27 June 2018

New Record For Lucian Freud Painting At Sotheby’s London

A painting by the British Artist Lucian Freud from his ‘last great nudes’ series, Portrait on a White Cover has sold at Sotheby’s London for £a record 22.5million / $29.8 million.

5 December 2017

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Help Refugees: Auction Unites A-List Artists To Help Raise Funds

The dissident Chinese artist  Ai Weiwei is one of 27 artists who have given their support to a high profile charity auction in aid of award-winning NGO, Help Refugees. 

29 July 2017

Donald Trump Drawing Sells For £22,000 At Auction In LA

Is Donald Trump a better artist than George W Bush? This is a question on many peoples lips this morning! Now, an original drawing by the US President Donald Trump depicting the Manhattan skyline, with Trump Tower smack in the middle has gone under the hammer in Los Angeles achieving $29,184 (£22,000).

21 November 2016

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Record £1.33m For Tintin Explorers On The Moon Drawing By Herge

A black and white Tintin drawing has broken all records by selling for €1.55m (£1.33m; $1.64m). The original pen and ink from the book Explorers on the Moon was created by the Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, better known as Herge. It had been estimated to fetch between €700,000-900,000 before the sale.

4 November 2016

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Landseer’s Monarch of the Glen Auctioned By Mean Spirited Drinks Brand Diageo

The Monarch of the Glen by Sir Edwin Landseer, one of Scotland’s best-loved paintings has been consigned to Christie’s Auctioneers, in a move that could see it go abroad.

10 May 2016

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London Design Museum Auction Raises Over £1m For New Kensington Building

Phillips has successfully hosted a Design Auction to benefit the new Design Museum in Kensington London. The sale has raised over £1.1 million towards the construction costs of its new building. The museum, which moves to the former Commonwealth Institute on Kensington High Street and opens to the public on 24 November, received works donated to the auction from leading design […]

7 May 2016

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Marcel Duchamp National Treasure Goes Under The Hammer In Paris

The Impressionist and Modern art sale at Artcurial in Paris is offering the seminal oil painting on panel, Nu sur nu by Marcel Duchamp. The painting carries an estimate of £400,000-£550,000 (500 000 – 700 000 € / $555 000 – 775 000 ). The work, offered by N.G.O. Médecins sans frontières in order to finance humanitarian aid, was previously […]

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 […]

29 July 2015

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Banksy Street Art Removed From Bethlehem Up For Auction

Murals believed to have been created by the Bristol street artist Banksy on walls in Detroit, and in Bethlehem are to be put up for auction in September.  The artist’s work, ‘Donkey Documents’, depicts a donkey having its papers checked by a soldier and was left on a barrier dividing the West Bank from Israel […]

28 January 2015

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Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac Heads Under The Hammer At Phillips

Phillips London’s Contemporary Art Evening sale on February 12 will host Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads (2010). The group of gold-plated bronze sculptures, number seven of an edition of eight, has a presale estimate of £2 million to £3 million. The Chinese artist’s sculptures are based on the zodiac clock-fountain that once graced the […]

18 January 2015

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Jack Vettriano Scotland’s Kitschiest Painter: £1.2m Collection Goes Under The Hammer

Paintings by the popular commercial artist Jack Vettriano are estimated to reach £1.2m when they are sold at auction, in Edinburgh, in March. Bonham’s are selling the lots consisting of 12 paintings which have never been offered before. The works, belong to an anonymous collector and include some of Vettriano best loved subjects. Chris Brickley from […]

11 January 2015

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Christie’s Unveils Stellar Selection For London’s The Art of The Surreal Auction

Christie’s stellar selection of 36 lots in the much anticipated annual London evening sale of The Art of The Surreal on 4 February 2015. The auction comprises works from many important collections, led by Joan Miró’s masterful L’oiseau au plumage déployé vole vers l’arbre argenté, 1953, from a Distinguished European Collection (estimate: £7-9 million, illustrated […]

6 January 2015

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Lauren Bacall’s Art Collection For International Tour

The impressive art collection assembled by acclaimed actress of stage and screen, Lauren Bacall, who died in August 2014, is going on international tour prior to auction at Bonhams, New York on 31 March. The 700-piece art collection of the actress who died at the age of 89, will go up for auction at Bonhams […]

18 December 2014

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Winston Churchill Painting Sells For Record £1.7 Million

It would seem that there is a new fashion for the paintings of World War II political ‘hobbyists’. First we had a century old painting by Adolf Hitler that was auctioned off at the Weidler auction house in Nuremberg last month. The work went under the hammer for €130,000, or £102,000; and now it is […]

22 November 2014

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Georgia O’Keeffe $44.4m Painting Sets New Record Price For A Female Artist At Sotheby’s

The $15 million or £9.5 million estimate for Georgia O’Keeffe’s work was shattered after a rather intense bidding war between two rivals. ‘Jimson Weed/White Flower No 1’, a 1932 painting of a simple white flower, was finally bought after the flurry by an unnamed buyer with a telephone bid at Sotheby’s auction house. The floral […]

9 November 2014

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BBC Incompetence As Television Centre Memorabilia Goes For A Song

The BBC have been criticised for not properly promoting a series of auctions of memorabilia, from Television Centre, the last of which raised only £100,000.  The under publicised sale sold valuable Studio signs and backdrops in the auction, alongside large items such as industrial washing machines and a cherry-picker lorry. Television Centre was built in […]

