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Hear them roar: Peter Doig and Ai Weiwei make tiger rugs for charity initiative

The profits of the sale will go towards tiger conservation efforts in countries including Bangladesh and China

Records for rising stars and women artists power an otherwise subdued Sotheby’s New York contemporary art evening sale

The firm’s contemporary and “The Now” evening auctions totalled a combined $314.9m and notched new best prices for Barbara Kruger, Betye Saar and Elizabeth Peyton

Record-breaking Mondrian leads an evening of mixed results at Sotheby’s marquee Modern art sales in New York

The auction house held a competitive, white-glove single-owner sale and a lacklustre modern art sale on Monday night

Cache of leaked documents reveal Sotheby's owner Patrick Drahi’s $750m art collection—and his tax affairs

Billionaire businessman has amassed a treasure trove of more than 200 prime works of art, many bought through his auction house

Andy Warhol’s $80m suburban car crash painting could become one of his most expensive works sold at auction

White Disaster (White Car Crash 19 Times) (1963) will be offered at Sotheby's in New York next month

Divorcing collectors to sell Old Masters trove at Sotheby’s in New York, led by $25m early Rubens

Ten works from the collection of Mark Fisch and Rachel Davidson will be on offer during the Master’s Week sales in January

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A painting marketed as 'by Titian'—but also attributed to his workshop—will be offered at Sotheby's in December for £8m

The work, which could become the second-most expensive by the painter at auction, failed to sell in 1998

All hot air on climate action? Auction houses pledge to cut CO2 while organising global tours for star lots

In our new series Reality Bites, we assess whether the art market's key players are addressing the urgent issues affecting the wider world

The $100m collection of former Whitney Museum president David Solinger will be sold at Sotheby’s

Star lots include one of Picasso’s earliest paintings of his muse Marie-Thérèse Walter and a dynamic De Kooning

Sotheby's to sell $70m of art stored at MoMA to benefit New York museum's digital initiatives

Francis Bacon triptych and Renoir still life among works from the collection of CBS founder William S. Paley that have been "under the museum's stewardship" since his death

Sotheby’s launches primary market channel selling works directly from artists’ studios

For each work sold, 15% will go to a charity or institution of the artist’s choice—but will the new sales format ruffle dealers’ feathers?

New York Attorney General's investigation into Sotheby's alleged tax fraud widens

Letitia James's office is seeking information on more than 50 collectors related to a 2020 lawsuit against the auction house

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From a Niki de Saint Phalle fountain to a splashy David Hockney print: our pick of the highlights from September's sales

Plus, a Pre-Raphaelite treasure, an iconic James Bond poster and a set of nine intricately inlaid panels

Joseph Hotung's vast collection heads to auction, including Degas's wedding gift portrait to Eugène Manet and Berthe Morisot

Sotheby's will offer Chinese antiquities and Impressionist portraits amassed by the scion of one of Hong Kong's richest families

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Paula Rego’s influence will live on—here's why her market will too

Long undervalued, especially at auction, her works are now appealing to a wider base of collectors and prices are set to rise accordingly

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Digging deep for Old Master treasures: mixed results at London sales as dearth of 'good material' continues

Christie's made a perky £28.1m while Sotheby's raised only £7.1m—a dramatic drop from pre-pandemic totals

Sotheby's sales in London fall short—though Francis Bacon brings in £43.4m

Bidding was strong for red-chip artists, but the air is much thinner at the top of the market

Francis Bacon’s portrait of rival and friend Lucian Freud could make more than £35m in London sale

Work from a private European collection fuels the market for the blue-chip artist

In the Hamptons, a collaborative exhibition aims to move glass art into the market's mainstream by pairing it with blue-chip art

“Having that kind of cross-category [collaboration] between art and design helps to pull different types of buyers into the market,” says Eliza Ravelle-Chapuis, head of Sotheby’s East Hampton gallery

Sale of William Barak works breaches 'Aboriginal cultural lore', says Australian Wurundjeri elder

The Wurundjeri Corporation hopes to crowdfund $175,000 to secure the return of the pieces, which are being sold by the De Pury family at Sotheby’s New York

Frieze Week in New York: mammoth auction sales and a shifting art fair landscape

Plus, the Albers Foundation plans a Senegal space, and a golden Indian manuscript at the British Library

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As market for young artists grows, Sotheby’s turbocharged The Now sale in New York threatens to eclipse its contemporary evening auction

While both back-to-back sales did well, works by artists under 40 were snapped up at a rate not matched by their elders, making seven artist records

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