In the auction world, 2012 was a banner year for trophy hunters, thanks to “The Scream,” Richter, and Rothko. But the occasionally staggering prices did little to the alleviate mounting anxieties: that a price bubble is swelling, that the Imp/Mod market grows sicklier still, and that China’s once inexhaustible buying power is starting to grow a bit drowsy. With a rocky year winding to a close, here’s a look back on 10 artworks that show the major market shifts of 2012.

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Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk