Market Report

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 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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The Sotheby’s & Christie’s London Spring Auction Preview: March 2021

The auction season is nearly upon us and both previews looked very strong at both Sotheby’s and Christie’s. I managed to see all the works of art over two long visits. Masks were worn and only art market professionals were allowed; which made for a lonely but awe-inspiring visit. At Christie’s the highlights are plentiful, …

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Auction Review: The Spring Season’s Opener at Christie’s London & New York

The 1st March evening auctions in London and New York were a huge success with 98% sold by lot. Never has a 44m GBP Evening sale/s been so welcomed by the trade and collectors the world over. The market seems as strong as ever but there were mitigating factors: Christie’s has been helped by the …

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