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SJ Phillips: downsizing but “not closing down”

Long established London jewellers will hold sale at Sotheby’s following move to smaller premises, but director insists it is “business as usual”

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Object lessons: unseen photographs of the Romanovs, an early Ken Price ceramic work, and Sadie Coles's own Neo Rauch painting

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Podcast episode five: what's the story behind the $100m Leonardo?

What will happen when the only painting in private hands by the Renaissance master heads to auction? Plus: the New Museum's big new show on gender, and our literary editor talks 18th-century princesses

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Christie's to sell Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

The painting, presumed lost until 2005, is estimated at $100m

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Record breaking Chinese brush washer points to demand for Song ceramics in Hong Kong

At HK$294.3m, the Ru ware piece set a record for a Chinese ceramic at Sotheby's during Hong Kong's busy autumn auction and fair series

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Christie’s ends London contemporary auctions on a high note—despite Bacon flop

Market’s appetite shows no signs of flagging for fresh works that are correctly priced

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Subdued Sotheby’s sale, despite record for Josef Albers

Contemporary auction followed a lacklustre Italian sale, prompting calls for the latter to be shelved

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Frieze 2017

Art world raises money for Grenfell

Sotheby's auction will include work donated by leading artists

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Object lessons: a life-sized drawing by Charles White, a painting by Turner Prize nominee Hurvin Anderson and an early Bauhaus work by Xanti Schawinsky

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Robert Mapplethorpe

Auction record for Mapplethorpe as Christie's introduces two new sales

Photographer took self-portrait a year before he died in 1989

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Frieze 2017

The market boom for Basquiat

A year after his death, MoMA turned down an offer of the artist’s work. Today, the appetite for his paintings has never been greater

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Dreweatts and Bloomsbury get new owner

Art advising and valuations firm Gurr Johns steps in, citing "huge opportunities" in London auction market's lower levels

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Sotheby’s to hold first sale in Dubai

Christie’s moves October auction to London as rival plans first sale in the UAE

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Sotheby’s organises selling exhibition to commemorate a century of De Stijl

It is the only exhibition dedicated to De Stijl to be organised outside of Europe this year

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Adventurous art collection of Jerome and Ellen Stern comes to Sotheby’s

More than 250 works owned by the couple will feature across ten auctions

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Howard Hodgkin’s wildly eclectic collection goes on the block at Sotheby’s

Turkish tiles, Persian carpets and Modern British works graced the late artist’s Bloomsbury home

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Wright to auction the personal collection of Hudson, iconoclastic gallerist and artists’ champion, in Chicago

The man behind Feature Inc is remembered for his challenging eye—and a fraught relationship with the market

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Sotheby’s releases sales dates and estimates of works from Berkshire Museum

The auction house will offer works from the Massachusetts museum, including two major Rockwell paintings, starting 13 November and running through next spring

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Object lessons: a Zulu lidded vessel, a bowl by Dame Lucie Rie and a painting by Irma Stern

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Frank Cohen’s collection goes on the block down under

Sale at Mossgreen in Melbourne has Asian contemporary focus and aims to appeal to expatriate community

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Second time lucky for Fine Art Bourse?

Online platform aiming to undercut traditional auction house fees relaunches after folding in 2015 when it ran out of funds weeks before first sale

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Object lessons

Object lessons: a poetic take on decay, a goddess drawn by a cult favorite and a rare study by Peter Blake

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Christie's adds London auctions in October, raises buyer's premium

House sees "great potential for growth" for lots under £1m in the photograph and design categories during Frieze week

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Surfacing on the Block: a Finn Juhl coffee table and playwright Edward Albee's collection

Spotlight on this month’s most distinctive auctions

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Closure of South Kensington saleroom marks end of an era

As Christie’s chases new markets, the middle is a casualty. Where will the trade move?

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Christie's South Kensington: the training ground where an industry learned its game

Art world power players add their voices to the eulogy for the well-loved secondary saleroom

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Object lessons: an unearthed Norman Rockwell, a glass flower by Chihuly and a rare work by Ursula von Rydingsvard

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Object lessons: classic Americana by John Brewster, a rare sculptural work by Julian Schnabel and a Burntwater rug by Philomena Yazzie

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Sotheby’s second-quarter income down 14%, but revenue is up as auction house invests in digital

Chief executive Tad Smith hints at reining in costs through automation and efficiency cuts, and plans to grow jewellery, wine and art advisory businesses

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Museum patron and photography connoisseur Paul Walter’s collection to be sold

Christie’s New York to auction more than 500 works from the collector's Manhattan and Long Island homes

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Object lessons: a Tibetan Buddhist relic and a boxer made from recycled materials

