 4,316,307

Net-No.2 Yellow, 1960
Oil on fiberboard
96.5×71 cm (38×28 inches)
Signed and titled in English and dated 1960 on the reverse
Sotheby’s Hong-Kong: 2 April 2017
HKD 25,300,000 / USD 3,255,652

Nets Blue, 1960
Oil on board
51.8×41.9 cm (20.4×16.5 inches)
Signed, titled, inscribed and dated ‘KUSAMA 1960 NETS BLUE’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s Hong-Kong: 27 May 2017
HKD 16,860,000 / USD 2,163,507

INFINITY-NETS [YASOP], 2013
Acrylic on canvas
194×194 cm (76.4×76.4 inches)
Signed, titled in English and Japanese and dated 2013 on the reverse
Sotheby’s New-York: 19 May 2017
USD 1,932,500

INFINITY NETS, 2001
Acrylic on canvas
130.1×162 cm (51.2×63.8 inches)
Signed and titled in English and dated 2001 on the reverse
Sotheby’s Hong-Kong: 30 September 2017
HKD 9,100,000 / USD 1,164,949

Infinity-Nets (FCPR), 2007
Acrylic on canvas
162×130.5 cm (63.7×51.4 inches)
Signed twice, titled and dated 2007 on the reverse
Sotheby’s London: 8 March 2017
GBP 818,750 / USD 994,835

6. Year 2016


28 Infinity Nets sold in 2016 for a cumulative value of USD 23,576,711

 

 

 

Top Lots sold in 2016

 

Infinity-Nets (HOWAZ), 2005
Acrylic on canvas, quadriptych
91×73 cm (35.9×28.7 inches)
Each signed, titled and dated 2005 on the reverse
Sotheby’s Hong-Kong: 2 October 2016
HKD 17,480,000 / USD 2,253,564

Infinity Nets (OZEH), 2011
Acrylic on canvas
194×259.1 cm (76.4×102 inches)
Signed, titled and dated “OZEH INFINITY NETS YAYOI KUSAMA 2011” on the reverse
Phillips New-York: 16 November 2016
USD 1,810,000

Infinity Nets (HIWO), 2015
Acrylic on canvas
194×194 cm (76.4×76.4 inches)
Signed, titled and dated ‘HIWO INFINITY-NETS YAYOI KUSAMA 2015’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s New-York: 16 November 2016
USD 1,567,500

Infinity-Nets OPYTSDB (Gold), 2007
Acrylic on canvas
200×200 cm (78.7×78.7 inches)
Signed, titled and dated 2007 on the reverse
Sotheby’s New-York: 18 November 2016
USD 1,452,500

NO. AA2, 1960
Oil on canvas
60.8×72.4 (24×28.5 inches)
Signed, titled and dated ‘1960 YAYOI KUSAMA NO. AA2’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s Hong-Kong: 26 November 2016
HKD 10,960,000 / USD 1,322,846

Infinity Nets (TWOWQ), 2006
Acrylic on canvas
194×194 cm (76.4×76.4 inches)
Signed, titled and dated 2006 on the reverse
Sotheby’s New-York: 16 May 2016
USD 850,000

Infinity-Nets (JAATO), 2009
Acrylic on canvas
162.2×162.2 cm (63.9×63.9 inches)
Signed in English, titled in Japanese and English and dated 2009 on the reverse
Sotheby’s Hong-Kong: 3 April 2016
HKD 5,840,000 / USD 753,043

7. Year 2015


 

24 Infinity Nets sold in 2015 for a cumulative value of USD 31,162,727

 

 

 

 

 

Top Lots sold in 2015

 

No. RED B, 1960
Oil on canvas
175.5×132.8 (36×30 inches)
Signed and titled in English and dated 1960 on the reverse
Sotheby’s Hong-Kong: 3 October 2015
HKD 54,520,000 / USD 7,034,566

INTERMINABLE NET #3, 1959
Oil on canvas
133.4×124.5 (52.5×49 inches)
Signed, titled and dated 1959 on the reverse
Sotheby’s New-York: 12 May 2015
USD 5,850,000

Untitled, 1967
Oil on canvas
91.4×76.2 (36×30 inches)
Signed and dated ‘Kusama 1967’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s New-York: 13 May 2015
USD 3,077,000

Infinity-Nets [TSSXPZ], 2007
Acrylic on canvas
160×130.3 cm (63×51.2 inches)
Signed twice, titled and dated 2007 on the reverse
Sotheby’s New-York: 12 November 2015
USD 1,690,000

