11 November 2012


Wizard of Oz Dorothy Dress Sells For £302,000 In Hollywood

Hollywood – A gingham dress with a pinafore worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 classic film, the Wizard of Oz has sold for £302,000 at auction in Beverly Hills.The blue and white garment realised a respectable price within the high and low estimate guidelines. A spokesperson from Julien’s Auctions said; “A similar dress worn […]

10 October 2012


Royal Academy Auction Raises £660,000 For Building Program

The RA Now auction and exhibition has successfully auctioned off the works of 40 Royal Academicians and a number of international Honorary Royal Academicians who have donated significant pieces to the show. Highlights of the sale include Grayson Perry’s unusual pot titled, ‘Bad Portraits of Establishment Figures, 2012 ‘ which sold for £150,000, Allen Jones […]

19 September 2012


Fraudulent Contemporary Art Finds A Buoyant Marketplace On Ebay

If the latest Andy Warhol that you’ve spotted on eBay looks too good to be true, it probably is. ‘There’s a sucker born every minute’ — P T Barnum Since the advent of the internet, art sales have been moving beyond the hallowed halls of auction houses such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s, and into the […]

3 August 2012


Canaletto View Of London Goes Under The Hammer In Vienna

An historic painting showing the New Horse Guards from St James’s Park by the Venetian painter Canaletto is to be auctioned at the Dorotheum in Austria in October. The oil on canvas depicts a rare view of the London landmark under construction in 1753. The painting is the centrepiece in a sale of Old Master […]

19 July 2012


Christie’s And Sotheby’s Report Record Half Year Figures

In the first half of 2012 leading auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s show conflicting views on the state of the market.  Despite the record-breaking sale of Munch’s “The Scream” Sotheby’s is posting a 15.8% decrease in sales from the similar period last year.  Christie’s, however, is boasting an 11.2% increase. For Christie’s, this first-half has […]

1 July 2012


Contemporary Art Auctions A Case For Recession Proof Investment

As the Summer auction and fair season winds up and galleries mount their group shows, a mainstay of the art calendar Jack Castle takes a look at the staggering results from three of the major sales rooms. The very special place in art history and unique nature of works such as the Francis Bacon, Study […]

24 May 2012


Allen Jones 1m Pound Misogynistic Table Stimulates Sotheby’s Sale

Art from the estate of Gunter Sachs, the German billionaire former husband of Brigitte Bardot, has been sold for £35.6m at auction in London. The top lot was an Andy Warhol self-portraits, which sold for £5.4m and record breakers included a table by the British ‘Pop Artist’ Allen Jones which sold for nearly £1m  ($1,533,943). […]

23 May 2012


The Booming Asian Art Market and It’s Influence on Britain

If the world did not have problems enough speculating about future failures of single currencies and the threat of climate changes. The US and Europe are now competing with a very serious and rapidly growing Asian art market. China is the elephant in the room of many discussions concerning politics, economics, and the environment, yet […]

20 May 2012


Amy Winehouse Morbid Blood Splattered Painting Sells For £35k

A painting using the blood of Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty as a medium has sold for £35,000. The collaboration titled Ladylike was one of around 20 “blood” paintings on show representing Doherty’s work at the Cob Gallery in London. The portrait  of Winehouse was estimated to sell for between £50,000 and £80,000 when auctioned […]

13 May 2012


Record Price For Basquiat At Phillips De Pury Contemporary Art Auction

Thursday’s Contemporary Art Auction at Phillips de Pury NYC totalled at $88.9 million, sitting squarely in the middle of its pre-sale estimates of $75.9 million to $110.7 million. Of the 44 works on offer, 35 found buyers, with the star lot of the night being a 1981 painting by Basquiat being sold by US collector […]

12 May 2012


Opportunity To Buy Damien Hirst Skull For £6,000

How much would you pay for a Damien Hirst skull? Not as much as you might think, as it turns out – if you are happy to fork out for a loose doodle on the back if a poster, that is! The doodle, having been given to a friend in Mexico, has somehow found its […]

9 May 2012


£54m Mark Rothko Breaks Contemporary Art Auction Record

Before last night the price of $86.3 million, paid for Francis Bacon’s ‘Triptych’, 1976, in 2008 was the most expensive post-war artwork ever sold at auction. But now Mark Rothko’s Orange, red, yellow has been sold for $86.9 million (£53.8m). Wow. The painting was executed in 1961, and was sold at Christie’s in New York. […]

2 May 2012


Edvard Munch Scream Goes Under Hammer Tonight

Edvard Munch, the celebrated Norwegian Post-Impressionist, painted four versions of his now iconic ‘The Scream.’  This evening one will be auctioned by Sotheby’s and is expected to become one of the most expensive pieces of art sold at auction. Since being painted in 1895, ‘The Scream’ has had an interesting history.  Three of the four […]

2 May 2012


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 […]

29 April 2012


Rare Marilyn Monroe Photo Portfolio To Be Sold

Bonham’s Offers Complete Bert Stren Set Of Monroe Prints – Bert Stern may not have been the first photographer to capture Marilyn Monroe, but he was definitely the last to secure a professional session with the screen icon. In July 1962, the young Bert Stern was given access to three sittings in order to capture […]

26 April 2012


Super Rich Viktor Vekselberg Sues Christies For Fake Painting

Russian oilman and art collector Viktor Vekselberg is demanding a £1.7 million refund from auction house Christies. Vekselberg – worth over £7billion and the 64th richest person in the world – believes that he was sold a fake painting and is taking the case to the High Court. The painting in question is entitled as […]

