2 November 2016

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1 November 2016

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David Bowie Collection A Very Personal Curation Of Style And Taste

From 1–10 November, the collection will be exhibited at Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries in London, giving fans, collectors, art lovers and experts a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse themselves in the extraordinary range of objects that informed Bowie’s private world.

31 October 2016

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Greedy Auction Houses Raise Buyers Premium By Collusion Free Stealth

On 6 September Christie’s announced a rise in its buyer’s premium altering the percentage thresholds. Sotheby’s announced about a month later that they would also fall into line by raising their commission.

9 October 2016

Sotheby’s Frieze Week Auction Proves London Remains Centre Of Art Market

Sotheby’s Frieze Week auction peaked with two lots selling for over £10m, a record result for an October contemporary auction in London. Alex Branczik, European Head of Contemporary Art said, “It’s clear that London remains at the heart of the global art market.”  Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Hannibal” became the most valuable work sold at auction in the capital this week, […]

31 August 2016

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Modern and Contemporary Irish Art Takes Centre Stage at Sotheby’s London and Dublin

Sotheby’s launches their first Modern and contemporary Irish art sale of the season. The annual sale in London on 13 September 2016 and at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin from 1-4 September, contains over 70-lots  which will be on public exhibition, prior to viewing in London.  This year’s artists include: Sir John Lavery, Jack B. Yeats, Roderic O’Conor, Sir […]

9 August 2016

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Sotheby’s Reports Strong Second-quarter Despite Market Turmoil

Sotheby’s has made it out of the second quarter with a profit! It reported second-quarter net income, which amounted to $88.6 million. This is up compared to the $73.1 million recorded in the same quarter last year. It is a 21 percent increase. The art market remains in turmoil with Brexit fluctuations not yet accounted for in the year-end […]

7 August 2016

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Sotheby’s To Launch Online Video Platform To Focus On Leading Museums

The world’s leading museums are the focus of a new online platform developed by Sotheby’s which will promote video content created by many major institutions. The digital hub will be called Sotheby’s Museum Network and it will be featured prominently on Sothebys.com as well as Sotheby’s Apple TV channel. The museums in this network will include internationally-renowned public institutions, such as the […]

1 August 2016

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China Returns As Global Art Market Leader For Second Time

According to thierry Ehrmann, Artprice’s CEO, China has returned as the global art market leader. The comprehensive report released on Friday shows China had been expected to lose their ‘soft power’ dominance with the United States this year, but have returned to the global stage as leader, with a turnover up by more than $570 million. Another surprise […]

27 July 2016

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Christie’s Suffers A 38% Mid-Year Sales Slump Signalling Art Market Contraction

The mid-year reports from Christie’s has shown a 38% drop in sales illustrating a contraction in the buoyant art market. The Wall Street Journal released figures which pointed to an increase in sales of artworks in the $5 million-or-below range, but a slowdown in the $20 million and up categories resulting in a drop in overall sales figures, compared to […]

15 July 2016

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David Bowie’s Own Art Collection to be Unveiled at Sotheby’s

 “Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own. It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it. It can change the way I feel in the mornings. The same work can change me in different ways, depending on what I’m going through.” Bowie  quoted in The New York Times, 1998  Bowie/Collector will be a […]

22 June 2016

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Sotheby’s Achieves New Record Price For Picasso Cubist Work Of Art

Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist & Modern Art in London has totalled £103,280,000 (est. £81.8 – 98.95m). Almost two thirds of the works offered in the sale had been off the market for over 30 years. Participation from 29 countries (slightly higher than June 2015 sale) Sell-through rate: 88.9%  Pablo Picasso’s Cubist masterpiece Femme Assise achieved the highest bids eventually […]

15 June 2016

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Sotheby’s Modern & Post-War British Art Evening Achieves £10.6m

Sotheby’s Modern & Post-War British Art Evening and Day Sales on 13 – 14 June 2016 achieved a combined total of £10,659,875 (est. £7,268,500-10,885,500), with a sell-through rate of 75.9% and half of the lots selling for above their high estimates. Showcasing a host of fresh-to-market and exciting works by some of Britain’s most sought-after artists, the […]

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. […]

15 May 2016

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Contemporary East: Soviet and Satellite Art Hits The Auction Block

“There are signs that the contemporary art market is so cluttered with supposedly avant-gard rubbish that the pendulum is beginning to swing back to long despised Soviet and Satellite art”. Edward Lucie- Smith Sotheby’s London has announced a sale, “Contemporary East”, on 7th June. It will include works by many post-war artists from across Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and […]

10 May 2016

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Auguste Rodin Marble Sells For £14m In Otherwise Disappointing Sotheby’s Sale

A marble statue by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin has sold at Sotheby’s, New York for a record $20.4m (£14m). The Impressionist and Modern art sale had mixed results with only a 60% sell through rate, seeing winners like Claude Monet’s wife ‘Camille’ sold for $49.4m (£34m) and dismal results for Picasso where out of eight lots on […]

18 March 2016

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Andy Warhol Complete Hand Coloured Lithographic Shoe Portfolio To Be Auctioned

Sotheby’s London is to auction a complete portfolio consisting of 18 hand coloured lithographs of shoe designs by Andy Warhol – À la recherche du shoe perdu – together with Shoe and Leg, produced circa 1955. During a seven-year period, from 1953 to 1959, Warhol self-published a series of portfolios, books and individual prints. These were all offset lithographs, some […]

15 February 2016

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Melanie Clore Leading Impressionist And Modern Expert Quits Sotheby’s

Melanie Clore, the highly respected Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe and one of the most experienced businesswomen and art experts working in the market today is to leave Sotheby’s after 35 years. Clore started at Sotheby’s on the front desk and worked her way up to running the company. Her highly successful specialist sales in the […]