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Christie’s to hold first Modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art sale in London

Auction house cuts Dubai October series as it looks to “internationalise” the sector's market

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Fundraising auction of Haitian art tests the water

Piasa’s dedicated sale will benefit island’s Le Centre d’art which was decimated in 2010 earthquake

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Object lessons: a sculptural horse honouring the Tōhoku disaster by Deborah Butterfield and a still life by E. Charlton Fortune

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New commissions by nine artists for DiCaprio Foundation sale

Annual charity auction will benefit actor's philanthropic activities combating climate change

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Object lessons: a work from a Chicago Imagist and a promotional gift from the Campbells Soup Company after Andy Warhol

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Object lessons: a Venetian scene by Guardi, an ancient Egyptian relic and an artefact from an important collection of ethnographic art

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London poised to regain Old Master crown from New York

Sotheby’s offers its most valuable Old Master sale in London, and a Guardi painting at Christie’s could break records

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Record for quintessential US cowboy sculpture in time for 4 July

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Record for Wolfgang Tillmans as Phillips and Bonhams achieve top results in contemporary sales

Auction houses capitalise on summer season of biennales and art fairs

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Tefaf focuses on online market in addendum to annual art market report

Findings detail the supply side of the digital sales equation, point toward hybrid models

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Object lessons: a Broodthaers décor, the head of Sekhmet and a rare portrait of a female court jester

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Collector sues Christie’s for cancelling David Hammons sale

Buyer rejects compensation offer for US artist’s body print

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Kandinsky record falls twice in patchy Sotheby’s sale

With three lots making over £20m with fees, Sotheby’s long-winded Impressionist & Modern Art auction improves on 2016 but falls just short of a stiff estimate

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Object lessons: a maquette by Barbara Hepworth, a Cubistic balalaika by Ben Nicholson and a work by Venice Biennale artist Mark Bradford

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Object lessons

Object lessons: a portrait of Jacqueline Roque by Picasso and an image of Christ by Dalí

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Andy Warhol’s first ‘selfie’ expected to fetch £7m at auction

The early self-portrait marks the moment the artist became a celebrity

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Lights designed by Le Corbusier withdrawn from Paris auction at last minute

Artcurial auctioneers left surprised as sale of 100 light sconces from Firminy World Heritage site is halted

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Object lessons: works of art from niche collections

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Object lessons: a relic from the Forbes family collection, a portrait of contemporary migration and a neo-Russian painting

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Old Master landscape looted by Nazis comes back on the market

The sale at Sotheby’s comes after a restitution agreement was reached between the heirs of the original owners and the trust of the most recent one

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Jean Paul Riopelle abstract canvas sells for a record-setting C$7.4m

Although comparisons have been drawn to Jackson Pollock but, the Montreal-born painter “felt no special affinities” to the Abstract Expressionist's work

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Object lessons: a Cuban vanguardian work, a Noguchi sculpture with a Hollywood history and a Ragamala miniature painting

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Rediscovered Rodin sculpture surfaces at auction

A never-before-exhibited version of Andromède will be offered at Artcurial with an estimate of €800,000-€1.2m

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Low total for Sotheby’s first African art sale (but what is “African” art?)

Highest prices for artists already in the international art system

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Basquiat skull painting sells for record $110.5m at Sotheby's

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa bought the work in New York for almost double the artist's previous record

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Christie’s comes out strong with $400m contemporary sale

Larry Gagosian snags top lot, Cy Twombly’s Leda and the Swan, for $52.9m

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Bidders move fast for Modern sculptures at Sotheby's New York

Competition for works by Giacometti, Ernst, Moore, and Arp drove a $173.8m Impressionist and Modern sale

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Object lessons: an anti-authoritarian triptych by Mike Kelley, a Western sculpture by Frederic Remington and an early work by Rosemarie Trockel

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Christie's New York evening sale finds success with Brancusi and Picasso

Modern works lead the way, but totals heavily weighted to top end

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Object lessons: a painting of Igbo spirits by Ben Enwonwu, a whimsical collage drawing by Joan Miró and a two-faced bust by Lichtenstein

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May sales in New York will test the trade in uncertain times

Trump-inspired post-election “wealth effect” may be waning

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Van Gogh, Schiele and Beckmann to lead Christie’s Impressionist and Modern sale

June auction includes a broader range of material than ever before, breaking down traditional collecting categories

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Loic Gouzer named co-chairman of Christie’s Americas post-war and contemporary art department

He has made a name for himself with thematic auctions that mix Modern and contemporary works of art

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Object Lessons: a Western classic offered with its featured subject, a Roman-inspired glass dish by Carlo Scarpa and a netsuke from a vanguard collector

