Auctions

German medieval altarpiece wings that remained in one family for 500 years to be auctioned at Sotheby’s

The portraits painted by Bartholomäus Zeitblom carry an estimate of £400,000-£600,000

Lely portraits owned by bankrupt collector James Stunt flop at auction

Works by the painter, owned by the controversial "playboy" socialite, were offered at Christie's New York this month

Collector Ron Perelman sold $963m worth of art to pay off debt

Recently unsealed court filings show 71 works by artists like Basquiat, Twombly and Giacometti were unloaded over a two-year period

Nine-year-old’s exhibition opens at Christie’s

The show by the aspiring artist is supported by the auction house and the charity Art of Wishes

Art marketanalysis

Generous guarantees and a giant Warhol net a healthy $346.5m for Christie's Modern evening sale in New York

The reassuring result was a marked increase from last year's equivalent auction—despite a cyberattack that has taken down the auction house's website

Sotheby's makes $198.1m in consistently strong Modern evening sale in New York

The results were led by Monet's 'Meules à Giverny' and Leonora Carrington's record-breaking 'Les Distractions de Dagobert'

Christie's makes $94.6m in New York contemporary sales despite cyberattack and star lot's withdrawal

Major results for Félix González-Torres and Jean-Michel Basquiat lifted the De la Cruz collection and 21st-century double-header

Sotheby's $227.9m double-header marks tentative start to New York spring auctions

Strong sell-through rate and multiple artist records offset soft demand for top lots

Auctionsanalysis

The Gray Market: Demand for young artists' work is bowed but unbroken in top auctions

Defying market dogma, marquee sales results show “reallocation” to youth

The Tefaf New York wish list: objects to suit every collector’s taste

Prehistoric pottery, a ceremonial dance mask and a blue-chip rocking chair are among this year’s gems

Klimt portrait surrounded by mystery sells for €30m in Vienna

The price paid by a buyer from Hong Kong was at the lower end of the estimate range, but still an auction record for Austria

Four Joan Mitchell paintings could collectively bring more than $50m during New York's spring auctions

The four works, spanning nearly 40 years of the Abstract Expressionist’s career, will hit the auction block at Sotheby’s in May

Major Leonora Carrington painting poised to smash Surrealist’s auction record

The artist’s dazzling, Boschian composition “Les Distractions de Dagobert” is expected to fetch as much as $18m at Sotheby’s in New York next month

Christie’s withdraws four ancient Greek vases amid concerns about their provenance and connection to disgraced antiquities dealers

The vases, which were estimated to sell for as much as $71,000, were pulled from a sale in New York this week

Dallas collectors Howard and Cindy Rachofsky to auction Lucio Fontana canvas for between $20m to $30m

Punctured work is being offered at Sotheby’s New York after 20 years—and could fetch a record for the Italian post-war artist

Painting from Warhol and Basquiat’s notorious collaboration could fetch $18m at Sotheby’s this May

The monumental canvas is expected to reset the record price at auction for any work from the series

From museum to market in two years: Francis Bacon lover portrait to be auctioned in New York for $30m to $50m

A highlight of Sotheby's May evening sales, Bacon's first full-scale painting of George Dyer was exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2022

Art marketcomment

It’s time to end the predatory practices of 'sleeper hunters'

Sleeper hunter dealers must recognise they have an asymmetrical relationship to vulnerable people pressured by circumstance to sell off their treasured heirlooms

After two years of tremendous growth, France's art auction market is in decline

Overall auction results are strong—largely thanks to rise of second hand car purchases—but sales of fine art and antiques have fallen significantly from last year

Auctionsanalysis

Christie’s marathon evening sales in London make a within-estimate £163m

The 20th/21st century and Art of the Surreal auctions were up 18.5% by value on their March 2023 versions

Sotheby’s Modern and contemporary evening sale in London makes 40% less than last year

The auction house made £82m before fees and set records for Etel Adnan and Takako Yamaguchi

Cautious but calm art market awaits London’s March auctions

Expectations are measured as sector adapts to new economic landscape

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

Art marketcomment

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