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.

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?

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.

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

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

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.

27 June 2017

Max Beckmann Painting Achieves £36m World Record Price

The German expressionist painter Max Beckmann has achieved a new world record price for the artist

12 June 2017

Audrey Hepburn Family Collection To Be Sold At Christie’s

Items from the family collection of the iconic actress Audrey Hepburn a to go under the hammer at Christie’s in London.

7 June 2017

Christie’s Secures David Rockefeller Collection For Highest Estimated Auction Sale

Christie’s Auctioneers have secured the estate of David Rockefeller, the youngest son of American philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and art patron Abby Aldrich Rockefeller.

16 May 2017

Constantin Brancusi Head Smashes Artist’s Auction Record At Christie’s

A bronze sculpture by the Modernist artist Constantin Brancusi has sold for the record-smashing price of $57.37 million in New York on Monday. This is the highest price achieved for the Romanian-born sculptor and more than twice the pre-sale estimate.

20 April 2017

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Is This Basquiat The Most Hyped Auction Painting Of 2017?

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s ‘Untitled’ painting from 1982, a monumental canvas that has rarely been seen since it last appeared on the market in May 1984, is the centrepiece of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art sale in New York on the 18 May.

29 March 2017

Greta Garbo’s Sophisticated Modern Art Collection To Be Sold At Christies

The avant-garde collection of Greta Garbo’s modern art will go under the hammer at Christie’s NY, in its Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art.

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 […]