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£5m online auction breaks record for Sotheby’s

Since late March, Sotheby’s has moved nearly 20 auctions online, one of which was the eighth edition of their “Contemporary Curated” London auction. Prior to the auction, the sale was estimated to bring in between £3.4 million and £4.6 million but it ended up shattering expectations and setting a record for the auction house’s online […]

Art World Roundup: More COVID-19, COVID-19, and Kanye West

In this week’s Art World Roundup we bring you more COVID-19 news and a little bit of Kanye West’s early artworks. LA arts project helping feed the community Having provided food for some of the most at-risk individuals in LA County for 30 years, Project Angel Food  (PAF) has partnered up with the grantLOVE project […]

Art World Roundup: more COVID-19 news, an update on the boy thrown from the Tate, and #MuseumBouquet

In this week’s Art World Roundup, we cover more side effects of COVID-19, some more uplifting than others. We also have an update on the health of the boy who was thrown from a Tate Modern viewing deck and unfortunately, report the passing of art historian and critic Maurice Berger. UAE backs artists, buys thousands […]

Sotheby’s nears $1 billion in private sales during 2019

For the second year running, Sotheby’s has hovered around the $1 billion mark in private sales. While the auction house isn’t a stranger to making billions, it’s usually for their major auctions that can bring in millions in a given night. As reported this week, Sotheby’s private sales weren’t quite as high as they were […]

The emperor has no clothes: the scams and swindles driving up art prices

For many, the headline-making stunt Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan pulled at Art Basel Miami this year—Cattelan duct taped a banana to a blank white wall, called it “Comedian”, and sold it for $120,000—crystallized the problems with how art is valued. After Jeff Koons’s Balloon Dog shattered records in 2013 to sell over Christie’s auction block […]

The ‘Prince of Chintz’ comes to auction: late designer Mario Buatta brings in $7.6m at Sotheby’s

Flip through an interior design magazine and the most colour you’ll find might be in a pop amid the greys and beiges most popular today. That, however, was not the case for designer Mario Buatta who was also known as the ‘Prince of Chintz.’ His eccentric style created a lot of interest in Sotheby’s recent […]

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 […]