18 February 2011

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Protests Disrupt Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Sale

While the Sotheby’s Post War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale realized  totals of £44.4 million another very different auction was taking place outside on the street in London. The Arts Against Cuts group were auctioning off public services like the libraries for £.99 or a pound could purchase the NHS.Loud orgasmic moans were vocalized during […]

15 February 2011

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Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillip’s de Pury Contemporary Art Sales

RESULTS: Feb 17th – 7pm Phillips de Pury and Company Contemporary Art Evening Auction The Auction sale totalled £5,409,200. The highest individual piece was for a Jean-Michel Basquiat at £1,127,650 Feb 17th – 1pm Sale: 7956 Christies Post War and Contemporary Art Day Auction The Auction sale totalled £14,273,225. The highest individual piece was for […]

9 February 2011

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Latest Art Market News

    The art market is thriving. Fine art is confidently viewed by financial experts as one of the best performing asset categories of 2010. The international Modern and Contemporary art markets are up by an average of 25%, against FTSE’s 11% and Dow Jones 9%, and by all accounts this trend will continue through […]

29 January 2011

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Arts Donations From UK Business Falls By 11%

Businesses investment in UK arts fell last year by 11%. This was despite Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s DCMS directive to encourage corporate philanthropy. The initiative was launched last year to take the pressure off of the Government, which has made cuts to the arts of around 30%. The figures clearly highlight the universal tightening of […]

28 January 2011

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Christie’s Sales Total Record-breaking £3.3 Billion

Contemporary art market bounces back In 2010 Christies has announced sales figures of £3.3 billion or $5.0 billion for 2010. This is up 53% and a record for the world’s leading art business. The 245-year-old company now holds the record for the highest total recorded in the industry. The contemporary art market bounced back last […]

5 January 2011

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London Art Fair Latest

London Art Fair 19 – 23 January 2011, presents over 100 galleries featuring the great names of 20th Century British art and exceptional contemporary work from leading figures and emerging talent. This January over 100 leading Modern British and contemporary art galleries will be brought together for the 23rd edition of the London Art Fair […]

13 November 2010

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£53 Million “Pinner” Chinese Vase Sets Record

An auction record was set this week for a piece of Chinese art, when a 16 inch high ceramic vase decorated with 4 circular cartouches, each masterfully carved and enameled with carp (a symbol of plenty) beneath a primrose yellow trumpet neck sold through the small suburban auction room, Bainbridges in Ruislip, Middlesex UK. The […]

11 November 2010

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Christie’s Record Breaking Contemporary Art Sale

Auction News     The highest total for a Post-War and Contemporary Art sale was achieved yesterday when Christie’s New York led by an exceptional group of works from Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, and Gerhard Richter pushed prices even higher into the art world stratosphere. A total of $272,873,000/£169,181,260 /€199,197,290, selling 93% by lot and […]

9 November 2010

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Stuart Cary Welch Collection Of Islamic and Indian Art Offered By Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s has announced today the sale of works from the personal collection of Indian and Islamic Art acquired by the late American academic, Stuart Cary Welch. This renowned collector pioneered this area of art collecting as early as 1952. He was also a curator, scholar and gifted teacher. His contribution for over half a century […]

8 October 2010

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Jerry Hall Portrait By Lucien Freud Goes Under The Hammer

The Former partner of Mick Jagger, Model Jerry Hall will auction part of her art collection at Sotheby’s next week. included is a portrait by Lucian Freud, expected to fetch up to £1.2 million. The painting ‘Eight Months Gone’ shows Ms Hall, nude and eight months pregnant. The sale also includes works by Damien Hirst, […]

29 September 2010

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Dennis Hopper Collection Under The Hammer

10-11 November 2010. An additional 200 works will be offered in Christie’s Interiors sale in January 2011 TBA Christie’s NEW YORK is presenting The Dennis Hopper Collection. Unknown to his many fans Hopper was an artist, a filmmaker, an actor, and a passionate art collector of contemporary art. He amassed more than 250 works throughout […]

24 September 2010

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Lehman Art Auction Raises £1.6 Million

Here are the highlighted results of the Lehman sale which took place on the 29th September 2010 at Christies South Kensington. The sale set a European record for the number of registered online bidders, with more than 1,200 people signing up to own a piece of financial history. a plaque commemorating the opening of the […]

21 August 2010

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£1bn Generated By Tourists To UK museums

The UK’s major museums and art galleries generated over £1bn in revenue from overseas visitors in 2009, VisitBritain, the national tourist authority released the figures yesterday with optimistic predictions for the future. With 30 million visits last year to the UK, over a third included a trip to a leading cultural institution. The report by […]