2018 Edition Of Art Basel Miami Beach Saw Record Attendance of 83,000

The 2018 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach drew an attendance of 83,000, show organizers said yesterday.

That figure surpassed last year’s attendance of 82,000, said to be a record.

Art Basel took place in the Miami Beach Convention Center, which just completed a renovation. The city spent $620 million to modernize the facility, financed with bonds funded by property and hotel taxes.

Sales were “surprisingly swift.” The most expensive sale at the fair was a portrait by Pablo Picasso, according to Artnet. Picasso’s Tete de Femme (1971) sold for $17 million in the first hours of the show.