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Auction Results - Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Art Evening Sale (02/17/2014)

Sotheby's Evening Sale of Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Art totalled £163.5 million, including Vincent van Gogh's L'Homme est en mer, which soared to the highest price for a painting by the artist sold at auction in London in 25 years.

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Sotheby's Art Impressionniste & Moderne - Auction Results (12/13/2013)

Last week's Impressionist & Modern Art sale brought a record for Sotheby's France with a €23.7 million total. Sotheby's remains the auction leader in France for Impressionist & Modern Art for the third year running with a grand total of €43.45 million ($59 million) for the year. Amedeo Modigliani's Portrait of Roger Dutilleul, painted in 1919, sold for €6.5 million, setting the record for a painting sold at auction in France in 2013.

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Sotheby's American Art - Auction Results (01/03/2013)

American Art Sotheby's 29 November American Art sale exceeded its high estimate with an impressive total of $27,608,500. Highlights of the sale included Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings Autumn Leaf II, selling for $4,282,500 (estimated at $1,500,000 - 2,500,000) and A White Camellia, selling for $3,218,500 (estimated at $1,200,000 - 1,800,000).

Two paintings by Norman Rockwell also performed well. The Muscleman from 1941 sold for $2,210,500, over its estimate of $600,000 - 800,000, and Doctor and Doll, from 1941 sold for $1,874,500, over its estimate of $500,000 - 700,000.

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Sotheby'sArt Impressionniste & Moderne - Auction Results (01/03/2013)

The Sotheby's France Impressionist & Modern Art Autumn auctions achieved a total of €20 million with the top lot from the 5 December Evening sale, Wifredo Lam's Peinture, nous t'attendons bringing in €2,976,750.

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Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale New York | 3 May, 2012 Auction Results (05/30/2012)

With a total of $42,725,525, the Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale achieved strong prices for many artists from modern masters to Post-Impressionist and Bauhaus artists. The sale was led by Pablo Picasso's Tête de jeune garcon, more than doubling its high estimate of $1.2 million with a sale price of $2,714,500. New artist records were set for Henri Martin and André Breton.

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Sotheby's 19th Century European Art New York | 4 May, 2012 Auction Results (05/30/2012)

The sale of 19th Century European Art was led by William Bouguereau's L'Orientale à la grenade (Girl with a Pomegranate) that sold for $2,322,500—more than tripling its estimate of $500,000-700,000.

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Sotheby's Old Master & British Paintings Sale Results (05/30/2012)

We are delighted to announce the results of our sale on 2 May in London, led by St Christopher by the Master of Frankfurt, which sold for £235,250.

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Sotheby's 19th Century European Art - Auction Results (11/07/2011)

19th Century European Art William Bouguereau's À la fontaine (At the Fountain), sold for $1,986,500 in Friday's sale of 19th Century European Art.

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Sotheby's American Paintings, Furniture, Folk Art & Silver - Auction Results (11/07/2011)

American Paintings, Furniture, Folk Art & Silver Lot 208, Elie Nadelman, Two Female Nudes (pictured right) achieved $176,500 USD against an estimate of $30,000-50,000 USD.

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Sotheby's Old Master & British Paintings Sales - Auction Results, London (07/08/2011)

Sotheby's Old Master & British Paintings Sales - Auction Results are now online.

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Sotheby's Auction Results Now Online - Impressionist & Modern Art (Sale PF1106) (07/08/2011)

The sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in Paris on June 1st will presented a host of remarkable modern paintings, sculptures and drawings.

