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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


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Just How Big Were This Week’s Contemporary Art Auctions?

This has been an absolutely enormous week at the annual May postwar and contemporary art sales in New York, which began on Monday night with Christie’s setting a new all-time record for a work at auction, when it sold a … Read More


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Price Check: Frieze New York 2015

What has sold at Frieze New York? Below, some numbers. Special thanks to the press representatives who conscientiously supplied 100% of this information via email. (Hence the variation in pronoun, format, and supplementary detail.)Skarstedt Gallery Cady Noland, Untitled (Walker), 1989, sold for $1,500,000 Richard Prince, Untitled … Read More


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Francis Bacon, "Seated Woman," 1961.

Phillips Closes Spring Auctions With Fainting Spell and Respectable $97.1 M. Contemporary Sale

The New York Spring auctions ended earlier this evening with a modest sale at Phillips that saw the house bring in $97.1 million, a relatively small sum compared to those seen at the other houses earlier in the week but … Read More


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Piet Mondrian’s Composition No. III, with Red, Blue, Yellow, and Black (1929) sold for $50.6 million, twice its high estimate of $25 million. It set a new record for the artist.

Mondrian Sells for $50.6 M., a New Record, at Christie’s $202.6 M. Impressionist-Modern Sale

Tonight Christie’s hosted a strong Impressionist and modern sale in New York that brought in $202 million, adding to the $1.7 billion it has totaled at various auctions during this record-setting week for the house. The sale featured works from the collection of the late … Read More


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Marcia Hafif's monochromes, installed at Fergus McCaffrey's booth at Frieze New York. KATHERINE MCMAHON/ARTNEWS

‘Where Can You Go With Abstract Painting at This Point?’: Marcia Hafif on Her Monochromes at Frieze

Yesterday, at the opening for Frieze New York, New York–based painter Marcia Hafif could be seen chatting with a steady stream of friends and admirers near her monochromes, currently on view at Fergus McCaffrey’s booth. At 86, Hafif is more … Read More


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Mark Rothko's No. 10 (1958), which sold for $81.9 million.

Christie’s Brings in $658.5 M. at Contemporary Art Sale, With an $81.9 M. Rothko in Front

New records for Rauschenberg, Ryman, Freud, Dunham, Hofmann, Anselmo, Sturtevant, and Stingel Read More


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Racks on Racks on Racks: Pia Camil Is Giving Away 800 Ponchos at Frieze

Around noon today, a number of people were waiting in a line next to a long rack of clothing near the north entrance of Frieze New York. A sample sale? Sort of. Mexico City–based artist Pia Camil has sewn some 800 ponchos, … Read More


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Zak Kitnick and D’Ette Nogle Bring Pure Olive Oil to Frieze

Like art, the best kind of oil is the purest. Or at least it’s supposed to be that way.That may have been the thought process behind the work that Zak Kitnick and D’Ette Nogle made for New York gallery Clifton Benevento’s booth … Read More


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Dr. Dre Makes an Appearance at Frieze, Courtesy Tom Sachs’s Ceramic Boombox

Walking by the Salon 94 booth, I heard the instrumental version of Dr. Dre’s classic turn-of-the century banger “The Next Episode” play out of a ceramic boombox at a moderate volume. This is the work of the artist Tom Sachs, … Read More


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Paul Schimmel at the Hauser & Wirth booth at Frieze New York. (Photo by Katherine McMahon)

‘I Hope They Will Come for Something That Isn’t Just Consumerist’: Paul Schimmel Talks About His New L.A. Gallery

One of the more intriguing sights at the Frieze New York art fair on opening day was Paul Schimmel, the curator and art historian, selling works at the booth of Hauser & Wirth. Schimmel spent 35 years working for museums … Read More


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DiCaprio Digs Dots: Jonathan Horowitz at Frieze Art Fair

An hour into the frenzied Frieze New York VIP preview this morning, one booth had caught Leonardo DiCaprio’s eye. “Jonathan Horowitz at Gavin Brown’s,” he said, clad in his signature incognito ensemble, famous face hidden beneath bushy beard, sunglasses and … Read More