9 July 2015


Rodin Sculpture Stolen 25 Years Ago Recovered From Christie’s Sale

A valuable, stolen bronze by Auguste Rodin has been recovered, after being offered at an auction, at Christie’s. In 1991, thieves stole artwork valued at over $1 million USD in a series of raids on a private residence in Beverly Hills whilst the owners were out of town. Among a number of high-value works of […]

1 July 2015


Christie’s London Post War And Contemporary Evening Sale Achieves £95,646,500

Christie’s Post War & Contemporary Art Evening Auction achieved £95,646,500 / $ 150,069,359 / €134,287,686, with sell-through rates of 87% by lot and 88% by value. Bidders from 34 countries across three continents showed great enthusiasm for works by some of the most exciting contemporary artists alongside classics of the category. The evening established records […]

28 June 2015


Record Price For Barbara Hepworth Bronze At Christies Modern British Sale

Christie’s Modern British and Irish Art Evening Sale realised £18,973,000 / $29,749,664 / €26,505,281, with strong sell-through rates of 80% by lot and 88% by value. Bidders from 18 countries across 5 continents competed in the room and on the telephone for works by the leading artists of the category, including Dame Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore […]

27 June 2015


£30 Peter Blake Painting Breaks Record For The Artist At Christie’s

‘Boys With New Ties’ by Sir Peter Blake fetched £662,500 ($1,038,800) at Christie’s London on Thursday, hitting a new world record for Blake at auction and netting a huge return for seller Jinty Stephenson. When the work ‘Boys with New Ties’, a painting by Sir Peter Blake was bought by Jinty Stephenson in the 1950s […]

23 June 2015


Christie’s Impressive Impressionist And Modern Evening Sale Nets Over £71m

The results for Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale have been released by the leading auction house and the total was £71,461,000 /$112,908,380 /€100,116,861, with a sell-through rates of 84% by lot and 92% by value. Bidders from 32 countries across 5 continents competed in the room and on the telephone for works by the trailblazers of the category, […]

9 June 2015


Sir Peter Blake Painting Bought For £30 Estimated To Sell For £350,000

When the work ‘Boys with New Ties’, a painting by Sir Peter Blake was bought by Jinty Stephenson in the 1950s for a mere £30, little did she know the eventual value of the painting. When the work goes under the hammer at Christie’s London Modern British and Irish Art sale on June 25, the […]

3 June 2015


Picasso Monet And Van Dongen Offered At Christie’s Impressionist Modern Sale

Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in London on 23 June will present a further selection of 52 highly covetable works to inspire collectors worldwide. Building on the deep international bidding also witnessed in the strong February London sales, this auction meets current tastes and demand with a curated group of captivating works full of passion and vitality by the trailblazers of […]

30 May 2015


Chris Ofili Holy Virgin Mary Elephant Dung Painting To Be Auctioned

Chris Ofili’s most controversial painting, ‘The Holy Virgin Mary’ (1996) will be offered for sale at an auction at Christie’s on 30 June in London. The painting carries an estimate of  £1.5 million. The work of art currently belongs to casino owner and gambler David Walsh who set up the Tasmania Museum MONA. Walsh purchased the work from Charles Saatchi who bought it directly […]

13 May 2015


Peter Doig Canoe Painting Breaks Artist Record £16.6m At Christie’s

While all of the press was busy covering the sale of Picasso’s ‘Women of Algiers’ which at £110m smashed the record for any work of art sold at auction, the Scotish born Canadian artist Peter Doig has created a new record price for his work, at the same sale, at Christie’s in New York. The painting of a canoe in a […]

22 April 2015


Luxury and Degradation: Benedikt Taschen Offers Koons and Kippenberger At Christies

Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale will offer two pieces from the collection of renowned publisher and art collector, Benedikt Taschen. Martin Kippenberger and Jeff Koons, leaders of the New York and Cologne art scenes, both controversial and ambitious artists, first met in Cologne in 1986, where Taschen’s publishing empire was founded a few years earlier. […]

20 April 2015


Stellar Pre-Raphaelite Collection Goes Under The Hammer At Christie’s

A stellar collection of Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian drawings and paintings will be presented for auction at Christie’s, this summer. One of the very best collections in private hands with museum-quality works, some of which have not been seen for decades will be offered as part of the Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art sale on 16 June 2015. This beautiful collection features 45 […]

