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The 2017 French Top Ten [07 Jul 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. Let’s have a look this week at the results in the French art market since the beginning of 2017… In a ranking clearly dominated by Christie’s and Sotheby’s, Pierre Bergé & Associés and Artcurial are doing well and also take […]

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Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art sale: up +485% yoy [04 Jul 2017]

One week after Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art sale in London, it was Christie’s turn to test the same market at its 27 June sale in King Street. And like its rival, the event produced a resoundingly positive result… The latest auction results from London are very encouraging after the sharp falls in turnover last […]

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Flash News: Rockefeller Collection – Comic Book sale in Paris [30 Jun 2017]

Rockefeller Collection, ‘the sale of the century’ Christie’s will be the clear winner in what is already being called the sale of the century. In the spring of 2018, the auction house is selling one of the world’s most prestigious art collections, that of David Rockefeller, grandson of industrialist John D. Rockefeller, who died on […]

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​ London posts healthier totals [27 Jun 2017]

After a dramatic fall in revenue at their London sales in June 2016 (-47% at Sotheby’s and -39% at Christie’s), Sotheby’s 2017 figures are somewhat better and include a couple of major new auction records… On the supply side, the trend we saw last year at London’s prestige Impressionist & Modern Art sales was confirmed […]

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The African art Top 10 [23 Jun 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. At a time when African contemporary art is making its mark internationally, our Top 10 focuses on African artists and notably on a young female artist who has achieved top sales in just a few months… Rank Artist Hammer Price […]

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Claudel statue fetches over a million in France… [20 Jun 2017]

A couple dancing close and naked… that was the original inspiration for one of the most famous and passionate sculptures in art history. However, in 1901 the Fine Arts Academy in Paris considered the work far too sensual for Parisian society and Camille CLAUDEL was obliged to produce another more modest version incorporating drapes. Without […]

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Flash News: Van Gogh at Christie’s – Basquiat and Warhol in the spotlight [16 Jun 2017]

Van Gogh at Christie’s There are artists whose name alone creates a stir in the whole art market. Vincent VAN GOGH is one of those rare iconic artists, even more so as his Portrait du Docteur Gachet has been for many years the most expensive painting ever sold at auction. On May 5th, 1990, the Japanese […]

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​Sotheby’s… in Paris [13 Jun 2017]

In a hyper-competitive globalised art market, Paris stands out as a highly qualified marketplace for the sale of artworks. In fact, the French capital has been doing rather well recently with a number of important 20th century masterpieces generating impressive results last week at Sotheby’s. Collectors searching for powerful, blue-chip or prestige works were present […]

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Top 10 sales at Christie’s Hong Kong [09 Jun 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. This week, let’s look at the results of the recent sales at Christie’s Hong Kong, which set a new record for the prestigious auction company. At the end of May, Christie’s made several major sales in Hong Kong, generating a […]

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Derain, Balthus, Giacometti… an artistic friendship [06 Jun 2017]

A first! The City of Paris Modern Art Museum has mounted an exhibition tracing the fruitful friendship between three major figures of 20th century art. A unique opportunity to rediscover the work of Derain, Balthus and Giacometti through their strong mutual affection and admiration. Never before united, the new exhibition clearly highlights the aesthetic commonalities […]

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Flash News: A masterpiece by Max Beckmann – Art / Afrique in Paris [02 Jun 2017]

A masterpiece by Max Beckmann Bird’s Hell is a rare work, considered as one of the most beautiful and powerful paintings Max BECKMANN (1884-1950) created during his exile. This masterpiece, begun in Amsterdam and completed in Paris, offers a heart-rending vision, a real descent into hell, where monstrous birds of ill omen torture humans and […]

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​Market interested in Abstract art… [30 May 2017]

Strong demand for Soulages, a new record for Riopelle, Hartung presented at Art Basel and soon in New York… the top 20th century abstract painters are attracting increasing attention. The market for major abstract artists from the 2nd half of the 20th century is currently one of the most dynamic and effervescent segments of the […]

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2017 Top – The best sales of 2017 [26 May 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. The latest results for May have turned the ranking on its head, as evidenced by this overview of the 10 most expensive works sold since January 2017. Two months after our Quarterly Top 10, the world’s best auction rankings have […]

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New York ignites the Art Market… [23 May 2017]

New York’s dominance of the global art market largely depends on two short weeks in the calendar – one in May and the other in November – when the auction majors offer a series of ultra-prestigious sales. In 2016, Christie’s generated 19% of its global annual turnover from its New York sales between 9 -14 […]

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AR Penck: rites of passage… [16 May 2017]

The great German artist A.R. PENCK (1939-2017) died on 2 May in Zurich while the Maeght Foundation in Southern France is currently hosting an exhibition of his work entitled “Rites of passage” (18 March to 18 June 2017) including roughly a hundred works (paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and book art created since 1957). A new […]

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Flash news: Impressionist and Modern Masterpieces – Ross Lovegrove – Magdalena Abakanowicz [12 May 2017]

