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Sotheby’s holds ambitious Beijing art week

Chinese and Western art worth more than $212 million will go on show in Beijing from November 28 to December 1 as part of Sotheby’s Beijing Art Week. The first international art business operating in China, Sotheby’s has brought together an ambitious four day series of arts events encompasses fine …

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Iconic Sanyu painting features in new Asian auction

Sanyu’s iconic painting Seated Nude, estimated to fetch HK$25-35 million, is set to be the star lot at Bonhams’ first Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art auction on 23 November in Hong Kong. The sale comprises three sections and over 150 lots. The first section focuses on 20th Century Chinese …

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Collection of TS Eliot’s late wife fetches over £7 million

Artwork collected by poet T.S. Eliot’s widow fetched more than £7 million in an auction at Christie’s, London on November 20. The collection was borne from one of the greatest love affairs in literary history; that of T.S. Eliot (1888–1965), who is among the most important figures in 20th century …

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Rossetti’s Prosperine breaks artist’s auction record

Dante Gabrielle Rossetti’s painting Prosperine fetched a record auction price for the artist at Sotheby’s British and Irish Art sale in London on November 19. Estimated to fetch £1.2-1.8million, the painting’s price soared to nearly £3.3million. It was bought by a UK private buyer. “We’re delighted with the record price …

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$63 million Art of the Automobile sale stuns market

$63 million Art of the Automobile sale stuns market Nearly $63 million of sales was generated in two hours of bidding at RM Auctions and Sotheby’s Art of the Automobile auction in New York on Thursday November 21. Records tumbled with the historic 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Carrozzeria Scaglietti …

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Works from major private collections in Milan auction

An oil and collage by Marino Marini dated 1960 and estimated at between €50,000 and €70,000 will be the first lot in Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary Art Auction in Milan, which will take place on November 27 & 27. The piece, titled Cavallo e Cavaliere, is one of two pieces …

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Major collection of Aboriginal work to be auctioned

On November 24, Bonhams’ Sydney auction house will be selling the largest group of bark paintings ever offered at auction as a single collection. The Evatt Collection of Aboriginal Bark Paintings and Sculpture was amassed over 40 years by renowned barrister, collector and art dealer, Clive Evatt QC. In 1972, …

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Stanley Spencer painting expected to fetch £3-5m

Christie’s is offering a highly important work by Sir Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) in the Modern British & Irish Art Evening Sale which will take place on 20 November 2013. Christ Preaching at Cookham Regatta: Conversation Between Punts is part of Spencer’s celebrated series painted in the 1950s, which explores the idea of Christ’s …

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East Africa auction illustrates growth in region

One of the first commercial art auctions to take place in east Africa has resulted in buyers spending some $200,000. Organisers said the event demonstrated the growing interest in art in the region. Some 90% of the 47 words auctioned were sold, the most expensive, a painting called ‘Celebration’ by …

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Major Australian sale scheduled for late November

Australian Aboriginal and Australian paintings, important jewels, rare works of Colonial heritage and Asian works of art will feature in Bonhams’ Australian Series of Spring Auctions to be held in Sydney 24 – 27 November. The auction of Fine Australian paintings includes Herbert Badhams’ ‘On the Roof’, 1928, a sparkling …

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