Works from a star-studded list of artists will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York and London in March and April this year. The lineup includes pieces by David Shrigley, Iván Navarro and Bob and Roberta Smith and carries an estimated value of £255,000 to £370,500. Continue reading
The family of David Bowie says a lack of space is forcing it to sell off the late musician’s prized art collection, the BBC reports.
Around 400 items including 267 paintings, more than 120 items of furniture and sculpture will be auctioned at Sotheby’s London on 10 and 11 November in the three-part “Bowie/Collector” sale. Prior to the auction, the public will have a chance to view the works on display at Sotheby’s London for the first time ever. Continue reading
Buoyed by what one London art adviser described as a “10% discount” on account of the drop in value of the pound, Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian picked up Saville’s “Shift” (1996-97) for the Long Museum in Shanghai for £6.8 million with buyer’s premium. Last year, Liu made headlines when he purchased Modigliani’s “Nu couché” for £113 million. Continue reading
After at least a decade off the market, the three artworks by Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani and Auguste Rodin will go under the hammer alongside twenty-two other pieces including paintings, sculptures and works on paper. Total sales on the night are estimated to reach £77 million, which means the three highlighted works will account for roughly 87.5% of the auction’s value. Continue reading
An emergency meeting has taken place in Washington DC to try to prohibit an auction that involves sacred indigenous objects from taking place on 30 May.
According to Hyperallergic, on 24 May tribal leaders, US government representatives and NGO officials gathered yesterday at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American India to condemn the Art Amerindien, Art Precolombien, Afrique et Oceanie sale, organized by EVE (Estimations Ventes aux Enchères) auction house at Drouot Richelieu, Paris. Continue reading
A sculpture of a nude woman by Auguste Rodin, which once belonged to actor Sylvester Stallone set a new record for the artist at auction in London on Wednesday night (3 February).
‘Iris, Messagère des adieux’ (1902-05) sold for £11.6 million during Sotheby’s evening sale after only five minutes of bidding. Expected to fetch between £6-8 million, it surpassed the previous auction record for Rodin held by his sculpture of Eve, which sold for £9.6 million in New York in 2008. The winning bidder for ‘Iris’ is believed to have been Ben Frija, a dealer from Oslo. Continue reading
A painting of a nude woman reclining languorously on a red sofa has fetched a record-breaking $170.4m (£113m) at auction in New York last night (Monday 9 November).
Amedeo Modigliani’s ‘Nu couché’ (1917-18), which caused a scandal when it was first exhibited in Paris, was sold at Christie’s as part of an ‘Artist’s Muse’ themed auction. The seller is Laura Mattioli Rossi, daughter of Italian collector Gianni Mattioli. Six bidders fought a tense battle for the work, which saw the opening bid of $75m rise to the guaranteed $100m minimum price in just 15 seconds. Continue reading