11 September 2017

Howard Hodgkin Personal Collection To Go Under The Hammer At Sotheby’s

Howard Hodgkin had an eye for the exceptional when it came to collecting. His personal taste resonates through his paintings, his ability to identify the extraordinary in unexpected places was deployed in his incessant hunt for art and objects of exquisite beauty.

6 September 2017

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Francis Bacon Pope Portrait Resurfaces After 50 Years At Christie’s London

A portrait by the British artist Francis Bacon which has not been seen in public for over 55 years is to be sold at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction

30 August 2017

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Frieze London 2017 The Galleries Curators And Vibe Inside The Tent

Frieze London 2017 will present more than 160 leading galleries from across the world will showcase ambitious presentations by international emerging and established artists.

25 August 2017

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Fake Jackson Pollock Paintings – Oh No Here We Go Again

Fake Jackson Pollock paintings have again infiltrated the art food-chain. This time it’s not the upper-end of the market, as in the case of the very ‘blue-chip’ Knoedler Gallery in NY, but at the inexperienced collector level. The scam has ensnared at least three buyers according to an investigation by the International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR). 

25 August 2017

Edward Albee Collection Unveiled By Sotheby’s Ahead Of September Auction

Sotheby’s has unveiled the full contents of The Collection of Edward Albee, which will be offered in a dedicated auction in New York on 26 September 2017.

23 August 2017

Sotheby’s Scraps Online Only Auction Buyer’s Premium But Hikes Regular Tariffs

Sotheby’s has taken the bold move to scrap buyer’s premium on all of its online-only auctions. The auction house has at the same time announced that it will raise its regular buyer’s premium

21 August 2017

Norman Rockwell Study Achieves Record $1.6 million At Heritage Auctions

Norman Rockwell’s “Tough Call,” an original study for his iconic cover for the Saturday Evening Post has sold for a staggering $1.6 million at an auction of high-end sports memorabilia held by Heritage Auctions in Dallas.

10 August 2017

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Lost Alberto Giacometti Drawings Auctioned To Benefit The Art Fund

Two original drawings by the artist, Alberto Giacometti have been discovered in the inventory of a deceased English antique dealer. They are to go under the hammer at Cheffins in Cambridge, UK, with proceeds from the sale given to The Art Fund. The drawings were discovered amongst the collection of the late London based dealer, Eila Grahame.

9 August 2017

Christie’s Photography Sales To Include MoMa And Thomas Koerfer Collections

Christie’s Paris has announced that it will offer Photographs from the Thomas Koerfer Collection,” comprising 74 lots led by the emblematic Man Ray masterpiece, Noire et Blanche, MoMa’s formerly in the collection of Jacques Doucet. The sale will take place on November 9, during the Paris Photo Fair.

7 August 2017

Sotheby’s Strong Second Quarter 2017 Results Boosts Share Price

Sotheby’s have reported their financial results for the second quarter and six months ending June 30, 2017. Last week shares soared ahead of the announcement.

29 July 2017

Christie’s Unveils £2.2b First Half Year Auction Results 2017

Christie’s first half year auction sales top £2.2bn ($2.8bn, up 14%), a 29% increase from the same period in 2016. Continued global demand and creative sale planning have helped to drive a rise in Overall sales were £2.35bn ($3bn, up 1%), an increase of 14% compared to £2.1bn in the first half of 2016.

6 July 2017

George Frederic Watts Masterpiece Orpheus and Eurydice Auctioned At Sotheby’s

An important Important Work by the Artist George Frederic Watts is to be offered at Sotheby’s. This marks the Two-Hundredth Anniversary of Watt’s Birth.

2 July 2017

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Virtual Masterpiece The Masterpiece Art Fair By Edward Lucie-Smith

What people choose to describe as ‘a masterpiece’ is usually pretty much a matter of context. On the whole, at this annual beanfeast for conspicuous consumers, you won’t find much in the way of graffiti art lurking around, though it’s just possible that you might be confronted with a work by Jean-Michel Basquiat now that he’s included in the pantheon of artists with multi-million dollar price tags.

30 June 2017

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London Art Week Corridor Presents Blue Chip Fairs And Galley Openings

London Art Week, summer 2017 gets underway today 30th June. This is mostly geared up to the ‘Old Masters’ and Blue Chip market which will be offering an array of special exhibitions hosted across more than forty of the capital’s galleries and three leading auction houses. There are also two major art fairs on during this corridor week. Masterpiece in Chelsea and Olympia in Kensington are worth a visit.

29 June 2017

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale Realises Respectable £62.3m Total

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale has realised a very respectable £62.3 million / $79.8 million / €70.4 million total.

