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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


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‘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).

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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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Sotheby’s Is Selling John Lennon’s Detention Sheet

Today in news about scraping the bottom of the barrel, Sotheby’s London will be selling a sheet from John Lennon’s detention book, which documents the 29 times that he was sent to detention between September 9, 1955, and July 11, … Read More


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Proceeds From Sale of $60 M. Cy Twombly Will Benefit Wilshire Boulevard Temple

On November 11, Sotheby’s in New York will sell Cy Twombly’s Untitled, 1968 (New York City), with estimated price exceeding $60 million, according to the auction house. The painting comes from the collection of philanthropist Audrey Irmas, and the sale … Read More


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Killed Deals, Crashing Markets, Flailing Flippers: What Does It All Mean? Kenny Schachter on the Summer Past and the Season Ahead

Kenny Schachter is a London-based art dealer, curator, and writer. The opinions expressed here are his own.Could we be in for a rough ride this fall in the high-flying, gravity-defying top end of the contemporary art market?That was the billion-dollar … Read More


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Morning Links: Frank Stella Edition

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DARC for SPILL Festival of Performance, London 2015. Photo by Manuel Vason.

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Morning Links: Menstrual Blood Edition

Olafur Eliasson has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a solar-powered cell phone charger, which he co-designed. [The Art Newspaper]A review of “Opus Hypnagogia: Sacred Spaces of Visionary and Vernacular Art” at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn. [The New York … Read More


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Morning Links: Temple of Bel Edition

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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