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Big prices at Christie’s first Indian sale

Christie’s first auction in India totalled USD$15,455,000 yesterday, doubling pre-sale expectations and selling 98% by lot. The highlight of the auction was the sale of Untitled by V S Gaitonde, which sold for USD$3.7 million – the highest price for a modern work of art sold in India. It was …

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Rothschild Prayerbook to go on sale in January

The centrepiece of the Renaissance sale held by Christie’s New York during Old Masters Week, January 2014, will be The Rothschild Prayerbook, a masterpiece of Renaissance art with an illustrious provenance. Returning to the global stage after setting the world auction record for illuminated manuscripts nearly 15 years ago at …

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Ruth Asawa sculpture breaks auction record

A Ruth Asawa tied wire sculpture became the highest selling Asawa wire wreath form sold at auction in the United States, achieving $102,660 in Michaan’s Fine Art, Furniture, Decorative Arts and Jewellery Auction on December 6. The price was well in excess of its estimate of $80,000-90,000. Rounds of heavy …

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Appetite for jewels remains strong

A D colour, internally flawless 52.58 carat Golconda diamond ring was the top lot in the final jewellery sale of the year at Christie’s New York on December 10, fetching $10.9 million – comfortably within its estimated price range of $9.5 – 12.5 million. “2013 has proven to be a …

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Christie’s first auction in India scheduled for December 19

Works from the personal collection of the late Kekoo and Khorshed Gandhy, Mumbai-based gallerists and among the most significant figures in the development of India’s modern art scene, will be the centrepiece of Christie’s first auction in India, due to take place at the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai on …

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Hopper painting breaks record at Christie’s auction

Edward Hopper painting East Wind Over Weehawken sold at auction on Thursday for $40.4 million – well in excess of its estimate of $22 million – 28 million. The sale, at the Rockefeller Center New York, set a new world auction record for the artist. The auction as a whole …

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Banksy mural fetches $204,000 in US auction

Flower Girl, a 2008 mural by UK street artist Banksy, fetched $204,000 at a Beverly Hills auction on Thursday, well within its $150,000-300,000 estimate. It was one of several rare pieces of Banksy art auctioned at the Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills gallery. Another Banksy lot, TV Girl (2003/04), a three-color …

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French old master sets new record

A major work by the 18th century French artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Portrait of François-Henri d’Harcourt, sold for £17 million at Bonhams, London yesterday (December 5) setting a world record price for the artist at auction.  The previous record was £5,300,000 for a painting sold in London in 1999. It …

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Rockwell masterpiece leads bumper American sale

Norman Rockwell’s masterpiece Saying Grace set a new record for any work sold in an American art auction and nearly tripled the previous auction record for the artist when it achieved $46 million at Sotheby’s American Art auction in New York yesterday. The price far exceeded its $20 million high …

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Pop up sale of Warhol work

Works by Andy Warhol will feature in a pop-up sales exhibition presented by Christie’s in San Francisco this month. The week-long private sales exhibition will be held in the third-floor gallery space of the Mulberry store in San Francisco’s financial district. It will feature 36 photographs, prints and works on …

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