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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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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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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 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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Review: The Impressionist & Modern Auctions in New York, 13th-17th November 2017

Last Wednesday night, at Christie’s New York, a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, sold for 450m USD: shattering the record for a work of art sold at auction by 270m USD. When Giacometti’s Standing Figure broke nine figures at auction I was working at Sotheby’s London and no one could quite believe what …

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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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