Review

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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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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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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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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