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Kenneth Noland's Heat (1958) was the second-most expensive lot at the auction. COURTESY SOTHEBY'S

Strong Sotheby’s Contemporary Day Sale Totals $98 M., Sets Kenneth Noland Record at $3.37 M.

Sotheby’s capped its auction week yesterday with a respectable contemporary day sale that brought in $98 million. With 323 out of 418 lots finding buyers, 80 percent of the works that went on the block sold. Although some momentum was lost … Read More

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Cy Twombly’s Untitled (NYC) (1968) sold for $70.5 million.COURTESY SOTHEBY'S

Sotheby’s Contemporary Sale Hauls In $294.9 M., Setting Twombly Record at $70.5 M. in an ‘Infectious’ Salesroom

An enormous round of applause rang out in the Sotheby’s salesroom following its contemporary art evening sale tonight in New York, as the auction house wrapped perhaps the first solidly positive sale of the past week, totaling $294.9 million, over a low … Read More

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Sotheby's New York headquarters.COURTESY WIKIMEDIA

Sotheby’s Q3 Loss Shrinks Versus 2014, Buoyed by Inventory Sales, Finance Unit

Today, Sotheby’s released financial results for its third quarter, which ended September 20, 2015, reporting a net loss of $17.9 million, equal to 26 cents a share, which was an improvement over the $27.7 million, or 40 cents a share, … Read More

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Pablo Picasso, "La Gommeuse," 1901. Property from the William I. Koch Collection.COURTESY SOTHEBY'S

After Taubman Trip-Up, Sotheby’s Finds its Footing with a Respectable $306 M. Imp-Mod Evening Sale

Not 24 hours after the muted response to the collection of A. Alfred Taubman, which barely broke its low estimate with a $377 million sale Wednesday, Sotheby’s bounced back somewhat with a competent if at times dull $306.7 million Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale … Read More

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Modigliani's Portrait de Paulette Jourdain, from around 1919, sold for $42.8 million, beating its on-request estimate said to be $35 million.

Spotty Taubman Collection Sale Brings In $377 M. at Sotheby’s, Led by a $42.8 M. Modigliani

Many works went for below their low estimates, but a new high mark was set for Frank Stella 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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Morning Links: North Korean Defector Edition

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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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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


‘It’s Very Three-Dimensional’: Tom Wolfe, Artist, Sizes Up his Theme-Appropriate Drawing at Take Home a Nude

Tom Wolfe was not reporting on the Take Home a Nude auction, the New York Academy of Art benefit that happened last night at Sotheby’s. He was hosting it, alongside Jerry Saltz, the art critic for New York, which also happened to … Read More

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Evening Contemporary Sales at Sotheby’s London Net $118.8 M., With $24.7 M. Fontana Setting a Record for Postwar Italian Art

When the smoke cleared on a two-part sale that inched closer and closer to the three-hour mark, Sotheby’s had pulled in a total of £76.8 million ($118.8 million) during its evening sales for postwar Italian and contemporary art. The paddle-wielders … Read More

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Front and back of Picasso's La Gommeuse (1901).


Sotheby’s Announces Sale of Rare Double-Sided Picasso, Monet Masterpiece

Sotheby’s has announced that a rarely seen painting from Picasso’s Blue Period, La Gommeuse (1901), as well as one of Monet’s major Waterlilies paintings, Nymphéas (1908), will be auctioned at their Impressionist and modern art evening sale in New York … Read More


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