8 March 2017

Christie’s To Close South-Ken Salesroom Despite Art Evening Auction Achieving $117,781,248

Christie’s record-shattering Contemporary sale in London last night has not halted downsizing of their operations in London and Amsterdam.

27 February 2017

Roald Dahl’s Francis Bacon Studies To Be Auctioned Estimate $50-$70m

Francis Bacon’s Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer, 1963 will be a featured highlight at Christie’s in its May 17 Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale in New York.

21 January 2017

Rothko And Rauschenberg Paintings Featured In Christie’s Post-War And Contemporary Sale

Iconic American painting will be featured in Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 7 March 2017 in London.

21 November 2016

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Monet To de Kooning Art Market Shows No Sign Of Trump Factor Slowdown

Despite a week of political unease as America comes to terms with the reality of Donald Trump as President-elect, the market showed some strong sales. Christie’s New York held two major sales this week Post-war and contemporary and Impressionist and Modern Art.

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.

31 October 2016

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Greedy Auction Houses Raise Buyers Premium By Collusion Free Stealth

On 6 September Christie’s announced a rise in its buyer’s premium altering the percentage thresholds. Sotheby’s announced about a month later that they would also fall into line by raising their commission.

28 September 2016

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Joan Miro Collection To Remain In Portugal After Government U-Turn

An outstanding collection of 85 works covering seven Decades of work by the Spanish artist Joan Miró’s (1893–1983) has been given the green light to stay in Portugal after the government said it had decided to keep the works, following an outcry over their proposed sale to foreign buyers. The paintings, estimated to be worth around 35 […]

19 September 2016

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Brian Sewell Collection Out Of Touch With The Art Of His Time

There’s just time to see the collection of the late Brian Sewell, coming up for auction at Christie’s saleroom in London on 27th September. It will be on view from 24h September. Christie’s, once Sewell’s employers, are making quite a big deal out of the event, with Noel Annesley, Christie’s current chairman, gushing that Sewell’s “passion for art is reflected in […]

26 August 2016

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Brian Sewell Collection Reveals New Attributions During Cataloguing At Christie’s

Christie’s have made further discoveries and positive attributions while cataloguing the collection of the late Brian Sewell critic for the Evening Standard. An oil on paper study has now been linked to a group of pictures hanging in the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice. A drawing formerly thought to have been by a follower […]

1 August 2016

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China Returns As Global Art Market Leader For Second Time

According to thierry Ehrmann, Artprice’s CEO, China has returned as the global art market leader. The comprehensive report released on Friday shows China had been expected to lose their ‘soft power’ dominance with the United States this year, but have returned to the global stage as leader, with a turnover up by more than $570 million. Another surprise […]

27 July 2016

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Christie’s Suffers A 38% Mid-Year Sales Slump Signalling Art Market Contraction

The mid-year reports from Christie’s has shown a 38% drop in sales illustrating a contraction in the buoyant art market. The Wall Street Journal released figures which pointed to an increase in sales of artworks in the $5 million-or-below range, but a slowdown in the $20 million and up categories resulting in a drop in overall sales figures, compared to […]

2 July 2016

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Henry Moore: £24.7m Auction Record For Important Festival Of Britain Masterpiece

Henry Moore’s ground-breaking 1951 modernist sculpture Reclining Figure: Festival (£24.7m) led Christie’s 250th anniversary auction Defining British Art on 30 June, the sale achieved  £99,479,500/$133,203,051 — which included the highest price ever achieved for a work by Moore. Described as ‘one of the great masterpieces of Moore’s œuvre’ by Cyanna Chutkow, Christie’s Deputy Chairman of Impressionist & Modern Art, the work was one […]

8 June 2016

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Henry Moore 1951 Festival of Britain Bronze Hits Auction Block