16 April 2015


Ileana Sonnabend And Nina Castelli Sundell Collection Hits The Auction Block

Works from two pioneering art world figures: Ileana Sonnabend, one of the most innovative, daring, and stimulating gallerists of 20th-Century art, and her daughter Nina Castelli Sundell, the visionary curator and scholar who worked to introduce contemporary art to audiences throughout the United States are to go under the hammer at Christie’s. Ileana Sonnabend devoted her life to the discovery, appreciation, […]

15 April 2015


Alberto Giacometti Pointing Man Expected To Achieve £87m At Christie’s

Alberto Giacometti’s iconic and evocative sculpture, L’homme au doigt (Pointing Man) is to be offered at Christie’s upcoming spring auction in New York. Cast in bronze and one of an edition of six, standing whippet-thin at five feet ten inches, this dynamic and powerful figure is widely recognized as one of the most important sculptural achievements of the Modern era, created by the […]

11 April 2015


Second Lucian Freud Benefits Supervisor Resting Painting For Sale At Christie’s

Lucian Freud’s most famous and iconic subject will be offered as the highlight of Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary sale on May 13. Benefits Supervisor Resting is regarded as Freud’s ultimate tour de force, a life-size masterwork in the grand historical tradition of the female nude, painted obsessively with intense scrutiny and abiding truth. This bold and extraordinary example of […]

6 April 2015


Faberge Egg Thief Pleads Guilty In London Courtroom

A thief who stole £800,000 worth of rare Imperial Russian court Fabergé objects and jewellery from Christies Auctioneers last December, has gone on trial in London. Richard Tobin, 45, a Glaswegian confessed to the theft from the west end auction house.  Southwark Crown Court were told that there is still no sign of the missing items. Jack Talbot the suspect’s defence lawyer added: “He […]

26 March 2015


Pablo Picasso’s 1950s Homage To Delacroix Goes Under The Hammer

Christie’s will be offering Pablo Picasso’s Les femmes d’Alger (Version “O”) as the star lot in their New York Impressionist and Modern sale this Spring. The painting is the culmination of a herculean project which Picasso started after Matisse’s death, in homage to his lost friend and competitor, and which over a period of 2 months and after […]

15 February 2015


Christie’s Post-War And Contemporary Art Evening Auction Realises £117,142,500

The Post-War & Contemporary Art evening sale at Christie’s London realised a total of £117,142,500 / $178,408,028 / €157,556,663 selling 95% by value with outstanding sell-through rates. The top price of the evening was paid for Cy Twombly’s Untitled (New York City), which sold for £19,682,500 / $29,976,448/ €26,472,96 (estimate in the region of £16million). […]

13 February 2015


Goldsmiths Auction For New Gallery Raises Nearly £1.5 Million

Christie’s hosted a special auction today in support of the £2.8 million needed to create the Gallery at Goldsmiths, as part of the Day Sale.   Works from Goldsmiths’ illustrious alumni including Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Julian Opie, Sam Taylor-Johnson and Steve McQueen donated works in aid of raising money to build a new […]

13 February 2015


Global Art-marketing: Where The Crowned Kings Of Auctioneering Find Their Sovereignty

In my best Sam the Eagle voice: “Sales is vanity, profit is sanity”. Splashed all over the art newspapers this week were the impressive sales figures of Christie’s Surrealism auction, where lots sold for a combined total of £147m, (Write it in full: £147,031,000.00 – oooh look how titillatingly long that is!), with Miró’s ‘Women, […]

11 February 2015


Buyer Of Georgia O’Keeffe Painting For Record $44 Million Revealed

Late last year the $15 million or £9.5 million estimate for Georgia O’Keeffe’s work at auction was shattered after a rather intense bidding war between two unknown rivals. ‘Jimson Weed/White Flower No 1’, a 1932 painting of a simple white flower, was finally bought after the flurry by an unnamed buyer with a telephone bid […]

31 January 2015


Christie’s Joins ArtStack For The First Crowd Sourced Auction Initiative

Christie’s along with the art-social media website ArtStack have formed a unique alliance this season with the first crowd-sourced auction initiative. The aim is to give emerging artists chosen by the public the opportunity to be included in an auction, using new technologies and influenced by the current trend for crowd sourcing. From Tuesday 20 […]

