What the Art Market has to say about Peter Paul RUBENS (1577-1640)

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Top Old Masters [22 Feb 2019]

Every other Friday Artprice draws up an auction ranking to help you apprehend the Art Market’s major trends. This week we look at the top 10 auction results for Old Master artworks in 2018. Rembrandt, Brueghel, Cranach, Canova, Rubens… museum-worthy names, some of whose works are still circulating today on the auction market. In the […]

Flash News: Rubens at Victoria Beckham – Laure Prouvost [29 Jun 2018]

Rubens at Victoria Beckham… The collaboration might seem surprising… but in a quest to revive the image of “Old Master Art” and promote a number of works before their upcoming sale, Sotheby’s joined forces with one of the world’s leading names in fashion, Victoria Beckham. In fact, Sotheby’s chose Victoria Beckham’s Dover Street boutique in […]

Flash News: Zona Maco – London banks on America – Drawings – BRAFA [03 Feb 2017]

Zona Maco 2017 Mexico is still poorly represented in the international art market with only two artists in the Artprice 2016 Contemporary Art Top 500 (Gabriel Orozco and Bosco Sodi) and auction proceeds of less than $6m. But the situation is changing quickly and the Mexican art market is becoming more and more dynamic. The […]

London’s art market stands firm [12 Jul 2016]

Once again, the art market is proving its remarkable capacity for resistance in contexts of political and economic turmoil.

Caravaggio or Caravaggisti? [19 Apr 2016]

The revelation of a new work attributed to Caravaggio – discovered two years ago in the attic of a house in Toulouse (France) – has been greeted with tremendous enthusiasm.

The Top 10 from the Dorotheum auction house [10 Apr 2015]

Fridays are the best! Every other Friday, Artprice offers you a themed auction ranking. This week, the leader of information on the Art Market discusses the ten most costly sales of 2014 at the Dorotheum auction house.

Flash News: Art Karlsruhe and Robert Capa – New fair in New York – Rubens and His Legacy [06 Feb 2015]

Every fortnight, Artprice provides a short round up of art market news: Art Karlsruhe and Robert Capa – New fair in New York – Rubens and His Legacy

The Top Ten in Europe. Chapter 7: the UK [05 Dec 2014]

Friday is Top day! Every other Friday, Artprice publishes a theme-based auction ranking. This week, we reveal the ten highest bids ever registered in the UK, i.e. London, the heart of the European market and the third biggest marketplace in the world.

The Top Ten Nudes [29 Aug 2014]

Friday is Top day! Every other Friday, Artprice publishes a theme-based auction ranking. This week: the top ten bids for nudes.

Goya, Hans Memling and Chardin, late January in New York [15 Jan 2013]

Christie’s and Sotheby’s Old Master sales are one of the jewels of the auction market. They offer a chance to see and acquire rare works and outstanding signatures at prices that are often more reasonable than those achieved by masters of contemporary art.

Art Market News in Brief! [21 Sep 2012]

Every fortnight, Artprice provides a short round up of art market news.

Art market news in brief… [24 Feb 2012]

Starting today, Artprice will be publishing a fortnightly overview of art market news in just a few words and figures.

Old masters – War of the titans [19 Jul 2011]

The Old Masters art market has two distinct levels: on the one hand there are hundreds of lesser-known artists whose works can often be acquired for 3-figure dollar prices,

Old Masters [24 Jun 2011]

Our Friday TOP! Every other Friday Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. This week we present the Top 10 auction results for works by Old Masters.

Sotheby’s records [29 Apr 2011]

Every fortnight Artprice posts a new or updated ranking in its Alternate-Friday Top Series. The focus of today’s TOP article is the 10 best auction results generated by Sotheby’s.

2010: the best results from Old Masters [12 Jul 2010]

The price index for Old Masters reached its peak of the decade in October 2008. Thus, like a number of other art segments, it benefited from the auction room euphoria that developed between 2004 and 2008 and then suffered from the meltdown as the economic crisis chased confidence out of the market. However, since the end of 2009 the major works withheld from auctions when the market was weak have started to return.

