29 November 2014


Christie’s Reports Strong Results For British and Irish Modern Art Sale

The auction house Christie’s has recorded exceptional results for their Autumn British and Irish Modern Art Sale.The market seems to be going from strength to strength, with the Evening and Day Sales achieving a combined total of £11,930,350 / $18,632,463 / €14,862,473. The Evening Sale was led by Dame Barbara Hepworth’sFigure (Sunion), which achieved £1,106,500 […]

16 November 2014


Exceptional Van Dyck Under The Hammer At Christie’s

Christie’s auction on Tuesday 2nd December 2014 will be ‘Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale’, in London; will feature a remarkable portrait by Sir Anthony van Dyck of the musician Hendrick Liberti. The work was in the collection of King Charles I at Whitehall by 1639; the piece has not been seen for almost […]

6 November 2014


Manet Painting Breaks Artist’s Record With £40 Million Sale

A work by Edouard Manet has set a new auction record for the French impressionist. ‘Spring’, a portrait of a French actress, sold at Christie’s in New York for £40.6 million, a sum that almost doubled the previous record of £20.7 million for a work by Manet. The oil painting was in the possession of […]

1 November 2014


Lost Masterpiece Discovered In French Attic At Christie’s Auction

Two works by the artist John Duncan Fergusson were recently rediscovered in France by a brother and sister while they were sorting through the contents of a family attic of their home in Giverny. The duo’s grandparents lived in the area at the turn of the 20th century, at the same time as it was […]

28 October 2014


Sotheby’s And Christie’s In Egon Schiele Restitution Roulette

On November 5th, Christie’s is auctioning a 1910 Schiele watercolor ‘Town on the Blue River’. The auction house is doing this in conjunction with a restitution agreement that views the work as looted art, and will provide compensation to Grünbaum’s heirs. Sotheby’s, is offering a 1917 goauche and crayon on paper, ‘Seated Woman With Bent […]

22 October 2014


Cy Twombly’s Blackboard Painting For Auction At Christie’s

A work by Cy Twombly is being offered for auction at Christie’s by Nicola Del Roscio – the artist’s former assistant and the president of of the Cy Twombly foundation – according to Antiques & Fine Art Magazine. The artist’s former assistant reportedly acquired the work directly from the artist. But Christie’s would neither confirm […]

16 October 2014


Anger Over Casino’s Plans To Sell £80 Million Warhols

In mid-september the German casino conglomerate Westspiel announced their plan to sell ‘Triple Elvis’ (1963) and ‘Four Marlons’ (1966) at Christie’s, New York in November. The paintings are expected to fetch over €100 million or £80 million. A petition has since been sent by twenty-six museum directors in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia to the regional government, […]

16 October 2014


Richter’s Abstraktes Bild (774-4) For Christie’s Auction

The work by artist Gerhard Richter titled ‘Abstraktes Bild (774-4)’ is a seminal example of the artist’s layered abstract practice that Richter began exploring in the late 1980’s. The work was first exhibited in Rome the same year of its execution, the painting was shown alongside an exclusive selection of Richter’s finest work from that […]

15 October 2014


Christie’s To Auction Collection Of Late Actor Maximilian Schell

The late Maximilian Schell was a renowned Austrian and Swiss film and stage actor, who also wrote, directed and produced a proportion of his own films. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1961 American film ‘Judgement at Nuremberg’. Christie’s has now announced that they will be auctioning 45 works from the […]

14 October 2014


Polke Beats Richter In £46 Million Christie’s Sale

Sigmar Polke’s status had a further boost at Christie’s London on Monday; with the evening sale of the Essl Collection, the prices for the German artist’s work increased, with five works by Polke originally estimated at an aggregate price of £8 million, ended up selling for just over £16 million, bringing Polke closer to his […]

23 September 2014


Christie’s Multiplied Launches For Frieze Week

MULTIPLIED is the UK’s only art fair dedicated to contemporary prints and editions. The fair is in its The fifth instalment; returning to Christie’s, South Kensington this autumn. The event will be open to the public from 17-20 October, and will take place during Frieze Week, one of the most important periods in the contemporary […]