A rare Henry Moore 1951 modernist bronze sculpture ‘Reclining Figure’ created for the Festival of Britain, will lead the sculpture section of Christie’s 250th anniversary auction, Defining British Art, in London on 30 June (estimate: £15-20 million). It will be offered alongside further large-scale major British sculptures by Dame Barbara Hepworth, Sea Form (Atlantic), 1964 (estimate: £3-5 million) and Lynn Chadwick, Back to Venice, 1988, which […]

3 June 2016

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Brian Sewell’s Art Collection To Go Under The Hammer At Christie’s

Christie’s London has announced a sale devoted to Brian Sewell: Critic & Collector. The auction will take place at Christie’s on 27 September 2016. Brian Sewell (1931-2015), the renowned and controversial art critic, award-winning journalist and author, worked at Christie’s as an auction house picture expert for almost nine years, between 1958 and 1967, having graduated in Art History […]

2 June 2016

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All the Brit Art You Can Eat At Christie’s Pot Luck Dinner

Christie’s are offering an unusually comprehensive pair of sales of Modern British and Irish art at the end of this month – an Evening Sale for the supposedly posher lots on June 20th, followed by a Day Sale on June 21st. Viewings are from 9th to 14th June at their subsidiary gallery, 130 New Bond Street; then from 16th to 20th June at […]

26 May 2016

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Important John Constable To Be Auctioned But Will It Get An Export Licence

A major work by the English painter John Constable, R.A. (1776-1837) is to go under the hammer at Christie’s at the end of June. The full-scale six-foot ‘sketch’ for View on the Stour near Dedham, circa 1821-22, will be offered alongside other masterpieces by Reynolds, Leighton, Lowry, Spencer, Bacon and Freud in Christie’s 250th anniversary Defining British Art sale in London on 30 […]

19 May 2016

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Joan Miro Grandson Donates Twenty Eight Works To Help Refugee Crisis

Twenty eight original prints by the Spanish painter Joan Miro will be auctioned in London today, with profits donated to help the refugee crisis. The sale at Christie’s auction house in London is hoping to raise 50,000 euros ($56,600) for the Red Cross’s humanitarian organisation.  The Spanish Surrealist artist’s grandson stated; he would donate the proceeds of […]

11 May 2016

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Jean-Michel Basquiat Sets £40m World Auction Record At Christie’s

Christies Post-War and Contemporary Art evening sale in New York has realised a total US $318,388,000 / £220,796,117 /€279,086,291. The sell-through rates of 87% by lot and 91% by value is considered a staggering result. The sale established six new world auction records for artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Agnes Martin, Mike Kelley, Richard Prince, Kerry James Marshall and […]

9 May 2016

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Maurizio Cattelan Kneeling Hitler Sculpture Breaks Auction Record At Christie’s

Maurizio Cattelan’s statue of Hitler on his knees has broken auction records for a work by the artist. It was auctioned at Christie’s New York on Sunday for $17.2 million. The wax and resin statue entitled simply “Him” had been estimated to realise between $10 million and $15 million at the auction. The previous record for […]

2 April 2016

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Pivotal Rothko Painting Goes Under The Hammer At Christie’s

Christie’s Evening Sale of Post-War & Contemporary Art on May 10, is lead by Mark Rothko’s important 1957 canvas, No. 17. It carries an estimate: $30-40million. With its vibrant, verdant hues, No. 17 is emblematic of the experiential nature of Rothko’s art—a manifestation of what one critic called the “immediate radiance” of the paintings from this period of the artist’s career. One of the […]

18 February 2016

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Andy Warhol Factory Sale: Christie’s Announces The Latest Online Edition

The latest edition in Christie’s series of online auctions dedicated to the work of Andy Warhol sees a selection of 110 works from his iconic Factory era. ‘Andy Warhol’s Factory’ will be open for online bidding from February 16 and will feature photographs, drawings and prints with highlights including self-portrait photographs as well as images of some of the memorable characters […]

4 February 2016

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Sotheby’s And Christie’s Impressionist And Modern Results Winter 2016 Sustains Growth

