16 October 2015

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Phillips Frieze London 2015 Auctions Total £37.9 million

The ‘Frieze Week’ auctions at Phillips totalled £38,522,675 / $58,694,880 / €51,305,365 selling 99% by value and 86% by lot. “We are very pleased with tonight’s results,” said Peter Sumner, Head of the Contemporary Art, London of the Contemporary Art Evening Sale. “We sold 100% of our lots to a broad array of buyers. The […]

12 October 2015

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Sigmar Polke Estate To Be Represented By New York Gallerist David Zwirner

David Zwirner has announced the gallery’s exclusive worldwide representation of The Estate of Sigmar Polke. Sigmar Polke (German, 1941-2010) is considered to be one of the most significant and influential artists of the postwar era. His work was recently the subject of a critically acclaimed traveling retrospective that was held in 2014-2015 at The Museum of Modern […]

12 October 2015

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Picasso’s Blue Period Angel Backed With Erotica Goes Under The Hammer

An excellent example of Picasso’s Blue Period work will be offered in Sotheby’s New York Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale on 5th November. La Gommeuse, painted in 1901 is thought to carry an estimate of around £60m. The work comes from the exceptional collection of William I. Koch, an American entrepreneur, collector and America’s Cup winner.  Picasso […]

8 October 2015

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Christie’s Post War And Contemporary Evening Auction Includes Frieze Week Favourites

This October 2015, Christie’s will bring together an international selection of over 300 artists to headline the Frieze Week auctions of Post-War and Contemporary Art. A strong line up of some of the most exciting painters working today will form a core of the Post War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction. Led by Peter Doig’s […]

27 September 2015

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Constable’s Masterpiece The Lock To Be Offered At Sotheby’s

On 9th December this year, Sotheby’s London will offer for sale John Constable’s The Lock – one of the small group of monumental landscapes, known as the ‘Six Footers’, which for many define the pinnacle of the artist’s career. Depicting a bucolic scene on the River Stour in the artist’s native Suffolk, and painted in […]

25 September 2015

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Edvard Munch To lead Sotheby’s Prints & Multiples Auction In London

The motif of Edvard Munch’s The Girls on the Bridge has been widely recognised as one of the artist’s most celebrated, from its first unveiling in 1901. As was often the case with his successful works that he did not like to part from, Munch went on to produce several versions of The Girls on […]

25 September 2015

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Fontana Masterpiece To lead London’s Frieze Week Sales

Sotheby’s Frieze week sales in London will be led by one of the greatest works of post-war Italian art ever to appear at auction: Lucio Fontana’s Concetto Spaziale, La Fine di Dio (The End of God), 1963. Never previously offered at auction and last exhibited over 30 years ago, Fontana’s masterpiece is estimated at a […]

20 September 2015

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Banksy’s ‘Donkey Documents’ Has First Public UK Display

The owner of the original building was bemused when people crowded round his wall. But art aficionados had spotted Banksy’s signature alert on his website of his latest work, ’Donkey Documents’. Banksy created it in 2007 with an aerosol can, as part of a series of works of art along the concrete barrier separating the […]

10 September 2015

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Painting That Raised Money For Nelson Mandela’s Defence Makes £840,000 At Bonhams

The painting Arab in Black by South Africa’s leading artist, Irma Stern, sold at Bonhams sale of South African Art in London on 9 September for £842,500 (R17.5m). It is the most expensive South African painting sold this year. Bonhams Head of South African Art, Hannah O’Leary said, “This powerful image from Stern’s highly regarded […]

9 September 2015

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Helene Schjerfbeck: Three Realist Works To Be Offered By Sotheby’s

Helene Schjerfbeck – one of the most important and renowned artists of the entire Nordic region – was famously reticent in her lifetime, paying little interest to her public profile. Encouraged by her supporters to engage in actively promoting and exhibiting her work in her native Finland, Schjerfbeck went on to exhibit more widely in […]

5 September 2015

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A. Alfred Taubman’s $500m Art Collection To Be Sold At Sotheby’s

The disgraced Collector and former owner of Sotheby’s, A. Alfred Taubman’s art collection will be sold in a series of dedicated auctions beginning this autumn in New York*. The outstanding collection, which comprises more than 500 works stretching from antiquity to contemporary art, is valued in excess of $500 million, making it the most valuable private collection ever offered at […]