1 November 2014

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Lost Masterpiece Discovered In French Attic At Christie’s Auction

Two works by the artist John Duncan Fergusson were recently rediscovered in France by a brother and sister while they were sorting through the contents of a family attic of their home in Giverny. The duo’s grandparents lived in the area at the turn of the 20th century, at the same time as it was […]

15 October 2014

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Lauren Bacall’s Art Collection For Bonhams Auction

The 700-piece art collection of actress Lauren Bacall, who died earlier this year at the age of 89, will go up for auction at Bonhams next year; reports Reuters. The actress’s holdings of paintings, sculpture, jewelry – including tribal and twentieth century art – are estimated to be worth nearly £2 million, According to the […]

15 October 2014

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Christie’s To Auction Collection Of Late Actor Maximilian Schell

The late Maximilian Schell was a renowned Austrian and Swiss film and stage actor, who also wrote, directed and produced a proportion of his own films. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1961 American film ‘Judgement at Nuremberg’. Christie’s has now announced that they will be auctioning 45 works from the […]

4 October 2014

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Damien Hirst To Auction Cabinet Piece For Victim Education Programs

Deyrolle auction house in Paris is to partner with the Turner Prize winning artist Damien Hirst and online auction Paddle8 to present Damien Hirst with Deyrolle: The Cabinet of Curiosities Signification (Hope, Immortality and Death in Paris, Now and Then). Profits will be donated to Victim, a charity founded by Damien Hirst, and allocated to […]

19 September 2014

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David Hockney Faxed Art For Charity Auction

Great British artist David Hockney’s work ‘DH at the Beach’ – which was faxed by the artist from California to a Bradford childhood friend in the 1980s – is to be auctioned to raise funds for a charity in York, UK. The work was sent by Hockney from his Malibu beach home to Michael Powell […]

16 September 2014

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Sotheby’s To Auction Most Iconic Works By Georgia O’Keeffe

Sotheby’s in New York will offer one of the most iconic works by artist Georgia O’Keeffe ever to appear at auction. ‘Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1’ comes to auction as the centerpiece of its American Art sale in 20 November. One of Three Works by the artist on Offer from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Sold […]

9 September 2014

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Golden Opportunity at Christie’s For Bond Fans

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Goldfinger, EON Productions has commissioned a one-off gold-plated replica of James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin which Christie’s will offer in a special online auction to benefit the NSPCC. The third scale replica of the DB5 has been signed by Bond Production Designer Sir Ken Adam, who designed the modifications to the […]

9 September 2014

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Edmund de Waal Donates Art For Prisoners Abroad Charity Auction

Leading artist Edmund de Waal has donated a major work of art to an auction for the charity Prisoners Abroad. The work titled ‘watermark, 2012’ consists of eight thrown porcelain vessels in white, cream and celadon glazes, in a black lacquer lead-lined box and will be be launched and subsequently auctioned on eBay on 28th […]

15 May 2014

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Christie’s Sets $975m Benchmark For Post War and Contemporary Art Sales

Christie’s has set a new benchmark for the Post-War and Contemporary art market, raising a record total of $975 million and setting 35 new price achievements during its successful sale week. “The current commentary on the art market currently avoids what is truly driving it.  It is the work of art itself,” said Steven Murphy, Chief […]

3 April 2014

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Masterpieces From The Estate of Canadian Collector Edgar M. Bronfman To Be Auctioned

Christie’s Auctioneers has announced the sale of Property from the Estate of Edgar M. Bronfman, the distinguished businessman, philanthropist, and diplomat, in the upcoming auction season. Bronfman’s acquired collection was formed over the course of several decades and spans the categories of Impressionist & Modern Art, American Art, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Prints & Multiples, […]

27 February 2014

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John Baldessari, Mike Kelley, Ed Ruscha Donate Works For CalArts Benefit Auction At Christie’s

CalArts has completed the first phase of its Art Benefit and Auction 2014, a fundraising effort in which more than 80 renowned faculty members and alumni have donated works to benefit the Institute. Proceeds from all art sales will help fund the John Baldessari Studio Building on campus as well as endowed scholarships in the […]

23 February 2014

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Reflections In An Eclectic Eye: Barry Friedman Retirement Auction At Christies

“Looking back, I realize that what has made him such an extraordinary dealer is that he really was never a dealer at all, but a collector at heart.” – Reed Krakoff The Barry Friedman Collection goes under the hammer next month at Christies. Taking place 25-27 March, the four auctions encompassing the collection will coincide […]

2 June 2013

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Banksy Slave Labour Goes Under The Hammer Despite Protests

The Banksy mural ‘Slave Labour’ allegedly sold last night at a private event in London for more than 750,000 pounds ($1.1 million). It was reported in Bloomberg that buyers had made offers for the painting of more than 900,000 pounds in a 3½-hour silent auction that closed at 9:30 p.m. Guests sipped Taittinger champagne and […]

11 May 2013

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Banksy Mural: Withdrawn In Miami To Be Auctioned In London

A Banksy mural titled, ‘Slave Labour’ that was hacked off a wall outside a Poundland shop in Haringey that turned up in a Miami auction and withdrawn, after a public outcry, is to be offered for sale in a London auction. The mural depicts a child labourer hunched over a sewing machine stitching a string […]