16 April 2012


World’s Most Wanted Stolen Art

As Cezanne’s ‘Boy in a Red Waistcoat’ turns up in Serbia, we wonder about the fate of other stolen works of art   The Art Loss Register – the international index of stolen works – has 350,000 stolen artworks on file. But where are they? Traded on the black market and hanging in private homes? […]

13 April 2012


Sotheby’s Puts Munch Scream On View In London

 iconic masterpiece on display for one week at auction house The last privately owned rendition of Edvard Munch’s The Scream has gone on view in London at Sotheby’s for one week. It will go under the hammer in New York, on 2 May 2012 and is expected to fetch $80m or more. This could be […]

24 March 2012


Vincent van Gogh London Residence Up For Grabs

Update – Savills Auction which took place on 27 March has finished and the property has been sold for £565,000. Ever dream of owning something by the painter Vincent van Gogh?  His paintings sell for millions and that would be the price for a minor one. These days the purchase of a major work by […]

20 March 2012


China Steals Global Art Market Dominance From USA

China is now the world’s biggest market for art and antiques, ending the USA’s decades of domination Hailed by the finders, as ‘perhaps one of the most fundamental and important changes in the last 50 years’, this historic moment – indicating the wider general movements in the global economy as a whole – has been […]

17 March 2012


Maastricht Fair Offers 1.3b Dollar Art Feeding Frenzy

Britain benefits from ‘Museum Where Everything Is For Sale’ fair TEFAF Maastricht, has opened to the public and by all accounts it is off to a good start. Often described as a “museum where everything is for sale”, the event welcomed 10,000 visitors at the preview yesterday.The fair was designed by Tom Postma, this year, […]

12 March 2012


Important Warhol Collection Goes Under The Hammer

Ex Brigitte Bardot Husband’s estate to be sold in May London,The art collection of the late playboy art dealer Gunter Sach, husband of Brigitte Bardot and friend of the artist Andy Warhol will be sold at Sotheby’s London in an auction in May. The sale contains over 300 items, ranging from iconic Pop Art works […]

6 March 2012


Banksy Kate Moss In Bonham’s Urban Art Auction

17 Banksy Artworks Go Under The Hammer In London On 29th March Bonhams annual Urban Art Auction is set to  bring in thousands of pounds, in ‘Artist Resale Rights’ for the British born international graffiti artist Banksy.The market for his work is buoyant and the sale includes no fewer than 17 works by the elusive […]

3 March 2012


Andy Warhol’s The Scream Goes Under the Hammer In London

As the world awaits Edvard Munch’s Original to be sold in New York in May Sotheby’s London, biannual sale of Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints held on Thursday, 29 March 2012, is highlighting Andy Warhol’s rare version of “The Scream (After Munch). The print is illustrated on the cover of the sale showing just […]

16 February 2012


Big Bucks For Francis Bacon And Lucian Freud At Christies

Francis Bacon’s 1963 Portrait of Henrietta Moraes sold for nearly £20 million, while newly discovered Freud drawing doubles pre-sale estimate at a Christie’s sale of post-war and contemporary art The painting was described in the catalogue as ‘the most seductive painting of a female figure ever realised by Francis Bacon’. Strangely, Christie’s had declined to […]

11 February 2012


Henry Moore Breaks Damien Hirst Auction Record

Most expensive British bronze sells for £19.1 million At Christie’s Christies has broken the auction record for the most expensive work of British sculpture sold. The work of art, by Modernist Henry Moore depicts a reclining female figure resting on her elbow. The abstract bronze,titled Reclining Figure was created for the Festival of Britain in […]

10 February 2012


Liz Taylor Van Gogh Sees Collection Sale Make Massive $183 Million

Three paintings from the Hollywood star Liz Taylor’s collection have sold for nearly £14million at auction. The three works, by some of the biggest names in art history – Van Gogh, Edgar Degas and Claude Pissarro – fetched an incredible  £13,787,750 at a Christie’s sale – smashing the paltry pre-sale estimate of £6.2million. Unsurprising, the […]

6 February 2012


Super Rich Keep Sotheby’s and Christie’s Afloat

Christie’s and Sotheby’s report booming business thanks to patronage of the super rich, with Ten Richest Clients Responsible For 10% Of Art Auction Revenue It may appear bizarre that, in the midst of such turbulent economic times, business at auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s is booming. Christie’s, for instance, has announced sales of £3.6bn – […]

5 February 2012


Cezanne Breaks Record For Worlds Most Expensive Painting

Qatar Royal Family pay £158m for The Card Players The nation of Qatar which is better known for its oil than its European art collection has purchased a painting by the post Impressionist, Paul Cézanne for what is thought to be the highest price ever paid for a work of art. The Card Players was […]

2 February 2012


Auction Atrium Has Ceased Trading With Immediate Effect

Managing Director Allison Earl Woessner Locks the door on Kensington online auctioneers

1 February 2012


Christie’s And Sotheby’s Defy Resale Tax With Massive Sales

Artist’s resale royalty charge as yet fails to dent auction house prospects In the face of the January enactment of the artist’s resale royalty charge, London’s auction houses have lined up a killer set of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art sales that could total an incredible £562 million. If achieved, this would be one of […]

27 January 2012


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 […]