Oliver Shuttleworth

TEFAF (Maastricht), BRAFA (Brussels) and The June Auctions in London

The forthcoming June sales sit amongst a busy schedule for the trade, and collectors, as over the next two weeks I shall be visiting Brussels for BRAFA (NB. No longer at Tour & Taxis but in the NW corner at Heysel) and Maastricht for TEFAF. Both these wonderful fairs deserve to be well attended as they have been …

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Art Market Review: The Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Art Auctions in New York, May 2022

Over nearly two weeks, from 9th-20th May, Christie’s and Sotheby’s sold over 2.5 Billion USD of works of art. Surely a record for any season and certainly the highest figure I have come across in my 23 year career. All the major single-owner collections fared superbly well with the Bass collection fetching 363m USD, the Amman …

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The Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Art Auctions in New York: 9th-20th May 2022

Next week sees the start of one of the largest auction series I have ever encountered, with four major single owner collections coming up for auction in New York from 9th-20th May. The staggering array of work on offer is extraordinary though some of the estimate ranges indicate that there might be better deals in the …

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Art Market Review: The Spring Auctions at Sotheby’s & Christie’s: 1st-4th March 2022

Another marvellous feat of salesmanship was shown by the two auction houses in a week of selective but consistent bidding which resulted in strong prices across the board. The fact that many works were sold to one or two bids, and often to Irrevocable Bids (IBs), was neither here nor there. It was a triumphant …

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Auction Preview: The Spring Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Art Auctions in London & Shanghai (1st – 4th March 2022)

Despite some headwinds I see no reason for the art market to take any kind of buffering in the next week of auctions. The calibre of the work on display is superb and the strength of Irrevocable Bid (IB) interest has been second to none. I was lucky enough to get a tour of the …

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A Review of the Sotheby’s & Christie’s Auctions in New York: 9th-19th November 2021

Over the last two weeks the art market saw an upward price recalibration not seen since the mid 1980s and the Japanese hoovering of Impressionist collections at auction. Over the course of ten truly unprecedented days over 2.5 Billion USD-worth of art changed hands. We saw both the Cox and Macklowe collections change the shape …

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Preview of the November Auctions in New York: 9th-19th November 2021

Over the course of the next two weeks, in mighty New York, the art trade will see some truly world-class works of art come under the hammer. I am delighted to say that I shall be there for my first NYC trip in two years. Two outstanding single-owner collections will be sold: Christie’s Cox Collection …

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