Tag Archives: Sotheby’s


Sotheby’s Will Auction ‘Krebs Cycle’ Nobel Medal

On July 14, Sotheby’s in London will auction a Nobel Prize medal awarded to Hans Krebs in 1953 for the discovery of the Citric Acid Cycle, otherwise known as the Krebs Cycle, or the Bane of AP Chemistry Students everywhere. … 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

This 1962 Warhol was the top lot of the evening, selling for TK.COURTESY SOTHEBY'S

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

First version of Le Bar aux Folies Bergère.


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

Evening in Cairo, 1870.


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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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


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

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An intact and complete Elephant Bird Egg, Madagascar, 17th-century or earlier.COPYRIGHT SOTHEBY'S

Sotheby’s to Auction Big Ass Egg

Here’s one for all you egg fans out there: Sotheby’s sent out an e-mail blast this morning—headline: “The World’s Most Valuable Egg?”—announcing that it was selling an “extremely rare elephant bird egg,” valued at £30,000–£50,000 ($45,450–$75,750). For anyone used to … Read More

Swatches from the Dunkel collection at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

$1.3 M. In Swatch Watches To Be Auctioned At Sotheby’s In Hong Kong

The Guardian reports that 68-year-old retired insurance broker Paul Dunkel of Luxembourg is set to sell his collection of over 5,800 Swatch watches (valued at more than $1.3 million) today in a “superlot” facilitated by the Hong Kong outpost of … Read More

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How Has the Photography Market Been Doing?

The annual March/April photography auctions just wrapped up in New York, ringing in a total of $17.2 million for the three big houses—Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Phillips. As the graph above shows, it was a close fight, with Phillips bringing in a touch more than its … Read More

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Asia Week Auctions Haul in Rip-Roaring $250.7 M. at Big Two Houses, a Record

New York’s annual Asia Week concluded last Saturday, and its organizers have since reported a stunning $360 million in sales. That figure represents an 80-percent increase over last year, with the big two auction houses, Sotheby’s and Christie’s, accounting for nearly 70 percent of that haul. As … Read More

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Phillips 2.0: Can Auction Veteran Ed Dolman Turn Around the Art World’s Third-Place House?

On a gray Sunday last October, during Frieze Week in London, Phillips auction house opened its new headquarters in a 73,000-square-foot building on tony Berkeley Square, with renovations by architects Aukett Swanke. Visitors sipped champagne and orange juice next to … Read More