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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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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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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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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