Art In America

Collectors Refreshed by Pop at Sotheby's

Sotheby's put the fizz back into its evening sale by serving up old style coca-cola in glass bottles just before its evening contemporary sale, in homage to its cover lot, a 1962 painting of a coca-cola bottle. For the second night running Warhol...

Big Money Matisse

Christie's pulled off a marathon sale last night at Rockefeller center, selling a total of $231.4 million, a result in the middle of its projection. A healthy sale-67 lots sold, of 84-suggests tht collectors are rebounding and ready to compete for...

Purple Craze for Warhol

Last night Sotheby's demonstrated the enduring ability for the auction houses to sell high-powered art, and sell it well. Sotheby's had a tightly edited 53-lot sale; only three lots failed to sell. Several lots were hotly contested. Warhol had another...

Auction Thriller

Christie's did it again last night, this time as the famed Michael Crichton collection spearheaded its evening sale of Post war and contemporary art. The quintessential American sale was exciting, with brisk bidding both in the room and on the phone.

Good Impressions at Sothebys

The dust has safely settled on one of the biggest weeks that  Christie's and Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern sales has seen in some time. And while Christie's dispensed with the most expensive art work ever sold at auction, even without a big name...

Inside Christie's Auction Record

Some news you've probably heard already: Picasso's Nude Green Leaves and Bust (1932) sold for $106.5 million, overcoming the previous auction record for the most expensive work sold at auction. The iconic Picasso and 69 other Impressionist and Modern...

Miami Basel: Slow but Steady

Some 265 galleries from 33 countries participated in the eighth installment of Art Basel Miami Beach, newly and entirely in the Miami convention center. The new space, boasted 502,848-square-feet (as opposed to last year's 385,200) which meant more...

Sothebys Posts Best Results Since 2004

It doesn't get much better than this—96.3% sold by lot and 98.6% by value. Sotheby's sold 52 out of the 54 lots on offer, and sold them well-well above the estimates in many cases. According to Tobias Meyer, the evening's auctioneer, "there was...

Americans Show Up for Christies Contemporary

Strong results for Christie's Contemporary sale: Last night Christie's sold $74,151,500 worth of art. The sale carried a presale low estimate of $68.65 million and a high estimate of $97.15.

Sotheby's Exceeds High Expectations

The results of Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern sales were superlative: of the 66 works on offer 56 sold (84.8% of the lot, 93.4% by dollar) the grand total including buyer's commission was $181,760,000. The top lot of the evening was the elegant...

Selective at Christie's Evening Sale

Christie's Impressionist and Modern evening sale concluded with what many dealers and auction house staff would call a sigh of relief. Christopher Burge, the evening's auctioneer, handled the less than buoyant sale with his usual aplomb. Guy Jennings,...

Sotheby's: What Recession?

Sotheby's clearly has the lead in volume this season, with 68 lots in the Impressionist and Modern evening sale. With a low pre-sale estimate of $116 million and a high of $165 million, Simon Shaw head of the Impressionist and Modern department was...

Less is More at Christie's

This week the auction world kicks into high gear with Christie's and Sotheby's much anticipated Impressionist and Modern Day and evening sales on November 3 and 4 in New York. According to specialists at Christie's the number of lots offered this...

Sothebys Contemporary: Reserve Required

On September 24: With an auction room sparsely populated—breathe deep, it's typical for an event of this type—but with a remote army of thirty or more telephone bidders at the ready, Sotheby's took its turn to mark the opening of the fall Contemporary...

Christie’s First Open Sale: Out of Season, Not Out of Mind

Christie's led the fall auction season yesterday with its "First Open" Post-War and Contemporary Art auction. There were off-season record prices for Warhol, and notable purchases of works by Roni Horn, Adolph Gottlieb, and Murakami. Sotheby's...

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