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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 If any artist could be said to epitomise selfie culture, it’s Andy Warhol. Now the late Pop artist’s first self-portrait—complete with sunglasses and an air of insouciance—is to be sold at auction for the first time. Self-Portrait (1963-64) marks the moment a 35-year-old Warhol turned the camera on himself,...

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

Highest prices for artists already in the international art system The first ever sale of African art by Sotheby’s London on 16 May reflected both the current interest in the art and the immaturity of this market, and posed the question, what is African art anyway. The ultra-chic Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris is showing (until 28 August) a selection of the biggest ...

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 By now you've already heard it: last night Sotheby's made history when it sold an untitled Basquiat skull head painting from 1982 for $110.5m with fees to the Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, marking the highest price at auction ...

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 The Impressionist and Modern evening sale at Sotheby’s on 16 May got off to an unsettled start with the announcement, by auctioneer and worldwide co-head of the department Helena Newman, that the star lot—an early Egon Schiele painting from 1909 with an asking price of $30m to $40m—was one of two lots ...

Sotheby's reports $11.3m loss but praises ‘non-auction growth’ in first quarter earnings call

Tad Smith spun a positive outlook based on proposed tax cuts and a new view of the auction house as a “media company”, pointing to increased web traffic On the company's first quarter earnings call Wednesday morning, Sotheby's CEO Tad Smith spun a chipper outlook for his company, despite a $11.3m loss in that time period. Smith noted that the shortfall was smaller than the $14.6m for the same period last year and emphasised ...

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 With a low estimate of £2.8m for total sales, Sotheby’s first auction of Modern and contemporary African art on 16 May is due to smash the £1.6m hammer record, set by Bonhams a year ago. The London auction is jam-packed with well-known names from across the continent and across generations, from Meschac ...

Life at the high end: what it is like to work at an auction house

Memoirs by Charles Hindlip and Simon de Pury, and a history of Christie’s, shed light from above These books tell the tale of two of the outstanding personalities of the art market over the last 40 years, Charles Hindlip of Christie’s and Simon de Pury of Sotheby’s, and later Phillips de Pury. When the history of auctions ...

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 A painting by Joseph Mallord William Turner described as one of his most important Rhine landscapes will go on display at the premises of Sotheby’s in Cologne to spark interest among potential German bidders before it leads the 5 July evening sale of Old Masters and British paintings in London. The 1835 painting, The Bright Stone of Honour and the Tomb of Marceau, from Byron’s Childe Harolde,...

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 Small is beautiful, a mantra Sotheby’s is capitalising on with the launch of an evening sale in June dedicated to bijou works of art. The only criteria is that each lot must be reproducible at actual size in the sale catalogue–in other words smaller than 29.6cm x 22.8cm. The brainchild ...

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 Last night, Sotheby’s confirmed what had been established at Christie’s on Tuesday—the art market looks and feels different from last year, and the number of top works on offer seems to be on the rise. When combining the results of the Impressionist and Modern and the ...

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