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Sotheby's Auction Results - Schweizer Kunst / Swiss Art (06/01/2011)

Schweizer Kunst / Swiss Art Sale ZH1103 30 May 11, Zurich Session 1. Sale Total: 9,451,000 CHF

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Sotheby's Auction Results - American Paintings (06/01/2011)

American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture Sale N08751 19 May 11, New York Session 1

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Sotheby's Auction Results - The Greek Sale Sale (06/01/2011)

The Greek Sale Sale L11100 09 May 11, London Session 1

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Sotheby's Auction Results 19th Century European Art (06/01/2011)

19th Century European Art including an Important Collection of Sculpture Sale N08738 05 May 11, New York Session 1

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Sotheby's Auction Results Impressionist & Modern Art, Including Russian and Latin American Art (04/01/2011)

Impressionist & Modern Art, Including Russian and Latin American Art Sale N08747 16 Mar 11, New York Session 2

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Sotheby's  Auction Results 19th Century Paintings & Contemporary Art (12/23/2010)

19th Century Paintings & Contemporary Art Sale AM1094 13 Dec 10, Amsterdam Session 2

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Sotheby's  Auction Results Impressionist & Modern Art (12/23/2010)

Impressionist & Modern Art Sale PF1030 08 Dec 10, Paris Session 1

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Sotheby's  Auction Results American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture (12/23/2010)

American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture Sale N08684 02 Dec 10, New York Session 1

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Sotheby's  Auction Results Old Master Paintings (12/23/2010)

Old Master Paintings Sale AM1093 30 Nov 10, Amsterdam Session 1

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Sotheby's Auction Results Old Master Paintings, 19th Century Paintings (11/17/2010)

Old Master Paintings, 19th Century Paintings, Furniture, Works of Art and Rare Books Sale MI0311 16 Nov 10, Milan Session 1

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Sotheby's Auction Results online: 19th Century European Art (11/17/2010)

Sotheby's Auction Results online: 19th Century European Art Sale N08673 04 Nov 10, New York

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Sotheby's Auction Results Available: Impressionist & Modern Art (10/20/2010)

Impressionist & Modern Art, Including Russian and Latin American Art Sale N08668 07 Oct 10, New York Session 1

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Sotheby's Auction Results Available American Paintings (10/20/2010)

American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture Sale N08664 29 Sep 10, New York Session 1

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sammler.com Art Database: More Values in Database for Art - Values of Art  (08/17/2010)

sammler.com Art Database: Value Database for Art - Values of Art

The art database shows prices of arts in art auctions and of price lists of art dealers. So you can determine the values of paintings, skulptures, carvings, graphics and prints.
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Sotheby's Auction Results Available - Old Master & British Drawings (07/14/2010)

Old Master & British Drawings Sale L10040 06 Jul 10, London

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Sotheby's Auction Results Available Old Master Paintings (06/18/2010)

Old Master Paintings Sale N08645 03 Jun 10, New York Session 1

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Sotheby's Auction Results Available Impressionist and Modern Art (06/18/2010)

Impressionist and Modern Art Sale PF1014 03 Jun 10, Paris Session 1

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Sotheby's Auction Results Available 19th Century European Paintings (06/18/2010)

19th Century European Paintings Including German, Austrian and Central European Paintings, The Orientalist Sale, Spanish Painting and the Scandinavian Sale Sale L10101 02 Jun 10, London

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Sotheby's Auction Results Available - 19th Century European Art (05/25/2010)

19th Century European Art Sale N08630 23 Apr 10, New York Session 1

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Sotheby's Auction Results Available - Old Master Paintings and British Paintings (05/25/2010)

Old Master Paintings and British Paintings Sale L10030 29 Apr 10, London Session 2

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Sotheby's Auction Results Available - Old Master Paintings (05/25/2010)

Old Master Paintings Sale AM1090 18 May 10, Amsterdam Session 1

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Sotheby's Auction Results Available - American Paintings (05/25/2010)

American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture Sale N08641 19 May 10, New York Session 1

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Sotheby's Auction Results Available (04/16/2010)

The Collection of Alexandre and Odile Loewy, Modern Art Sale PF1031 24 Mar 10, Paris

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Sotheby's Auction Results Available Important Old Master Paintings and Sculpture (02/10/2010)

Sale N08610 28 Jan 10, New York Session 2

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Sotheby's Auction Results Available - Important Old Master Paintings and Sculpture (02/10/2010)

Sale N08610 28 Jan 10, New York Session 1

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Sotheby's Auction Results Available (12/06/2009)

Important Canadian Art Sale T00135 03 Dec 09, Royal Ontario Museum.