10 September 2014


Christie’s Announce Giants Of German Post-War Art Sale

Christie’s has announced the sale of 44 major Post-War works from The Essl Collection which will be sold in a landmark, stand-alone evening auction in London on Monday, 13 October 2014. The sale will be comprised of master works by many giants of German Post-War and Contemporary Art including Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, Martin Kippenberger, […]

9 September 2014


Edmund de Waal Donates Art For Prisoners Abroad Charity Auction

Leading artist Edmund de Waal has donated a major work of art to an auction for the charity Prisoners Abroad. The work titled ‘watermark, 2012’ consists of eight thrown porcelain vessels in white, cream and celadon glazes, in a black lacquer lead-lined box and will be be launched and subsequently auctioned on eBay on 28th […]

6 September 2014


Warhol Elvis and Brando Masterpieces Star In Christie’s Autumn Line-Up

Two iconic portraits by Andy Warhol featuring Elvis Presley and Marlon Brando, two of the most important male celebrities in Warhol’s pantheon of stars will go under the hammer at Christie’s New York ,this autumn, on November 12th. Triple Elvis and Four Marlons are expected to realize in the region of $130 million. “As such […]

16 July 2014


Christie’s Announces Record £2.6 Billion Half Year Sales

Christie’s has announced sales of £2.69 billion, up 12% ($4.47 billion, up 22%), for the half year ending 30 June 2014. Christie’s successful strategy to connect with more collectors globally underpins the results, with the figures driven by an increase in the value of artworks sold across categories, geographies and price levels. Digital engagement and […]

2 July 2014


Tracey Emin’s Turner Prize Nominated Unmade Bed Fetches £2.5m At Christie’s

Tracey Emin’s Turner Prize nominated ‘My Bed’ installation has sold at Christie’s, London salesroom tonight for £2.5m (including commission), a record for the artist. The sculpture was consigned by Charles Saatchi to raise money for his Gallery’s education programme. The artwork was estimated to fetch between £800,000 to $1.5 million in the sale. It was […]

30 June 2014


Tracey Emin Unmade Bed Goes Under The Hammer At Christie’s 1 July

Tracey Emin’s unmade, My Bed, 1998 goes under the hammer at Christie’s tomorrow and is expected to realise in excess of £1m. The piece of installation art, which includes dirty knickers, used condoms and empty booze bottles exemplifies Tracey at her wild-child best. The sculpture is being sold by the art dealer Charles Saatchi to […]

25 June 2014


Christie’s Reveals £86m Impressionist and Modern Evening Sales Figures

Christies London has released the results for the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening sale which took place on 24 June  £85,784,000/ $146,004,368/ €107,230,000 was realised selling 67% by lot and 71% by value. Kurt Schwitters 1920 picture sold for £13,970,500/$23,777,791/ €17,463,125 setting a new world record price for the artist at auction (estimate: £4- 6 […]

19 June 2014


Impressionism To Street Art Leads Summer Sales At Christies, Sotheby’s And Bonham’s

The Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale at Sotheby’s 23rd June 2014 combines an outstanding level of quality across the board. Included in the sale are works by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Joan Miró and Wassily Kandinsky, to name but a few, the 46 lots in the Evening Sale are […]

15 May 2014


Christie’s Sets $975m Benchmark For Post War and Contemporary Art Sales

Christie’s has set a new benchmark for the Post-War and Contemporary art market, raising a record total of $975 million and setting 35 new price achievements during its successful sale week. “The current commentary on the art market currently avoids what is truly driving it.  It is the work of art itself,” said Steven Murphy, Chief […]

8 May 2014


Christie’s And Sotheby’s Impressionist And Modern Sales Soar In NY

Christie’s NY Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art on Tuesday, May 6, has realised $285,879,000 (£168,668,610/€205,832,880), selling 89% by lot and 96% by value. This marks the highest total for Christie’s New York in this category since May 2010. Of the 53 works offered, 9 lots sold for over $10 million, 18 for over […]

27 April 2014

Polke/ Richter: Two Artists Spiralling Apart On A Vastly Different Stylistic Trajectory

