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Sotheby’s and Christie’s go head to head with simultaneous Banksy auctions

Two unrelated Banksy auctions are scheduled to run simultaneously at Sotheby’s and Christie’s bringing some of the artist’s best-known works to the auction block. As the gavel fell at a Sotheby’s auction in London last October announcing the £1 million sale of Banksy’s Girl with a Balloon, the reclusive artist shocked the art world as […]

Nicolas de Staël could fetch €25 million at Christie’s

Christie’s might do it again. That is, they might break a record set with a painting by Nicolas de Staël (1914-1955) they sold in a New York auction for $12.1 million with, you guessed it, another de Staël painting. This year, it’s the Russian-born French artist’s Parc des Princes (1952) they’re selling and it is […]

Egypt will sue Christie’s over the $6 Million sale of a King Tutankhamun bust

Egyptian government officials announced that they will be looking to file a civil suit over the recent $6 million sale of a Tutankhamun bust that took place despite a public outcry as well as the country’s protest over the theft of the ancient artefact. The government and protesters argue that the bust was stolen from […]

The harmony of the self through Tschabalala Self’s eye

Tschabalala Self, born in Harlem in 1990, explores sensitive ideas of the self, womanhood and the Black female body in contemporary cultures. She uses bodies resembling hers, as well as playful colours like soft pinks, stark blues and bright yellows, which serve as the backdrop for many of her works. Her universe dips into portals […]

Despite Egyptian protests, sculpture of Tutankhamun sells for £4.7 million

Estimated to reach as much as £4 million at auction, a partial statue of the Egyptian god Amen in the likeness of Tutankhamun ultimately realized more than £4.7 million (£5.97 million with commission). The statue was just of the god’s head but it was one of the highlights in Christie’s ‘The Exceptional Sale’ that took […]

Egypt tries to halt the sale of a statue resembling Tutankhamun

On July 4th, a partial bust of Tutankhamun is set to lead ‘The Exceptional Sale’ at Christie’s London; however, Egyptian authorities are trying to halt the auction for fear that the statue was looted from the Karnak temple in Luxor. Dating back to the 13th century BC, the statue, if sold, could go for as […]

Who is Patrick Drahi, Sotheby’s new billionaire owner?

Just as the art market began to cool down for the summer, came the surprise announcement that Sotheby’s, the 275-year-old auction house, will be sold for $3.7bn to BidFair USA, owned by the telecommunication and media tycoon Patrick Drahi. The deal valued Sotheby’s shares at $57 per share, or a 61% premium to their closing […]