13 November 2014


Early Bird’s Eye Landscape Up For Auction At Sotheby’s Old Masters Sale

Sotheby’s London will offer the earliest known bird’s-eye view painting of a British garden for $950,000 or £600,000 at its sale of Old Masters on December 3rd. The work was painted sometime around 1665,and is a large-scale topographical view of Llanerch Park, Denbighshire; which is considered to be an extremely important historical document. The painting […]

11 November 2014


Sotheby’s Bunny Mellon Auction Sells Out With £100 Million Haul

Sotheby’s placed under the hammer the prestigious collection of Rachel “Bunny” Mellon on Monday night, the auction houses experts called the collection – of modern and contemporary works that spanned 400 years -“one of the last great private American collections formed in the 20th century.” On its completetion the auction made over £100 million, exceeding […]

10 November 2014


Leading Artists In Sotheby’s Charity Auction For Elton John AIDS Foundation

A large number of leading contemporary artists have very generously donated no less than 12 artworks, all of which will be auctioned off at Sotheby’s to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF). The participating artists are Allora & Calzadilla, Martin Creed, Olafur Eliasson, Jeff Elrod, Urs Fischer, Jonathan Horowitz, William Kentridge, Joel Meyerowitz, Rob […]

6 November 2014


Chinese Film Mogul Purchases Van Gogh’s Masterpiece For £39m

Wang Zhongjun, the chairman of Huayi Brothers film studio in China has purchased Van Gogh’s painting “Still Life, Vase with Daisies and Poppies”, at Sotheby’s New York, Tuesday for £39m $61.8m. Zhongjun is one of China’s wealthiest men. A spokesperson for the Huayi Brothers have not commented on the sale however,last year Jianlin’s Wanda Group […]

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 […]

27 October 2014


Sotheby’s In High Court Over Alleged Misattribution Of Caravaggio

A highly contentious dispute has some of the world’s most prominent Caravaggio experts lining up to take sides in high court; due to an argument over a painting bought for £140 some five decades ago. Sotheby’s is being sued over claims that the auctioneer misattributed a work titled ‘The Cardsharps’ to a follower of Caravaggio […]

20 October 2014


Trio Of Monets Could Exceed £40 Million At Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s upcoming November Impressionist and modern art sale–has unveiled three major works by Claude Monet – all from the same private American collection – these works will be offered in New York on November 4 and could take over £40 million combined. The paintings pre-date the artist’s famous waterlily series, and are from the 1880s […]

18 October 2014


Manzoni Highest Price Of Frieze Week

At Sotheby’s London, eight bidders drove Piero Manzoni’s monumental Achrome well beyond pre-sale expectations to £12,626,500 or €15,872,822 – the estimate was between 5 to 7 million pounds. This establishes the highest price across all the Frieze auctions this week. The work by Manzoni was the top lot in an evening sale where collectors battled […]

17 October 2014


Fabien Baron’s Frozen Monuments Displayed At Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s London has opened an exhibition of Fabien Baron’s portfolio of photographs taken in the frozen landscapes of Greenland. This exhibition is yet another part Frieze Week. The project, entitled Monuments, represents a collaboration between maison Moncler and the photographic brand Leica, which has resulted in a “Moncler Edition” of the new fast-lensed Leica X […]

13 October 2014


Giacometti And Rothko On View At £500 Million Sotheby’s Show

Alberto Giacometti’s painted bronze ‘Chariot’, which was one of six that the Swiss artist created in the 1950s, is expected to sell for more than £60 million when it goes under the hammer at a Sotheby’s auction in New York next month. The work of art is a sculpture of a goddess riding a chariot, […]

11 October 2014


Andy Warhol: Iconic Superstar Women Auctioned At Sotheby’s New York

Sotheby’s is presenting a large selection of ‘Warhol’s Women’, portraits of iconic superstars and muses, November 11-12, as part of their NY contemporary art evening sale. With estimates from $1 million to $30 million. On 11 and 12 November an unprecedented line up of Andy Warhol’s best known female stars. The selection of seven paintings […]