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Laure de Beauvau-Craon, princess and former chair of Sotheby’s France, has died, aged 74

She fought a centuries-old monopoly of the country’s auction market—and won

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Object lessons, May 2017

From a H.G. Wells-inspired print by Moholy-Nagy to a prehistoric Native American birdstone, our top picks of notable sales at auctions and fairs

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Sotheby’s first Modern and contemporary African art sale set to be a record-breaker

London auction includes 60 artists from 14 countries across the continent, with several making their debut

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Object Lessons: studies in space and time, from an Andalusian astrolabe to a Sioux pictorial calendar 

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Is this painting to be sold in Madrid really a work by Velázquez?

A specialist at the auction house Abalarte believes it could be an early portrait by the Spanish master depicting his sister

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Object Lessons: a 19th-century book of photographs of William Bradford's Arctic expeditions

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Going once, going twice: how to become an auctioneer

Christie’s training reveals what it takes to get up on the rostrum

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Guinness family to auction Francesco Guardi Venetian view painting

Its companion piece sold for a record £26.7m in 2011

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Sotheby’s drums up German interest for Turner painting of Rhine

The Bright Stone of Honour and the Tomb of Marceau will go on show in Cologne this week

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Object lessons: a Charles Nègre paper negative and a complete first edition of Goya's bullfight engravings

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Asian clients drive strong sales at auction houses

“The market is back,” says Christie’s head—but pressure to secure top property is “huge”

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Old Masters and Impressionist art from the record-setting Stillman Collection to be auctioned at Christie’s

Sales of works throughout the year will benefit the late philanthropist and land conservationist’s Wethersfield Foundation

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Dubai attracts auction players

Sotheby's advances, Christie's consolidates

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Christie’s plans to close South Kensington saleroom

Move is part of auction house’s shift to online sales, which more than doubled last year

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Object lessons: a late Shang dynasty bronze wine vessel, a Ming dynasty dish and a sculpture by Niamh Barry

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Sotheby’s launches evening sale dedicated to all things small

June auction will feature works of art that can be reproduced at actual size in the catalogue

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German artists capture Zeitgeist at Sotheby’s contemporary sale

Records for Wolfgang Tillmans and Georg Baselitz help auction house achieve 70% more than last year

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Christie’s sale injects confidence into contemporary art auction market

Records for seven artists contribute to an increase in value of 65% on last year

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Klimt helps Sotheby’s reach auction record in London

Quality works by household names bring a successful round of evening auctions to a close this week

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Magritte painting breaks record at Christie’s Surrealist sale

Market reassured after high sell-through rates at the auction house's two sales

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The great London auction reshuffle

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Sale of Klimt portrait to go ahead at Sotheby's

Auction house says it has resolved questions over the provenance of Girl in the Foliage

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Asian buyers helped bolster Sotheby’s revenue in 2016, auction house reveals

Tad Smith gives credit to the Eastern market during fourth quarter earnings call, as well as growing online sales and aggressive recruitment

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Bacon triptych, once owned by Roald Dahl, to lead Christie’s New York sales in May

The auction house is also selling works by Picasso, Ernst and Lichtenstein to benefit Cleveland Clinic

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Sotheby’s catalogue mistakenly includes work forged by Wolfgang Beltracchi

Auction house removes image from online version after German journalist spots error

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In bloom: Klimt’s flower garden to lead Sotheby’s London spring sales

The vibrantly painted landscape is expected to make more than $45m

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Christie’s to open new flagship location in Los Angeles

Two-story space in Beverly Hills will host private sales, public exhibitions, and events

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Exhibitions

Louise Bourgeois and Yayoi Kusama united in Sotheby’s exhibition

Show at S|2 gallery in London is part of growing trend to revaluate and promote female artists

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Commercial galleries

Old Masters collectors chase new discoveries at New York sales

Competition is stiff for confirmed works, but buyers also gave a nod to quality

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Dalí’s controversial portrait of sister comes to market for first time

Work was precursor to painting that fuelled rumours of Surrealist’s sexual attraction to Ana María

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Old Masters at Sotheby’s New York: our top lots

Choice works by less familiar names go under the hammer this week

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Richter’s Eisberg to loom large at Sotheby’s contemporary evening sale

Rare outing on the market for a landscape by the German artist best known for his abstract paintings

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Auctionata Paddle8 files for insolvency to restructure business

Paddle8 announces it has an investor to lead buy back from parent company

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Object lessons

Object lessons: from an early John Piper gouache at London Art Fair to a gold leaf cabinet by Paul Evans

Our pick of highlights from this week's fairs and auctions