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Joan Mitchell next to Monet [11/10/2022]

The new exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris juxtaposes the works of two giants of Modern and Contemporary painting: Claude Monet (1840-1926) and Joan Mitchell (1925-1992). The sixty or so works brought together by curator Suzanne Pagé (Artistic Director of the Louis Vuitton Foundation) reveal a number of remarkable visual and thematic similarities. […]

A stunning selection of Masterpieces in May! [10/05/2022]

The major sales in May will be offering works from a number of exceptional collections including the Macklowe, the Ammann, the Anne H. Bass, the Maezawa and even the Gersten and Jacobs collections. So important are these collections that the sale of their “nuggets” promises to revise several global auction records! An Andy Warhol Marilyn […]

Top 10 auction results around the world in Q1 2022 [08/04/2022]

During the first quarter of 2022, more than 200 artworks fetched over a million dollars at auctions around the globe. At Sotheby’s the key signatures were Magritte, Botticelli, Monet and Hockney, while prestige sales at Christie’s were above all animated by an incredible canvas by Franz Marc, a triptych by Francis Bacon and a couple […]

Sotheby’s sales dominated by Magritte [08/03/2022]

On 2 March, Sotheby’s prestige sales of Modern and Contemporary Art in London were dominated by several paintings by Claude Monet, three works by Banksy (from the collection of singer Robbie Williams) and, above all, a masterpiece by René Magritte which generated by far the best result. $79.5 million: René Magritte’s new auction record A […]

What’s coming up in March? [18/02/2022]

The calendar of major art auctions has been underway since the end of January, in particular with the sale of Botticelli’s superb The Man of Sorrows, a masterpiece that fetched $45.4 million at Sotheby’s New York at the end of January. Nevertheless, the pace will accelerate in 15 days: Christie’s and Sotheby’s are once again […]

Artprice analyses the art market’s dazzling recovery from the health crisis in H1 2021, fortified by its digital transformation [04/08/2021]

In the first semester of 2021 the art auction market managed to recover all of its dynamism. If all goes well, the art fairs which will resume in September. They will, however, have to contend with a substantially modified market characterised by the sensational arrival of NFTs and sky-high prices for works by very young […]

Over a billion dollars worth of art sold in New York this week [14/05/2021]

The high-end art market appears to have regained its full strength with sales totalling $691 million at Christie’s and $677 million at Sotheby’s. This week’s activity clearly signals a return to pre-pandemic dynamism. The two auction majors have just dispersed nearly $1.4 billion worth of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary works (11 – 13 May). We […]

Monet and Basquiat tomorrow at Sotheby’s… Over $40 million each? [11/05/2021]

On 12 May in New York, Sotheby’s will be hosting two evening sales: one dedicated to Impressionist & Modern art, the other to Contemporary art. The two most expensive works – a Monet and a Basquiat respectively – could each exceed $40 million. An important painting from Claude MONET’s Water Lilies series and one of […]

What Christie’s has in store for us in May… [04/05/2021]

A clear sign the art market is returning to its pre-pandemic condition, the catalogues for Christie’s mid-May sales see the return of major masterpieces… in number, in diversity and in price… Whereas all the indicators were in the red last year with a constrained and impoverished market, the selection of Modern and Contemporary works due […]

Joan Mitchell, the art market’s leading female artist… [26/02/2021]

  The 17th most successful artist in the world (by 2020 annual auction turnover), Joan MITCHELL is above all the highest ranked female artist (after 16 men). Her annual total for last year exceeded that of hot signatures like Yoshitomo NARA (id: 171599), Yayoi KUSAMA and BANKSY. In the current health crisis, Joan Mitchell has […]

Deaccessioning vs. Inalienability: how museums are coping around the world… [09/02/2021]

Usually when a museum is mentioned in the context of an auction sale, it is in relation to the preemption of a work and not its sale… However, with the pandemic hitting the arts sector so hard, a number of institutions have either sold or are considering selling valuable works to keep themselves afloat. London’s […]

London, weaker performances [10/02/2020]

London’s prestige art sales last week opened the 2020 auction season with less impressive results than in previous years. The turnover figures were clearly down on 2019 and together Christie’s and Sotheby’s Imp/Mod + Surrealist sales on 4 and 5 February last week took $202.4 million versus $326 million a year earlier (more than $124 […]

Top 10 of the most expensive artworks in 2019 [20/12/2019]

Artprice regularly reviews the top 10 ranking of artworks that have fetched the highest prices on the global art auction market… works that have excited and moved global buyers more than any others. As the year-end is an appropriate moment for tallies and totals, here is an update of the most spectacular Fine Art auction […]

New York’s Impressionist & Modern sales post turnover down 32% on 2018 [15/11/2019]

Impressionist & Modern masterpieces are still fetching high prices with a new record for Umberto Boccioni and a strong result at nearly $20 million for a work by Gustave Caillebotte… but there weren’t any really big-ticket trophies. Christie’s and Sotheby’s prestige sales kicked off on 11 November with, as usual, two Imp/Mod catalogues containing roughly […]

Top 10 beach scenes [28/06/2019]

As the summer season kicks in, Artprice takes a look at the Top 10 most-expensive beach paintings. Some of the art market’s most famous artists painted beach scenes… and some of these works are particularly appreciated by collectors. These week’s auction ranking takes a look at the market’s Top 10 most expensive beach scenes. At […]

