Export ban blocks £8m Thomas Gainsborough painting from leaving the UK

Thomas Gainsborough is one of England’s iconic artists. His work, much like JMW Turner’s, seems to be synonymous with the country having captured the English countryside with many of his works. Now, in an effort to keep a work that was sold over the summer by Gainsborough in the UK, a temporary export ban has […]

‘The Olympic Manifesto’ sells at Sotheby’s for $8.8m

Just before a decade of intense auctions that brought in millions and millions wraps up, Sotheby’s New York saw another saleroom record. Just a week before Christmas, a 12-minute bidding battle ensued over a lot with a particularly interesting place in history. Lot 173 of the Fine Books and Manuscripts action was an original manifesto […]

The year in auctions: biggest sales, to whom and an attempt at why

2019 didn’t exactly go down as the most lucrative year for auctions, especially compared to more recent years when several $50 million lots could have been combined into a single evening sale, but as the year wraps up, reflecting on the auction market of the year reveals big wins, some records and interesting insights. As […]

Unseen for 70 years, LS Lowry painting heads to auction

In 1916, artist British artist LS Lowry (1887-1976) looked out at the Acme Spinning Company’s Pendlebury mill and unexpectedly found inspiration. From that scene, Lowry painted The Mill, Pendlebury in 1943. It went on to hang in the Oxford rooms of Leonard D Hamilton, who played a key part in the discovery of the DNA […]

Lost early Yayoi Kusama works unearthed at The Smithsonian

We all lose things- socks, keys, letters, wallets. And as the people who run galleries are human too, they are just as susceptible to misplacing things of importance. And just as when you lose that sock and eventually forget about it, so too do correspondences and works get forgotten about after being lost in the […]

Sotheby’s tops out sales in Asia

Sotheby’s has reported its year totals in Asia and for the fourth year running, they are leading international auction houses. In total, Sotheby’s has reported HK$7.35 billion (US$936 Million) in sales over the course of the year. Their sales in Asia account for about 30 percent of their total US$4.8 billion in overall yearly sales […]

Sotheby’s Aboriginal Art sale brings in $2.8 million

When the Gagosian Gallery opened an exhibition of artworks by Indigenous Australian artists earlier this year, it was probably the first time a number of people took note of those artists and their works. The exhibition also made headlines because an unlikely celebrity owned a number of the artworks on loan to the gallery: Steve […]