Tag Archives: Sotheby’s
A painting by graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The Man Who Bought $110.5 Million Basquiat Painting Speaks Out About His Purchase

Ever since Sotheby’s became the go-to name in art auctions, only ten works have sold for over $100 million. Now it’s eleven. Late in the evening on Thursday, May 18th, an untitled 1982 painting by graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was sold to a private collector for $110.5 million, making it the sixth most expensive work […]

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A photo of Dalí's private diary.

Sotheby’s Paris Auctions Salvador Dalí’s Diary

In this week’s exciting auction finds, Sotheby’s Paris will auction off an illustrated diary that belonged to Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí in a sale of Dada and other Surrealist items, April 26-27. The diary is expected to fetch about $57,000 or 50,000 pounds. Its contents come from a period of time when Dalí was involved […]

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An expert places a Francis Bacon self-portrait up on a wall.

5 Francis Bacon Paintings Stolen

Five paintings by British artist Francis Bacon were stolen from a Madrid home. The paintings, worth an estimated combined 23.2 million pounds or 30 million euros. This theft is the largest one to take place in Spain in the last several decades. Though the heist took place in June 2015, it is just now becoming […]

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An auction gavel resting on a pile of American currency.

Auction Season Heating Up in New York

Some of the biggest auction houses are gearing up for tremendous sales. Both Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses have seen their stocks rise and rise; their total sales clocked in at about $7 billion each in 2014. Earlier this year, Christie’s auctioned off a Picasso piece for a record-breaking $179 million, the largest sale ever. […]

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Fairey's Debbie Harry portrait.

Street Artist Shepard Fairey Creates New Rock Star Portraits for Sotheby’s

Shepard Fairey, a contemporary street artist widely known for his Barack Obama “Hope” poster, has created a new collection of art exclusive to Sotheby’s auction house. The artist is creating six new portraits of famous rock stars, including Debbie Harry, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix to be auctioned by the house. The portraits will be […]

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sotheby's fine art auction house

 Fine Art Meets Big Business at Sotheby’s

It should come as no surprise that accessing fine art often comes at a price, and a pretty steep one we might add. There are very few museums that offer free admission on a regular basis, and paying for art, particularly rare pieces, can quite literally cost collectors millions. It was the late pop artist […]

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Jasper Johns

Millions in Art Donated to Whitney Museum Auction

An estimated $8 million in art has been donated to an auction to raise money for the construction of a new building for the Whitney Museum of American Art. The New York museum is currently working on designing and creating a new space that will be about three times as big as their current location. […]

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Sotheby's will move forward with its Paris sale of about 300 pre-Columbian antiquities, despite numerous objections from four Latin American countries citing cultural ownership.

Sotheby’s To Sell Pre-Columbian Antiquities Despite Objections

Sotheby’s says it will move forward with the sale of about 300 pre-Columbian antiquities in Paris this weekend despite concerns from four Latin American countries. Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru have all contacted the auction house with objections to the sale of items they believe to have been illegally exported from their home countries. […]

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Baccio Della Porta, Fra Bartolommeo

Sotheby’s, Christie’s Enjoy High Sales

Sotheby’s and Christie’s brought in about $170 million this week from the sales of Old Master and Renaissance art. Three works brought in over $10 million apiece, and many paintings sold for far more than their estimated prices. The biggest seller was The Madonna and Child by Fra Bartolommeo, which is a circular-format oil portrait […]

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