Auctions

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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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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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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The Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Art Auctions in London 18th-27th June 2019

The sales this June season were too close to the New York May sales to allow the auction house specialists to put together a really first-rate auction season. That said, the results for what was on offer, especially at Sotheby’s, were solid. Some major works were unsold including a fabulous Leger and Matisse at Christie’s. …

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The Summer Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Art Auctions in London: 18th-26th June 2019

With only a handful of weeks between the May auctions in New York and this week’s London sales the auctions are really rather limited. Through no fault of the department specialists all the houses really struggled to put together good-sized auctions with quality in depth. There are one or two good blockbuster works but the …

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Auction Review: The New York Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Sale Week: 13th-17th May 2019

Despite anxiety over the amount of work being placed on the market over one week, this season saw tremendous results across the board. From Kaws to Monet the market is stronger than ever for fresh-to-market works of art. As with all markets: great prices lead to great supply and the quality on offer this season …

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Review: The Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Sales: 26th February – 8th March 2019

The auction results this season were pretty solid despite some bumps in the ‘Hidden Treasures’ auction at Christie’s. This was due to pushed estimates which repelled a savvy and price-sensitive group of bidders. However, there were some superb results elsewhere and those works with attractive estimates and great provenance fared wonderfully well. Sotheby’s Evening sales …

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Preview: The Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Art Auctions in London, 26th February – 8th March 2019

In recent years we have seen a stratospheric rise in the quality and quantity of top calibre works of art that have come to the rostrum at auction houses all over the world. Rising prices create a vacuum for great works to come to market but it also means that one needs to be very …

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Review: The Fall Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Auctions in New York, 11th-16th November 2018

After several months of business-getting in the run up to 16 mammoth sales of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art we saw two Billion US dollars-worth of paintings and sculpture go up for auction last week. Inevitably, the notable highlights were Edward Hopper’s Chop Sueyand David Hockney’s ‘Portrait of an artist (Pool with two figures)’ which …

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