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Paris Auctions: Vibrant Market for 19th-Century, Old Master Drawings

Three sales held by Sotheby’s, Christie’s and ArtCurial that coincided with the city’s prestigious Old Master drawing fair, the Salon du Dessin, pointed to a lively and vibrant market for Old Master through modern drawings. Ketty Gottardo, director of the department of Old Master and 19th-century drawings at Christie’s France, said: “Old Master and 19th-century drawings once again inspired vivid interest in international collectors, who expressed a particular taste for masterpieces from the 17th and 18th centuries, such as drawings by Claude Lorrain.” Read More

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Paris Auction Roundup: Picture of a Lively Market

The Artcurial | Briest – Poulain – F. Tajan auction house in Paris held several sales in March with solid results. Read More

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Trove of Drawings Takes $2M at Artcurial Paris Auction

At Artcurial | Briest – Poulain – F. Tajan in Paris on Feb. 14, an exceptional collection of drawings by writers, from the private collection of book editors Pierre and Franca Belfond, achieved excellent results. Read More

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Another Round of Robust Prices Wraps Up Paris Auction Year

The Paris auction market capped off a strong year with several end-of-year auctions featuring an eclectic mix of objects that brought strong prices and several new records. Read More

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De Staël Nude Soars Above Expectations at Paris Auction

Amid the solid—at times stunning—prices attained in Paris this month, Artcurial auction house also had its share of success at its last major sales of the year. Read More

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Blue Chip Works Bolster Christie’s Paris Sales

Christie’s Paris, also saw robust results at its December sales, starting with its auction of Impressionist and modern art on Dec. 1, which brought a total of €14.4 million ($19.4 million) compared with an estimate of €14 million/20 million. Read More

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Paris Auctions End Year On A High Note

December auctions of Impressionist, modern and contemporary art at Sotheby’s and Christie’s Paris saw vibrant bidding and yielded excellent results despite continued economic turmoil in European currency. Read More

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Paris Auction Roundup: Private Collections Bring Big Prices

On Nov. 21, at Drouot in Paris, auction house Cornette de Saint Cyr organized a sale of the estate of Kimiyo Horiuchi Foujita, the late widow of Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita, a painter and printmaker born in Tokyo who settled in France in his late twenties and died in 1968. Read More

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Historical Images Boost Sotheby’s Paris Photo Sale

Sotheby’s France held a photography auction on Nov. 11, which brought a total of €1.9 million ($2.6 million) for the 147 lots offered. Read More

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Top-Flight Works Fire Record Prices at Photo Auctions

Christie’s held several auctions to coincide with the Paris Photo week—including a mixed-owner selection on Nov. 12, as well as a private collector’s holding of works by Irving Penn, and works from Henri Cartier-Bresson’s archives. Read More

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New Exhibitors, New Energy Bolster Paris Photo Fair

For the 15th edition of the Paris Photo fair (Nov. 10–13), the event moved from its former location, in the mall underneath the Louvre museum, to the Grand Palais. Read More

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Fabius Collection Lends Cachet to Paris Sale

The most important ensemble of 19th-century sculpture ever to be offered at auction was sold in Paris over two days (Oct. 26–27) in an auction staged by Sotheby’s in association with PIASA. Read More

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Eclectic Private Collection Takes $11M at Tajan Paris Auction

On Oct. 22, Tajan auction house in Paris held an auction of works from the eclectic collection of Jorge de Brito, the well-known Portuguese banker and businessman, who passed away in 2006. Read More

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Buyers Flock to FIAC Paris

The 38th edition of the FIAC (International Fair of Contemporary Art), held in Paris at the Grand Palais (Oct. 20–23), drew big crowds and major buyers. Read More