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Sotheby’s Modern art evening sale in New York brings in over $408m, the third-highest total for a sale at the auction house

Despite a hefty number of lots, the sale flew by and was peppered with memorable moments, auction records and Oliver Barker’s tireless showmanship

Works by women will set the pace in Sotheby’s ultra-contemporary New York evening sale

Nearly 60% of the works in the auction house’s ‘The Now’ sale are by women artists, though they are still in the minority by value

Macklowe trove becomes most valuable collection ever sold at auction after second Sotheby's sale tallies $246.1m

Combined with the $676.1m take from the first sale in November 2021, the 65 works from the Macklowe collection brought in a staggering $922.2m

‘Oh f***! Anybody can do art’: pop star Robbie Williams shows new paintings at Sotheby’s

Auction house is banking on musician’s Black and White Paintings co-created with Ed Godrich

Paintings rescued from Ukraine—by being rolled up in drainpipes—offered in Sotheby's humanitarian fundraising sale

Artists and dealers have donated works to the online auction raising money for the International Rescue Committee in Ukraine

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In a guaranteed market, buyers and sellers crave the unpredictable

The recent London auctions suggested a market of extremes, with some seeking the safety of guarantees and others speculating on works by young stars on the rise

With a $20m estimate, this Louise Bourgeois spider is the most expensive sculpture offered at auction in Asia

Spider IV will be offered at Sotheby's Hong Kong contemporary evening sale later this month

Picasso’s muse as sea creature—will it break $100m at Sotheby's New York sale?

Femme nue couchée was shown in Tate blockbuster exhibition in 2018

Philip Guston painting could make $30m, potentially breaking the artist's auction record

The sale at Sotheby's New York in May will coincide with the delayed opening of the controversial exhibition Philip Guston Now in Boston

Strange bedfellows: advisor Allan Schwartzman and art investment specialist Philip Hoffman team up

The London-headquartered The Fine Art Group and New York-based Schwartzman& are collaborating—but this is not a merger, they stress

'I’ve done my duty on spreadsheets': senior staff reshuffles at Christie's and Sotheby's

A number of new appointments are announced today at the auction houses, with a different EMEA president for Christie's and new managing director in the Middle East at Sotheby's

Sotheby’s and Ketterer Kunst among auction houses to ban some Russian buyers

The move comes as the art market steps up its due diligence

Riah Pryor. With additional reporting by Sophia Kishkovsky and Anna Brady

The original NFT? Sotheby's to offer a receipt for an invisible work by Yves Klein for €500,000

The French conceptual artist made nine "empty zones" in the last three years of his life, which could be purchased only with pure gold

Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams call off Russian art auctions in response to war in Ukraine

The sales, popular with London-based Russians and regional collectors in Russia alike, had been scheduled for June

Major Surrealist paintings make auction debut at Sotheby's Paris, including Picabia's very modern muse

The 25-lot sale tomorrow includes works that reflect "how irrational, how ugly, and how challenging the modern world can be"

Van Gogh’s depiction of two lovers—sliced out of a landscape painting—comes up for sale

Sotheby’s will auction the surviving picture of the strolling couple on 2 March, estimated at £7m-£10m

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Pensioners revolt: Patrick Drahi winds up Sotheby’s ‘defined benefit’ pension plan, and former employees are not happy

Ex-staff are now considering legal action, claiming they were not kept informed of changes to the scheme

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Botticelli: my worries about the Man of Sorrows

The painting, sold last week at Sotheby's for $45.4m, was listed among workshop and studio pictures in Ronald Lightbown’s 1978 catalogue of Botticelli’s work, before being included as an autograph work in an exhibition at Frankfurt's Städel Museum in 2009. Here, in a pair of opinion pieces, two Renaissance experts give their contrasting views on its attribution

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Botticelli's 'stunning and puzzling' Man of Sorrows

The painting, sold last week at Sotheby's for $45.4m, was listed among workshop and studio pictures in Ronald Lightbown’s 1978 catalogue of Botticelli’s work, before being included as an autograph work in an exhibition at Frankfurt's Städel Museum in 2009. Here, in a pair of opinion pieces, two Renaissance experts give their contrasting views on its attribution

Bacon and beasts: an in-depth look at the visceral new show at London’s Royal Academy of Arts

Plus, Botticelli in New York and gender in Asian art in San Francisco

Hosted by Ben Luke and Aimee Dawson. With guest speaker Georgina Adam. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Henrietta Bentall
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Late Botticelli painting sputters at Sotheby’s Old Masters auction in New York, selling for $45.4m

The star lot of the sale, a rediscovered and austere portrait of Christ, hammered just below its estimate

Louvre teams up with Sotheby’s to investigate provenance of works bought during the Second World War

The auction house will help the Parisian institution research the history of items purchased between 1933 and 1945, which "may lead to restitutions"

Sotheby’s reportedly selects Goldman Sachs Group and Morgan Stanley to pursue IPO at around $5bn

The auction house, which had been publicly traded for decades before being bought by Patrick Drahi for $3.7bn in 2019, could return to public trading later this year

Sicilian castle from The Godfather movie is up for sale for €6m—but what about the extensive art collection it was built for?

Baron Pennisi commissioned the neo-Gothic villa, which includes a private chapel with frescoes by Giuseppe Sciuti, at the end of the 19th century

This £45m Magritte painting could double artist's previous record

The monumental L’empire des lumières, painted in 1961 for the artist's muse Anne-Marie Gillion Crowet, has never been sold before but will now be auctioned at Sotheby's in London in March

'Cancelled' Madonna and Child found beneath Botticelli's $40m Man of Sorrows

Infrared images of the painting, which is due to be sold at Sotheby's in New York later this month, show that an earlier composition lies underneath

Sotheby’s faces class-action lawsuit alleging mistreatment and misclassification of workers

Lawyers for the auction house are trying to dismiss the complaint, which they call 'devoid of factual allegations,' but they could be facing a classic Catch-22.

Remembering Michel Strauss, Impressionist supremo at Sotheby’s over four decades

Expert from a French collecting dynasty saw first-hand the fast-changing art world of the 1960s and helped British Rail create its renowned collection