Old Master’s sales : Raphaël vs Wu Bin [15 Dec 2009]

After two days of prestigious Old Master’s sales in London, Christie’s posted a substantially higher revenue total than its rival Sotheby’s with $99.4m (vs. $20.7m) and four new historic records, including one for Raphaël that outclassed the record set by the Chinese artist Wu Bin.

Old Masters: a stable and reliable market [03 Aug 2009]

Old Masters overtaking Contemporary Art sales? That’s how it looks after Sotheby’s and Christie’s London sales of combined Old Masters & 19th century art on 7 & 8 July. The total revenue from the two houses’ Old Masters works amounted to nearly £39m, i.e. a million more than they both earned from Contemporary Art sales the previous month.

Old Masters Art Market more demanding than ever [14 Dec 2008]

Compared with the rising stars of the contemporary art market from China, India and the Middle-East whose markets have been stimulated by speculative temptation, the market for works by Old Masters is much less volatile and therefore much less risky. However, it is not completely sheltered.

London sales of Old Master paintings – Good results [28 Jul 2008]

As 7-figure bids become commonplace in the speculative and volatile contemporary segment of the art market, bidding for less publicised older works is still buoyant. The Christie’s and Sotheby’s sales of Old Master Paintings on 8 and 9 July 2008 generated new records with rare masterpieces from private collections.

XVIIth century still life paintings – the golden age of Northern Europe [19 Dec 2007]

The XVIIth century was a golden age for still life painting in Northern European countries from which two themes emerged: table settings and floral compositions. The paintings of the XXIIth century Northern Schools have proven a profitable refuge, with price levels rising by +85% in a decade. It is also a field of informed collectors who are hugely selective.

Old Masters [29 Jul 2007]

Old masters are the pride of the most prestigious museums and a few collectors who are loathe to part with their masterpieces. A shortage of works, and the tempting prestige of a famous signature, means some paintings, but also drawings, are fetching spectacular bids. However, art lovers can turn to signatures that are less famous with the general public or drawings and prints that are everywhere on the market.

Old Master paintings: 17th century Northern Schools [04 Dec 2005]

In the segment of Old Master works, the Dutch and Flemish Masters command some of the highest auction prices. Peter Paul Rubens’ Le Massacre des Innocents currently holds the auction record for this segment after fetching GBP 45 million on 10 July 2002 at Sotheby’s in London.

Christie’s rounds off 2003 with auctions of old master drawings in Paris and Rome [09 Dec 2003]

If the price of an old master drawing depends mainly on its origin and state of preservation, then investors are in for a treat. Christie’s is putting up drawings from the collection of one of the great 18th century collectors, the Marquis of Calvière, in Paris on 17 December.

The top artists from the London summer auctions [21 Jul 2003]

Sotheby’s and Christie’s held their London Impressionist and Modern Art auctions on 23-24 June. With over 80% lots sold and a turnover of GBP 63 million at two evening sessions, the auctions were encouraging without being spectacular.

How do the art market heavyweights measure up? [15 Jun 2003]

The world’s top ten artists by turnover (see rankings) generated USD506 million at auction in 2002. With only 1.7% of total transaction volumes they represent 20% of the art market.

Record for Andrea Mantegna and bought-ins for Peter Paul Rubens [30 Jan 2003]

Andrea Mantegna: USD25.5 million! Two Peter Paul Rubens bought in. This was how the year started at Sotheby’s New York.

US and UK neck and neck in the auctions market [27 Aug 2002]

The US has led the art market for more than 20 years. In the mid-1990s, at the peak of American dominance, it hosted nearly 70% of the world’s fine art sales. Today, this has fallen to 38.7% and the US is on the point of being overtaken by the UK.

As the world’s stock markets plunge Rubens’ "Massacre of the Innocents" drives the art market through the roof [15 Jul 2002]

On Wednesday 10 July 2002, "The Massacre of the Innocents" by Peter Paul RUBENS became the most expensive old master painting ever sold at auction. It was only recently identified as a Rubens having previously been attributed to the lesser-known Jan van den Hoecke. Once the painting’s authorship was clarified a record price was clearly on the cards, particularly as Peter Paul RUBENS’ index has been in stunning form lately: +540% since 1997.

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