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Claude Monet's Le bassin aux nymphéas, 1919, estimated at $25 million to $35 million, sold for $27 million.COURTESY CHRISTIE'S

Christie’s Imp-Mod Auction Totals $141.5 M., Secures Record With $8 M. Frida Kahlo

In the last of the New York evening sales this May, Christie’s netted $141.5 million during its Impressionist and modern art auction, ahead of a low estimate of $134.3 million, in a sale that capped a modestly priced but overall stable … Read More

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Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (1982) sold for $57.3 million. Its on-request estimate had been said to be around $40 million. It was a new record for the artist.COURTESY CHRISTIE’S

Christie’s Hosts $318.4 M. Contemporary Sale, Sets New Basquiat Record, $57.3 M.

It took until day three of the New York sales for a lot to pass the $50 million mark, and when bidding reached that magic number on Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (1982) at the $318.4 million postwar and contemporary evening sale at Christie’s tonight, … Read More

Maurizio Cattelan's Him (2011) beat its $15 million, selling for $17.2 million with premium.COURTESY CHRISTIE'S

Christie’s ‘Bound to Fail’ Succeeds, Sets Record With $17 M. Cattelan Hitler Sculpture

The May sales in New York kicked off with “Bound to Fail,” a specialty auction at Christie’s that directly referenced the difficulties facing the market but became a runaway success, selling all but one of the 39 lots, including Maurizio Cattelan’s … Read More

2015: The Year in Review
Louise Bourgeois, Maman, 1999.


Inequality Endures: The Price of Being a Female Artist in 2015

An annual overview of how female artists and their work fared over the past year in the marketplace and the broader art world. Here is the 2014 edition.“Is the Pope Catholic?” Marilyn Minter said in response to a 2014 survey querying the existence of gender … Read More


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Paul Cézanne’s Pommes sur un linge (circa 1885), which was estimated at $7 million to $10 million, sold for $9.13 million.

Christie’s Nets Healthy $145.5 M. at Imp-Mod Auction, Led by Picasso, Matisse, Cézanne

The New York evening sales concluded tonight with the Impressionist and modern sale at Christie’s, which racked up $145.5 million, well above its low estimate of $108.8 million—a quite successful tally accrued during a slow, steady waltz through a list of 59 relatively low-priced … Read More

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Roy Lichtenstein's Modern Painting in Porcelain (1967) sold for $437,000 this morning at Christie's. COURTESY CHRISTIE'S

Christie’s Contemporary Art Day Sales Net $88.8 M., With Records for Gilliam, Krushenick, and for a Moment, Kelley

Christie’s finished out its contemporary-art auctions in New York with a morning sale and an afternoon sale Wednesday that offered about 400 lots and raked in $88.8 million in total. About 81 percent of the 224 lots in morning sale found buyers, while about 76 percent of the 175 lots … Read More

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Lucio Fontana's Concetto spaziale, La fine di Dio (1964) sold for $29.2 million, a new record for the artist.CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD.

Christie’s $331.8 M. Postwar Auction Offloads a Record Bourgeois—and an Undervalued Warhol—En Route to Modest Total Sales

The trend of cooler bidding that has defined these New York sales continued Tuesday night at Christie’s postwar and contemporary art evening sale, where notable flops and a few withdrawn lots accounted for a tepid $331.8 million haul, just over … Read More

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The star of the evening, Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu couché, which had an on-request estimate of $100 million, sold for an astounding $170.4 million to a Chinese collector.

Christie’s ‘Artist Muse’ Sale Nets $491.4 M., Led by a $170.4 M. Modigliani, the Second-Highest Price Ever Realized at Auction

Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu Couché (1917–18) soared past its already astronomical $100 million on-request estimate en route to a record-smashing price of $170.4 million at Christie’s Monday night, making the magnificent nude portrait the second-most-expensive painting ever sold at auction—and, in a twist, … 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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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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Loic Gouzer.  ©2014 CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD.

Loic Gouzer Promoted to Deputy Chairman, PostWar & Contemporary Art at Christie’s

If you organized the sale that happened to include the priciest work of art ever sold at auction, maybe that means it’s time for a promotion. And so, Loic Gouzer will be the new Deputy Chairman, Post-War and Contemporary at Christie’s, a … 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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How Did This Week’s London Contemporary Art Sales Fare?: A Look at Five Years of Auctions

It was a week of huge contemporary art auctions in London. Just how huge? The above graph tells the story, comparing this week’s figures at the three big houses with the results for the same sales going back to 2011. The big news: Phillips … Read More