Author Archives: Laurie Hurwitz


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Record-Breaking Modigliani Sculpture Leads Levy Sale

A rare stone sculpture of a head by Amedeo Modigliani sold for €43.2 million ($52.6 million) in the evening sale of Impres­sionist and modern art at Christie’s Paris on June 14, a world record for a work by the artist and a record for the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction in France. Read More


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Paris Auctions Fly Past Expectations

In early June, two sales at Sotheby’s Paris, one of Impressionist and modern art and another of contemporary art, achieved a total of E31.3 million ($38.5 million), far surpassing the overall estimate of E14.9 million/21 million. Read More


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Asian Art Stars at Cornette Contemporary Sale

A number of contemporary paintings and works on paper surpassed their high estimates at a sale held on April 13 at Cornette de Saint Cyr in Paris, with the star of the auction being the Indian painter Syed Haider Raza (b. 1922), who lives and works in France. Read More


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Sculpture a Strong Point at Tajan

An auction of Postwar and contemporary art at Espace Tajan in Paris on May 5 brought in a total of E1.3 million ($1.7 million) for 175 lots, with excellent results for several artists. Read More


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Exhibitors Report Healthy Profits at Salon du Dessin Paris

The 19th Salon du Dessin, held March 24–29 at the Palais de la Bourse, the former Paris stock exchange, was “even more profitable than last year’s,” according to the drawings fair’s president, Hervé Aaron, of the Didier Aaron gallery. Read More


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Paris Roundup: Robust Demand For Eclectic Drouot Offerings

On April 2 at Drouot Richelieu in Paris, auctioneer Claude Aguttes organized a sale of modern art featuring an important ensemble of ­20th-century European and Russian art. Read More


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Auction Roundup: Paris Sales Point to Thriving Middle Market

Two sales at Tajan in Paris last month yielded a number of surprisingly strong results for individual works. Read More


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Innovative Changes Boost Energy, Sales at Art Paris

This year’s Art Paris fair, held March 18–22 at the Grand Palais, was the first organized by Lorenzo Rudolf, the event’s new general and strategic director. Read More


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Loewy Sale: Small Collection Brings Big Prices at Paris Auction

The Alexandre and Odile Loewy Col­lection of modern art, which was sold on March 24 at Sotheby’s in Paris, brought in a total of E3.2 million ($4.2 million), with 19, or 90.5 percent, of the 21 lots sold and a remarkable 99.5 percent sell-through rate by value. Read More


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Paris Art Expert Sentenced In Drawing Forgery Case

Christian Parisot, an art historian and specialist on Amedeo Modigliani who had been convicted on fraud charges in Paris, was sentenced in mid-January to a two-year suspended sentence and a E50,000 ($70,000) fine by a French court of appeals. Read More


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French Experts Find Art Resale Tax Raises Thorny Issues

French journalists, collectors, galleries and auction houses continue to debate the future of the droit de suite—a royalty payable to an artist or his or her heirs when a work is resold, either during the artist’s lifetime or for a 70-year period following his or her death. Read More


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Exceptional Offerings Fuel Demand At Paris Asian-Art Sales

Rare offerings yielded impressive results in two auctions of Asian art at Sotheby’s and Christie’s late last month. Read More


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Strong Prices for Blue-Chip Names At Winter Imp/Mod Auctions

On Dec. 9, Sotheby’s held a sale of Impressionist and modern art, which realized a total of E10.8 million ($15.9 million) for 108 lots offered. Read More


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Private Offerings Fuel Demand At Paris Contemporary Sales

On Dec. 8–9, Sotheby’s held a two-part sale of contemporary art from prestigious collections. The auction brought in a total of E10.6 million ($15.75 million), far above the overall high estimate of E8.4 million. Read More