Author Archives: Eileen Kinsella


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Private Collections Enliven 19th-Century European Sales

Several works in the 19th-century European paintings sales garnered strong prices at a typically quiet auction-market period that stretches from the end of the major, early, May New York auctions to the start of the London Impressionist, modern and contemporary art auctions each June. Read More


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Solid Prices at Midseason Old Master Auctions

Sotheby’s and Christie’s midseason Old Master sales, both held June 6, pulled in solid totals, with strong prices seen for fresh-to-the-market works, including museum collection offerings and a recently restituted painting. Read More


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Untitled, 1956, attributed to Mark Rothko.

Following Suits

With Knoedler Gallery closed, disputes over a trove of paintings promoted as previously unknown Abstract Expressionist works have been playing out in court Read More


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Russian Art Auctions: Records Despite Drop in Volume

The overall volume of Russian art sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s London salerooms dipped from year-ago levels, and buyers appeared to balk at aggressive estimates. Read More


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Latin American Art Rises From Last Spring’s Levels

Overall totals of Latin American art were up at Sotheby’s and Christie’s as the sales saw vibrant, global demand and set several new records. Read More


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Brighter Picture at May American Art Auctions

Overall sale volume at American art auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s, on May 16–17, rose considerably, to $62 million, compared with last year’s total of $49.3 million, but the total was still below the $66.9 million result achieved in 2010 (ANL, 6/14/11). Further, the gains were realized with smaller offerings of works at both houses, with sell-through rates also improved, compared with last spring. Read More


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Christie’s $117M Evening Sale: Short But Powerful

Christie’s opened the spring season with a short but powerful evening sale of Impressionist and modern art on May 1 that realized $117 million for 31 lots offered. Read More


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Record-Breaking ‘Scream’ Highlights Solid Spring Auctions

Sotheby’s made auction history at its evening sale on May 3, when a version of Edvard Munch’s iconic artwork, The Scream, 1895 became the most expensive painting ever sold at auction, realizing a total of $119.9 million, with premium, after being hammered down at $107 million. Read More


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New Records at Orientalist and 19th-Century Painting Auctions

Ahead of the major spring Impressionist and modern art sales taking place in New York in the first week of May, 19th-century paintings drew strong prices at auctions in New York and London, including at sales of Orientalist art. Read More


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Ileana Sonnabend, Robert Rauschenberg, and Michael Sonnabend at Galerie Sonnabend in Paris, ca. 1963.

Rauschenberg Eagle Ruffles Feathers

Sonnabend heirs, IRS dispute value of ‘Canyon’ Read More


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Robust Bidding Drives Christie’s Dubai Sales

Christie’s part one sale of modern and contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish art, held on April 17 in Dubai, realized $4 million, clearing the high estimate of $3.9 million, for 40 lots offered. Read More


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Healthy Demand at Spring Photography Auctions

Spring photography auctions, held immediately after the major annual (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) show (ANL, 4/10/12), pointed to an overall healthy market, though volume was down from last spring and buying appeared to be selective. Read More


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Warhols Lead at London Print Sales

London print sales at Christie’s and Sotheby’s (March 28–29), ranging from Old Master to modern and contemporary works, saw solid demand and yielded healthy overall totals. Read More


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Two Top Galleries to Expand in Chelsea District

Two major Manhattan galleries have announced plans to expand their operations in the Chelsea gallery district. Read More