11 December 2017

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Art Basel Miami Beach What The Dealers Said – 2017 Round-Up

Art Basel in Miami Beach now in its 16th edition closed with buoyant sales across the board.

10 December 2017

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Art Collecting Beyond Investment A Legacy Of Love – New Report

The UBS annual art market report released last week (6 December 2017) has recorded that despite high-profile sales; art collectors were largely driven by legacy and love, not investment and profit.

6 December 2017

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Abu Dhabi Identified As Buyer Of $450m Da Vinci Salvator Mundi

We now know that the Louvre Abu Dhabi is going to exhibit Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi,” which sold last month in a Christie’s Contemporary sale in New York for a cool $450 million. However the identity of the buyer has remained a secret with speculation now focusing on the Abu Dhabi  Royals as the purchaser.

4 December 2017

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Art Basel Parent Company MCH Buys Masterpiece London In Takeover Deal

MCH Group which owns and operates Art Basel has acquired a majority shareholding in Masterpiece London.

Guide Miami Beach Art Week 2017 Plus Satellite Fairs And Museums

The week of Miami Beach Art Basel has become a major event for Miami and the global art pack.

22 November 2017

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Peggy and David Rockefeller Auction Revealed In Hong Kong Exhibition

Highlights from what many have dubbed the sale to watch in 2018, the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller has been revealed by Christie’s.

20 November 2017

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Why Tintin illustrations by Politically Controversial Hergé Break the £1m Mark

Last week, an India ink drawing of Tintin and his dog Snowy sold for almost $500,000 (£380,000) at auction in Paris.

19 November 2017

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London Art Fair 2018 Marks 30th Anniversary With Milestone Curated Exhibition

The 30th Anniversary of the London Art Fair 2018 will be marked with a wide range of leading British and international galleries.

17 November 2017

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Da Vinci Buyer: The Collector Behind The World’s Most Expensive Painting

Speculation is rife following the $450.3m sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvatore Mundi. The painting, sold at Christie’s New York salesroom this week has become the most expensive work of art sold at auction to date.

16 November 2017

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Leonardo da Vinci $450m Christ Becomes Most Expensive Painting Sold At Auction

A Leonardo da Vinci painting depicting Christ has become the world’s most expensive work of art sold at auction. The rediscovered masterpiece by the Renaissance master sold for a historic $450,312,500, superseding the previous world record for the most expensive work of art at auction.

14 November 2017

Van Gogh Landscape Achieves $81.3m Heralding New York Auction Season

Christie’s autumn auction of impressionist and modern art in New York saw a painting by Vincent Van Gogh achieving $81.3 million kicking off what may prove to be a record season.

13 November 2017

Da Vinci Salvator Mundi: Will Condition Detract From $100m Christie’s Price Tag

So why is Salvator Mundi the last Leonardo Da Vinci painting in private hands up for sale in a Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale?

30 October 2017

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Paris Art Exhibitions Autumn 2017 Black Flags, Bears And Reflections

While Touring around Paris attending the 44th edition of FIAC at the Grand Palais, Zoltan Alexander encountered countless art exhibitions throughout the city.

25 October 2017

FIAC 2017 The Grande Dame of Art Fairs By Virginie Syn

FIAC opened this year under an incredible Indian summer heat. One could see the clear blue sky through the glass roof of the magnificent 1900 Belle Époque Grand Palais. With 193 galleries from 30 countries, FIAC succeeded this year in getting back American collectors who had come in far fewer numbers last year.

25 October 2017

Howard Hodgkin Estate Sale Soars At Sotheby’s

A testament to the exceptional eye of British painter Howard Hodgkin has been finalised when the kaleidoscope of exquisite objects that the artist so carefully drew together in his home, exceeded pre-sale expectations and sold for a combined total of £5,184,887 / $6,843,532 / €5,806,049

22 October 2017

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Missing Matisse Cut-Outs To Be Returned To Artist’s Heirs

Two cut-outs by the Post Impressionist artist Henri Matisse ‘White Palm on Red’ and ‘Green Snail on Blue’, valued at $4.5 million are to be returned to the Heirs of the artist.

11 October 2017

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Privately Owned Leonardo da Vinci Painting To Be Sold At Christies

Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi. Painted by one of the Renaissance greatest masters is to go under the hammer at Christie’s. Titled Salvator Mundi, it is one of fewer than 20 known paintings by Leonardo and the only one in private hands.

11 October 2017

Frieze London Reports Strong Sales And Robust Institutional Support 2017 Round-Up

Frieze London which closed on Sunday 8th October has brought together more than 160 galleries from 31 countries and driven strong sales across the fair and throughout the week.

8 October 2017

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Contemporary Art Holds Its Own At Christie’s, Sotheby’s And Phillips

Autumn Contemporary Art auction round-up, Autumn 2017

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

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.