Sotheby’s and Christie’s have both held their winter Impressionist and Modern sales this week reaffirming that the art market is still buoyant. Yesterday’s sale at Sotheby’s was topped by Pablo Picasso’s Tête de femme, a 1935 portrait of his greatest muse Marie-Thérèse Walter that sold for £18.9 million / $27.1 million.  Helena Newman, Global Co-Head of Sotheby’s Impressionist […]

29 December 2015

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A Year Of Blatant Art Consumerism Our 12 Days Of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me: A partridge in an Ai Weiwei Tree  This year has been a sort of ‘homecoming’ for Ai Weiwei: with his passport returned galleries all around the UK welcomed his return with a flurry of activity, including a retrospective of his work at the […]

26 December 2015

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Basquiat Masterpiece Sold At Christie’s For £25m Remains Uncollected By Buyer

The sale of a £25m/$37.1 m painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat at Christie’s, New York, on 13 May this year has led to a commercial statement to be filed in New York. The Field Next to the Other Road created in (1981), was consigned by the dealer Tony Shafrazi to Christie’s auctioneers for their Post-War and Contemporary evening sale The winning bidder […]

16 December 2015

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Vasudeo S Gaitonde Shatters Contemporary Indian Art Auction Record

Christie’s has recorded the highest total sales figures for an auction in India. Their third sale totalled INR 97,69,90,000 / $14.7million,  well above the pre-sale high estimate of INR 75,06,30,000 becoming the highest total for any auction held in India. 95% of the lots sold, in line with the results of the previous annual auctions. Strong bidding […]

18 November 2015

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Christie’s Reports $1 Billion Week With 14 World Auction Records Achieved

Christieʼs last week achieved over a billion dollars in sales from a single week of auctions. This followed the success of  their May sale season. Major records were set as collectors from nearly 50 countries bid for rare works by Amedeo Modigliani, Roy Lichtenstein and Lucio Fontana, setting new auction record prices for these 20th century masters. Distinguished provenances continue […]

13 November 2015

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The Art Market: Polarisation Between The Anticipation And Expectation

It is a simple law of physics – but, sadly, not a view held by more optimistic economists – that growth cannot continue indefinitely. Most auction houses however rely on the illusion of continuing growth to bolster their image and maintain their selling status, with much coverage devoted to the big names with pulling power: […]

10 November 2015

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Amedeo Modigliani Becomes The Second Most Expensive Artist At Auction

Christie’s has achieved several record prices for artists at their auction in New York last night. The highest prices were for  Amedeo Modigliani and Roy Lichtenstein, with the hammer falling at $170.4 million and $95.37 million. Modigliani’s “Nu Couche” created in 1917-18 was the star lot on the evening. It was the first time the painting has ever been […]

3 November 2015

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Iron Lady Thatcher’s Castoffs Go Under The Hammer After V&A Snub

Cast offs from the Collection of The Right Honourable Baroness Thatcher are to be offered by Christies after being rejected as a potential gift by the V&A, a story in today’s Daily Telegraph reports. In the year that ‘The Iron Lady’ would have celebrated her 90th birthday, approximately 350 personal lots will be offered across two landmark […]

28 October 2015

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Sting And Trudie Styler’s Art Collection Goes Under The Hammer

Works from the Art Collection of the pop singer Sting & his producer partner Trudie Styler will be offered at auction at Christie’s in London on 24 February 2016. Formed over the past 20 years and lovingly housed in their former family home at Queen Anne’s Gate in London, the collection vividly captures the couple’s knowledge and […]

16 August 2015

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Elvis Presley: The Artist As Cultural Icon 48 Years On

On the 48th anniversary of the death of Elvis Aaron Presley  (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) here is a tribute to mass consumerism. Andy Warhol was as much about celebrity worship and consumerism as he was about the act of creation. Warhol was fascinated by popular culture, fame and celebrity and Elvis was the […]

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 […]