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Sotheby's Auction Results Available (12/06/2009)

American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture Sale N08598 03 Dec 09, New York.

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Sotheby's Auction Results Available (12/06/2009)

Old Master Paintings Sale AM1085 1 Dec 09, Amsterdam.

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Sotheby's Auction Results Available (12/06/2009)

20th Century British Art Sale L09699 11 Nov 09, London.

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Sotheby's Auction Results Available (12/06/2009)

A Life in Pictures - The Collection of Lord and Lady Attenborough Sale L09693 11 Nov 09, London.

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Auction Results Now Online - Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale (11/10/2009)

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale N08587

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Sotheby's Auction Results Now Online - Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale (11/10/2009)

Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale N08588

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Sotheby's Auction Results Now Online - 20th Century Italian Art (Sale L09816) (11/10/2009)

20th Century Italian Art Sale L09816 16 Oct, London View Results

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Upcoming Exhibition: A Foot in the Grave Ico Gallery, New York, NY. October 29 - November 25, 2009 (10/07/2009)

Aleksandar Devic will be exhibiting as feature artist at the Ico Gallery, 606, West 26th street, New York, NY 10001. From October 29th through to November 25th 2009. Opening Reception Oct 30th, 2009.

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Sotheby's Auction Results Now Online: Old Master Drawings (07/25/2009)

Sale in London 08 Jul 09. Sale Total: 2,488,650 GBP

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Sotheby's Auction Results Now Online: Old Master Paintings Evening Sale (07/25/2009)

Sale in London 08 Jul 09. Sale Total: 26,134,050 GBP

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Sotheby's Auction Results Now Online: The Barbara Piasecka Johnson Collection: Renaissance & Baroque Masterworks (07/25/2009)

Sale in London 08 Jul 09. Sale Total: 9,888,575 GBP

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Sotheby's Auction Results Now Online: Old Master Paintings Day Sale (07/25/2009)

Sale in London 09 Jul 09. Sale Total: 2,672,000 GBP

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Sotheby's Auction Results Now Online: Early British Paintings (07/25/2009)

Sale L09682 in London 09 Jul 09. Sale Total: 2,468,650 GBP

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Sotheby's Auction Results Now Online - Old Master Paintings (06/19/2009)

Old Master Paintings, XIX Century Paintings, Furniture, Ceramics and Works of Art and Books, 09 Jun 09 - 10 Jun 09, Milan

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Sotheby's New E-Catalogues Now Online - Impressionist & Modern Art (06/08/2009)

Impressionist & Modern Art Sales 24 & 25 June 09, London. Exhibition opens 18 June 09.

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Sotheby's Auction Results Now Online - 19th Century European Paintings  (06/08/2009)

19th Century European Paintings including German, Austrian & Central European Paintings, The Orientalist Sale, Spanish Painting and The Scandinavian Sale 03 Jun 09, London

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Sotheby's Auction Results Now Online - Old Master & 19th Century European Art (06/08/2009)

Old Master & 19th Century European Art 05 Jun 09, New York

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Sotheby's Auction Results: The Irish Sale (05/25/2009)

Sotheby's Auction Results are now online: The Irish Sale 07 May 09, London

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Sotheby's Auction Results: Sporting and Marine Art (05/25/2009)

Sotheby's Auction Results are now online: Sporting and Marine Art 07 May 09, London

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Sotheby's Auction Results: The Greek Sale (05/25/2009)

Sotheby's Auction Results are now online: The Greek Sale 06 May 09, London

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Old Master paintings 05 May 09, Amsterdam (05/25/2009)

Sotheby's Auction Results are now online: Old Master paintings 05 May 09, Amsterdam

