Infinity, a never publicly seen painting by Yayoi Kusama is coming to auction at Bonhams’ Modern and Contemporary Art sale in Hong Kong next week. The red-and-black painting from 1995 comes with an estimate of over $5 million. 

The painting is a rare example of Kusama combining two of her most well-known motifs, dots and the infinity nets. Compositionally the work is split in two, with black dots on a red background on the right side and a black and red net on the left. 

In a statement, Bonhams called the work “immersive and compelling…The endlessly looping and repeating whorls serve as a key motif reused throughout her career, reflecting both her personal history and inner state.”

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HONG KONG, CHINA - APRIL 02: A visitor walks by a painting by Zao Wou-Ki during Sotheby's Hong Kong Spring Sales at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on April 2, 2024 in Hong Kong, China. Sotheby's Hong Kong Spring Sales kicked off on April 2 and will last until April 9. (Photo by Chen Yongnuo/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)

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Yayoi Kusama Was the Top-Selling Contemporary Artist of 2023, Report Says

According to a report released earlier this year, Kusama was the highest selling contemporary artist in 2023. Her work earned $80.9 million at auction that year, more than $30 million that the previous year’s top seller, David Hockney.

The most expensive Kusama sold last year was the 2024 painting A Flower, which brought in almost $10 million during an auction at Christie’s Hong Kong. 

In April 2023 a group of five works by Kusama, all of which were produced within the last 20 years, sold for $22.9 million during a Sotheby’s evening sale, also in Hong Kong.

In recent years Kusama’s popularity in the art market has skyrocketed, with some calling her cultural proliferation, bolstered in 2023 by a retrospective at the M+ Museum and a widely publicized Louis Vuitton campaign, the Kusama Industrial Complex.