4 February 2016

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Sotheby’s And Christie’s Impressionist And Modern Results Winter 2016 Sustains Growth

Sotheby’s and Christie’s have both held their winter Impressionist and Modern sales this week reaffirming that the art market is still buoyant. Yesterday’s sale at Sotheby’s was topped by Pablo Picasso’s Tête de femme, a 1935 portrait of his greatest muse Marie-Thérèse Walter that sold for £18.9 million / $27.1 million.  Helena Newman, Global Co-Head of Sotheby’s Impressionist […]

22 January 2016

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Sotheby’s February 2016 Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Art Evening Sale Unveiled

Sotheby’s London has announced their latest Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Art Evening Sales to be held on 3rd February. Works by the most commercially sought-after artists including Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Paul Delvaux and René Magritte, to name but a few, the 54 lots in the evening sales are estimated to fetch a combined […]

19 January 2016

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Lucian Freud’s Defining Portrait Of A Pregnant Girl Auctioned

Sotheby’s London will be offering a painting that not only marks a pivotal moment in the career of Lucian Freud, but that also shines a spotlight on a fascinating but little-known moment in the artist’s life. While much has been written about many of Freud’s amorous liaisons, barely anything is known about his intense, and ultimately transformative, relationship with Bernadine Coverley. The […]

12 January 2016

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Pablo Picasso’s Granddaughter Marina Sells Off The Family Jewels

An extraordinary group of Pablo Picasso’s multi-faceted œuvre from the collection of the artist’s Granddaughter, Marina Picasso will go under the hammer in early February. It will offer an intimate glimpse into Picasso’s private world. The scope of the selection presented  is truly remarkable, spanning every decade of the artist’s career and covering an eclectic variety of subjects and media. Picasso’s command over […]

29 December 2015

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A Year Of Blatant Art Consumerism Our 12 Days Of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me: A partridge in an Ai Weiwei Tree  This year has been a sort of ‘homecoming’ for Ai Weiwei: with his passport returned galleries all around the UK welcomed his return with a flurry of activity, including a retrospective of his work at the […]

24 November 2015

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Charles Darwin Watercolour Painted On The Ship Beagle Discovered

A watercolour painted of Charles Darwin on the ship Beagle is to go under the hammer at Sotheby’s. His theory of evolution by natural selection challenged the foundations of Western civilisation and profoundly changed our understanding of the world. Now, the only known painting of Darwin aboard the Beagle, the ship that carried the English naturalist on his historic voyage, […]

13 November 2015

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The Human Body Stripped Bare In New Sotheby’s Exhibition

The human body stripped bare has the power to compel, to shock and to seduce. From the heroic, muscular male forms of Antiquity to the reclining odalisques of 19th-Century painting, nude figures have dominated the artistic traditions of the Western world. Curated by Jane Neal, The Nude in the XX and XXI brings together work by artists that revolutionised […]

13 November 2015

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The Art Market: Polarisation Between The Anticipation And Expectation

It is a simple law of physics – but, sadly, not a view held by more optimistic economists – that growth cannot continue indefinitely. Most auction houses however rely on the illusion of continuing growth to bolster their image and maintain their selling status, with much coverage devoted to the big names with pulling power: […]

12 November 2015

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Cy Twombly Blackboard Canvas Achieves Record Breaking Price At Sotheby’s

A canvas by the American Abstractionist Cy Twombly has set a $70.5 million auction record for the artist. The “blackboard” painting, Untitled (New York City), 1968, was the highpoint of the Contemporary evening sale at Sotheby’s, which also saw records smashed for artists such as Mike Kelley. The sale total totalled  $254–$313.7 million with 44 of 54 works, 82%, finding buyers.  The sales […]

8 November 2015

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Picasso Blue Period Painting Achieves Record Price At Sotheby’s

A record price has been achieved for a blue period Picasso at Sotheby’s in New York. La Gommeuse, painted in Paris in 1901, sold for $67.5m (£45m) at Sotheby’s, as the highlight of their Impressionist & Modern  sale. The painting which depicts a cabaret artist, had a second painting on the reverse of the canvas showing an erotic image […]

5 November 2015

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Alfred Taubman Collection Scrapes Over The Low Estimate At Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s New York started off the Autumn auction season yesterday in style by selling $377 of art once owned by billionaire and former Sotheby’s owner Alfred Taubman  There were eye watering bids from the usual suspects in America, Asia and Europe. The 77 lots included bluechip works by Picasso, Degas, Monet and Modigliani. The Taubman collection was […]

12 October 2015

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Picasso’s Blue Period Angel Backed With Erotica Goes Under The Hammer

An excellent example of Picasso’s Blue Period work will be offered in Sotheby’s New York Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale on 5th November. La Gommeuse, painted in 1901 is thought to carry an estimate of around £60m. The work comes from the exceptional collection of William I. Koch, an American entrepreneur, collector and America’s Cup winner.  Picasso […]

5 October 2015

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Robert Mapplethorpe’s Controversial Man in Polyester Suit To Be Auctioned

Robert Mapplethorpe’s Controversial photograph ‘Man in Polyester Suit’ is to go under the hammer at Sotheby’s for the first time since it was created in 1980. Snapped before the age of AIDS, at the peak of his abilities as a photographer. His work was beginning to attract international attention and this work was frequently exhibited during his lifetime. […]

27 September 2015

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Constable’s Masterpiece The Lock To Be Offered At Sotheby’s

On 9th December this year, Sotheby’s London will offer for sale John Constable’s The Lock – one of the small group of monumental landscapes, known as the ‘Six Footers’, which for many define the pinnacle of the artist’s career. Depicting a bucolic scene on the River Stour in the artist’s native Suffolk, and painted in […]