Francis Bacon’s $20-30m ‘Screaming Pope’ Study for a Head is to go under the hammer at Sotheby’s, in May. It is one of the most iconic works by the artist remaining in private hands
20 November 2018
It’s been a week of record-breaking sales for the two leading auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s recording billion dollar sales totals and record-breaking prices for artists living and deceased.
17 October 2018
Was the art stunt of the century carried out by the Street Artist Banksy on the 5th of October an elaborate magic trick? or was it an expression of true anarchy? Much of the world now knows that a stencil spray-painting self-destructed when the frame turned into a paper shredder
6 October 2018
A stunt performed by the Street Artist Banksy at Sotheby’s during London’s Autumn Contemporary Art Evening Sale has gone viral.
23 September 2018
Sotheby’s, London, have sold the collection of Damien Hirst’s business manager, mentor and ‘partner in crime’, Frank Dunphy for a total of £10,088,125 million
10 August 2018
Sotheby’s has reported its financial results for the second quarter and six months ending June 30, 2018.
27 June 2018
A painting by the British Artist Lucian Freud from his ‘last great nudes’ series, Portrait on a White Cover has sold at Sotheby’s London for £a record 22.5million / $29.8 million.
15 May 2018
Amedeo Modigliani Nu Couché has become the most valuable work ever sold at Sotheby’s—selling for $157 million in the 14 May Impressionist & Modern Evening Sale.
Sotheby’s has unveiled plans to auction Amedeo Modigliani’s largest painted work, Nu couché (sur le côté gauche).
10 March 2018
London’s contemporary sales both evening and day at Sotheby’s and Christie’s have totalled £295 million ($407 million).
14 January 2018
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 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
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
Autumn Contemporary Art auction round-up, Autumn 2017
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
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 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
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.
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
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.
A ring, containing a Picasso portrait of Dora Maar is to be auctioned 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.
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 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.
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.
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 (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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.