30 January 2015


Misattributed John Constable Purchased for £3,500 At Christie’s Sells At Sotheby’s For £3.4m

We reported on the 9 January that a painting by John Constable misattributed and sold for a fraction of its actual value at Christie’s was up for sale again at Sotheby’s New York. Now it has been confirmed that the picture, bought for £3,500 just 18 months ago has sold at auction in New York […]

20 January 2015


Christie’s Release Record Breaking Figures Of £5.1 billion For 2014

Christie’s have released the figures for art sales for the year ending December 2014. This figure is the highest total for Christie’s or any art company in the history of the market. The final tally reports £5.1 billion, up 12% ($8.4 billion, up 17%). Sales figures were driven by an increase in activity across all […]

16 January 2015


Christie’s To Auction Works On Paper From The Triton Collection

Christie’s is to auction a unique selection of rare works on paper from the Triton Collection Foundation, spanning over three centuries of art history and representing the most important avant-garde movements of the 19th and 20th Century, including works by Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne, Fernand Léger, Francis Picabia, Gino Severini, Odilon Redon, André […]

16 January 2015


YBA Auction To Benefit New Gallery At Goldsmiths Announced

Goldsmiths’ renowned alumni including Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, Sarah Lucas, Julian Opie, Sam Taylor-Johnson and Steve McQueen have donated works to a special Christie’s auction in aid of raising money to build a new gallery at Goldsmiths, University of London, a leading centre for teaching and research in the visual arts in the UK. During […]

11 January 2015


Christie’s Unveils Stellar Selection For London’s The Art of The Surreal Auction

Christie’s stellar selection of 36 lots in the much anticipated annual London evening sale of The Art of The Surreal on 4 February 2015. The auction comprises works from many important collections, led by Joan Miró’s masterful L’oiseau au plumage déployé vole vers l’arbre argenté, 1953, from a Distinguished European Collection (estimate: £7-9 million, illustrated […]

9 January 2015


Christie’s Gets It Wrong As £900 Painting Is £1.5m Original Constable

A painting thought to be school of John Constable has been authenticated, as the real deal. Two years ago Christie’s Auctioneers in London attributed the landscape painting and valued it at just £600 -£900. The painting was purchased by an anonymous collector for £3,500. However after close inspection, when the work was cleaned, the new […]

2 January 2015


Caravaggio Painting Takes Centerstage At Christie’s Old Masters Sale

One of the earliest example of a painting by Caravaggio titled, ‘Boy Peeling a Fruit’ dating from 1591 will go under the hammer on 28 January at Christie’s New York. The painting is similar to one of the centrepieces of the Royal Collection Trust belonging to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Royal example was […]

22 December 2014


Christie’s Theft: £1m In Jewels Stolen In London Headquarters Heist

Thieves have breached stringent security at Christie’s London flagship headquarters to pull off a heist valued at up to a million pounds. The stolen items, thought to be mostly jewellery and small antiques, included works by the Russian jewellers Fabergé. Police have been investigating the theft for two weeks and even though they have CCTV […]

17 December 2014


Cézanne From The Courtauld Collection Under The Hammer At Christie’s

Paul Cézanne’s painting ‘Vue sur L’Estaque et Le Château d’If’ (1883–1885) will go under the hammer at Chrisite’s London in February 2015. The painting has been in the private collection of British magnate Samuel Courtauld since he purchased the work in 1936. “The sun here is so terrific that objects appear silhouetted not only in […]

11 December 2014


Christie’s Americas President Doug Woodham Steps Down

Christie’s incoming CEO Patricia Barbizet Hasn’t hesitated in putting her plans for Christie’s in place. It is only a week after it was announced that chief executive Steven Murphy was leaving the famed auction house, the London-based auctioneer has now confirmed that its president of the Americas division, Doug Woodham, will depart the company at […]

3 December 2014


Steven Murphy Resigns From Chief Executive Officer Role At Christie’s

In September 2010, former Rodale president Steven Murphy became the first American CEO in the history of the auction house. Now with the recent departure of William Ruprecht from Sotheby’s comes another surprise for the auction world: Murphy is resigning from the role of chief executive at Christie’s. Christie’s confirmed this in a statement to […]