Tag Archives: Sotheby’s


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Sotheby's building in New York City.

Schlumberger Collection Could Fetch $85 M. At Auction

On Monday, Sotheby’s announced that a block of modern and contemporary art from the personal collection of Pierre and Sao Schlumberger is expected to sell for upwards of $85 million when it goes to auction this November. Highlights of the sale … Read More


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Sotheby’s Bets Big on Six-Figure Shirin Neshat Video for Qatar Auction

On October 13th, Sotheby’s will put Passage, a 2001 video piece by Iranian artist Shirin Neshat, up for auction at its outpost in Doha, Qatar. Filmed in Essouaria, Morocco, Passage is a single channel work depicting three parts of an … Read More


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Sotheby's To Auction Joe DiMaggio's 1936 Yankees Uniform

Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Ebay Try To Block Ninth Circuit Royalty Act Rehearing

Last Friday in San Diego, a joint effort between Christie’s, Sotheby’s and eBay attempted to move the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals away from rehearing a class of artists’ appeal to their challenge of the California Royalties Act, Law360 reported … Read More


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William Eggleston, Untitled, 1982-85

Sotheby’s Brings William Eggleston to Silicon Valley

In an inaugural pop-up gallery show, Sotheby’s is showcasing the work of renowned photographer William Eggleston in Palo Alto, California, from September 16 through 18. Hosted at the Bryant Street Gallery, the seventeen color photographs come predominantly from Eggleston’s renowned … Read More


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Ban's Paper Log House in 1995 in Kobe, Japan. TAKANOBU SAKUMA/COURTESY PRITZKER PRIZE

Morning Links: Shigeru Ban Edition

Deborah Solomon on the Delaware Art Museum’s deaccessioning efforts. [The New York Times] Sotheby’s released its results for the first half of 2014, reporting a 24 percent increase in auction sales. [CNN Money] “Artist Ryan McGinness’s edgy but still official-looking … Read More


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Installation view of Hopf's show with PRAXES.COURTESY THE ARTIST AND PRAXES

Morning Links: Judith Hopf Edition

Sonnabend director Jason Ysenburg is moving to Gagosian. “I feel both excited and a bit scared,” he told Carol Vogel. Sonnabend will close by the end of the year. [NYT] The big art of Burning Man: an interview with Treasurer Jennifer … Read More


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Liu Yiqian Waves Off Tea Controversy, Says $36.3 Million Cup ‘Isn’t… Appropriate for the Masses’

Liu Yiqian, one of China’s biggest art collectors, made waves last week when an image of him drinking tea from an antique porcelain cup that he bought at Sotheby’s for $36.3 million (paying for the item with his American Express … Read More


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The $20,000 Picasso Catalogue the Art World Was Waiting For

Why scholars are clamoring for a near-exact copy of a Picasso catalogue published in black and white and last updated in 1978 Read More


Trends
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Socialist Realism’s Russian Renaissance

Champions of Socialist Realism are seeking to restore it to what they see as its rightful place in Russian art history. But even as it attracts billionaire collectors and appears in prominent exhibitions, some ask whether the official style of Stalin can overcome its past Read More


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China’s Growing Auction Giant

The Poly Group, a $40 billion state-owned enterprise, oversees activities ranging from arms dealing to an auction house that is the first in China to offer private sales and is rapidly promoting itself as a global brand Read More


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A busy phone bank at Sotheby’s London sale of Impressionist and Modern Art this past June.
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The Pleasures and Perils of Auction-House Phone Bids

The popularity of telephone bidding at auction surges, despite the danger of dropped calls and bad connections Read More


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Edvard Munch’s Backyard Reveals Its Secrets

At Edvard Munch’s seaside retreat in Norway, archeologists are unearthing his belongings—and a new museum and hotel are going up Read More


News Retrospective
Installation view of “Art for the Public by Chicago Artists of the Federal Art Project,Works Progress Administration” at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1938. 
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Retrospective: When the WPA Was New

And other excerpts from our coverage 100, 75, 50, and 25 years ago Read More


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The Dalí Sculpture Mess

The market for Salvador Dalí’s sculptures remains plagued by misinformation, unauthorized editions, ownership disputes, and some outright fraud. Questionable works are still flooding the market Read More