27 June 2017

Max Beckmann Painting Achieves £36m World Record Price

The German expressionist painter Max Beckmann has achieved a new world record price for the artist

Edward Albee Estate To Be Auctioned By Sotheby’s New York

Sotheby’s has announced that it will be handling the estate collection of the great American playwright Edward Albee. The dedicated auction will be held this September in New York with proceeds of the sale benefiting The Edward F. Albee Foundation, which provides residencies for writers and visual artists in Montauk, Long Island.

22 June 2017

Wassily Kandinsky Painting Achieves £33m A New Auction Record At Sotheby’s

A new auction record for Wassily Kandinsky was broken twice last night at Sotheby’s London. Murnau – Landschaft mit grünem Haus from 1909, sold for £21 million / $26.4 million / €23.9 million. Both early works by Kandinsky were among the few left in private hands, this painting made its auction debut having remained in the private collection of the same family since the 1920s.

18 June 2017

Art Basel 48 What the Dealers Said About The Fair

Galleries throughout Art Basel 48 have reported exceptional sales across the board, pointing to Art Basel’s ability to convene leading galleries and collectors from around the world.

Art Basel 48 A Curated Selection Of Twelve By Virginie Puertolas-Syn

Curator and Gallerist Virginie Puertolas-Syn chooses twelve of the best stands at Art Basel 2017. Art Basel is a curated selection of 291 first-rate galleries exhibiting at the fair’s 48th edition in Basel.

General Idea Estate To Be Represented By Mitchell-Innes & Nash

The Estate of General Idea (1969-1994) is to be represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash, it has been announced.

12 June 2017

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Picasso Ring With Portrait Of Lover Dora Maar To Be Auctioned

A ring, containing a Picasso portrait of Dora Maar is to be auctioned at Sotheby’s.

10 June 2017

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Pop Artist James Rosenquist Estate Sign Representation Deal With Thaddaeus Ropac

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (London, Paris, Salzburg) have announced that they will represent the estate of the late Pop Artist James Rosenquist Estate based in New York.

9 June 2017

Lost Jackson Pollock Gouache To Be Sold By Provincial Auction House

The discovery of a lost Jackson Pollock painting is always big news in the art world. Now such a painting is going under the hammer on Tuesday, June 20 at J. Levine Auction & Appraisal in Scottsdale Arizona. The small auction room has spent 18 months and tens of thousands of dollars researching the Abstract, untitled gouache painting measures 22 ½ x 32 inches. Forensics and ownership history has been extensively investigated.

7 June 2017

Christie’s Secures David Rockefeller Collection For Highest Estimated Auction Sale

Christie’s Auctioneers have secured the estate of David Rockefeller, the youngest son of American philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and art patron Abby Aldrich Rockefeller.

1 June 2017

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Dan Colen To Be Represented By Lévy Gorvy In New International Partnership

The American artist Dan Colen (b. 1979, New Jersey) is to be represented by Dominique Lévy and Brett Gorvy. This marks a conjoining of galleries which also exhibit the artist’s work. In the past Gagosian and Massimo de Carlo, Milan had an exclusive deal with the artist.

Vulgarity Rules A-List Contemporary Art Non-Existent At Riviera amfAR AIDS Gala

A – lister actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman and Will Smith turned out for the amfAR AIDS benefit that is the social highlight of the Cannes film festival. The event held annually at the Eden Roc Hotel, Cap d’Antibes on the French Riviera saw celebrities and benefactors paying up to $500,000 for a table. But where was the Contemporary art on the auction block?

27 May 2017

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Mario Testino Puts His Personal Art Collection Under The Hammer At Sotheby’s

Mario Testino, is to put his art collection under the hammer at Sotheby’s. As one of the most celebrated photographers of our time, this project will look beyond Testino’s enigmatic images that have shaped contemporary culture and reveal the artist as collector, patron and collaborator.

19 May 2017

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Overhyped Jean-Michel Basquiat Painting Sells For $110.5m At Sotheby’s NY

A major painting by the New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat has sold at Sotheby’s for an unprecedented $110.5m (£85.4m).

18 May 2017

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Photo London Returns For Edition Three With A Swagger

Photo London returns for its third edition with a swagger this year, confidently asserting its position as a premier international photo event. Like it or not, it has become the event around which all photography in London now revolves, and in this edition, it goes someway towards justifying its gravitational pull.

17 May 2017

Sotheby’s New York Impressionist and Modern Spring 2017 Sale Achieves $173 Million

Sotheby’s New York Impressionist and Modern sale last night achieved $173 Million, despite an important early work by the Austrian master Egon Schiele being withdrawn at the last minute. Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist painting Composition With Plane In Projection (1915). topped the sale.

16 May 2017

Constantin Brancusi Head Smashes Artist’s Auction Record At Christie’s

A bronze sculpture by the Modernist artist Constantin Brancusi has sold for the record-smashing price of $57.37 million in New York on Monday. This is the highest price achieved for the Romanian-born sculptor and more than twice the pre-sale estimate.