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Sotheby's Auction Results: Prints, 30 Apr 09 - 01 May 09, New York (05/04/2009)

Sotheby's Auction Results are now online: Prints, 30 Apr 09 - 01 May 09, New York

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Sotheby's Auction Results: 19th Century European Art including Orientalist Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture (05/04/2009)

Sotheby's Auction Results are now online: 19th Century European Art including Orientalist Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture, 24 Apr 09, New York

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Sotheby's Auction Results: Old Master & Early British Paintings (05/04/2009)

Sotheby's Auction Results  are now online: Old Master & Early British Paintings, 22 Apr 09, London

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Sotheby's Auction Results: 19th Century European Paintings - 22 Apr 09, Amsterdam (05/04/2009)

Sotheby's Auction Results are now online: 19th Century European Paintings - 22 Apr 09, Amsterdam

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SOTHEBY’S 2009 SPRING SALES SERIES IN HONG KONG ACHIEVES TOTAL OF HK$691 MILLION/ US$89 MILLION (04/15/2009)

Hong Kong, 8 April 2009 -- Sotheby’s five-day Spring sales series at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre concluded today, totalling HK$691,153,000/ US$88,609,000. The series, which had been expected to bring in excess of HK$600 million/ US$76.9 million, offered 1,805 lots comprising Wine, Modern and Contemporary Asian Art, Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Jewellery and Watches and solid prices were established across the board. The series was highlighted by the Company’s inaugural single-owner wine sale in Asia, which achieved triumphant results, the successful sale of eight Imperial treasures from a European Collection and particularly strong performances for Fine Chinese Paintings and 20th Century Chinese Art. The overall sold by lot rate for the series is 85%.

Commenting on the series, Patti Wong, Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia, said: “Our Spring sales have given us many positive messages and clearly indicate that at this adjusted level, the Asian market is very active and strong for quality, attractively-priced works of art. In addition to the many new buyers from all over the world that we saw participating in our sales, we were also thrilled to see the return of many established collectors who recognise the value in the market today. It was exiting and satisfying to widen our selling categories this week with the introduction of regular wine sales in Hong Kong and the spectacular results for this sale are an affirmation of our decision to do this. This is a magnificent platform to move forward from in this area and we strive to serve our Asian clients better.”

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Sotheby's Auction: Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale 06 May 09, New York (04/15/2009)

Sotheby's Auction: Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale 06 May 09, New York. Exhibition Opens 01 May 09.

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Sotheby's Auction Results: Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints (04/15/2009)

Sotheby's Auction Results: Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints 07 Apr 09, London

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Sotheby's Auction Results: British and Continental Pictures & 20th Century British Art (04/04/2009)

Sotheby's Auction Results: British and Continental Pictures & 20th Century British Art 25 Mar 09, London

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Sothebys Auction Results: Collection Robert Lebel: Old Master and 19th-century Drawings (04/04/2009)

Sothebys Auction Results: Collection Robert Lebel: Collection Robert Lebel: Old Master and 19th-century Drawings 25 Mar 09, Paris

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SOTHEBY’S LONDON FEBRUARY SALES OF IMPRESSIONIST & MODERN ART AND CONTEMPORARY ART TOTAL £69,010,575 ($98,884,169) (03/06/2009)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2009 --- Today, Sotheby’s London week of Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary Art sales concluded, realising a combined total of £69,010,575 ($98,884,169) against a low estimate for the series of £70 million.

Impressionist mpressionist & Modern Art Sales Commenting on the sales, Melanie Clore, Co-Chairman, Impressionist & Modern Art, Sotheby’s Worldwide, said:
“This series of sale was the first test of the market in this field this year and we’re delighted that the strategy we employed in assembling two tightly edited sales achieved the highest sell-through rates since last summer -- 76% sold-by-lot for the Evening Sale and 83% sold-by-lot for the Day Sale. In addition, we’re extremely pleased with the new world auction record price established for a Degas sculpture of £13.3 million, an excellent price given that the same sculpture sold in 2004 for £5 million. The sales clearly demonstrate that the market continues to respond to quality and rarity.”

