Other attractions include a work by Ellsworth Kelly and a 1969 Lichtenstein that has not been displayed in years, said Noah Horowitz, director of the Americas for Art Basel.

Art Basel Miami Beach kicks off weeks after the art market showed its strength at a New York auction, where a Da Vinci painting sold for a record USD 453million (KSh 46billion).

'Salvator Mundi' by Leonardo da Vinci at Christie's New York Auction House on November 15, 2017 in New York City. PHOTO | AFP

'Salvator Mundi' by Leonardo da Vinci at Christie's New York Auction House on November 15, 2017 in New York City. PHOTO | AFP

Tens of thousands of artists, gallery owners and art lovers also tour parallel exhibits, fairs and other events that fill the streets of Miami Beach for a week.

One of them is a night show in which 300 drones fly over the city and form different shapes, like sculptures, up in the sky. "This is what we are. We are Miami Beach, we are an arts and culture destination," said Mayor Dan Gelber.

The last edition of Art Basel, which also takes place in Switzerland and Hong Kong, brought 77,000 visitors to Miami Beach — despite fears surrounding the Zika virus.

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