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Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun portrait triples the auction record for any female Old Master

Once overlooked, female old masters are now taking center stage with numerous high-profile and record-breaking sales paving the way. The latest of which is a 1788 work by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun which sold for $7.18 million at Sotheby’s Old Masters sale last week and became the most expensive painting by a pre-modern era female […]

Victoria Beckham and Sotheby’s Team up to Celebrate Women Old Masters

In an effort to spice up the market for works by under-recognised women painters of the early modern period, Sotheby’s New York has called upon none other than the spice girl herself, Victoria Beckham. The fashion designer and former pop star recently travelled to New York to help highlight the significance of the 14 women […]

248 Supreme skate decks set to sale for as much as $1.2 million

Come January 25th, Sotheby’s will be close an online auction on a slightly unusual collection at their New York auction house. An entire set of Supreme brand skate decks collected by skateboard enthusiast Ryan Fuller over the past 13 years is estimated to garner between $800,000 and $1.2 million (which will not include a buyer’s […]

Shredded Banksy to be shown at German Museum

A private museum in the German town of Baden-Baden will be the first museum to show Banksy’s Love in the Bin, the sensational painting that was shredded by remote control at Sotheby’s in London after it was auctioned. The Frieder Burda museum announced that it will exhibit the viral artwork for one month starting from […]

Conservator finds UV images in Jean-Michel Basquiat painting

When researching or working with an artwork, conservators are accustomed to finding unusual parts of it that often get overlooked or are invisible to the naked eye. Sometimes, underpaintings are found that alter the meaning or give a bit more history to the canvas. However, when New York-based conservator Emily MacDonald-Korth began working on a […]

It’s Sinatra’s world…and Sotheby’s sold it

Start spreading the news… Over the course of 11 days and three auctions, Sotheby’s saw a total of $9.2 million during their Lady Blue Eyes: Property of Barbara and Frank Sinatra sale. The sale attracted collectors and Sinatra fans with the chance to purchase film, entertainment and political memorabilia, fine art, jewellery, personal items, books, […]

Rarely seen view of Venice by Monet expected to sale for £30 million

In Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art sale on February 26th, Le Palais Ducal by Claude Monet is expected to sale for as much as £30 million ($35 million). The 1908 painting depicts a pastel view of the Doge’s palace from the water. Le Palais Ducal is one of three paintings created from the vantage point […]