Auction Report

Young female painters and bored apes turn heads at Christie's £64.6m auction

The first NFT to be sold at auction in Europe sells for £800,000, while collectors compete for emerging women artists, leaving more established names on the shelf

Bellotto's view of Verona sells for record £10.5m at Christie's Old Master sale in London

Seven new artist records were set in tonight's auction, including for Georges de La Tour, while a second highest prices were set for female painters Angelica Kauffman and Artemisia Gentileschi

Head of a bear sets new record for a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, selling on a single bid for £8.8m at Christie's

The tiny "Post It note" drawing was sold by Thomas Kaplan, owner of the Leiden collection of Rembrandts, who bought it in 2008 based on a fax

England may be through to the Euro finals, but Sotheby's Old Master paintings sale scores an own goal

The auction house's £17.2m offering in London tonight was only 57% sold, overshadowed by the football match

Lucian Freud's portrait of David Hockney fetches £14.9m in strong hybrid sales at Sotheby’s in London

Asian bidders and British art boosted figures to make auction house's highest summer total since 2018

Records set for Cinga Samson, Avery Singer, Vija Celmins, Titus Kaphar and Julie Curtiss at Phillips's $118.2m evening sale

Auction house chose to hold its 20th century and contemporary art evening sale in New York during what is traditionally the London season due to "detonated" calendar

Sotheby's American Art auction saw some prices soar, while Christie's remained more firmly grounded

A museum sells art to balance its budget, a gorgeous Sargent goes unwanted, and a painting of a giraffe reaches high.

Christie's rounds off New York's auction week with strong $481m 20th century sale—and half of it was pre-sold through guarantees

The sale was led by a classic 1932 Picasso of Marie-Thérèse at $103.4m and set new records for Alice Neel, Grace Hartigan, Barbara Hepworth and Alighiero Boetti

Hands up who's bidding for classic post-war art? Picky response to Anne Marion's all-American collection reflects market's shifting tastes

Sotheby's auction of the Texan rancher's collection totalled $157.2m and set new records for Kenneth Noland, Larry Rivers and Richard Diebenkorn

Spotty performance for unseen Yayoi Kusama paintings at Bonhams New York—but works on paper soar off the block

Pieces came from the collection of late New York heart surgeon who befriended the artist in the 1960s

A $93.1m Basquiat and reams of records for hot young names kicks off New York auction week at Christie's

The $210.4m sale included new highs for contemporary artists like Mickalene Thomas, Jordan Casteel and Lynette Yiadom Boakye, while some established names fell flat

In bidding confusion at Sotheby’s, unseen Van Gogh initially sells for €16.2m but is then resold for €13m at end of auction

Cross-category relay sale brought in $176.2m against high estimate of $120.5m and culminated with surprise Basquiat announcement

Banksy's Game Changer sells for record £16.7m in aid of charities supporting the NHS

The work appeared suddenly last May at the University Hospital Southampton as a thank you to its staff during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic

Gaitonde breaks Indian art auction record—again—but Amrita Sher-Gil painting falls flat in uneven South Asian sales

A number of Indian artists made their auction debut this season, though several established names missed the mark

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Lockdown home decorators boost New York's Americana week auctions

Chippendale-style furniture, elephant tureens and a broadside edition of the Declaration of Independence were in demand at the sales series last week

Record for Barkley Hendricks and $18.2m Calder at otherwise unremarkable Sotheby’s sale

Almost half of the auction's total sales value was bought by Asian buyers, but 12 lots sold below their estimates

A tale of two cities: Christie's 20th-century relay sale sees six records set in Hong Kong before slower New York finish

In demand contemporary artists hit big in Asia but several Modern stalwarts failed to make a splash in multi-city hybrid auction

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Ed Sheeran is selling his Lego set—and his art

The singer has donated his "Jackson Pollocky" painting to a GeeWizz charity auction alongside hand-written song lyrics and other memorabilia

The Royal Opera House's David Hockney painting sells for £12.8m at Christie's amid deaccessioning debate

The auction house's four-part £90.2m "20th Century: London to Paris" sale saw small bursts of energy for quality lots in the wake of Frieze and Fiac's cancellations

Revealed: sellers of £7.6m Banksy were London collectors who provided venue for artist's 2005 Crude Oils exhibition

As part of the deal, Roland and Jane Cowan acquired the faux Impressionist canvas from the artist—it sold last night at Sotheby's

Christies winds up belated summer auction season with £21.2m Classic Art sale led by £4m Rubens

16th century Italian marble attributed to Antonio Lombardo steals the show, but auction house's digital face is showing its age against stiff competition

Restituted Renaissance battle scene highlight of Sotheby’s pick-and-mix £150m evening sale

Six works were withdrawn by nervy vendors just before the start but Rembrandt to Richter sale still totalled nearly £150m, topped by a £22.3m Joan Miró

Brave new world: Francis Bacon triptych sells for $84.5m in Sotheby's first major live-streamed evening sale

Marathon online hi-tech auction was the first of its kind attempted by Sotheby's and totalled $363.2m, boosting confidence that a top-end market still exists

And all that jazz: upbeat sale at Christie's sees Tamara De Lempicka portrait beat record set just three months ago

Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist art auction last night made £106.8m, 35% down on last year—but with three works sold for over £10m

Sotheby's new owner Patrick Drahi comes to auction house's first sale in post-Brexit Britain

“No fireworks” at last night's Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist art auction that featured three restituted works

Sale reports: Impressionist and Modern, Surrealism, and Contemporary

Peaks for best modern and contemporary artists High prices for works by Miró, Bacon, Moore and Richter are reminiscent of the boom

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Turkish artists get more international exposure following art sale at UK auction houses

A careful look at the catalogues unveils some of the peculiar dynamics of the market for Turkish contemporary art

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Chinese auction data lacks credibility

Leading British university research questions saleroom reporting

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Post-war and contemporary auction report: cautious but confident

Some good prices were made, but top quality works were relatively thin on the ground

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Contemporary Art auction report: Warhol’s dollar bills attract big bucks in New York sales

The market has recalibrated, but major pieces spark highly charged bidding wars

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Paintings dumped at charity shop make six figures

The paintings were appraised after a Goodwill employee spotted the pair

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British Art Auction report: The Bacon and Freud effect

Recent record prices for the two artists boosted results for 20th-century British works, while Victorian art struggled

Iranian artists triumph at Christie's Dubai as contemporary market hits its stride

Christie's '08 auction report sees the mediocre pushed aside to make way for big names

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Ukrainian artists lead the day at Kiev auction

Yet secrecy over values remained a priority at the Art Kapital auction

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Tax breaks fuel Korean sales

Buyers were active in recent auctions and three new art funds have been started

Bonhams u-turns on no-sale of Sevso silver

Last month the auction house told us it would not sell the hoard, but now it says it might

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Auction sales of art shrank again in 2003

Figures show between 1.2% and 17% decline in turnover

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British auction houses develop ties with Cambodia

Sotheby's and Christie'shave been working with Cambodian authorities and organisations in the art world

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Christie’s Picasso sale saw prices soar; but the highest-priced lots were the least desired

Most of the unsold lots were high-value items unlikely to attract new buyers

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An assessment of Symbolism's market fortunes

We explore the rapid fall from favour of Symbolist art and its recovery in value after academic exposure

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