12 March 2013


Indian Women Bring Art to the Masses – Collecting Women Making Waves

Kiša Lala Reports From Delhi on the rise of women collectors Arriving on New Year’s Eve in the aftermath of a brutal rape of a female commuter in New Delhi, I encountered the Indian media alternately effervescing in Bollywood-style jubilation or convulsing with grief and mortification. The subsequent student outrage had ignited dialogue and indicated […]

24 February 2013


Christie’s Announces Back Door Premium Hike In All Bands

Christie’s quietly announced last week that it will be increasing its buyer’s premium by 5% on the first £75,000. This raises the threshold on the middle market which was previously charging this figure on the first £50,000. They have also tweaked the premium on other bands. According to ACN (Auction Central Weekly ) in collecting […]

17 February 2013


£43m Chinese Ceramic Vase Goes For Half Price After Dispute

Peter Bainbridge director of the Ruislip auctioneers of the same name, has confirmed that the payment dispute centring around the ‘Pinner Vase’, an 18th century Qianlong-dynasty ceramic sold in 2010 has been settled. The terms of the sale have not been released, but a private treaty brokered by Bonham’s Auctioneers has been successful in bringing […]

13 February 2013


Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Sale Brings In £74m In Market Boost

Sotheby’s London Contemporary Art Evening Auction has achieved a total of £74,364,200/ $116,357,664/ €86,321,943, within pre-sale expectations (estimate: £61.2-84.5 million), representing Sotheby’s second-highest total for a February Sale of Contemporary Art in London. The top lot of the evening’s sale was Francis Bacon’s 1980 oil on canvas triptych masterwork Three Studies for a Self-Portrait, which […]

13 February 2013


Is China Still The Global Market Leader For Art Sales?

We reported a year ago that the global art market had recovered from the financial crisis with both confidence and prices continuing to rise. The main growth centres were the Asian market, particularly Beijing and Hong Kong. As we come up to the release of figures in March for the 2012 period, we have to […]

7 February 2013


Modigliani Masterpiece Realises £26.9m At Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Sale

Amedeo Modigliani’s portrait of his lover Jeanne Hebuterne was the top selling lot at Christie’s evening Impressionist and Modern sale in London on Wednesday reaching a staggering £26.9 million ($42.3 million, 31.2 million euros), Christie’s said. The final price for the 1919 portrait, “Jeanne Hebuterne wearing a hat” was above the pre-sale estimate of between […]

6 February 2013


Picasso Potboiler: Marie Therese Portrait Sells For £28m In London

A portrait by Picasso’s of Marie-Therese Walter, has been sold at Sotheby’s London for £28.6m. Painted in 1932 the work titled, “Femme Assise Pres d’une Fenetre” (Woman Sitting Near a Window), was considered by Sotheby’s to be a highlight in Tuesday night’s auction.Picasso was 45 years old when he met his young mistress by chance […]

3 February 2013


London Art Auctions Forecast Half Billion Sales In February

Over half a billion in Art goes under the hammer in London this month with the launch of Christies, Sothebys and Phillips February Impressionist/Modern and Contemporary Art Evening Sales. Christies features exceptional works by artists such as Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, Maurice de Vlaminck and Pierre-Auguste Renoir to name just a […]

13 January 2013


Christie’s London Impressionist And Modern Sale Expected To Top £100m

Christie’s London, Winter Impressionist & Modern Evening Sale titled, ‘FROM FIGURATION TO ABSTRACTION’, set to fall under the hammer at King Street in February, is expected to top 100m in sales. The auction marks the start of the first major series of sales of the year, meeting current market demands with a particularly strong offering […]

12 January 2013


David Hockney’s Landmark Egyptian Painting Auctioned In London

Christie’s London are offering David Hockney’s ‘Great Pyramid at Giza with Broken Head from Thebes’ (1963) in their February Post-War & Contemporary Art sale. This is an early landmark painting by the British artist known for his painterly Pop realism. The work stands as the only canvas to commemorate David Hockney’s first trip to Egypt […]

