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Morning Links: Thieving Librarian Edition

At the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, in China, a librarian admitted to stealing 140 paintings and replacing them with his own fakes. [ABC News]Could the latest Christie’s results show a slow in art sales? [Wall Street Journal]Pablo Picasso’s studio … Read More


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Christie’s Imp-Mod Auction in London Nets $113 M., With Monet on Top

Christie’s London today offered 52 lots in its annual June evening sale of Impressionist and modern art, and netted £71.4 million, or about $113 million. Eighty-four percent of those lots sold, a solid figure. The house trumpeted in a release that … Read More


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Harper Lee Letters Failed To Sell At Christie’s New York Auction

Letters written by Harper Lee around the time she drafted To Kill a Mockingbird, that cornerstone of 9th grade English classes from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon, proved to be a flop at Christie’s New York auction on June 12.The … Read More


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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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Buyer of $179.4 Million Picasso Revealed? [UPDATED]

Unnamed art world sources have told the New York Post that the mystery buyer of Pablo Picasso’s Les Femme d’Algers (Version “O”) at Christie’s last week is the former Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani. The piece sold for $179.4 million on May … 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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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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Alberto Giacometti, L'Homme au doigt, 1947, bronze. COURTESY CHRISTIE'S

Christie’s Nets $705.8 M. at ‘Looking Forward’ Sale, Led by Picasso and Giacometti Record Setters

Earlier tonight Christie’s hosted an impressive $705.8 million auction that set a new world record for a single work of art at auction with Pablo Picasso’s Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’) (1955), which went for $179.3 million. The evening also set six new auction … Read More


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Morning Links: Great Wall of China Edition

Chinese archeologists have found an additional six-mile stretch of the Great Wall on the border of the Gansu province and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. [The Art Newspaper]Anri Sala was once again named France’s leading artist in a survey taken by Le … Read More


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How Has the Photography Market Been Doing?

The annual March/April photography auctions just wrapped up in New York, ringing in a total of $17.2 million for the three big houses—Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Phillips. As the graph above shows, it was a close fight, with Phillips bringing in a touch more than its … Read More


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Asia Week Auctions Haul in Rip-Roaring $250.7 M. at Big Two Houses, a Record

New York’s annual Asia Week concluded last Saturday, and its organizers have since reported a stunning $360 million in sales. That figure represents an 80-percent increase over last year, with the big two auction houses, Sotheby’s and Christie’s, accounting for nearly 70 percent of that haul. As … Read More


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Loic Gouzer Follows Up ‘Gritty’ Sale With Auction Featuring Potentially Historic Picasso

Loic Gouzer, international specialist at Christie’s auction house, has organized a special contemporary evening sale during the spring auctions in New York for the second year in a row, this one called “Looking Forward to the Past.” It is a … Read More


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Phillips 2.0: Can Auction Veteran Ed Dolman Turn Around the Art World’s Third-Place House?

On a gray Sunday last October, during Frieze Week in London, Phillips auction house opened its new headquarters in a 73,000-square-foot building on tony Berkeley Square, with renovations by architects Aukett Swanke. Visitors sipped champagne and orange juice next to … Read More


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Elizabeth Taylor Trust Sues Christie’s

A federal complaint against Christie’s was filed on Tuesday by Elizabeth Taylor’s Southern Trust. The claim alleges that the auction house mismanaged the sales of Taylor’s “most prized and valuable possessions” (including her jewelry, wardrobe, and art collection) and stole … Read More