Market Report

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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Preview: The New York Auctions (11th-16th November 2018)

Over the past few years the Fall auction season in New York has been the centrepiece of the art world calendar. The long business-getting period, from the late June Auctions in London to the mid-October catalogue sign-off, allows for the very finest works of art to be unearthed by the triumvirate of Sotheby’s, Christie’s and …

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Market review: The London Impressionist & Modern Art Sales 19th-21st June 2018

Perhaps the most surprising factor of this sale week has been the sheer desire for works of art in light of the huge sales that we saw recently in New York in May. Despite the strong overall sales results Sotheby’s had a tricky evening sale with only two thirds selling in a small auction of …

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The Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary Sales review: 8th-18th May 2018

Despite the vast quantity of works of art available for sale over the last two weeks it has been a triumph across the board. Whilst many thought that auction fatigue would set in after the first week of sales there was still a remarkable buzz around each and every Evening sale. Christie’s sales of the …

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Preview: The May Auctions in New York: 8th-18th May 2018

The main feature of this auction season is unquestionably the sale of the outstanding Rockefeller collection which provides four days of auctions from 8th-11thMay. To pick out one highlight is nigh on impossible, but I suggest everyone keep an eye out for the price of Paul Gauguin’s La Vague (1888) which is jaw-droppingly good. There is …

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The Impressionist and Modern Art Sales: 27th February – 1st March 2018: Market Review

It has now been established, after a second successive year, that the sales in February will permanently fall later in the month giving the teams at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillip’s another 3 weeks of business-getting over the December period… and well into January too. The reason for the later sale date? To allow Chinese clients …

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Review: The June 2017 Impressionist & Modern Art Auctions in London

The evening sales this Summer were both as successful as ever, and certainly more promising than the equivalent sales in 2016 – they were both small yet well curated. The dispersed sale dates and diminished auction attendances did not take away from a rich vein of bidding at both week’s blue-riband events.   I wondered …

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Review: The Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Art Auctions: New York, 15th-19th May 2017

Last week saw nearly two thousand lots being offered in the New York auctions at Sotheby’s and Christie’s alone. The figures achieved were quite astonishing; with a total between the two houses of 1.65 Billion USD in just five days of auctions. Christie’s highlights were the Brancusi Sleeping Muse which fetched over 57m USD and …

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Review: The Impressionist & Modern Art Sales, 28th February – 2nd March, London 2017

The sales this season were slightly later than usual but the usual fireworks were delivered – great prices for top pictures, and even some mediocre ones too. The reasons given for the later sale dates were apparently the Chinese New Year and even the UK half-term holidays but neither were true – these sales were postponed …

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