10 January 2013


Sotheby’s Reports Astounding $1.25 billion Results For Contemporary Art

Sotheby’s, the international auction house have reported their third most successful year ever for global auctions and a new record for Contemporary Art (2012), which totalled $1.25 billion and saw a new record set for the work of any living artist. The company is now preparing for its February Evening Auction of Contemporary Art. The […]

8 January 2013


Tate Modern Record 5.3 Million Attendance Figure for 2012

Tate Modern one of London’s most popular cultural attractions has seen a record 5.3 million visitors in 2012. This is the highest ever recorded figure for a calendar year in its history. The figure was up 9.5% on the previous year. Tate Britain has also had a good year with 1.53 million visitors coming through […]

2 January 2013


Art Sales Reach £40 Billion In 2012 Outperforming Equities Market

International Art sales realised more than $64bn (£40bn; 49bn euros) last year with analysts predicting that this area of the market will continue to grow. The art market has again consistently outperformed the equities market this year with a trend of stable growth in the years between 2001 and 2011. Fine Art Fund Groups are […]

27 December 2012


Kitsch Sells! Green Lady Artist Tretchikoff Achieves £337,000 At Auction

2012 was a year of surprises in the London auction rooms. It wasn’t only Munch, Picasso and Warhol that made the headlines. South African artist, Vladimir Tretchikoff’s ‘Portrait of Lenka (Red Jacket)’ his muse and one time lover in Java, smashed its pre-sale estimate of £50,000- £80,000 to achieve an artist’s record of £337,250 at […]

22 December 2012


Turner Contemporary £100,000 Cut As Council Introduces New 2013 Budget

Kent County Council has cut £200,000 for sports development, £200,000 for Kent Music and £100,000 to Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate. Paul Carter KCC leader said the council had already explored every area of efficiency but must find £15m in excess  of £60m it had already planned. “We really have explored every area of […]

15 December 2012


Casablanca Piano Sells For £370,000 At Sothebys New York

The piano played by the character Sam in one of the film Casablanca’s iconic scenes has sold for $600,000 (£370,000) at a Sotheby’s  auction in New York. It was used for the song “As Times Goes By” in the classic 1942 film . It’s was offered by a Japanese collector who purchased it in the […]

3 December 2012


Rare Mickey Mouse Poster Sells For £63k In Dallas Auction

A previously unknown 1928 Mickey Mouse cartoon poster topped Heritage Auction’s Nov. 29-30 ‘Vintage Movie Poster Signature Auction’ by fetching $101,575 (£63,291) in Dallas. The poster shows a grinning Mickey – dubbed ‘The World’s Funniest Cartoon Character’ – waving his gloved hand. Auction house director Grey Smith called the poster “an important piece of pop […]

23 November 2012


Auction Update: Modern And Contemporary Art Breaking The Billion

Last week, the auction houses threw open their New York bidding rooms and captured the attention of the art world – and it was a rollercoaster couple of weeks, providing a great deal of conflicting material for market analysts to try and sew together. Both Sotheby’s and Christie’s Impressionist and Modern auctions concluded well below estimate, […]

16 November 2012


Latin America Contemporary Art Auction At Phillips de Pury Announced

Phillips de Pury & Company auctioneers have revealed highlights from its Latin America Contemporary Art auction “Our 20 November 2012 auction is a focused sale containing many of the most influential voices in Latin American contemporary art, spanning the last 60 years. The curatorial approach taken in the development of this sale showcases the depth […]

16 November 2012


Jeff Koons Deflated Tulip Balloon Sculpture Sells For £21 Million

Jeff Koons clumsy sculpture titled Tulip, which sat outside New York’s Rockefeller Center, for the viewing of Christie’s latest Contemporary art sale has sold for an artist record of $33.7m (£21.2m). Created between 1995-2004, the tinted stainless steel sculpture is one of five versions of the work in existence. The piece is a photorealist rendition […]

14 November 2012


Peter Blake Original Sgt Pepper’s Collage Sells For £55,000

Sotheby’s in London have sold an original 1967 collage created by the Pop artists Sir Peter Blake and Jann Haworth in their 13th November sale. The work of art was familiar to millions of music fans around the world. The work, which was produced in collaboration with pop artist Jann Haworth, portrays the fictional character […]