Sotheby’s dominates London’s sales [25/06/2019]

With a total of $125.5 million from 23 Impressionist & Modern Art lots on 19 June, Sotheby’s dwarfed its competition last week; Christie’s Imp-Mod total amounted to just $45.8 million.   Christie’s kicked off London’s June sales of Impressionist & Modern Art with a disappointing total (18 June). The world’s leading auction firm generated $45.8 […]

From Monet to Koons… records beaten and stunning results [21/05/2019]

In New York last week buyers were for the most part in a strongly acquisitional mood faced with some 1,700 lots in the catalogues of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art. The most outstanding records – $110.7 million for Claude MONET, $91 million for Jeff KOONS and $88.8 million for Robert RAUSCHENBERG – illustrate the extent […]

Christie’s Top 10 results in Q1 [03/05/2019]

In Artprice’s fortnightly series of auction rankings identifying the Art Market’s primary trends, this week’s Friday Top looks at Christie’s best results in the first quarter of 2019. The world’s most powerful art auctioneer (with a global turnover of nearly $5 billion from Fine Art in 2018) just keeps on generating extraordinary results. Two years […]

Flash News: Upcoming auction sales in New York – Thomas Houseago in Paris [29/03/2019]

Monet, Modigliani, Bouguereau… the best works on offer in May New York’s prestige sales in May look set to generate plenty of spirited bidding battles. We take a look at some of the top lots in the catalogues. A long row of stacks of wheat in a field at sunset, painted with Claude MONET’s classic pastel […]

Upcoming Impressionist and Modern Art sales [26/02/2019]

Over to London for the first series of prestige Impressionist & Modern Art sales of the year… with catalogues promising a number of superb treasures for major dealers and collectors. The hammer starts falling today, 26 February 2019, with two sales at Sotheby’s: the first dedicated to the great Impressionist and Modern artists, with works […]

19th Century art – Top 10 sales [25/01/2019]

This week our fortnightly series of auction rankings – highlighting key trends in the art market – takes a look at 2018’s best results for 19th century masterpieces. In 2018 Christie’s was the clear leader on the highly lucrative segment of 19th century masterpieces, hammering 9 of the year’s top 10 auction results. Half of […]

Flash News: Brancusi – Stafford – Franz West [07/09/2018]

Constantin Brancusi sculpture at the MoMA Nancy Cunard was not the sort of woman to surf the privileges of her family name or her social class, and nor did she make much of her nationality or her sexual identity. She was quintessentially pluralist. When she met Constantin BRANCUSI in 1923 in the effervescent Paris of […]

London sales: international buyers… but mixed results [26/06/2018]

Sotheby’s prestige London sale of Impressionist & Modern Art on 19 June found new owners for 26 (72%) of the high quality lots on offer, versus 10 unsold, producing a total of $115.7 million. That’s a sharp drop (-30%) compared to last year’s total for the same session which managed to take in $163.8 million. […]

After Basel… London [19/06/2018]

The high-end art market’s last major rendez-vous before the summer has begun: London’s Impressionist & Modern Art sales. Artprice takes a look at the catalogues and the prices. Both Christie’s and Sotheby’s are hoping to finish the first half of 2018 in style… and both have prepared large selections of high quality works. Between June […]

A stunning top 10 in the first half of 2018 [08/06/2018]

Artprice’s fortnightly series of Fine Art auction rankings gives you a theme-based TOP article every other Friday. Today’s TOP article looks back at the best auction results during the first five months of the year. The top 10 best results in the first half of 2018 generated a total of $816 million. Of course, this […]

What records might we expect from the sale of the century? [24/04/2018]

Make no mistake… this has to be the sale of the century. Generously relayed by the media and masterfully orchestrated by Christie’s for months (world tour of the sale’s principal masterpieces with 14,000 visitors in in Hong Kong), the David and Peggy Rockefeller collection is expected to generate over $600 million. Promoted in no less […]

French Top 10 [13/10/2017]

It’s Top 10 Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. Today, we return to the strong results obtained by the French art market since the beginning of 2017. Due to a hyper-competitive market and a globalized demand, France remains in a superb position in the art auction segment. Its art heritage, which […]

The 2017 French Top Ten [07/07/2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. Let’s have a look this week at the results in the French art market since the beginning of 2017… In a ranking clearly dominated by Christie’s and Sotheby’s, Pierre Bergé & Associés and Artcurial are doing well and also take […]

Flash news: Impressionist and Modern Masterpieces – Ross Lovegrove – Magdalena Abakanowicz [12/05/2017]

Impressionist and Modern Masterpieces in New York This is one of the most anticipated auctions of the year: the prestigious sale of Impressionist and Modern artworks at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York takes place on May 15th and 16th, 2017. The giants of Modern art are represented in a hundred lots, of which artprice […]

Flash News: MoMA puts a Dubuffet and a Mathieu up for sale – Klimt – Works to exceed the 10 million mark – Karel Appel [03/03/2017]

MoMA puts a Dubuffet and a Mathieu up for sale In November, MoMA asked the Parisian Applicat-Prazan Gallery to sell two post-war works from its collections: Topographie châtaine (1959) by Jean DUBUFFET and Théorème d’Alexandroff (1955) by Georges MATHIEU. In March 2017, these works will go on sale at major international fairs (Tefaf Maastricht and Art […]

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