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Sotheby’s Will Sell ABBA’s Piano in September

Sotheby’s will sell the piano ABBA used to make many of its hits in the 1970s, the auction house announced today. The Swedish pop group’s piano is one of the world’s finest, the announcement proudly (and not necessarily empirically) states, … Read More


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Sotheby’s to Auction Bob Dylan’s Manuscript for ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’

Sotheby’s announced today that it has plans to sell the original manuscript for Bob Dylan’s song “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.” The typed-up, hand-edited sheet of lyrics is expected to go for £150,000–200,000 (about $236,000–$315,000) when it hits the auction … Read More


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Sotheby's auctioneer Adrian Biddell at the FT & Sightsavers Seasonal Appeal Photography Auction at Getty Images Gallery, London.

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‘The Laptop Is Going to Replace the Velvet Rope’: Invaluable CEO on Partnering With Sotheby’s

After five months and 113 sales, Sotheby’s and eBay.com/Sotheby’s announced the results of their partnership with Invaluable, a company specializing in online-auction technology, reporting an almost 55 percent increase in the number of collectors bidding online, as well as a 35 … Read More


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Sotheby’s Revenue, Profits Down in Second Quarter Versus 2014

Today, Sotheby’s released its financial results for the second quarter of 2015, which concluded on June 30. The auction house announced total revenue of $487.7 million, down 1 percent from the figure reported for the same quarter last year. Profits came in at $67.6 million for … Read More


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Morning Links: Wes Anderson Edition

SF-based arts writer Kevin Harman is bringing the sixth edition of his self-curated pop-up Wes Anderson-inspired art show to New York. You can see “Bad Dads” at Joseph Gross Gallery beginning in early August. [Vogue]Documenta 2017 will be held in … Read More


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Morning Links: Louvre Superstore Edition

After many protests from art historians, the Louvre will go through with its plan to move 250,000 works to a store in Liévin, France. [The Art Newspaper]Peter Schjeldahl on the “fearful frenzy” that is today’s art market. [The New Yorker]Shepard … Read More


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Sotheby’s London Cleaners Barred From Work After Protest

The Independent reports today that cleaners at Sotheby’s London have been banned from work in the wake of a protest staged last night over better sick-pay terms.While million-dollar-art auctions raged inside of Sotheby’s, outside a group of workers and sympathizers staged … Read More


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Sotheby’s Sells $203.6 M. of Contemporary Art in London, Led by a $32.8 M. Warhol Dollar Bill

Tonight in London Sotheby’s sold £130.4 million ($203.6 million) worth of art at its contemporary art auction, handily trumping the £95.6 million ($150.1 million) that its arch-rival, Christie’s, brought in at its own sale last night. About 85 percent of … Read More


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First version of Le Bar aux Folies Bergère.


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Sotheby’s To Auction First Version of Manet’s ‘Le Bar aux Folies-Bergère’

Sotheby’s is offering the first version of Édouard Manet’s painting series Le Bar aux Folies-Bergère (1881), estimated at £15-20 million ($23-30.7 million / €21-28 million), at their upcoming Impressionist & Modern evening sale on June 24. The painting’s sale follows … Read More


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Evening in Cairo, 1870.


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Sotheby’s Halts Sale of Russian Painting Believed to be Stolen

Sotheby’s has suspended the sale of Evening in Cairo (1870), a painting by Russian seascape artist Ivan Aivazovsky believed by the Russian Interior Ministry to have been stolen in 1997, in their London auction this week.Only yesterday, Sotheby’s had stated … Read More


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Roy Lichtenstein’s The Ring (Engagement) (1962), which was estimated to sell for around $50 million, made $41.7 million with the buyer's premium.

Sotheby’s Delivers a Solid, If Slow, $379.7 M. Contemporary Sale, With Records for Polke, Wool, More

Earlier this evening in New York, Sotheby’s held a contemporary art sale that brought in $379.7 million, well within its presale estimates of $322.1 million to $420.7 million, and that saw new records for seven artists—Christopher Wool, Mark Bradford, Mark Grotjahn, Danh … Read More


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Sotheby’s Posts $5.2 M. Profit for First Quarter, Expenses and Revenue Down Over Last Year

Sotheby’s today released its financial results for the first quarter of 2015, which ended on March 31 this year. The house posted a profit of $5.2 million for that period, up from the $6.1 million loss it reported during the same period … Read More


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Jacob Lawrence's The Lovers.


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Running Through S|2 With His Woes: On Drake’s Sotheby’s Soundtrack

Drake may know a guy at Sotheby’s, but the show “I Like It Like This,” presented by the auction house’s gallery arm, S|2, which features 56 works of art by 31 black American artists, is a success, surprisingly not in spite of … Read More


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Morning Links: Earthquake in Nepal Edition

The earthquake that hit Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley on Saturday, killing an estimated more than 3,000 people, has damaged or destroyed monuments, temples and historic squares in the country’s capital, Kathmandu, and the cities of Patan and Bhaktapur.[The Art Newspaper]In celebration of the opening … Read More