9 October 2014


Effie Gray: Sensual Rossetti Masterpiece Venus Verticordia Auctioned At Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s will be offering Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s watercolour version of Venus Verticordia in London on 10 December 2014. The Pre-Raphaelite artist’s obsession with luscious sensuality and female allure reached its zenith in his only major nude subject, and the picture led to the breaking of Rossetti’s friendship with John Ruskin, Victorian Britain’s leading art critic. […]

27 September 2014


Vincent Van Gogh Still Life Could Realise £50m At Sotheby’s Auction

A stunning still-life painting by the Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh could realise £50m when it goes under the hammer at Sotheby’s in New York on 4 November. Still Life, Vase with Daisies and Poppies (1890) is perhaps the most desirable Van Gogh to come to market in many years. It is a colourful rendition […]

16 September 2014


Sotheby’s To Auction Most Iconic Works By Georgia O’Keeffe

Sotheby’s in New York will offer one of the most iconic works by artist Georgia O’Keeffe ever to appear at auction. ‘Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1’ comes to auction as the centerpiece of its American Art sale in 20 November. One of Three Works by the artist on Offer from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Sold […]

8 August 2014


Sotheby’s Releases Their 2014 Half Year Top Ten Works Sold In London

Sotheby’s net auction sales increased 24% to $2.7 billion on strong global sales during the period – particularly in Hong Kong and London – which led to an 18% increase in auction commission revenues to $403.8 million as compared to the prior year. “Sotheby’s is seeing success across categories and around the world,” said Chairman, […]

14 July 2014


Sotheby’s Joins eBay To Create Online Art And Collectables Partnership

Sotheby’s and eBay have announced today a partnership that will unite the global leader in online shopping with the number two global auctioneer. Together, they are developing an innovative online platform that will make it easier for millions of people worldwide to discover, browse and acquire exceptional works of art, antiques and collectables. It is […]

24 June 2014


Claude Monet Water Lilies Achieves £31m At Sotheby’s Evening Sale

Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in London has achieved a total of £121,957,000 / $207,875,707 / €152,555,889 (est. £86.2-123.9m / $146.3-210.3m) this evening after fierce bidding from Asia and Russia. Helena Newman, Sotheby’s Co-Head of Impressionist & Modern Art Worldwide, said: “The tonight’s success was due to being entrusted with supreme property […]

10 June 2014


Peter Doig’s Toronto Masterpiece Country-Rock Wing-Mirror Goes Under The Hammer

Peter Doig’s masterpiece Country-Rock (Wing-Mirror) will be offered for the first time at auction in Sotheby’s Contemporary art sale in London on 30th June, This painting is one of the most important works by the artist ever to appear on the market. Having remained in the same collection since 1999, the year it was painted,it […]

2 June 2014


Sotheby’s Appropriate Banksy For Unauthorised Retrospective Exhibition

It may sound like an unsuitable coupling but Sotheby’s S|2 is to present the first, unauthorised, retrospective exhibition of works by the internationally renowned street artist Banksy. The exhibition is curated by the gallerist Steve Lazarides. Heralded as the “Entrepreneur of the Urban Art Scene”, Steve Lazarides was Banksy’s agent from the outset of his […]

2 June 2014


Francis Bacon Iconic Triptych Portraits Of Lover George Dyer To Be Auctioned

Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer (on light ground) by Francis Bacon is to go under the hammer in Sotheby’s Evening sale of Contemporary Art in London . The painting depicts the man who was the love of Bacon’s life at the moment when they were most deeply involved, this exceptionally rare lifetime depiction […]

30 May 2014


Latin American Modern & Contemporary Art At Sotheby’s Tops $15m

The evening session of Latin American Art Modern & Contemporary at Sotheby’s New York held on the 28 May has brought a total of $15,142,875 (est. $11.3/15.6 million)* with strong results achieved for many of the key names of Latin American Art such as Joaquín Torres-García, Diego Rivera, Lygia Clark, Jesús Rafael Soto, Rufino Tamayo, […]

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 […]