Impressionist and Modern Masterpieces in New York This is one of the most anticipated auctions of the year: the prestigious sale of Impressionist and Modern artworks at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York takes place on May 15th and 16th, 2017. The giants of Modern art are represented in a hundred lots, of which artprice […]

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Towards universal resale rights… [10 May 2017]

Artist’s resale rights are a key theme at the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), and this month the organization hosted an international conference to discuss the universal extension of these rights (International Conference on Artist’s resale right on 27 and 28 April 2017, WIPO, Geneva). Artist’s resale rights were first implemented in France in 1920 […]

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The Best Selling Golden Lion winners [05 May 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. To coincide with the opening of the Venice Biennale, our weekly ranking reveals the world’s best auction sales by the last 10 artists to win the famous Golden Lion… Rank Artist Hammer Price ($) Artwork Sale 1 STURTEVANT (1930-2014) 5,093,000 […]

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Edgar Degas (1834-1917): a century later… [02 May 2017]

Edgar DEGAS’s relatively modest 139th position in the global ranking of artists by auction turnover (with $13.3 million in 2016) reflects the increasing rarity of his masterpieces on the market. However, in this centenary year of the artist’s death, Degas fans have been offered a number of opportunities to acquire works by the Modern master. […]

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Flash News: Delta at Mima – And the winner is… – Tefaf continues its expansion [28 Apr 2017]

Delta at Mima The Millennium Iconaclast Museum of Art (MIMA) is a resounding success on the Brussels cultural scene with over 41,000 visitors since its opening in April 2016. Situated on the canal, in the former Bellevue breweries of Molenbeek, far from the luxurious Sablons district, its 1,200m2 spread over 4 floors are entirely dedicated […]

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The most successful women artists of the market [25 Apr 2017]

Women artists are starting to emerge in a world dominated by male artists for centuries. A number of recent auction results confirm this trend. Women’s relative under-representation and under-valuation in the art market has been the subject of a recurrent public debate for at least 30 years. In 1985 a group of New York-based radical […]

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Orientalist art… [18 Apr 2017]

Orientalism has returned to favour and now occupies a key date in London’s art sales calendar. Artprice looks ahead to Sotheby’s sale on 25 April 2017. After a golden age in the 19th century, the taste for all-things Oriental lost much of its momentum, and the circle of Western enthusiasts and collectors of Orientalist art […]

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Flash News! dOCUMENTA 14 – Brussels’ art fairs – James Rosenquist [14 Apr 2017]

dOCUMENTA 14. Between North and South Every five years, Kassel becomes the centre of the contemporary art world. 100 days of retrospectives and avant-garde art, scandals and surprises, existential lightheartedness and heated artistic debates. For this 14th edition, Kassel once again surprises and even creates controversy locally, as, for the first time since its creation […]

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Walker Evans at the Centre Pompidou [11 Apr 2017]

Empathy and discretion characterise the work of Walker Evans who accumulated thousands of photographs of 20th century America. In his own personal search for truth he rejected subjectivity, focusing on lonely souls, although not without a certain lyricism. From 26 April to 14 August 2017, the Centre Pompidou in Paris is organising his first ever […]

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The best sales of the first quarter [07 Apr 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. Our weekly ranking unveils the world’s 10 best auction sales in the first quarter of 2017. In the Top 10 of the first quarter, two auction houses obtain results ranging between $17 and $59m: Christie’s and Sotheby’s, for sales in […]

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​Focus on James Ensor [04 Apr 2017]

After a foundation course at his local arts academy, James Ensor pursued his studies at the Brussels Royal Academy of Fine Arts from 1877 to 1880 and then returned to Ostend where he spent practically all of his life with his family. At the time, Ostend’s provincial population was ill-prepared to accept such an audacious […]

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Auguste Rodin – Art Paris Art Fair – Murakami [31 Mar 2017]

Auguste Rodin, a centenary tribute A century after his death, Paris pays Auguste RODIN (1840-1917) a tribute worthy of his genius. The Musée Rodin and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux have joined forces to organise an exhibition at the Grand Palais bringing together nearly 200 works. The exhibition not only gathers together Rodin’s greatest masterpieces but […]

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Art Paris: why another Contemporary Art fair at the Grand Palais? [28 Mar 2017]

As the month of March draws to a close, the Parisian art market has been particularly busy this year. After an intense week dedicated to drawing, the Grand Palais is hosting Art Paris, (the FIAC’s little sister, but nonetheless interesting). Also specialized in Contemporary art, Art Paris targets a much broader spectrum of collectors; so […]

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The Hong Kong Top 10 [24 Mar 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking This week, our ranking reveals the 10 most expensive works of art ever sold in Hong Kong. Hong Kong – Year 2016 – Top 10 Rank Artist Hammer Price ($) Artwork Sale 1 CUI Ruzhuo (1944-) $39 577 200 The Grand Snowing […]

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Paris… world capital of the drawing segment [21 Mar 2017]

With no less than three fairs dedicated to drawing in Paris, the French capital becomes the drawing market’s capital this week, attracting major collectors, museum curators and of course a large public of drawing aficionados. The fairs represent an important fixture in the global art calendar with two taking place in the Bourse district (Salon […]

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