The top price of the series was for Edgar Degas’s Petite danseuse de quatorze ans (lot 8), which was competed for by three bidders before selling - to a round of applause - to a private Asian collector for £13,257,250. This price, which surpasses pre-sale expectations, establishes a new auction record for a Degas sculpture. Sir John purchased the sculpture at Sotheby’s London in February 2004 for £5 million/$9.1 million.

The £5,417,250 achieved for Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s Strassenszene (Street Scene) from 1913 (lot 13) demonstrates the extraordinary growth that the German Expressionist market has witnessed in recent years. The painting - which captures a Berlin street scene, a theme which occupies a central position in Kirchner’s oeuvre - is one of the quintessential images of the German Expressionist movement. Kirchner produced only eleven Berlin street scenes in oil during the years 1913-15 and Strassenszene was the last of these important paintings from this series and date in private hands.

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SOTHEBY’S HONG KONG MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY SOUTHEAST ASIAN PAINTINGS SPRING SALE 2009 TO BE HELD ON 5TH APRIL (03/06/2009)

Hong Kong, March 2009 Sotheby’s Hong Kong will hold the Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings Spring Sale 2009 on 5th April at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Over 135 magnificent works by renowned artists from the Southeast Asian region, including Indonesia, The Philippines, Vietnam, etc. will be on offer. The sale is expected to bring over HK$18 million.

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SOTHEBY’S MAY 2008 SALES OF IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART IN NEW YORK BRING STRONG RESULTS (06/02/2008)

TOTALING $272.6 MILLION
FERNAND LÉGER’S ÉTUDE POUR LA FEMME EN BLEU SELLS FOR A RECORD $39.2 MILLION
EDVARD MUNCH’S GIRLS ON A BRIDGE ACHIEVES A RECORD $30.8 MILLION

IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN DAY SALE TOTALS $37.2 MILLION


New York, NY, May 8, 2008 -- Sotheby’s series of Impressionist and Modern Art sales this week brought a total of $272,579,150, well above the low estimate of $244.5 million*. The evening sale achieved $235,333,000 and was highlighted by Fernand Léger’s Cubist masterpiece, Étude pour La Femme en Bleu, which sold for $39,241,000, a record for the artist at auction. The Impressionist and Modern Art Day sale brought a total of $37,246,150**.

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Australian Art: SOTHEBY’S SELL’S CARRICK FOX FOR $1.008MILLION (04/22/2008)

Sydney, April 22, 2008 – “Remarkable results were witnessed this evening at Sotheby’s, when every major lot leapt above estimate and records were established for a number of Australia’s most famous artists.

Our clients continue to compete for rare and important Australian works of art.“ said Georgina Pemberton, Head of Australian Paintings and one of the auctioneer’s of tonight’s auction. “Five artist records were established this evening including $1,008,000 Ethel Carrick Fox’s Market, Under Trees, more than doubling the artist’s existing record. This sale reaffirms the experience of our offices world wide - the top end of the art market continues to be bullish and confident. Our focus will continue to be upon presenting the best art available for auction, at the high end of the market as we continue into 2008.”

The sale also featured three masterpieces by Ian Fairweather, including Beach at Manicahan which sold for $960,000 (est: $400,000-600,000), breaking the previous record of $840,000.

One of the few works to survive Fairweather’s Philippines sojourn of 1937-38 it was first purchased by Bruce Benjamin and has remained with the same family until now.

Highlighting the 15 works included in this evenings sale from the Multiplex Collection, which brought $856,000 (est.: $686,000-1,032,000), was Sidney Nolan’s Bird which sold for $210,000 (est.: $150,000-250,000). This group of paintings from the 1950s and 60s was a tribute to the taste of the late John Roberts and the proceeds will be used to purchase works from young West Australian artists. Two Grace Cossington Smith’s galvanized the room into action, both selling for more than double their low estimates. Waratah sold for $33,600 (est.: $14,000-18,000) and Flannel Flowers and Gum Leaves sold for $31,200 (est.: $14,000-18,000).