28 April 2014


Irish Art Comes Home To Dublin Ahead Of Sotheby’s Auction

An exhibition of major Irish artworks from Sotheby’s upcoming auction of British and Irish Art will be shown in Dublin, ahead of the sale. The exhibition will take place from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 May 2014. Headlining the group is a stunning portrait by William Orpen and a selection of works by Ireland’s leading […]

19 April 2014


Bid To Save Fox Talbot Archive: Photographers Donate Work For Auction

The May sale of Photography at Sotheby’s opens with a 16-lot selection of generously donated photographs by leading contemporary photographers in support of the Bodleian Library’s campaign to save the personal archive of William Henry Fox Talbot. The bid to acquire the archive of Fox Talbot’s life and work was launched by the institution in […]

12 April 2014


Andy Warhol: Anthony d’Offay Provenance Self-Portraits Go Under The Hammer

Sotheby’s New York will feature a unique group of Six late Self Portraits by Andy Warhol in their Evening Auction of Contemporary Art on 14 May 2014.  The series are among the final works the artist created before his untimely death in 1987. Executed in 1986 – 20 years after the artist’s last great series […]

11 April 2014


Jeff Koons Popeye Set To Make $25m At Auction In New York

Sotheby’s New York is offering Jeff Koons’s gleaming, seven-foot tall statue of the cartoon character and American pop culture icon Popeye. The sculpture is one of an edition of three, from which no example has appeared at auction until now. The present Popeye has never been exhibited publicly, and will make its debut in Sotheby’s […]

26 March 2014


Dan Loeb Gets Personal Suing Sotheby’s Over Poison Pill Protections

Dan Loeb, the American hedge fund manager and chief executive of Third Point LLC, a New York-based hedge fund with a portfolio worth $14 billion has sued the directors of auction house Sotheby’s in order to force the removal of ‘poison pill protections’ that prevent ‘him from acquiring more seats on the board.  New York […]

13 March 2014


Felix Marcilhac Collection Sets Record For Decorative Arts Sale At Sotheby’s

The sale of the important collection of the French Art Deco dealer, author and collector Félix Marcilhac concluded last night with an outstanding total of €24,727,715 ($34,290,170), well above pre-sale expectations (est. €8.7-11.2 million/ $12.1-15.5 million), and 95.2% of lots sold. Over the course of two days, almost 600 collectors and art dealers from Europe […]

10 March 2014


Rossetti’s Magnificent Painting Pandora Goes Under The Hammer At Sotheby’s

Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s magnificent oil painting of 1871 titled ‘Pandora’ goes under the hammer at Sotheby’s as one of the highlights of the Spring auction season. Estimated at £5-7 million, Pandora is arguably the most significant painting by Rossetti to be seen at auction in recent years. Its appearance in the company’s London sale of […]

6 March 2014


Fifty Picasso Nudes Belonging To Marina Picasso To Go On Display

Fifty drawings by Pablo Picasso from the private collection of his grand-daughter Marina Picasso is to go on display at Sotheby’s in Paris. This important collection (enriched with a handful of ceramics), will be exhibited from 28th March-1st April during the Salon International du Dessin in Paris and will focus the theme of The Nude […]

14 February 2014


Robert Rauschenberg Paintings To Be Auctioned By Paul Taylor Dance Company

A selection of important early painted assemblanges by Robert Rauschenberg are to be sold to benefit the future and legacy of the Paul Taylor Dance Company. The four works stand as a monument to the spectacular artistic collaboration and friendship between the legendary dancer and choreographer, Paul Taylor, and Robert Rauschenberg – two towering cultural […]

12 February 2014


Lucian Freud Love Letters Go Under The Hammer At Sotheby’s

An unusual group of 11 previously unpublished letters – written by a young Lucian Freud to his first girlfriend, Felicity Hellaby has sold at Sotheby’s for £122,500 – over thirty times the pre-sale estimate. Written in an uneven hand, peppered with illustrations, and providing a fascinating insight into the artist’s early preoccupations, the letters attracted […]