12 November 2012


The Art Market: Unregulated Unscrupulous And Worth Billions

“Apart from drugs, art is the biggest unregulated market in the world;” declared art critic Robert Hughes at the start of his 2008 documentary Mona Lisa’s Curse. In an opinion piece for the New York Times, former Wall Street banker William Cohan described the art market as “utterly unregulated” and “a very dangerous place, populated […]

11 November 2012


Wizard of Oz Dorothy Dress Sells For £302,000 In Hollywood

Hollywood – A gingham dress with a pinafore worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 classic film, the Wizard of Oz has sold for £302,000 at auction in Beverly Hills.The blue and white garment realised a respectable price within the high and low estimate guidelines. A spokesperson from Julien’s Auctions said; “A similar dress worn […]

10 October 2012


Royal Academy Auction Raises £660,000 For Building Program

The RA Now auction and exhibition has successfully auctioned off the works of 40 Royal Academicians and a number of international Honorary Royal Academicians who have donated significant pieces to the show. Highlights of the sale include Grayson Perry’s unusual pot titled, ‘Bad Portraits of Establishment Figures, 2012 ‘ which sold for £150,000, Allen Jones […]

19 September 2012


Fraudulent Contemporary Art Finds A Buoyant Marketplace On Ebay

If the latest Andy Warhol that you’ve spotted on eBay looks too good to be true, it probably is. ‘There’s a sucker born every minute’ — P T Barnum Since the advent of the internet, art sales have been moving beyond the hallowed halls of auction houses such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s, and into the […]

3 August 2012


Canaletto View Of London Goes Under The Hammer In Vienna

An historic painting showing the New Horse Guards from St James’s Park by the Venetian painter Canaletto is to be auctioned at the Dorotheum in Austria in October. The oil on canvas depicts a rare view of the London landmark under construction in 1753. The painting is the centrepiece in a sale of Old Master […]

19 July 2012


Christie’s And Sotheby’s Report Record Half Year Figures

In the first half of 2012 leading auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s show conflicting views on the state of the market.  Despite the record-breaking sale of Munch’s “The Scream” Sotheby’s is posting a 15.8% decrease in sales from the similar period last year.  Christie’s, however, is boasting an 11.2% increase. For Christie’s, this first-half has […]

1 July 2012


Contemporary Art Auctions A Case For Recession Proof Investment

As the Summer auction and fair season winds up and galleries mount their group shows, a mainstay of the art calendar Jack Castle takes a look at the staggering results from three of the major sales rooms. The very special place in art history and unique nature of works such as the Francis Bacon, Study […]

24 May 2012


Allen Jones 1m Pound Misogynistic Table Stimulates Sotheby’s Sale

Art from the estate of Gunter Sachs, the German billionaire former husband of Brigitte Bardot, has been sold for £35.6m at auction in London. The top lot was an Andy Warhol self-portraits, which sold for £5.4m and record breakers included a table by the British ‘Pop Artist’ Allen Jones which sold for nearly £1m  ($1,533,943). […]

23 May 2012


The Booming Asian Art Market and It’s Influence on Britain

If the world did not have problems enough speculating about future failures of single currencies and the threat of climate changes. The US and Europe are now competing with a very serious and rapidly growing Asian art market. China is the elephant in the room of many discussions concerning politics, economics, and the environment, yet […]

20 May 2012


Amy Winehouse Morbid Blood Splattered Painting Sells For £35k

A painting using the blood of Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty as a medium has sold for £35,000. The collaboration titled Ladylike was one of around 20 “blood” paintings on show representing Doherty’s work at the Cob Gallery in London. The portrait  of Winehouse was estimated to sell for between £50,000 and £80,000 when auctioned […]

13 May 2012


Record Price For Basquiat At Phillips De Pury Contemporary Art Auction

Thursday’s Contemporary Art Auction at Phillips de Pury NYC totalled at $88.9 million, sitting squarely in the middle of its pre-sale estimates of $75.9 million to $110.7 million. Of the 44 works on offer, 35 found buyers, with the star lot of the night being a 1981 painting by Basquiat being sold by US collector […]