Tag Archives: Sotheby’s


Features
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The Top Ten

'The Ship Sails On'. Read More


Market
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$25 Billion and Counting

Auction sales are what one dealer calls the “visible part of the iceberg.” But how big is the rest of it? According to dealers, auction house experts, and other advisers, the private art market is exponentially larger—fueled by increasing demand from Russia, Asia, the Middle East, and other emerging markets. Read More


Investigations
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The Mysterious Journey of an Erotic Masterpiece

Femme nue couchée, one of several Courbets owned by the Hungarian Jewish collector Baron Ferenc Hatvany, disappeared after World War II from a Budapest bank vault. The painting resurfaced 50 years later in Slovakia, setting off a cat-and-mouse game that resulted in its restitution to Hatvany’s heirs—who loaned it to the Courbet retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris. Read More


Features The 200 Top Collectors
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The 2007 Top 10 Collectors

‘The Offer-You-Can’t-Refuse Market’ Read More


Market
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Are You Looking at Prices or Art?

Experts discuss how market appreciation is affecting art appreciation. Read More


Investigations
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The Scandal Sweeping Russia’s Art Market

Forgers have been retouching hundreds of works by minor European artists, putting the signatures of major Russian artists on them and selling them for many times their worth. Read More


Market
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Christie’s and Sotheby’s: On the Champagne Trail

In their competition for clients, the top auction houses resort to wining, dining, hand-holding, house calls, appraisals, loans, guarantees, single-work catalogues, and providing employment for consignors’ children. Read More


Market

Smaller Houses Can Win Big

Although Christie’s and Sotheby’s dominate the international auction market, smaller auction houses around the world also vie aggressively to win property for their sales, going after primarily lower-end and middle-market material that sells for under $1 million, and often for considerably less. Read More


Features
Tobias Meyer takes bids for a Mary Cassatt painting during the evening Impressionist and modern sale at Sotheby’s New York last May. The picture sold for $1,352,000. SOTHEBY’S

‘Walking a Tightrope without a Net’

Auctioneers at evening sales create a sense of drama in performances that can range from buoyant to burlesque. Read More


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The Most Wanted Works of Art

If a piece is “truly, truly to die for” and is still in private hands, it is no doubt on someone else’s wish list. Like that $100 million Cézanne. Read More


Features

Much More Than Fifteen Minutes

Fifteen years after his death, Andy Warhol’s reputation is soaring again. Collectors are paying record prices for his works, exhibitions are touring the globe, and a commemorative postage stamp is in the works . Fifteen years after his death, Andy Warhol’s reputation is soaring again. Collectors are paying record prices for his works, exhibitions are touring the globe, and a commemorative postage stamp is in the works. Read More


Features

Collecting in Cyberspace

The online art market is growing as auction houses and dealers rush to establish a presence on the Web. How have their investments paid off so far—and what do they hope to achieve in the future? Read More