Art Basel 2015 Market Previews
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin and ParisThomas Struth, Vacuum Chamber, JPL, Pasadena, 2013.

Preview Art Basel 2015

The 2015 edition of Art Basel opens Tuesday, June 16, to invited guests. This year’s fair includes a reorganization of the gallery booth layout, with many of those presenting work that dates from 1900 to 1970 grouped together on the lower … Read More

De Pury.

Simon de Pury on His New Digital Auction Platform

Ever since the end of 2012, when Simon de Pury left Phillips, the auction house where he had been a name partner, market watchers wondered what he would do next. Meanwhile, de Pury kept a relatively low profile, serving as … Read More

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Curiator website.

Curiator Launches First For-Sale Digital Exhibition

The online art site Curiator has introduced its first art sale, a digital exhibition titled “Scroll Down Hang Up,” which features work by five emerging artists: Yung Jake, Michael Assif, Yamini Nayar, Tom Holmes, and T. Kelly Mason. It is curated by New York-based … Read More

Market News The 200 Top Collectors
Alberto Giacometti, L'Homme au doigt, 1947, bronze. COURTESY CHRISTIE'S

Steven A. Cohen Revealed as Buyer of $141.3 M. Giacometti Sculpture

Hedge fund billionaire Steven A. Cohen was the secret buyer who purchased Alberto Giacometti’s L’Homme au doigt (1947) for $141.3 million at Christie’s, Page Six reported earlier today. The six-foot-tall bronze sculpture, which now holds the record for the most … Read More

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Art Basel: Then and Now

How does this year’s fair stack up against the first edition in 1970? Read More


Gagosian Plans Third London Gallery, Bringing Total to 15

Larry Gagosian just cannot stop opening galleries. Earlier this year he said he was on the hunt for a third London space, and today The New York Times reported that he has found it, an 18,000-square-foot gallery in the city’s tony … Read More

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The handwritten note from J.R.R. Tolkien written in Evlish included with the book. SOTHEBY's

First Edition of ‘The Hobbit’ Sells for Record Price at Sotheby’s London

A 1937 first edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit broke a new auction record today at Sotheby’s in London, fetching a world record price of £137,000, or about $210,500.Today’s result usurps the previous auction record for The Hobbit quite substantially; … Read More

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Sotheby’s Brings On Former MSG Employee as Digital and Marketing Chief

Sotheby’s has hired David Goodman as its new digital and marketing chief. Goodman joins the auction house from the Madison Square Garden Company, where he was the president of productions and live entertainment. Sotheby’s new chief executive, Tad Smith, who … Read More


Art Basel Will Cluster ‘Premier Historical Material’ at This Year’s Fair

The grand Basel, Switzerland edition of the Art Basel fairs opens in just two weeks, and today its organizers announced that it has reconfigured its layout so that dozens of galleries showing work that dates from 1900 to 1970 will … Read More

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Art by Women Accounted for Less Than 3 Percent of the Total Haul at May’s Big Contemporary Art Sales in New York

The four major contemporary art evening auctions earlier this month—where the bluest of the blue chip art is sold—pulled in an astounding $1.84 billion. Art by women accounted for just $53.5 million of that, or about 2.9 percent. The above … Read More

Expo Chicago 2015 Market News

Here’s The 2015 Expo Chicago Exhibitor List

Expo Chicago is returning for its fourth edition this year, running from September 17 to 20 at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. The contemporary and modern art fair will feature 140 leading international galleries from 15 countries and 40 cities, a … Read More

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A lock of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s fair hair, contained in a nineteenth-century gilt locket, with a nineteenth-century manuscript note of provenance. Copyright Sotheby’s.

New Auction Trend: Human Hair

This week, Sotheby’s in London is offering, according to the auction house, “a chance to own a unique piece of musical history”: a lock of Mozart’s hair, estimated at £10,000–£12,000 (about $15,400 to $18,500).Also for sale is an invitation to … Read More

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Which Artworks Earned the Best Returns at the May Auctions?

The annual May Impressionist-modern and postwar-contemporary auctions in New York this month made huge numbers, with a new record set for the most expensive artwork ever sold, among quite a few other new high marks. Many works had hit the … Read More

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Pablo Picasso, Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’), 1955, the most expensive painting ever sold at auction.

Christie’s Also Served a Ridiculous Amount of Coffee Last Week

In this Pax Romana of auction house records–Christie’s made $1.72 billion in sales last week, and sold the most expensive work of art ever to appear at auction–let’s not forget the little details, which Christie’s recapped in a press release alongside … Read More