Infinity Nets Q.N.I, 1989
Acrylic on canvas
162×130 (63.7×51.2 inches)
Signed ‘Yayoi Kusama’ in English; dated ‘1989’
Titled ‘Infinity Nets Q. N. I’ in English (on the reverse)
Christie’s Hong-Kong: 27 November 2015
HKD 7,000,000 / USD 903,144

Infinity Nets (OPARHJ), 2012
Acrylic on canvas
130.5×130.5cm (51.4×51.4 inches)
Signed, titled and dated ‘YAYOI KUSAMA “OPARHJ INFINITY-NETS” 2012’ on the reverse.
Phillips London: 14 October 2015
GBP 530,500 / USD 819,178

 

8. Year 2014


 

22 Infinity Nets sold in 2014 for a cumulative value of USD 18,697,890

 

 

 

 

Top Lots sold in 2014

 

White No. 28, 1960
Oil on canvas
147.6×111.1 cm (58.1×43.7 inches)
Signed and dated ‘YAYOI KUSAMA 1960’ (lower left); signed again, titled and dated again ‘YAYOI KUSAMA 1960 WHITE.NO.28’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s New-York: 12 November 2014
USD 7,109,000

No. E, circa 1959
Oil on canvas
72×90 cm (28.2×35.5 inches)
Signed, titled and dated 1959 on the reverse
Sotheby’s New-York: 13 May 2014
USD 3,189,000

Infinity Nets WHXOTLO, 2006
Acrylic on canvas
200×1000 cm (78.7×393.7 inches)
Signed ‘Yayoi Kusama’ in English; dated ‘2006’; titled ‘INFINITY-NETS WHXOTLO’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s Hong-Kong: 21 November 2014
HKD 18,040,000 / USD 2,325,251

Infinity-Nets (ENNO), 2011
Acrylic on canvas
130.2×130.2 cm (51.2×51.2 inches)
Signed, titled twice in English and once in Japanese and dated 2011 on the reverse
Sotheby’s New-York: 15 May 2014
USD 665,000

Infinity-Nets OOAXT, 2008
Acrylic on canvas
130.3×130.3 cm (51.2×51.2 inches)
signed twice, titled and dated ‘OOAXT INFINITY-NETS YAYOI KUSAMA yayoi kusama 2008’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s Shanghai: 23 October 2014
CNY 3,870,000 / USD 632,632

 

9. Year 2013


 

24 Infinity Nets sold in 2013 for a cumulative value of USD 8,619,471

 

 

 

Top Lots sold in 2013

 

Infinity Nets (T.W.A), 2000
Acrylic on canvas
194×259 cm (76.2×102 inches)
Signed, titled and dated ‘Yayoi Kusama 2000 Infinity Nets (T.W.A)’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s London: 17 October 2013
GBP 1,314,500 / USD 2,127,367

Infinity Nets (quadriptych), 2005
Acrylic on canvas
Each 194×130 cm (76.4×51.2 inches)
Signed and titled in English and dated 2005 on the reverse
Sotheby’s Hong-Kong: 5 October 2013
HKD 10,840,000 / USD 1,397,898

Infinity Nets, 2005
Acrylic on canvas
193.3×193 cm (76.2×76 inches)
Signed, titled and dated ‘Yayoi Kusama 2005 INFINITY NETS’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s New-York: 12 November 2013
USD 755,000

Infinity Nets (SSOWTN), 2008
Acrylic on canvas
130.2×130.2 cm (51.2×51.2 inches)
Signed, titled in English and Japanese and dated 2008 on the reverse
Sotheby’s New-York: 14 November 2013
USD 509,000

Infinity Nets OBEET, 2006
Acrylic on canvas
162×162 cm (63.8×63.8 inches)
Signed, titled and dated (on the reverse)
Seoul Auction: 10 September 2013
KRW 520,000,000 / USD 478,450

 

10. Year 2012


 

23 Infinity Nets sold in 2013 for a cumulative value of USD 6,311,710

 

 

 

 

Top Lots sold in 2012

 

Infinity Nets WHXOTLO
Acrylic on canvas
200×1000 cm (78.7×393.7 inches)
SBI Art Auction: 29 February 2012
USD 1,557,690

Red Nets No. 19, 1960
Oil on canvas
76.2×60.9 cm (30×24 inches)
Signed, titled and dated ‘1960 YAYOI KUSAMA RED NETS NO. 19’ (on the reverse)
Christie’s New-York: 18 September 2012
USD 1,022,500