When the co-curator of Christie’s historic new exhibition Polke/Richter-Richter/Polke, Darren Leak, wrote of his intentions to convey the two giants of the painting world’s “intimate dialogue”, nobody expected that to include the German pair taking a bath together – puckish, dripping, and youthful – or in bed, sharing an Antwerpian hotel room. Those images were […]

14 April 2014


Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke Two Giants Of Painting New London Exhibition

One of the most interesting exhibitions this spring will be presented at Christie’s in London. Polke/Richter-Richter/Polke, celebrates two giants of painting: Gerhard Richter (b.1932) and Sigmar Polke (1941-2010). The show brings together 65 works from 30 collections to create the artists’ first joint show in almost 50 years, since their now legendary 1966 exhibition at […]

3 April 2014


Masterpieces From The Estate of Canadian Collector Edgar M. Bronfman To Be Auctioned

Christie’s Auctioneers has announced the sale of Property from the Estate of Edgar M. Bronfman, the distinguished businessman, philanthropist, and diplomat, in the upcoming auction season. Bronfman’s acquired collection was formed over the course of several decades and spans the categories of Impressionist & Modern Art, American Art, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Prints & Multiples, […]

23 March 2014


Jackson Pollock Masterpiece To Go Under The Hammer At Christie’s

An important late Jackson Pollock titled ‘Number 5’ (Elegant Lady, 1951) goes under the hammer at Christie’s New York as part of their May evening sale of Post War and Contemporary art. The work comes from the E.ON art collection and carries an estimate of $15 – 20 million.  E.ON, which has been an important […]

13 March 2014


Andy Warhol Foundation Online Auction To Benefit Grant Making Programs

Christie’s has just announced another auction of  Andy Warhol titled, ‘Andy’s World’, which features more of the artist’s work and personal belongings form the Warhol foundation.  This online-only sale gives collectors a glimpse into “A Day in the Life” of one of the most important artists of the 20th century. There are over 150 lots […]

23 February 2014


Reflections In An Eclectic Eye: Barry Friedman Retirement Auction At Christies

“Looking back, I realize that what has made him such an extraordinary dealer is that he really was never a dealer at all, but a collector at heart.” – Reed Krakoff The Barry Friedman Collection goes under the hammer next month at Christies. Taking place 25-27 March, the four auctions encompassing the collection will coincide […]

15 February 2014


Francis Bacon Portrait Realises £42 million In Christie’s London Auction

Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art London evening auction has realised a total of £124,192,000/ $206,158,720/ €151,017,472 selling 83% by lot and 95% by value and achieving the 2nd highest ever total for a European Auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art*. The top price of the evening was paid for Francis Bacon’s Portrait of George Dyer […]

13 February 2014


Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection Owned By Alexis Adler Exhibited At Christie’s

Christie’s has announced a blockbuster month-long curated exhibition featuring a grouping of approximately 50 works coming from the Lower East Side apartment, where Jean-Michel Basquiat lived with Alexis Adler, from 1979 to 1980. The three major works, a glyph-like work on plaster that reads Olive Oyl, a door titled within as Famous Negro Athletes and […]

28 January 2014


Elsa Schiaparelli Family Collection Achieves £1.4m At Christie’s Paris

A personal collection belonging to the family of one of the most important couturiers of the 20th century, Madame Elsa Schiaparelli, has achieved €1,686,250/£1,385,254/$2,298,359 selling 75% by lot and 94% by value. The top lot of the sale was an Italian pair of carved marble models of leopards which sold for €385,000/£316,278/$524,755. The fabulous Man […]

22 January 2014


Christie’s Records Record Year With Sales Over £4.5 Billion

Christie’s has released their sales figures for 2013 revealing a record year of £4.54 billion, up 16% ($7.13 billion, up 14%), for the year ending December 2013. This figure is the highest sales total for Christie’s or any auction house in the history of the art market. Christie’s sales figures were driven by an increase […]

18 January 2014


Art of The Surreal Christie’s Offers Key Works In February Auction

Christie’s highly anticipated annual evening sale ‘The Art of The Surreal’ will take place on 4 February, presenting some of the most remarkable works to be offered in the category to date. The auction is led by the most important early Magritte to come to auction in a generation, Les chasseurs au bord de la […]