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Modigliani's Portrait de Paulette Jourdain, from around 1919, sold for $42.8 million, beating its on-request estimate said to be $35 million.

Spotty Taubman Collection Sale Brings In $377 M. at Sotheby’s, Led by a $42.8 M. Modigliani

Many works went for below their low estimates, but a new high mark was set for Frank Stella Read More

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The Cardigan That Kurt Cobain Wore On ‘MTV Unplugged’ Is Going Up For Auction

Super rich grunge enthusiasts, start your engines: Rolling Stone reported that Kurt Cobain’s iconic green cardigan from Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged session is going up for auction on November 7. It comes with a $20,000 opening bid, and is expected to go … Read More

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Margaret Thatcher.© Norman Parkinson/Bettmann/Corbis

Christie’s Is Selling Property From the Collection of Margaret Thatcher

In December, Christie’s in London will hold two auctions–a flagship, 150-lot sale on December 15, and an online-only sale that will run from December 3 to 16–consisting of property once owned by the Iron Lady herself, under the umbrella “Mrs … Read More

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Sotheby’s Had to Up Guarantee From $350 M. to $500 M. to Win Taubman Collection, Says ‘Major Art-World Player’

This week in New York, Sotheby’s begins its four-part sale of about 500 works from the collection of Alfred A. Taubman, the collector and former chairman of the auction house who spent ten months in prison for his role in … Read More

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A Market Grows: The Rise of $5 M.-Plus Contemporary Art Lots

Over the next two weeks, collectors will spend millions at the three big auction houses in New York at Impressionist-modern and postwar-contemporary sales. The competition among bidders is fierce, but so is it among auction houses, which must fight to sell the finest works, offering juicy guarantees and aggressive estimates … Read More

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Work from Braun's Ordering Nature show at Marianne Boesky. 


Marianne Boesky Now Represents Björn Braun

Last week, New York’s Marianne Boesky Gallery announced representation of Thornton Dial. This week brings news that the gallery now represents Berlin-based artist Björn Braun, whose first solo exhibition, titled “New Towns,” will open on November 1 at Boesky East (20 Clinton Street) and … Read More

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Christie’s Is Selling Sting’s Art Collection

On February 24, Christie’s King Street location will auction works from the collection of musician Sting and his wife Trudie Styler. Works for sale include Ben Nicholson’s March 55 (amethyst), estimated at £300,000-500,000 ($459,510-765,850); Henri Matisse’s 1947 Jazz portfolio, estimated … Read More

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David Zwirner, Rolf Sachs Among Third Round of Investors in Paddle8

Online art-auction service Paddle8 announced today that it has raised $34 million in Series C funding, the third round of investments raised during the early stages of a company. With the new round of investments, Paddle8 has now raised a total … Read More

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The same picture I used last year to announce the exhibitor list for Art Basel Hong Kong 2015. Fun! COURTESY ART BASEL HONG KONG

Here Is the Exhibitor List for Art Basel Hong Kong 2016

Life being nothing more than a piece of rotten meat being pushed through a rusty grinder, an endless parade of flesh pointing only toward useless questions—like “What could possibly be the point of being alive?” and “How could I have ended up … Read More

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Are the November Postwar and Contemporary Auctions a Boys’ Club? A Look at the Numbers

Imagine you work for the postwar/contemporary department at one of the world’s top three auction houses—Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Phillips—and your major annual November New York evening sale happens to fall on Bring Your Daughter to Work Day. Not a good scene. You may have … Read More

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‘People Like to Say France Is No Longer a Center for the Art Business, Which Is Questionable’: FIAC Arrives in Paris

In its 42nd year, the fair has been joined by an upstart satellite Read More

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Louise Bourgeois, Spider, 1997.COURTESY CHIRSTIE'S

Could Louise Bourgeois’s ‘Spider’ Topple the Auction Record for Work by a Female Artist?

Though Christie’s elected not to publicly list the estimated sale price for Louise Bourgeois’s Spider (1997), which will be auctioned as lot 10 in the house’s postwar and contemporary evening sale on November 10 in New York, it is high enough to … Read More

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Anton Kern Gallery, New York Anne Collier, Eye (Black and White), 2009, C-print. ©ANNE COLLIER/COURTESY ANTON KERN GALLERY, NEW YORK

Preview FIAC 2015

The 42nd edition of FIAC opens in Paris’s Grand Palais on Thursday, October 22, with previews for invited guests on Wednesday, October 21. While FIAC will also host affiliated events and installations throughout the French capital, the main fair will … Read More

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Installation view of 'Tyler Dobson: A World Without Tears,' 2015, at 47 Canal.COURTESY 47 CANAL

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise’s Jamie Kenyon Has Joined 47 Canal

After three years at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in New York, Jamie Kenyon has joined Lower East Side gallery 47 Canal as director. (If you were at Frieze London this past week you may have spotted him at 47’s booth, which … Read More