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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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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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Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy – Tate Modern, London, until 9th September 2018

Of all the exhibitions I was lucky enough to view over the Summer this wonderful Picasso show was truly the most brilliant. His work in the early 1930s is sculptural yet elegant, light of composition and tender in colour. Picasso’s deep devotion to Marie Therese Walter is a huge part of the exhibition but the …

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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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The Impressionist & Modern Art Sales in London, 21st – 23rd June 2016

Given the paucity of choice on the market this June I thought the Sotheby’s Evening sale was a real triumph. Sadly Christie’s, with an Evening Sale totalling 25m GBP, will want to forget late June 2016 for a while (depending on the result of next week’s curated sale: Defining Britain). Sotheby’s leaned heavily on their …

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Market Review: The Fall 2015 Sotheby’s and Christie’s Auctions, New York

Two significant sales formed the backdrop of the November sales this year: the Taubman collection at Sotheby’s and Christie’s curated sale entitled ‘The Artist’s Muse’. Overall it was a sensational couple of weeks – the figures are quite extraordinary – 2.2 Billion Dollar’s worth of art changed hands over the period. The Impressionist, Modern and …

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Art Market Report: The Impressionist & Modern Art Sales in London, 23rd – 25th June 2015

Yet again the art market continues to shatter expectations. The two main Evening Sales were markedly different in quality and result, yet both did well as regards percentage sell-through rates. Often the best barometer of a strong market is high prices for comparatively low quality works of art. Christie’s (84% sold by lot), practically by …

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The Impressionist & Modern Art Sales in New York, 5th-15th May 2015

After nine auctions in ten days the Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary auctions came to an end on Friday. It can now be said that the art market has never been stronger following astonishing prices across the board for top-class works of art. The two all-time highest auction prices were made for a painting and a sculpture. Quite a feat …

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