Review

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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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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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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A Review of the Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Art Auctions in New York: 11th-14th May 2021

Across the board, from a 100m USD Picasso to a 11,000 USD Heckel work on paper the auctions last week performed as well as ever. The astonishing range of work put together by Christie’s and Sotheby’s made for a fascinating few days in which the new department bodies at Christie’s (20th Century separated from 21stCentury) had …

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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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Review of Sotheby’s New York’s Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Evening Auctions, 28th October 2020

The depth of bidding may not have been as overwhelming as hoped but the end results of the two main auctions at Sotheby’s last week indicated a market still strong enough to deliver some sensational results. These included fabulous prices for more ‘traditional’ works of art, including a white glove (all sold) sale in the …

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Sotheby’s New York Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Auctions, 28th October 2020: A Preview

This week will see the Sotheby’s November sales moved forward to 28th October to allow for the impending US election. The quality is very good and, as such, the prices expected are ambitious… but not unreasonable. There are a few real gems which I shall be keen to follow as they will prove good barometers …

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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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