4 September 2015

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First Sotheby’s Now Phillips Announces eBay Partnership

eBay and Phillips have announced a new partnership that unites the world’s most vibrant online marketplace with the contemporary art and design-focused international auction house. Through eBay’s live auctions platform, online buyers will gain access to Phillips highly regarded 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Design, Photographs, Editions, and Watches and Jewelry auctions. Over the next year, Phillips will offer […]

2 September 2015

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Ten Years Of First Open Contemporary Art Sale At Christie’s

Since its launch ten years ago in March 2005 in New York, Christie’s First Open sales have become a fixture on the global contemporary art circuit, providing the perfect venue for new and seasoned collectors to discover emerging artists and to explore lesser-known works by well-established names. The September First Open sale includes 370 paintings, drawings […]

31 August 2015

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Sotheby’s To Launch Full Scale Operation In Mumbai India

Robin Woodhead, Chairman of Sotheby’s International, has announced the strategic appointments in the Company’s Indian business and the opening of an office in Mumbai, India.  Edward Gibbs has been appointed Chairman of Sotheby’s India, Middle East and North Africa and Priyanka Mathew has been appointed Regional Director, Sotheby’s India. The move demonstrates the company’s commitment to providing […]

20 August 2015

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The Simpsons Creator Samuel Simon Collection To Be Sold At Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s is offering fine art and memorabilia from the personal collection of creative genius and television legend Samuel “Sam” Simon (1955-2015) across a series of auctions in New York through 2015. While widely known and celebrated as the co-creator of The Simpsons, showrunner on Taxi, and a writer/producer/director on countless pop culture icons of the small screen, Sam Simon’s […]

17 August 2015

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Third Made in Britain Auction Announced For Sotheby’s

The forthcoming Made in Britain auction has been announced by Sotheby’s. It is the third edition of a sale uniquely dedicated to celebrating the diversity and creativity of British art from 1900 to the present day, across Fine Art, Prints, Sculpture, Photography, Studio Ceramics, and Design. The sale encompasses almost 400 striking artworks illustrating the very significant role that […]

8 August 2015

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Sotheby’s Announces £2.3 Billion Second Quarter Earnings For 2015

Sotheby’s has announced second quarter 2015 earnings. Tad Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Patrick McClymont, Chief Financial Officer, revealed the company’s results followed by a question and answer period and journalists. Sotheby’s Consolidated Sales as of July 1, 2015 has totalled : $3.7 Billion, up 5%. Contemporary Art: Sotheby’s global auction sales of Contemporary Art increased 18% […]

3 August 2015

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US Overtakes China As Leading Auction Marketplace For Art

The United States has again overtaken China as the world’s leading marketplace for art at auction. After a record 2015 the US showed growth due to the sale of major works by Picasso, Giacometti, Monet and Warhol.  There was a 20 percent growth in the first six months of 2015, with sales totalling £1.79 billion $2.8 billion (2.5 […]

22 July 2015

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Christie’s Auctioneers Release Record Half Year Results Of £2.9 Billion

Christie’s have announced record half year sales of £2.9 billion, up 8% $4.5 billion, up 0% on last year’s figures from the same period. The Results were seen across numerous categories importantly Impressionist and Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art and Asian Art.  In recent months Christie’s has focused on new curatorial presentations and a revised sales calendar to attract collectors […]

2 July 2015

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Sotheby’s Achieves Highest Total For London Contemporary Art Auction

Sotheby’s has achieved the highest total for any auction of Contemporary Art ever held by the auction house in London. The sale which took place last night (1st July 2015) realised £130,376,500 / $204,730,218 / €183,870,150. Warhol’s One Dollar Bill (Silver Certificate) his landmark first ‘dollar’ painting, hand-painted in 1962, sold for £20.9m / $32.8m / €29.4m tonight – the highest price achieved across […]

1 July 2015

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Christie’s London Post War And Contemporary Evening Sale Achieves £95,646,500

Christie’s Post War & Contemporary Art Evening Auction achieved £95,646,500 / $ 150,069,359 / €134,287,686, with sell-through rates of 87% by lot and 88% by value. Bidders from 34 countries across three continents showed great enthusiasm for works by some of the most exciting contemporary artists alongside classics of the category. The evening established records […]

29 June 2015

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Masterpiece London Reports Record Visitor Numbers And Buoyant Sales

