Oliver Shuttleworth

The Sotheby’s and Christie’s Worldwide Summer Sales: June/July 2020

The reaction of the art market to our Covid-19-imposed lockdowns has been quite extraordinary. The Sotheby’s Evening sale on 29th June took 363m USD, whilst at Christie’s on 10th July a total of 420m USD was stated. This is quite something for a sale series where relatively few collectors could actually, physically, have inspected the preview. However, …

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A Review of The European Fine Art Fair, Maastricht, 2020

This year heralded an off-colour TEFAF Maastricht as the Coronavirus prevented the fair going to the full 10 days. Visitor numbers were down by about 20% on the first day but visitor numbers are never the best barometer for sales – and there were certainly some decent acquisitions made. Overall the quality of the works …

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Review: The Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Art Auctions in London: 4th-14th February 2020

Overall the sales fared better than expected this term with tightly curated sales being the norm across the three top auction houses’ auctions. Sotheby’s generated genuine interest in their wonderful Levy collection of three works: one large Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) (Gelee Blanche…, 13.2m GBP) and two very different but lovely Paul Signac (1863-1935) oils (Quai …

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The Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Art Auctions in London, 4th-14th February 2020

The Auctions this term are smaller than normal but there are still some real highlights on view over the next few weeks. The reason for the diminutive sale season is almost certainly due to the uncertainty caused by the 12th December election and the late, short, business getting period in the run up to an early …

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Happy New Year!

2020 promises to be a fascinating one for the art market and for countless museums shaping up to bring us some sensational shows this year. The strong stock market, the steady cash-creation of central governments and the consequent keen hunting for top calibre works of art at the close of 2019 means that the early …

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A Review of the New York Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Art Auctions: 11th-15th November 2019

It was business as usual this term as all the auctions continued to make vast sums in the Big Apple last week.  The New York sale totals were mightily impressive with the total changing hands at Sotheby’s and Christie’s over 1.2 Billion USD. Given there was no powerhouse single-owner collection offered by any of the auction …

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New York’s Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Art Auctions Preview: 11th – 15th November 2019

Despite the noticeable lack of an enormous single-owner auction (aka Krugier, Taubman etc.) the sales this term look pretty strong, with good depth to all fields: from the early Impressionists through to the bleeding edge Contemporary. There are notable highlights in every sale in the season and I have duly listed all the sales with …

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