20 November 2017

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Why Tintin illustrations by Politically Controversial Hergé Break the £1m Mark

Last week, an India ink drawing of Tintin and his dog Snowy sold for almost $500,000 (£380,000) at auction in Paris.

21 September 2017

Basquiat Boom The Hero In His Own Play By Edward Lucie-Smith 

The new Jean-Michel Basquiat show at the Barbican titled Basquiat: Boom For Real comes with a thumping big hardback catalogue published by Prestel.

29 June 2017

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale Realises Respectable £62.3m Total

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale has realised a very respectable £62.3 million / $79.8 million / €70.4 million total.

23 May 2016

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Elton John’s Basquiat Warhol Painting To Be Auctioned In Paris

A monumental painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, two enfants terribles of the art world, will be offered at auction from the collection of Elton John and David Furnish in Sotheby’s Paris Evening Sale of Contemporary Art. The two artists first met in a café in 1980, when Basquiat boldly approached Warhol – his idol who was then at the peak of his glory. […]

13 May 2016

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Tehran 20th Century International Art Collection Exhibited In Berlin

The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is to tour an exhibition that will feature both international Contemporary/Modern masterpieces and Iranian artists. It is scheduled to run in Berlin from December to February 2017. This is one of the largest and most valuable collections of Western contemporary art in the world. The works of art have spent […]

29 February 2016

Warhol To Wallinger London’s Best Art Exhibitions March 2016

Gagosian’s Warhol and Avedon at their Britannia Street gallery is yet another Museum quality curation which juxtaposes the work of two post war artists, both tackling iconic celebrities and society portraiture. Both cross over in a massive billboard sized group portrait by Avedon of ‘The Factory’ superstars which include Viva, Gerard Malenga and the late, great, transgender Candy Darling. Worth […]

24 July 2015

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Sexism In Art: And What We Perceive As Acceptable Body Depictions

So, I was about to launch into thoughtful musings on that inexplicable relationship between artist and muse and how the female body just happens to lend itself to being pored over to varying degrees of distraction. Egon Schiele is a classic example of an artist walking a very thin tightrope between viewing the female body […]

7 November 2014

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Brand Beckham, Warhol and Koons ArtBytch Reveals The Common Denominator

My name is Charles Saatchi and I am an alcoholic: given the growing trend for sprinkling the magical commercial fairy dust that is “Art” onto consumable liquid, this would have been the perfect slogan for the market-defining marketer, if indeed he were still actually defining the market. For even David Beckham has cottoned on that […]

26 June 2014

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Warhol, Doig And Bacon Star In Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale

The market continues to storm ahead, ravenous for great works by great artists. This sale – one of the most exciting London sales in a decade – provides plenty to feed that appetite, with definitive works by Bacon and Doig presenting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for collectors.” says; Alex Branczik, Head of Contemporary Art, London Next […]

19 May 2014

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Warhol Explores Halston: The first All American Fashion Designer

The Andy Warhol Museum has announced a new exhibition, Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede, which explores the designer and his relationship to Warhol’s art and circle of friends. This takes place as part of a 20th anniversary celebration at the museum.   The exhibition, examines the interconnected lives and creative practices of Andy Warhol […]

12 May 2014

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Tehran Museum Could Display Modern Masterpieces After 30 Year Hiatus

A billion pound collection of modern masterpieces which has languished in a storeroom bunker under Tehran’s Museum of Contemporary Art in Iran may finally see the light of day, under changes in the new government’s policy. Paintings by Picasso, Miro, Calder, Bacon, Pollock, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Van Gogh and Monet have languished in a storeroom beneath […]

30 January 2014

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Sotheby’s Set To exhibit Warhol, Richter and Hockney In India

Sotheby’s has announced that it will exhibit works by Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter and David Hockney in India for the first time. The artworks will be open to the public on the 31st January 2014, the exhibition at the Imperial Hotel, New Delhi has been designed to allow Indian collectors to view selected highlights from […]

30 November 2013

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Damien Hirst Exhibits His Work Alongside Picasso, Bacon and Warhol

Damien Hirst is a Turner Prize winning artist. Despite his critical notoriety (much of it negative)  he has managed to become one of the top selling artists in the world, with an estimated fortune of over £300m. He is an artist known for his installation art, paintings and sculpture. His subject matter often depicts images […]

