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ArtCurial’s Inaugural Shanghai Auction Tops Expectations

In late January in Shanghai, the French firm ArtCurial became the first foreign auction house to to hold a sale under its own banner in mainland China—four months after acquiring premises in the city. Read More

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L.A. Art Show: Record Crowds Belie Uneven Sale Patterns

The Los Angeles Art Show, now in its 13th year, was held from Jan. 23-27, once again at the Barker Hanger, Santa Monica Airport. Read More

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$4.2M Shinwa Contemporary Nearly Triples Previous Total

Shinwa Art Auction’s contemporary art sale on Nov. 17 realized ¥460.73 million ($4.2 million), up considerably from the sale total of ¥182.91 million ($1.5 million) last April (ANL, 6/12/07). Read More

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$71M Paris Sales: Record Prices Amid Heaviest Buyer Influx Ever

With Christie’s and Sotheby’s preferring to sell modern and contemporary art in Paris in December rather than during the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC), the annual fair that ran this year from Oct. 17-22, the stage was cleared for two established Paris auction houses to enjoy the spotlight: Artcurial and Cornette de Saint-Cyr. They produced unprecedented results for the French capital, netting more than E50 million ($71 million) between them. Read More


Top Ten ARTnews Stories: Making a Difference

It began with Andrew Decker’s article on Austria’s halfhearted attempts to return thousands of artworks stolen from Holocaust victims. Our coverage has influenced cultural policy and helped make war loot a major international issue. Read More


Top Ten ARTnews Stories: The First Word on Pop

A series of early interviews with the leaders of Pop art defined a movement. Read More


Top Ten ARTnews Stories: Exposing the Hidden ‘He’

Linda Nochlin on why Picasso couldn’t have been born a girl. Read More


Top Ten ARTnews Stories: Tracking the Trophy Brigade

Konstantin Akinsha and Grigorii Kozlov revealed the fate of thousands of artworks that disappeared into the Soviet Union after World War II. Read More


Top Ten ARTnews Stories: Sorting Out the Sunflowers

Timothy Ryback made sense of the heated debates over van Gogh forgeries. Read More

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Signac, Russell Share Top Honors At $35M Coeur d’Alene Auction

The annual Coeur d’Alene Art Auction of Western art once again reached a new high and set several records for individual artists. The auction, held July 28 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev., fetched a total of $35.1 million for 307 lots offered, against a presale high estimate of just under $29.8 million. Only seven lots went unsold. This tops last year’s record total of more than $27.4 million for 275 lots sold and far exceeds the 2005 and 2004 totals of $21 million and $18.1 million, respectively. Read More

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$9.2M Bacon and $6.9M Mitchell Buoy Paris Auctions

With a total of €24.56 million ($32.9 million), Christie’s sale of contemporary art on May 30-31 yielded an all-time high for such an auction in France. Sotheby’s first contemporary sale in Paris on May 31 was not as large, bringing €5.89 million ($7.9 million) in total, with 79 percent sold by lot, 90 percent by value. Read More

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Contemporary Art on the Rise at Japanese Auctions

A contemporary art sale held by Shinwa Art Auction on April 14 realized ¥182.91 million ($1.5 million), up from the total of the previous, Dec. 2 sale of ¥129.14 million, or $1.1 million (ANL, 1/23/07, p. 7-8). Of the 120 lots on offer, 114, or 95 percent, found takers, most of them above their estimates. Read More

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Innovative Young Artists Heat Up ArteBA Fair

The ArteBA art fair notched record figures for display space, attendance and sales in its 16th edition that ran from May 18-22. Read More

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Merchandise Mart Snaps up Armory Show and Voltashow

Having completed its first successful year as the new owner of Art Chicago, Chicago’s Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. (MMPI) has acquired two other art fairs, including a leading competitor, New York’s Armory Show. Read More