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 […]

4 October 2013

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Andy Warhol’s Silver Car Crash Goes Under The Hammer At Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s is auctioning the seminal Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) by Andy Warhol as the outstanding highlight of their New York contemporary auction season. At over 8 ft. by 13 ft., the monumental painting is one of only four Car Crash works of this scale in the pivotal Death and Disaster series and the only […]

3 October 2013

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Can Anyone Blame Dan Loeb For Speaking Out About Sotheby’s?

The Billionaire hedge fund manager Dan Loeb has spoken out about Sotheby’s lack of vision and has called for the resignation of William Ruprecht, chairman, president and CEO of the auction house, which was founded in 1744. Expressing a shortfall in leadership, excessive pay and perks, and the fact that rival Christie’s has outperformed the […]

22 September 2013

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Norman Rockwell Masterpieces From The Stuart Collection Auctioned At Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s has announced a major addition to their highly lucrative  American Art auction in New York on 4 December 2013. They will be offering some of the most important original paintings by Norman Rockwell from the family of Kenneth J. Stuart Sr., the artist’s longtime friend and art editor at the Saturday Evening Post. The […]

12 September 2013

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Tracey Emin Donates £40k Neon Art For Cancer Charity

40 leading artists from around the globe have pledged their support for those who are living through the challenges of cancer treatment by donating works, many created especially for the occasion, for a sale at Sotheby’s in aid of The Mimi Foundation. This ground- breaking charity was founded in 2004 by Myriam Ullens, one of […]

9 September 2013

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Designers Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson Join Bono For Sotheby’s Charity Auction

Two of the world’s foremost design pioneers, Sir Jonathan Ive, KBE, and Marc Newson, CBE, have collaborated with musician and philanthropist Bono to organise a (RED) Auction celebrating the very best of design and innovation. Jony and Marc have spent the past year and a half curating the collection, which comprises objects from disciplines as […]

28 August 2013

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British Art Exhibition Curated by Legendary 1960s Gallerist Kasmin Unveiled

Sotheby’s will stage ‘The New Situation’: Art in London in the Sixties, a collaboration between Sotheby’s Modern & Post-War British Art specialists and the legendary gallerist Kasmin – the man who gave David Hockney, among others, his first break fifty years ago. Presenting a group of works that recapture the energy and innovative spirit of […]

9 August 2013

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Sotheby’s Reports Strong Sales In Half Year Financial Results

Sotheby’s (NYSE: BID 6 August 2013) has reported their financial results for the second quarter and first half ended June 30, 2013. The company has generated a net income of $91.7 Million. Second quarter total revenues of $304.8 million and first half total revenues of $406.6 million in 2013, which essentially match both periods in […]

2 August 2013

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Kelly Clarkson Obstructed From Exporting Rare Jane Austen Ring

A beautiful yet simple gold and turquoise ring, one of only three pieces of jewellery in existence that is known to have belonged to Jane Austen (1775 – 1817), has had a temporary export bar placed on it to provide a last chance to raise the £152,450 needed to keep it in the UK. It […]

28 July 2013

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Chatsworth House Stages Two Exciting Contemporary Art and Design Exhibitions

The historic stately home Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is staging two exciting new exhibitions this autumn. ‘Beyond Limits’ a large scale sculpture exhibition and ‘Modern Makers’, an exhibition of work by artists who either feature in the Devonshire’s collection of contemporary applied arts, or whose work, in material, technique, subject matter or function, corresponds with […]

24 July 2013

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Contemporary Art from the United Arab Emirates Opens At Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s London has opened an exhibition in its New Bond Street galleries which is the first-ever group exhibition comprising 12 works by important established and also emerging artists from the United Arab Emirates curated by Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF). ‘Three Generations’ is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin […]

15 July 2013

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Sotheby’s Exhibition of Japanese Erotic Prints Gets 18 Plus Rating

Following the success of the two contemporary ink art exhibitions in June, Sotheby’s Hong Kong is excited to bring to Asia yet another unprecedented exhibition.  Taking place from 18 to 31 July at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery, Beyond The Paper Screen –  An Exhibition of Japanese Erotic Prints from The Uragami Collection will feature more […]

12 July 2013

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Ben Nicholson Achieves Record Price For Painting At Sotheby’s

A painting by the late British artist Ben Nicholson, (Mycenae-axe-blue), has sold for £1,082,500.  It was a highlight at the auction and the first time, the painting has been on the market for decades. It was previously featured in the Tate’s celebrated 1964 exhibition Painting & Sculpture of a Decade, 54-64. This important abstract work […]

11 July 2013

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Proserpine Goes Under The Hammer At Sothebys

Sotheby’s is to offer an iconic Pre-Raphaelite masterpiece by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in their 19 November 2013 London sale of British & Irish Art. The version of Proserpine, in coloured chalks is one of the most internationally recognisable images of the nineteenth century. Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) has come to represent the artist […]

4 July 2013

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El Greco Masterpiece Is Top Seller In Sotheby’s £35m Auction

Old Masters have set new record prices  in an unprecedented bidding war at Sotheby’s yesterday. Two El Grecos offered in the sale  marked the first time two masterpieces, by the artist were offered in the same auction. Saint Dominic in Prayer, £9,154,500 (est: £3.5-5m) set a record for a painting by a Spanish artist and […]

2 July 2013

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Monumental Ben Nicholson Painting Leads Sotheby’s Summer Post-War British Art Sale

A monumental painting by British artist  Ben Nicholson’s will lead Sotheby’s  Evening Sale of Modern & Post-War British Art on 11th July 2013. The canvas (Mycenae-axe-blue) was a highlight of the Tate’s celebrated 1964 exhibition Painting & Sculpture of a Decade, 54-64, this magisterial abstract work is on the scale of his Festival of Britain […]