16 November 2013

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Astronomical Warhol Koons And Bacon Results Defy Art Market Skeptics

Oh what a crazy week for contemporary and modern art at auction: Despite a lot of hot air in the art press over the last few days, with speculation of whether the art market bubble (or balloon in some cases) was about to burst, the climate has again proven the sceptics to be wrong, with […]

18 June 2012

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Sotheby’s Contemporary June Sale Offers Pop Art Masterpiece Plus

Sotheby’s is to offer for sale a magnificent and encompassing assembly of Post-war & Contemporary art on 26 June. Headlining the auction, Francis Bacon’s Study for Self-Portrait is the penultimate self-portrayal in the artist’s pivotal corpus of intimately scaled portrait heads. Executed in 1980, this deeply reflective painting delivers a remarkable exemplification of the principle […]

2 May 2012

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Munch’s Scream Tops May Art Market Bill

Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” is aiming to be the biggest seller in New York during May’s upcoming auctions. Private collectors as well as the big auction houses including Christie’s and Sotheby’s will be contributing a variety of pieces, some reaching well above $10 million. Other artist’s to feature in this momentous month are Picasso, Francis […]

27 January 2012

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Art Dealer Sought in £3m Art Fraud

Picasso Matisse and Klee works Defrauded By Cook Fine Art In New York A Madison Avenue art dealer has been charged with defrauding a client of $4 million. It appears that Robert Scott Cook sold works by Picasso, Manet, Matisse, Renoir and others, keeping the money himself. Federal prosecutors said. Robert Scott Cook used his […]

30 November 2011

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Art Basel Miami VIP Day Spending Spree

10th edition art fair rocks with $2.5 billion of art offered It is the final day of November 2011 and this could only mean the preview day of Art Basel Miami and its VIP extravaganza. The Americans do this well and believe me with over $2.5 billion worth of art, ranging from Warhol and Koons […]

16 September 2011

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Cornelia Parker Chooses Warhol Portrait For Exhibition

  Masterworks from the Government Art Collection Opens at Whitechapel The second exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery of the Government Art Collection goes on display today. This time the gallery has invited leading British artist Cornelia Parker to select works of art reflecting her personal take on the Collection. When making her selection, Parker arranged […]

28 August 2011

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Will Art Fairs Replace The Traditional Art Gallery

A new report from CINOA reveals startling new facts High profile auction sales of Warhol, Picasso and the Impressionists reported via news headlines doesn’t accurately reflect that art and antique dealers account for fifty percent of the global art market’s sales. A new report sponsored by the leading non-profit dealer association CINOA finds that fairs […]

11 August 2011

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Tony Curtis Estate To Be Auctioned In September

  Original works by Picasso and Warhol to go under the hammer The estate of one of Hollywood’s most colorful stars, Tony Curtis goes under the hammer on 17 September. It includes work personally given to him by Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso. The rare Hollywood star whose off-screen character was often more sensational than […]

2 July 2011

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Warhol In Drag New Exhibition Opens In Salford

Cindy Sherman and Robert Mapplethorpe were also exploring themes along these lines in the 1980’s In 1981 Pop Artist Andy Warhol in collaboration with his friend Christopher Makos worked on a series of photographs with a transgender theme. The Artist’s conceptual basis for the series of 350 stills was to explore the way you are […]

30 June 2011

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Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Sale Smashes Records

The Contemporary Art Evening Sale at Sotheby’s last night was the highest total ever achieved in London by a contemporary sale in history. £108,803,550 / $174,129,201 /€120,923,897 was sold, all pre-sale expectations were smashed (estimate: £74-105 million). Buyers from around the globe participated in the auction. Record sell-through rates of 89.8% by lot and 93.9% […]

27 October 2010

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Is A Warhol ‘Soup Can’ Worth 30-50 Million Dollars?

Bid Here….  In the 48 years since it was executed Big Campbell’s Soup Can with Can Opener (Vegetable) has only had three private owners. The New York collectors, Burton and Emily Tremaine bought the painting directly from Warhol’s Factory in 1962 and sold it, in the late 1970s to Ted Ashley, the former chairman of […]