Auctions & shows

Sotheby’s Old Masters week ignites keen interest from Asia and Russia

The Old Masters Week auctions at Sotheby’s London realised a total of £64.1m, with Lucas Cranach the Elder’s La Bocca della Verità selling for a record £9.3m, the highest price for any Old Master sold at auction this year. The Old Master & British paintings and drawings sale saw keen …

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Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art summer auctions total £109,700,850

Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art auctions in London resulted in a combined total of £109,700,850 / $172,134,688 / €154,090,265. A highlight of the week was the record achieved for Chris Ofili’s Holy Virgin Mary (1996), one of the defining paintings of the 1990s generation. Christie’s said the successes of the Evening and …

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Chinese buyers a strong presence at Christie’s day sale

Strong interest came from Chinese buyers at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary art day auction in London on July 1. The top lot was Robert Longo’s Untitled (Last Tiger), which achieved a figure of £650,000 (estimate £300,000-400,0000). Of the 206 lots offered, 77% sold by lot and 85% sold by value. Rosanna …

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Sotheby’s has record European contemporary sale, despite Bacon not selling

The Sotheby’s evening sale achieved £130.4 million ($204.7 Million) the auction house’s highest total for an auction of Contemporary Art in Europe. The previous record was £123.5 million set in February. However the presale estimate of the sale was between £142.2 and £202.6 million, meaning that although some lots sold …

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Sotheby’s to re-launch Irish art sales this October

Sotheby’s is to re-launch Irish art sales in London on October 21 2015. Highlighting the forthcoming auction is Nude Girl Reading by Sir William Orpen. Estimated at £300,000-500,000, the work was last seen on the market 30 years ago. Ahead of the auction, Sotheby’s will open its new premises in …

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Art Fairs

46th Art Basel closes with excellent sales

The 46th edition of Art Basel closed in Basel on Sunday, June 21, 2015, with gallerists reporting excellent sales across all levels of the market. The show attracted an attendance of 98,000 over the six show days. The show, whose lead partner is UBS, presented 284 galleries from 33 countries, …

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Art Fairs

Frieze London 2015: details announced

Frieze has announced the participating galleries for Frieze London 2015. The thirteenth edition of the contemporary art fair, which takes place October 14–17 in the Regent’s Park, London, will present over 160 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries, from almost 30 countries. This edition of Frieze London will feature contemporary …

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Christie’s France’s Asian art sale realises €19,295,200

Christie’s Paris’ Asian Art sale on June 9 achieved €19,295,200 / £14,085,496 / $21,610,624 with strong sell-through rates of 71% by lot, 94% by value and 50% of the lots selling above presale estimates. Leading the auction was an 18th century 11 meters long handscroll depicting the five hundred Luohan attributed …

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Marina Picasso collection for sale at Sotheby’s London

On 25 June 2015, Sotheby’s is to host a sale of the Marina Picasso collection of Pablo Picasso’s ceramics in London. The collection consists of 126 lots, including plates, cases, tiles, and sculptures, dating from 1947-1948 until the end of the 1960s, and is estimated to be worth £4.5 million (€6.3 million). Highlighted …

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Strong sales at Sotheby’s American Art but misses estimates

Sotheby’s sold art worth $38.3 million at its American Art on sale on May 20, below its high estimate of $39.7 million. Although some 60% of selling lots exceeded their high estimates. The highlight of the auction was Georgia O’Keefe’s ‘White Calla Lily’. The almost monochromatic flower oil painting, is …

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