10 March 2018

Record London Contemporary/Modern Art Auctions Set Spring 2018 Alight

London’s contemporary sales both evening and day at Sotheby’s and Christie’s have totalled £295 million ($407 million).

14 January 2018

Picasso Portrait Painted The Same Year As Guernica To Be Auctioned

Pablo Picasso’s Femme au béret et à la robe quadrillée (Marie-Thérèse Walter), goes under the hammer at Sotheby’s after an international tour of exhibition dates including Hong Kong 30 January- 2 February, Taipei 6 -7 February, New York 12- 14 February, London 22 -28 February. The portrait has been identified as one of Picasso’s weeping women […]

21 December 2017

Sotheby’s Rounds Off 2017 Reaching $4.7 billion Annual Sales Total

Sotheby’s concluded their 2017 auctions this week, reaching an annual sales total of $4.7 billion that represents a 13.1% increase over our 2016 results.

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

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

20 September 2017

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Grenfell Art Auction Expected To Raise Big Money For Surviving Families

The ‘Art for Grenfell’ auction has been announced to take place on Monday 16 October at Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond Street, in London. 

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

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.

Edward Albee Estate To Be Auctioned By Sotheby’s New York

Sotheby’s has announced that it will be handling the estate collection of the great American playwright Edward Albee. The dedicated auction will be held this September in New York with proceeds of the sale benefiting The Edward F. Albee Foundation, which provides residencies for writers and visual artists in Montauk, Long Island.

22 June 2017

Wassily Kandinsky Painting Achieves £33m A New Auction Record At Sotheby’s

A new auction record for Wassily Kandinsky was broken twice last night at Sotheby’s London. Murnau – Landschaft mit grünem Haus from 1909, sold for £21 million / $26.4 million / €23.9 million. Both early works by Kandinsky were among the few left in private hands, this painting made its auction debut having remained in the private collection of the same family since the 1920s.

12 June 2017

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Picasso Ring With Portrait Of Lover Dora Maar To Be Auctioned

A ring, containing a Picasso portrait of Dora Maar is to be auctioned at Sotheby’s.

27 May 2017

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Mario Testino Puts His Personal Art Collection Under The Hammer At Sotheby’s

Mario Testino, is to put his art collection under the hammer at Sotheby’s. As one of the most celebrated photographers of our time, this project will look beyond Testino’s enigmatic images that have shaped contemporary culture and reveal the artist as collector, patron and collaborator.

19 May 2017

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Overhyped Jean-Michel Basquiat Painting Sells For $110.5m At Sotheby’s NY

A major painting by the New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat has sold at Sotheby’s for an unprecedented $110.5m (£85.4m).

17 May 2017

Sotheby’s New York Impressionist and Modern Spring 2017 Sale Achieves $173 Million

Sotheby’s New York Impressionist and Modern sale last night achieved $173 Million, despite an important early work by the Austrian master Egon Schiele being withdrawn at the last minute. Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist painting Composition With Plane In Projection (1915). topped the sale.

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.

6 April 2017

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Chris Levine Queen Portrait Triples Estimate Selling For £187K At Sotheby’s

The auction was led by a record for pioneer of ‘light art’ Chris Levine as his strikingly modern portrait of Queen Elizabeth II tripled its pre-sale estimate to sell for £187,500 (£50,000-80,000).

6 March 2017

Gerald Scarfe Political Cartoons To Be Auctioned At Sotheby’s

Gerald Scarfe (b. 1936) will be selling a chunk of his political cartoons at Sotheby’s in April. Over 130 drawings by this important caricaturist and cartoonist will go under the hammer.

14 February 2017

Erotic Art And Objects Go Under The Hammer At Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s is presenting their first sale of Erotica, 16 February. Timed just a few days after Valentine’s day the sale offers a range of art and decorative objects, all with erotic overtones. Across the centuries, art has always been intrinsically linked to expressions of passion and sensuality. The Erotic: Passion & Desire sale in London encompasses representations of love and sex from antiquity to the present day.

26 January 2017

Gerhard Richter Eisberg Goes Under The Hammer At Sotheby’s

An important painting by the German artist Gerhard Richter goes under the hammer for the first time in March 2017 at Sotheby’s London Evening sale of Contemporary Art.

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.

15 November 2016

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Edvard Munch Masterpiece Girls on the Bridge Achieves £44.6m At Sotheby’s

Last night’s results for the Evening Sales of Impressionist & Modern Art in New York coupled with those in London this June, demonstrate there is strong demand for top-quality works at every price level,” said Simon Shaw, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Worldwide Impressionist & Modern Art Department.

14 November 2016

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David Bowie Art Collection Part One Achieves £24.3m At Sotheby’s

The first part of the David Bowie art collection that went under the hammer at Sotheby’s yesterday (10 November) has achieved £24.3m ($30.5 m) with a painting by Jean-Michele Basquiat reaching £7 million.

7 November 2016

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Lord and Lady Attenborough’s Modern British Art Collection At Sotheby’s

Lord and Lady Attenborough’s Modern British art collection goes under the hammer November 2016, at Sotheby’s London. On 22 – 23 November, Sotheby’s Modern & Post-War British art sales will offer 37 works from their celebrated private collection, assembled with immense passion and a very distinctive eye.

2 November 2016

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1 November 2016

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David Bowie Collection A Very Personal Curation Of Style And Taste

From 1–10 November, the collection will be exhibited at Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries in London, giving fans, collectors, art lovers and experts a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse themselves in the extraordinary range of objects that informed Bowie’s private world.

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.

9 October 2016

Sotheby’s Frieze Week Auction Proves London Remains Centre Of Art Market

Sotheby’s Frieze Week auction peaked with two lots selling for over £10m, a record result for an October contemporary auction in London. Alex Branczik, European Head of Contemporary Art said, “It’s clear that London remains at the heart of the global art market.”  Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Hannibal” became the most valuable work sold at auction in the capital this week, […]

31 August 2016

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Modern and Contemporary Irish Art Takes Centre Stage at Sotheby’s London and Dublin

Sotheby’s launches their first Modern and contemporary Irish art sale of the season. The annual sale in London on 13 September 2016 and at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin from 1-4 September, contains over 70-lots  which will be on public exhibition, prior to viewing in London.  This year’s artists include: Sir John Lavery, Jack B. Yeats, Roderic O’Conor, Sir […]

9 August 2016

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Sotheby’s Reports Strong Second-quarter Despite Market Turmoil

Sotheby’s has made it out of the second quarter with a profit! It reported second-quarter net income, which amounted to $88.6 million. This is up compared to the $73.1 million recorded in the same quarter last year. It is a 21 percent increase. The art market remains in turmoil with Brexit fluctuations not yet accounted for in the year-end […]

7 August 2016

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Sotheby’s To Launch Online Video Platform To Focus On Leading Museums

The world’s leading museums are the focus of a new online platform developed by Sotheby’s which will promote video content created by many major institutions. The digital hub will be called Sotheby’s Museum Network and it will be featured prominently on Sothebys.com as well as Sotheby’s Apple TV channel. The museums in this network will include internationally-renowned public institutions, such as the […]