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Art market

Price match! Old Masters vs contemporary art: what can you get for your money?

As London's Classic Week of sales comes to a close, we take a look at what the same sum will buy you at either end of the art historical timeline

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Protestors gather outside Christie's as ancient head of Tutankhamen sells for £4.7m

Egyptian authorities had tried to stop the sale claiming that the 3,000 year old quartzite sculpture should be repatriated

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Sofa King's collection plumps up Sotheby's Old Master sale—helped by a suite of guarantees

Five lots from the DFS founder Graham Kirkham's collection made up almost half of the value of the £56.3m London sale, which was led by a late Turner

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang designer's giant machine sculptures up for auction

Rowland Emett's Cloud Cuckoo Valley automata will be for sale at Bonhams in September and on view in August

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Did US collector Tom Hill buy the 'lost Caravaggio'?

France's Gazette Drouot claims that Hill might have bought the painting and it could be headed for the Met in New York, according to a source

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Mini Impressionist and Modern sale at Sotheby's makes £99m thanks to auction debutantes

Monet's waterlilies and Modigliani's portrait of an unknown boy lead the 25-lot sale, and new record made for Austrian artist Alfred Kubin's haunting drawing

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Australia has underrated Sidney Nolan, expert says, as artist's widow's estate comes up for sale

Mark Fraser makes the remarks as a group of works by the Australian artist is about to be offered at Bonhams in Sydney with a combined estimate of AUS$1.3m-$1.8m

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Tough going for Christie's skinny £36.4m Impressionist and Modern art sale

Early Schiele drawing is the low-key star of an unremarkable sale, topped by a flashy Picasso

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Auction

Multi-million-dollar Matisse fails to find a buyer at Toronto auction

The French Modern master’s oil painting Femme assise sur un balcon was withdrawn from a Canadian sale after bidding stalled below the reserve price

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Aboriginal art

Sotheby’s to hold the first major Aboriginal art sale in the US in November

The auction house cites increasing interest in Aboriginal art among US collectors and institutions

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Anti-Brexit artist campaign set to raise more than £1.5m as UK heads to polls for European elections

United Artists for Europe exhibition and auction will benefit cultural projects supporting heritage preservation across the continent, but Notre Dame is ruled out

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Lost art

Lost art: the great Caravaggio whodunnit

Ahead of the painting's sale, the art historian Noah Charney asks whether the pricey work is a true lost treasure or one of scores made by Caravaggisti

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Bob and Roberta Smith takes council sell-off protest to the Royal Academy

The artist’s work submitted to the Summer Show denounces Hertfordshire’s decision to auction more than 400 works

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Adventures with Van Gogh

What lies behind the auction of Van Gogh’s gun?

New details on “the most famous weapon in art history”

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Egon Schiele

Buyer's guide to... Egon Schiele

While well known in the West, the work of this major figure of Austrian Expressionism is less recognised in Asia—until now

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Art market

Controversial auction of Hertfordshire council's art collection sells out for £444,000

Important art world figures and institutions condemn the move

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Bid me up before you go-go: sun goes down on George Michael’s art collection at Christie’s

Buyers have faith in Tracey Emin who leads the white glove, YBA-heavy sale, but Damien Hirst’s market continues to soften

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Wham! The George Michael auction and the YBA market. Plus, Sharjah Biennial

We go to the sale of the late singer's collection at Christie's and speak to London-based artist Shezad Dawood about his new VR

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Bob and Roberta Smith

Bob and Roberta Smith protests Hertfordshire County Council's decision to auction off art collection

Works by Carel Weight and Julian Trevelyan are among those to be sold at Cheffins auction house

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Auction

Van Ham to auction 4,000 contemporary works from SØR Rusche collection

Dutch Old Masters in the retailer’s corporate collection are to be sold at Sotheby’s

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Lyon & Turnbull

Contemporary works from London charity to be sold at inaugural Lyon and Turnbull modern auction

The proceeds of the auction will go towards a fundraising campaign which helps those affected by homelessness in London

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Art market

Gerhard Richter’s jet fighter painting finally takes off at Phillips after bumpy legal battle

After previous buyer defaulted on paying for the work in 2016, painting sold in London for £15.5m in a significantly smaller auction compared with 2018

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Sotheby's puts female artists first in contemporary sale, but men still end up on top

Jenny Saville's Juncture sells for £5.4m and records set for Rebecca Warren and Nigerian artist Toyin Ojih Odutola, but Jean-Michel Basquiat still leads prices

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Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art

Artist accuses Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art of selling off works at a premium

Rokni Haerizadeh sold his work to the museum at a reduced rate before it was auctioned without his permission

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The good, the pricey and the Surreal: Monet flops while Signac glows at Christie's sale

Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist art auction makes second highest total for Christie's London at £165.4m, but much of overpriced collection goes unsold

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US politics

Trump spent $60,000 in foundation money to buy vanity portrait, Michael Cohen reveals in testimony

The US President’s former lawyer and “fixer” tells Congress the candidate used a straw bidder to ensure his likeness was the top lot of an Art Hamptons auction

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'Piss artist' Andres Serrano buys Trump's wedding cake

Artist paid $1,880 for the mini chocolate cake, given as a favour at US President's marriage in 2005, but is tight-lipped about his plans for the baked good

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'Rockefeller effect' contributes to Christie’s £5.3bn record total in 2018

Brexit not a factor in dip in auctions in Europe and the Middle East, says auction house's Emeri president Dirk Boll

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Art market

Lifers no more: can auction houses keep their talent up?

A slew of recent high-profile departures begs the question—are top auction house executives burning out?

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Jump-bidding for Rembrandt's fingerprints and a tale of two Van Dycks: dispatches from London's Old Master auctions

Christie's and Sotheby's sell near identical Van Dyck portraits of Princess Mary, and new records are set for Frans Hals and a jolly Judith Leyster