L’Homme qui marche I, a life-sized bronze sculpture of a man, became one of the most expensive works of art and the most expensive sculpture ever sold at auction on 2 February 2010, when it sold for £65 million (US$104.3 million) at Sotheby’s, London.   Grande tête mince, a large bronze bust, sold for $53.3 million just three months later.
In May 2007 the executor of his widow’s estate, former French foreign minister Roland Dumas, was convicted of illegally selling Giacometti’s works to a top auctioneer, Jacques Tajan, who was also convicted. Both were ordered to pay €850,000 to the Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation. 
Giacometti continued to question his artistic path and search for ways to challenge—or equal—reality in sculpture as well as in painting. For him an artwork was to become an almost magical evocation of reality in an imaginary space, as in heads of Diego and figures after his wife Annette (1952–58), executed like apparitions as both paintings and sculptures. His portraits of Caroline or Elie Lotar, his models and friends in the last years (1958–65), are heads and busts gazing intently and made only with lines of force, without contour lines or surfaces. At that point he felt that reality was no longer dependent on being perceived by someone; reality simply was. Like the characters in Samuel Beckett’s novels and plays, Giacometti’s figures represented an isolated, highly individualistic worldview. In 1961 Beckett, his longtime friend and confidant, asked Giacometti to design a set for his absurdist drama Waiting for Godot (published 1953). The final design consisted of a single plaster tree.
Alberto Giacometti, (born October 10, 1901, Borgonovo, Switzerland—died January 11, 1966, Chur), Swiss sculptor and painter, best known for his attenuated sculptures of solitary figures. His work has been compared to that of the existentialists in literature.
Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid 4/2/2019 – 7/7/2019
It was essentially from 1945 until his death in 1966 – the period represented in the present exhibition – that Giacometti’s artistic practice focused on the representation of the human figure, particularly of the people closest to him, and his work now attested to a tireless intent to transcend the merely superficial appearance of his models. This obsession became still more evident in the radical nature of his portraits executed after the terrible experience of World War II, which profoundly affected the artist, as the works on display here reveal.
Final Portrait features Armie Hammer as James Lord and Geoffrey Rush as Alberto Giacometti.
Stanley Tucci, Final Portrait, 90′ (2017), selected by Marian Masone
Alberto Giacometti, Chariot, conceived in 1950 and cast in 1951–52. Courtesy Sotheby’s.
Diego Seated, 1948
oil on canvas
The Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, UK, UEA 51
The Dog, 1951
Partial and promised gift of Jon and Mary Shirley, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
Photo: Susan Cole
© Estate of Alberto Giacometti/SOCAN (2019)