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Art marketanalysis

The Gray Market: Why Sotheby’s $700m art-backed debt security is an acid test for the trade’s intentions

The large-scale investment vehicle raises major questions about who gets to decide where, how and to whom art circulates

Stolen, century-old train-shaped weathervane returned to authorities in Vermont

The 114-year-old iron sculpture of a steam locomotive was stolen from the roof of a train station in 1983

The Week in Art podcast | Tate’s historic women artists show, Dia at 50, Martin Wong’s record-breaking painting

Exploring Now You See Us, which celebrates the output of Vanessa Bell, Mary Beale and many more, plus conversations about Dia’s legacy and the ’visual linguist‘ Wong

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'

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

Haystack painting by Claude Monet could sell for more than $30m at Sotheby’s New York

Sotheby’s will sell a rare Monet haystack five years after a similar work broke the artist’s record at auction

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

Study for Winston Churchill portrait that was famously burned is up for sale

Destruction of final portrait by Graham Sutherland was captured in an episode of "The Crown". Now a study is being toured by Sotheby’s

Theatrereview

Tamara de Lempicka makes her Broadway entrance

A new musical about the glamorous Art Deco painter matches its subject’s maximalism

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

Art marketanalysis

Sotheby’s new fee structure is a highwire act of risk and reward

Auction house’s bold changes that favour buyers could bolster profits—or they could backfire

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

Will Rybolovlev’s courtroom loss be the art market’s gain?

Experts predict few operational changes after Sotheby’s wins fraud trial

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

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

Jury sides with Sotheby's in New York fraud trial against Rybolovlev

The billionaire had sought at least $190m in damages from Sotheby's related to deals with Yves Bouvier. Instead, he will get nothing

Sotheby's weathers 'challenging market' with $7.9bn of sales in 2023

Luxury goods and Millennials are helping buoy the bottom line, though fine art remains at the core of the business

Art marketanalysis

The Gray Market: Rybolovlev’s trial against Sotheby’s has become a slog through minutiae—and that’s good for the auction house

The art market ‘trial of the century’ has transitioned from courtroom drama to bureaucratic headache

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How the Rybolovlev vs Sotheby's case shows the need for greater transparency in the art market

As the trial between the Russian billionaire and the auction house is thrashed out, it may be time to consider incorporating blockchain into the art scholarship process

Art marketanalysis

The Old Master trade is still seeking new ways to restore it to life

The category’s extraordinary works sell well, but the middle and lower ends of the market are in need of new ideas

Rybolovlev vs Sotheby’s: a closer look at the epic court battle

Plus, Singapore's art scene and a photograph by Zanele Muholi

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

Dmitry Rybolovlev and Yves Bouvier settle nine-year legal feud

The Russian oligarch had accused the Swiss businessman of swindling him out of €1.1bn by overcharging him on art

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