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Art market

Female artists really do earn less than men, survey finds

According to a new report, works by female artists are rated lower by wealthy men, contributing to a 50% pay gap at auction

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Art market

Object lessons: our pick of highlights from upcoming design auctions in New York

Works by George Grant Elmslie, Umberto Bellotto and Jean Royère are being offered

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The Year In Review

The year in the market

Golden oldies and small-space blues

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Art market

Re-discoveries lead London Old Master auctions

New £7.3m record for Joseph Wright of Derby painting tops December sales in London

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Saudi prince revealed as mystery buyer of the Salvator Mundi

News sent Twitter into a tizzy

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In the frame

Trump’s skyline doodle hits the auction block in Dallas

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Art market

Object lessons: a Bellekin nautilus shell, an Achrome by Piero Manzoni and a seascape by Emil Nolde

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Art market

Three highlights from London's Old Master auctions

Rothschild's El Greco, a candlelit scene by Joseph Wright of Derby and an out of season crucifixion scene lead pre-Christmas sales

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Art market

What does a $450m Leonardo mean for the Old Master market?

Slick marketing produced stupendous sale price for Salvator Mundi, but it sparked revulsion as well as elation

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Art market

New online auction site connects collectors with art-school graduates

AucArt offers platform upon which its pick of British art-school graduates can sell directly to buyers

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Art exports

UK government still seeking Surrealist connoisseur mad about Dalí’s Mae West Lips sofa

Export bar placed on plush piece with asking price of more than £480,000

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Going, going, gone? Men’s tight grip on the gavel starts to loosen

A growing number of women are appearing on the rostrum and taking senior auctioneer roles

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Art market

Object lessons: a double-spiral nail work by Günther Uecker from the collection of Helge Achenbach and other auction highlights

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Art market

Former Met director sparks Instagram spat over $450m Leonardo da Vinci

Thomas Campbell posted an image of the Salvator Mundi before conservation, triggering a row with its former co-owner Robert Simon and Christie’s Loic Gouzer

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Last painting by British Pop art co-founder Pauline Boty to be auctioned

BUM was created just before Boty died of cancer aged 28 in 1966

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Thefts

John Lennon’s stolen diaries found by Berlin police

Journals and other personal effects were discovered at auction house, reports say

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Auctions

Painting looted from Hitler withdrawn from auction in Cologne

Franz von Stuck’s portrait of two girls was due to be sold at Van Ham

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Art market

Object lessons: late works by Maria Lassnig and Di Cavalcanti and a creative chair by Roy Lichtenstein

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Art market

Emily Kame Kngwarreye painting sells for $1.6m, breaking record for an Australian female artist

Aboriginal work, Earth’s Creation I, was shown at the 2015 Venice Biennale

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Phillips and Sotheby's deliver healthy totals for contemporary art

Capping an epic week of auctions, solid results featuring records for female artists and a Ferrari bode well for market's future—so long as it doesn't overheat

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Egon Schiele drawings in private hands for 85 years surface on the market

Dorotheum sale piques interest, pre-empting centenary of the artist’s death next year

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Analysis: Christie's postwar and contemporary auction nets $785.9m, with a big assist from an Old Master

Despite buy-ins, the sale saw several strong prices and records below the dizzy height of $450.3m for Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

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Art market

Leonardo's Salvator Mundi sells for $450m at Christie's New York

Price makes it the most expensive painting of all time

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Art market

Solid $269.7m at Sotheby's maintains momentum in Impressionist and Modern market

New York sale results boosted by strong Asian and Russian buying, and shored up by guarantees

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Looted art

Painting looted from Hitler to be auctioned in Cologne

Van Ham to offer Franz von Stuck portrait in 17 November sale

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Art market

World's largest collection of manuscripts from bankrupt firm Aristophil to be sold in Paris

Auctioneer Claude Aguttes will sell the collection of historic books and manuscripts across 300 sales over at least six years as part of liquidation

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Christie’s $479.3m Impressionist and Modern sale hits highest total since 2007

Pent-up demand for top material kicks off New York's key auction week, with a $81.3m Van Gogh and records for Léger, Magritte, Man Ray and Vuillard

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Art market

Surfacing on the market: macabre mourning jewellery and a bronze cast by Camille Claudel

Our pick of this month's most interesting auctions

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Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei to auction cat toy sculpture for Syrian children

Proceeds from Berlin sale, which also includes works by Rosemarie Trockel and Tomás Saraceno, will benefit Kayany Foundation

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Art market

Optimism abounds heading into November auctions in New York

Discretionary sellers gain confidence in the market and Christie's leads its contemporary sale with Da Vinci—but recent overreaches sound a cautionary note

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Law

Massachusetts Appeals Court grants injunction to block Berkshire Museum sale

The successful Hail Mary pass came just before deaccessioned works, including two paintings by Norman Rockwell, were due to be auctioned at Sotheby’s on Monday

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Art market

Object lessons: a painting from Max Ernst's Arizona period, a Kurt Schwitters Merz collage, and a Cubistic still life by Jean Metzinger

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Deaccessioning

Berkshire Museum art sale to go ahead

A judge in Massachusetts has denied two motions to block next week’s auctions of deaccessioned works

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Art market

Paris photo auctions focus on single-owner sales

Led by a major Man Ray, auctions at Christie's, Sotheby's and Leclere play to sophisticated collectors in town for the Paris Photo fair

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Vorticist

Sotheby’s expect First World War painting by Nevinson to make £1m

Last sold 50 years ago, A Dawn depicts French troops marching to trenches through Flanders in 1914

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Auctions

Object lessons: a print by Edvard Munch, a Zsolnay charger and a poster for TFL by Jean Dupas

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Art law

Norman Rockwell’s sons file temporary restraining order in Massachusetts court

Two works by their father are among 40 that were due to be sold by the Berkshire Museum

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Art market

Auctioneers look to fashion world to increase online sales

Houses beef up digital teams by hiring from the fashion industry in a bid for new revenue streams

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Art market

The irresistible rise of Light and Space

Once overlooked as regional artists, West Coast pioneers have emerged from the shadows since the first edition of Pacific Standard Time in 2011

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Artsy and the rise of the matchmaker market

In the bricks-versus-clicks shakeout, the new power players are harvesting supply and demand data

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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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Art market

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

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Podcast

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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Auctions

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

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

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Art market

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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Art market

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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Art market

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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Art market

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

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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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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Art market

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

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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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

Our pick of highlights from upcoming fairs and auctions

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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

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

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Object lessons

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

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Auctions

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

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

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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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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Auctions

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

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

Our pick of highlights from upcoming fairs and auctions

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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

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

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Object lessons

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

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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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

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

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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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

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

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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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

Object lessons: works of art from niche collections

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Object lessons

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

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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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

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

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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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

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

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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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