Christie’s new online initiative for Middle Eastern art market

Christie’s new online initiative for Middle Eastern art market

July 17th, 2013 | Auctions, Middle East

Christie’s, the market leader in the sale of art from the Middle East, announces a new online initiative to further complement and extend their successful Dubai sale format and increase accessibility for buyers. This new, curated Part III online-only sale will include works comparable in… Read More

Sotheby’s Considers Selling Its Headquarters

Sotheby’s Considers Selling Its Headquarters

June 21st, 2013 | Architecture, Auctions, News, USA

Sotheby’s, the auction house that has for centuries put other people’s treasures up for sale, is in the early days of exploring whether it should place one of its own on the block: its glittering glass-and-granite-fronted worldwide headquarters on the Upper East Side of Manhattan…. Read More

Berlin Wall art sold for 730.000 euros at auction

Berlin Wall art sold for 730.000 euros at auction

June 7th, 2013 | Auctions, Germany, Murals

A single anonymous buyer on Thursday snapped up 48 sections of the Berlin Wall bearing works by international artists for 730,000 euros at auction in Paris, the auction house Pierre Berge & Associes announced. The fragments weighing several dozen kilos each are critiques of the… Read More

European auction houses fail at checking for stolen artworks

European auction houses fail at checking for stolen artworks

June 3rd, 2013 | Art Market, Art Theft, Auctions, Law

European auction houses, dealers and collectors are failing to make adequate checks to avoid handling stolen artworks, an art lawyer has warned after recovering from an Italian auction an old master painting taken from its British owner in a burglary more than 30 years ago…. Read More

14 unseen Salvador Dali paintings surface at Bonhams sale

14 unseen Salvador Dali paintings surface at Bonhams sale

May 16th, 2013 | Auctions, Modernism, Paintings, Surrealism

Fourteen original Salvador Dali watercolour fruit studies, unseen until now, will be sold at Bonhams’ Impressionist and Modern Art sale in London on 18th June. Commissioned in 1969, the paintings have been in private hands since their creation. Each painting is valued at £40,000 –… Read More

Money Laundering Through Art – A Criminal Justice Perspective

Money Laundering Through Art – A Criminal Justice Perspective

May 15th, 2013 | Art Market, Auctions, Books, Business

​The art world has been discovered by criminals as an effective way for money laundering and other clandestine activities on an international level. Unfortunately, in most countries investigators, prosecutors, judges, and regulatory agencies are not equipped to accurately detect, investigate and prosecute this type of… Read More

The hawk has landed: Mysterious Japanese sculpture at Bonhams

The hawk has landed: Mysterious Japanese sculpture at Bonhams

May 3rd, 2013 | Auctions, Japan, Sculptures

A fully articulated iron sculpture of a hawk by the master Japanese sculptor Itao Shinjiro will be offered at Bonhams New Bond Street sale of Fine Japanese Art on 16th May where it is expected to fetch as much as £120,000. The Japanese call these… Read More

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Doha Sale – Highest result in the region

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Doha Sale – Highest result in the region

April 27th, 2013 | Arab World, Auctions, Contemporary Art, News, Qatar

Last night, Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Doha auction achieved the strong total of $15,199,750, solidly between the pre-sale expectations of $11.1/16.1 million, establishing the highest price for an auction of Contemporary Art in the Middle East region. The sale was 89.1% sold by lot. Records were… Read More

SothebysTV on Arts of the Islamic World

SothebysTV on Arts of the Islamic World

April 8th, 2013 | Arab World, Auctions, Middle East, Talks, Videos

Sotheby’s continues it’s fine series of art videos on Youtube. This time Benedict Carter, Head of Auction Sales in the Middle East, discusses the wide range of works featured in the Arts of the Islamic World sale. And Join Claude Piening, Head of Orientalist Paintings,… Read More

Artists donate works to benefit “Whitney of the Future”

Artists donate works to benefit “Whitney of the Future”

April 6th, 2013 | Auctions, Contemporary Art, Museums, News

Sotheby’s announced that its Evening and Day auctions of Contemporary Art on 14 & 15 May 2013 will offer a group of 25 works to benefit the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new building in downtown New York, together estimated in excess of $8 million*…. Read More