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Amoako Boafo makes his auction debut with a major sale of a work completed less than a year ago

Phillip’s postwar and contemporary art evening sale on Thursday in London was less of a smashing success  but a few standout lots garnered a lot of attention. The auction brought in a total of £21.1 million, barely topping its low estimate of £18.1 million. Among the many great paintings sold was a particularly frenzied lot […]

Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Phillips battle it out to sell $700m Macklowe collection

In the midst of a very public and nasty divorce, Harry and Linda Macklowe have been court ordered to sell off 65 works from their extensive art collection. With that news, Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Phillips are all now competing for the chance to sell the Macklowe collection later this year. In 1959, the couple, now […]

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 […]

A-Rod to part with works by Basquiat and Richard Prince

Going…going…gone! Alex Rodriguez, better known to some as A-Rod, is used to hearing those words. The retired professional baseball player is still ranked fourth for record number of career home runs with a whopping 696. On June 27th, though, Rodriguez will be listening out for that phrase in relation to two paintings he’s selling from […]

The marketing genius behind the ‘Salvator Mundi’ switches gears

Chances are that the name Marc Sands doesn’t necessarily ring any bells, although his CV and track record most certainly do. As chief marketing officer at Christie’s, Sands was vital in the campaign behind the auction house’s most impressive sale to date: the record-smashing sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi. The auction house made history […]

Phillips Auction House Had Its Most Successful Year in 2018

2018 wasn’t just a good year for Phillips, it was their best year to date. The auction house announced that it closed the year with $916 million worth of art and collectibles sold, the highest in its 220-year history. According to an official statement, auction sales closed at $794.3 million, a 27 percent rise year […]

Phillips announces New York instalment of ‘American African American’

The market for works by African American artists has seen a dramatic expansion in the past few years. So much so that a fourth of the total $2.2 billion spent on works by African American artists at auction in the past decade took place in the first six months of 2018. Much like most gallerists […]