Masterpiece London which ends on Wednesday 1 July has reported record visitor numbers and strong sales across the board. The Fair has drawn collectors, curators, and designers from around the globe.Many have purchased exceptional works of art spanning over 4,000 years of art history. This year the Fair welcomed a record 8,900 visitors on its opening day to the […]

28 June 2015

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Record Price For Barbara Hepworth Bronze At Christies Modern British Sale

Christie’s Modern British and Irish Art Evening Sale realised £18,973,000 / $29,749,664 / €26,505,281, with strong sell-through rates of 80% by lot and 88% by value. Bidders from 18 countries across 5 continents competed in the room and on the telephone for works by the leading artists of the category, including Dame Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore […]

27 June 2015

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£30 Peter Blake Painting Breaks Record For The Artist At Christie’s

‘Boys With New Ties’ by Sir Peter Blake fetched £662,500 ($1,038,800) at Christie’s London on Thursday, hitting a new world record for Blake at auction and netting a huge return for seller Jinty Stephenson. When the work ‘Boys with New Ties’, a painting by Sir Peter Blake was bought by Jinty Stephenson in the 1950s […]

24 June 2015

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Sotheby’s Record Breaking Impressionist And Modern Art Sale Achieves £178.6m

Sotheby’s June 2015 Evening Sale Impressionist & Modern Art sale has achieved £178.6m / $ 282.1m / €250.9m. This is the Second-Highest Total for Any Sale Ever Held In London. The sale was led by Gustav Klimt’s 1902 Portrait of Gertrud Loew Sold for £24.8m / $39.1m / € 34.8m The second highest price for a portrait by the artist at auction. A new […]

23 June 2015

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Christie’s Impressive Impressionist And Modern Evening Sale Nets Over £71m

The results for Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale have been released by the leading auction house and the total was £71,461,000 /$112,908,380 /€100,116,861, with a sell-through rates of 84% by lot and 92% by value. Bidders from 32 countries across 5 continents competed in the room and on the telephone for works by the trailblazers of the category, […]

21 June 2015

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Galleries Remain Positive About Art Basel 46: Market Round-Up

Art Basel 2015 has closed in Switzerland with exceptional stand presentations, a strong collector attendance and exceptional sales to confirm its position as the premier fair for contemporary and Modern works. The show was once again widely praised for the many outstanding quality artworks on offer and the beautifully presented stands. Gallerists reported excellent sales across all levels […]

18 June 2015

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Sotheby’s Releases Highlights Of London Impressionist & Modern Sale

Leading the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sale is one of the most important paintings by Kazimir Malevich to ever appear at auction. Suprematism, 18th Construction, a highlight of the critically acclaimed recent Tate retrospective in London, is appearing at auction for the first time, a century after it was painted, directly from the artist’s family. Suprematism, 18th Construction dates from the height of the artist’s career, a period that […]

14 June 2015

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Henri Matisse Forgotten Cut-Outs Emerge For Sale At Frederick Mulder Ltd

It took Dr Frederick Mulder CBE and Anne-Françoise Gavanon, the directors of Frederick Mulder Ltd, one of the world’s best known specialists in original European printmaking from 1470 to 1970, five years to convince the owner to depart with a beloved masterpiece. after they set their eyes on a particular Matisse cut-out, after the work […]

11 June 2015

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Rare Henri Matisse-Illustrated Edition Of Ulysses Under The Hammer

In 1935 the French artist, Henri Matisse, was commissioned to illustrate an edition of Ulysses for subscribers to the Limited Edition Club in America. Each of the 1,000 copies was signed by Matisse and 250 were also signed by James Joyce. A copy of the book signed by both men is estimated at £6,000 to […]

9 June 2015

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Sir Peter Blake Painting Bought For £30 Estimated To Sell For £350,000

When the work ‘Boys with New Ties’, a painting by Sir Peter Blake was bought by Jinty Stephenson in the 1950s for a mere £30, little did she know the eventual value of the painting. When the work goes under the hammer at Christie’s London Modern British and Irish Art sale on June 25, the […]

8 June 2015

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Francis Bacon: First Look At Pope Set For Sotheby’s Auction

A work from of Francis Bacon’s most famous series of paintings, of seated and often screaming popes, is to go on sale with an estimated value of £25m to £35m. When the canvas last went under the hammer in 2005, “Study for a Pope I” (1961) fetched £10 million — at the time this was […]