10 June 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

9 February 2014

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London Sees Highest Total for Any Day Sale Ever Held At Sotheby’s Worldwide

All eyes were on London last week as the city witnessed an unprecedented series of auctions led by Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Sotheby’s two-days of Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Art sales, brought a total of £215.8 million, the highest achieved for any sale series ever held anywhere in London. This record total represents an almost five-fold […]

6 February 2014

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Sotheby’s Reports Record Prices For Art Dealer Jan Krugier’s Collection

Sotheby’s has reported a 100% sales result for the collection of the art dealer Jan Krugier. The Combined Total of £74.8 million – More than Doubles the High Estimate of lots offered in the auction. In the course of the last two days, 119 works from the Private Collection of Mr Krugier have met with […]

3 February 2014

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Sotheby’s Old Masters Sales Total Over $70m In New York

Sotheby’s has surprized the art market by reporting record prices in their annual Old Masters Week sales. The auctioneers have achieved an impressive total of $71,768,126* as of 30 January 2014. Important Old Master Paintings & Sculpture totaled $51,361,251 (est. $42/60 million) with works from the Dutch Golden Age performing particularly well. Multiple bidders entered […]

30 January 2014

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Sotheby’s Set To exhibit Warhol, Richter and Hockney In India

Sotheby’s has announced that it will exhibit works by Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter and David Hockney in India for the first time. The artworks will be open to the public on the 31st January 2014, the exhibition at the Imperial Hotel, New Delhi has been designed to allow Indian collectors to view selected highlights from […]

24 January 2014

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Important L.S. Lowry Collection To Go Under The Hammer At Sotheby’s

One of the most important Collection of Works by  L.S. Lowry is to be auctioned by Sotheby’s. A stand-alone evening sale of 15 paintings by the artists will take place at 6pm on 25th March 2014. The A.J. Thompson Collection, estimated to fetch in excess of £15 million, includes well-known masterpieces that have previously been […]

16 January 2014

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Important Gerhard Richter Abstract Expected To Reach £15m At Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale in London in February will be led by an exceptional abstract painting by Gerhard Richter. Estimated to realise in excess of £15 million ($25m), Wand (Wall) was held by Richter to be a work of such importance that he chose to keep it in his personal collection for over fifteen […]

19 December 2013

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Picasso Painting Valued At £1m Goes For 100 euros At Sotheby’s

A painting by Pablo Picasso valued at £1m has been won by an American in an online charity raffle at Sotheby’s. 25 year old Jeffrey Gonano, said, “I was looking for a picture to hang on his wall when he read an article about the painting being raffled by Sotheby’s in Paris”. L’Homme au Gibus […]

16 December 2013

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Duke and the Duchess of Windsor Still Attracts Interest At Auction

A fascinating group of jewels and precious objects celebrating the lives and tastes of the Duke and the Duchess of Windsor soared above estimate, selling for £620,125 ($1,016,137) at Sotheby’s London (est. £351,500 – 506,700/ $575,968 – 830,279). The majority of the pieces were presented some 26 years after they were last auctioned in the […]

12 December 2013

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Sotheby’s Record Breaking Modern and Post-War British Art Sales Surpass £7m

A number of record breaking prices were achieved last night as Sotheby’s Abstraction and Modern Post-War British Art Evening Sales fetched a total of £6,113,350, making the combined total, with the Day Sale results, to top £7,927,725 (est. £5,838,000-8,911,000). The top lot of last night’s sale was a supreme work by Patrick Heron, Atmospheric Strata […]

12 December 2013

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SOVIET ART SOVIET SPORT A PIONEERING EXHIBITION OF SOVIET ART AT SOTHEBY’S

Sotheby’s and The Institute of Russian Realist Art  are to present the exhibition SOVIET ART SOVIET SPORT – one of only a very small number of exhibitions of Soviet Art ever to have been staged in the UK. Bringing together 35 important paintings, drawings and sculptures from the collection of the Institute of Russian Realist […]

7 December 2013

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Edward Hopper and Norman Rockwell Achieve Record Prices At Auction

It has been a record breaking week for two icons of American realism.  A Depression era view of New Jersey by Edward Hopper has sold for $40m (£24.4m), setting an auction record for the US artist, at Christie’s sale of American art. While Rockwell’s “Saying Grace” has fetched a record price of $46 million at […]

28 November 2013

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David Thomson Collection Of Post-war British Abstract Art To Be Auctioned

A group of 20 works from the renowned collection of David Thomson goes under the hammer at Sotheby’s 10th December 2013. ‘Abstraction’ brings to the market major works by Alan Davie, Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon, Roger Hilton and William Scott. Together they represent one of the best groups of post-war British Abstract Art to come […]

23 November 2013

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Tobias Meyer Worldwide Head of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Resigns

Tobias Meyer, the Worldwide Head of the Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s has announced that he is to end his association with the auction house. “Tobias Meyer is an important figure and has been at the central to a number of high profile sales for more than 20 years and we are grateful for all of […]

18 November 2013

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Sotheby’s Announces Ambitious Beijing Art Week Programme

Sotheby’s is presenting Sotheby’s Beijing Art Week to be held from 28 November to 1 December at China World Summit, Wing Beijing. Beijing Art Week is an ambitious series of arts events to be held by Sotheby’s in China, encompassing fine and decorative art, historic jewellery with a total value of over RMB 1.3 billion […]

16 November 2013

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Astronomical Warhol Koons And Bacon Results Defy Art Market Skeptics

Oh what a crazy week for contemporary and modern art at auction: Despite a lot of hot air in the art press over the last few days, with speculation of whether the art market bubble (or balloon in some cases) was about to burst, the climate has again proven the sceptics to be wrong, with […]

9 November 2013

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Bob Guccione’s Erotic Treasures Banned From New York’s Leading Auction Houses

Multiple auction houses were interested in the vast collection of Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione’s erotic treasures, recently acquired by entrepreneur Jeremy Frommer via the late media mogul’s storage lockers and creditors. After Vice Magazine devoted their entire September issue to the Guccione archives, Frommer was approached by several auctioneers about collaborating on a wide-reaching exhibition. […]

7 November 2013

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Sotheby’s Achieves Second Highest Results For Impressionist and Modern Sale

An Impressionist and Modern art sale at Sotheby’s in New York has raised more than $290m (£180m) This is the second highest result for the auction house, following the sale last year (2012) of Munch’s ‘The Scream’ which set a world auction record for any work of art, realising $119.9 million. The highest prices achieved […]