Tag Archives: Sotheby’s

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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

How To Sell A Banksy.


Morning Links: How To Sell A Banksy Edition

An exceptionally thorough profile of Jerry Saltz. [Capital New York]The Kravises have purchased Jasper Johns’s Painted Bronze (1960) from the artist, and promised to donate it to the Museum of Modern Art. (In other news, MoMA just acquired its first … Read More

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Looking Back on Sotheby’s Performance Under CEO William Ruprecht

This week Sotheby’s released its results for the final quarter of 2014, announcing that, with $938 million in revenue over the course of the full year, it had made about $118 million. That profit was down slightly from the $130 million it made on only $854 million … Read More

Monica Lewinsky, from her government ID photo by Office of the Secretary of Defense.


Morning Links: Monica Lewinsky Edition

The artist who painted the portrait of Bill Clinton that hangs in Washington’s National Portrait Gallery says he painted a shadow of the Monica Lewinsky scandal onto the canvas. [The Guardian]Tatiana Trouvé’s Desire Lines, an art project commissioned for Central Park by the … Read More

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Skate’s: Top Four Online Auction Houses Cleared $144 M. Last Year

In its latest Market Note, Skate’s notes that Berlin-based online art trading platform Auctionata published its 2014 results, rising to the number-one spot ahead of peers like Paddle8, Christie’s, and artnet.com with $41 million in gross merchandise value sold, a 148 percent increase … Read More

Sun Tzu's The Art of War.


Morning Links: The Art of War Edition

Jessica Hagy has illustrated Sun Tzu’s The Art of War using simple ink-on-index card drawings of Venn diagrams and x-y plots. [Harvard Business Review]Tejumola Olaniyan founded Africacartoons.com, the first continent-wide digital encyclopedia of political cartoons by African artists. [The Guardian]​Lana … Read More

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A work by Ruscha.


Sotheby’s Spring Sales Will Offer 35 Works to Benefit MOCA Los Angeles

News of New York’s big spring contemporary auctions is beginning to trickle out, and it seems Sotheby’s has nabbed a fairly intriguing, if philanthropic, consignment.Its evening and day sales, on May 12 and 13, will feature a group of approximately … Read More

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Comparing the Francis Bacon and Gerhard Richter Markets After a Hot Week in London

The past week’s evening sales of postwar and contemporary art in London saw major results for painter powerhouses Gerhard Richter and Francis Bacon. At Sotheby’s, a 1986 abstract painting by Richter made $46.3 million. At Christie’s, Richter’s landscape painting Vierwaldstatter … Read More

Norman Rockwell's Boy and Girl Gazing at the Moon (Puppy Love).


Morning Links: Norman Rockwell Edition

Scott Reyburn on the “bubble that never really bursts.” [The New York Times]The Pompidou in Paris will open pop-up locations across France. [The Art Newspaper]“One of the most unusual auctions of a single collection ever to take place, with lots … Read More

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Peter Doig's Cold Blooded (2003).


Klara Lidén Painting Sets Artist Record at Sotheby’s London

Sotheby’s has officially surpassed itself this week, recording its highest-ever total sales of contemporary art in Europe. Gerhard Richter’s Abstraktes Bild, which sold for £30.4 million ($46.3 million), contributed significantly to a grand total of £140.4 million ($214 million) over … Read More

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Richter's Abstraktes Bild sold for £30.4 million ($46.3 million), a benchmark for any living European artist.


New Records for Gerhard Richter, Jonas Wood at Buoyant $188.2 M. Sotheby’s London Sale

Multiple records were broken last night at the contemporary art evening auction at Sotheby’s in London, including the total for that annual auction, which made £123,515,250 ($188.2 million) on a presale estimate of £88.6 million to £125.5 million ($135.43 million–$191.84 million).The highlight of the evening was … Read More

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Sotheby’s to Raise Buyer’s Premiums

On February 1, Sotheby’s will raise its buyer’s premiums, according to an 8-K Securities and Exchange Commission form filed yesterday.The form reads:Effective February 1, 2015, Sotheby’s (the “Company”) will enact a new buyer’s premium rate structure. Generally, the new rate … Read More

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Jonas Wood, "Untitled (Fridge Plant), 2007."COURTESY SOTHEBY'S

Sotheby’s S2 Gallery Heading to Palm Beach

Sotheby’s S2, the auction house’s contemporary art gallery, has mounted a show at Gavlak Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida that runs until January 25. The exhibition focuses on “the legacy of the flower through contemporary art” and–surprise, surprise–is Sotheby’s first … Read More

2014: The Year in Review Market
Georgia O’Keeffe, "Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1."© 2014 The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Women’s Worth: The Price of Being a Female Artist

There has never been a time when auction results for art made by women have equaled those of art made by men. This year has seen a reawakening of the discussion of this disparity—of why, and by how much art … Read More