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Rare Baroque masterpiece soars past estimate

A rare and important Italian relief pietra dura and gilt bronze mounted ebony jewel casket with panels designed by the Grand Ducal Ateliers of Florence in the early 18th century soared past its $80,000-120,000 estimate to bring $617,000 in the Bonhams Fine European Furniture and Decorative Arts auction, October 28 …

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Warhol car crash smashes record

Silver Car Crash by Andy Warhol sold for a record breaking $105 million at Sotheby’s New York auction on Wednesday November 13. The figure set a new auction record for Warhol and is the second highest price ever paid at auction for contemporary art – the highest being the $142.2 …

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Pink diamond breaks auction record

A dramatic pink diamond originally known as The Pink Star, now renamed as The Pink Dream, broke the world auction record for a diamond or jewel on Wednesday November 13 when it sold at a Sotheby’s Geneva auction for $83.1m. Four bidders competed for the diamond, which is the largest …

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Private sales boost Sotheby’s in tough third quarter

Sotheby’s reported improved results in the third quarter of 2013 compared with the same period a year ago, largely thanks to an $11.3 million, or 77%, increase in private sale commissions and a $6.6 million, or 16%, increase in auction commission revenues. The company still made a net loss in …

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Christie’s breaks auction records with Three Studies of Lucian Freud

Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art evening sale in New York achieved $691.6m, the highest total for an auction sale in art market history, with a strong sell-through rate of 98% by value and 91% by lot. The sale also achieved wider headlines for setting the new world auction record for …

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Asia’s millionaires turn to art investments

Asia’s millionaires turn to art investments The Asian art market is continuing its rise to prominence with buyers asserting their own tastes regardless of trends in London and New York. According to a 2012 study by consultants Cap Gemini, there are more millionaires in Asia than in the US. If …

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Phillips New York auction confirms demand for photographs

A recent Phillips New York Photographs auction totalled $6,089,250 selling 82% by value and 71% by lot. The auction house said bidders responded enthusiastically to the fresh-to-the market material. A notable point of the auction was the sale of 48 works from the section entitled Property From A Distinguished California …

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Bonhams selling Emperor Qianlong moonflask

A flask made during the reign of Emperor Qianlong between 1736 and 1795 will be sold by Bonhams on November 7. It estimates that it will sell for between £500,000 and £800,000 ($1.2 billion). The turquoise vase is decorated with a rampant red Imperial dragon. The moonflask was collected in …

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Christie’s running Warhol exhibition in Aspen

Christie’s Private Sales is running an exhibition of works from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts at 212 Gallery in Aspen, Colorado from August 7 to August 9. More than 20 of Andy Warhol’s paintings, photographs, prints and works on paper will be for sale with prices ranging …

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Sotheby’s takes sculptures Beyond Limits at Chatsworth House

Sotheby’s is exhibiting 20 monumental sculptures at Chatsworth House in England as part of its annual Beyond Limits exhibition. The exhibition include work by Jaume Plensa, Manolo Valdés, Mario Merz, Juan Muñoz, Marc Quinn, and Thomas Heatherwick. UK artists taking part comprise Bill Woodrow, Tony Cragg and Allen Jones. Jones …

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