Auctions

California love: Dr Dre helps to kick off Frieze Week Los Angeles in style with star-studded charity auction

The hip hop legend worked with the record executive Jimmy Iovine and Sotheby’s to put on the event, which also featured performances by the producer Timbaland and the singer Andra Day

Auction of living artist's skin cancelled after collector buys all lots in advance

Christie’s was due to support the sale of Wolfgang Flatz's tattooed tissue

Art marketanalysis

Will the art market rebound? That might not be the right question

A resurgence in top-end spending would only reprise the recent status quo

Masterpieces from the Barbier-Mueller African and Oceanic Art collection to be sold at Christie's in Paris

The auction next month will include 100 pieces acquired by Josef Müller and his family

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Phillips auction gives James Rosenquist estate the best of both worlds

Pop artist’s paintings have seven-figure prices, but his prints are available for just a few hundred dollars at New York sale

New York Old Master sales deliver tepid results at Christie's and Sotheby's

Scattered seven-figure highlights failed to make up for dozens of passed lots and multiple key withdrawals

Klimt portrait believed lost for a century to be auctioned in Vienna

The auction house Im Kinsky estimates the price of the 1917 painting at between €30m and €50m

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Uber and the Salvator Mundi prophecy

Auction mastermind Loïc Gouzer reveals why a cab driver's name was a very good omen

Art lawcomment

‘Unregulated’ auction price manipulation may still be illegal

A 'nagging sense of lawlessness' persists despite the industry's periodic rebuttals

Rediscovered panels by proto-Renaissance master Lorenzetti soar at auction

A painting depicting Pope Sylvester I made €3m, while a portrayal of Saint Helena more than doubled its high estimate, selling for €1.6m

Auctionsanalysis

Rediscovered paintings by Rembrandt and Canaletto fail to turbocharge London Old Master auctions

Evening sales at Sotheby's and Christie's drew in £19.4m and £21.3m, respectively

London’s Middle Eastern art sales have defied tensions

Auction purchases by Arab cultural entities overcome early uncertainties of Israel-Hamas war

The art market in 2023: shaky year for heavily guaranteed single-owner sales

Middling performance of such auctions throughout 2023, with high costs and some sales coming in below their estimates, made a “sure thing” look less so

The 1973 Scull auction was a harbinger of today's market, but its meaning is still misunderstood

Fifty years later, history suggests the infamous sale from the collection of Robert and Ethel Scull is not quite the art market precedent it is remembered as

Long-unseen royal portrait by Diego Velázquez could bring $35m at auction

The painting could more than double the Spanish Old Master's auction record when it hits the block at Sotheby's

Caspar David Friedrich sketchbook to be sold in Berlin proposed for national heritage list

The auction house, Grisebach, says the sketchbook’s candidacy for the list will not affect plans for today’s sale

Art marketanalysis

Works by Canadian abstractionist Jean-Paul Riopelle rack up $8m at Heffel’s evening sale in Toronto

The two-part auction, coinciding with the centenary of Riopelle's birth, took in $17.2m in total

Battle of the Henry Moore heads: rare sculptures with estimates of more than £2m go on the block

Sotheby’s is selling an alabaster piece while Bonhams’ early carving is made from ironstone

What did the New York auctions reveal about the state of the art market?

Plus, experimental art from the Eastern Bloc and a sculptural installation by Terry Adkins

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Climate activists disrupt Christie's auction in New York

Two activists affiliiated with the group Extinction Rebellion took to the rostrum during a sale of works on paper

Phillips’s $154.6m New York double-header is both just good enough—and historically successful

The house’s two-part auction fell short of the low estimate but still became its second-best showing ever by dollar value

Brisk Sotheby's Modern evening sale in New York delivers moderate results

The auction, spanning Monet to Miró, made $190.3m—just above its low estimate—and was preceded by the record-breaking sale of a Ferrari car

End of an era? Jussi Pylkkänen's departure reveals much about today’s art market

The star auctioneer is leaving Christie's after 38 years to share his experience "with a new generation of collectors"

Sotheby's sale of Emily Fisher Landau's collection brings modest result, despite $139m Picasso portrait

The evening's total take of $406.4m was a sign of a stability—albeit one under-girded by guarantees and third-party backing—in a jittery market

Christie's 21st century evening sale falls short of expectations, opening New York's autumn auction cycle on uneasy note

Several 'wet paint' works soared while multiple blue-chip lots underperformed, defying conventional market wisdom

Auctionsanalysis

How will New York’s auctions perform? London’s Frieze Week evening sales offer hints

Results from London’s premier autumn auctions suggest price now matters as much as prestige

Art marketanalysis

What makes a masterpiece? It depends who is selling…

Traditionally reserved for an artist’s greatest works, the term “masterpiece” now appears routinely in auction catalogues, and may just mean a work is good, novel—or expensive