A further highlight was Charles Blackman’s Triptych which sold for $384,000 (est.: $180,000-250,000) and is one of the artist’s most impressive and beautiful 1960s paintings, and was believed to have been lost until now.

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SOTHEBY’S APRIL 2008 SALE OF RUSSIAN ART IN NEW YORK TOTALS $46,449,401 (22.04.2008)

ARKHIP KUINDZI’S BIRCH GROVE SELLS FOR A RECORD $3,065,000

FIVE WORKS SELL FOR MORE THAN $1 MILLION - 15 ARTIST RECORDS SET

New York, NY – April 16, 2008 – Sotheby’s two-day sale of Russian Art in New York totaled $46,449,401 (est. $41/57 million*), with strong prices realized across the wide variety of works on offer -- 19th and 20th Century and Contemporary Russian paintings as well as a broad selection of Works of Art.

Highlighting the morning session of 19th and 20th Century Paintings was Arkhip Kuindzi’s Birch Grove, which sold for $3,065,000 (est. $2/3 million), the sale’s overall top price and a record for the artist at auction. The top lot from the afternoon session dedicated to Post War and Contemporary Art was Ilya Kabakov’s Complete Album Flying Komarov Containing 32 Original Drawings, which sold for $445,000, far exceeding its estimate ($200/250,000). The Works of Art session was galvanized by an extended bidding war over a Fine and Rare Fabergé Icon of Christ Pantocrator (est. $100/150,000) which finally sold, to rousing applause, for $780,000 to a bidder on the phone.

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LONDON, FEBRUARY 27th, 2008 – Sotheby’s Evening Sale of Contemporary Art achieved £95,030,000 (03/08/2008)

LONDON, FEBRUARY 27th, 2008 – Sotheby’s Evening Sale of Contemporary Art achieved £95,030,000 ($189,424,299), the highest total ever for any sale of Contemporary Art held in Europe, against a pre-sale estimate of £72,025,000-£102,855,000. Records were set for six artists.

Francis Outred, Head of Evening Auctions, Contemporary Art, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with tonight’s total – the highest ever for a sale of Contemporary Art in Europe and indeed the second highest total for any auction held by Sotheby’s in Europe, a record established just three weeks ago. The continued strength of the market allowed us to source a group of works which included a number of masterpieces, and our clients responded with appropriate enthusiasm. Pre-sale interest was extremely high and our exhibition was attended by collectors from around the world. We saw frenetic bidding for both figural and abstract works by Gerhard Richter and achieved a triumph for the work of Lucio Fontana – a European abstract artist finally entering the big league.”

Coming so soon after the success of The (RED) Auction at Sotheby’s New York on 14th February 2008, which totalled $42 million, tonight’s record results further demonstrate the appetite for great works of art in today’s market.

The top lot in tonight’s sale was Francis Bacon’s Study of Nude with Figure in a Mirror, 1969, a rare full-length portrait of the artist’s close friend Henrietta Moraes, which achieved £19,956,500 ($39,779,291) selling to a European private collector bidding on the telephone. This remarkable price follows last year’s record $52,680,000 (£26,581,895) for the artist at auction, achieved for Study From Innocent X at Sotheby’s New York in May 2007.

The saleroom broke into applause when Gerhard Richter’s sublime Photo Painting Kerze (Candle), from 1983, sold for the spectacular price of £7,972,500 ($15,891,584) – more than three times its presale high estimate of £2,500,000.

This remarkable price came after eleven bidders competed for the work. The result immediately followed another success for the artist, when Struktur (1979) achieved £4,612,500 ($9,194,096), after pursuit by eight bidders and gasps from the audience.

A work widely regarded as one of Lucio Fontana’s masterpieces, Concetto Spaziale, La Fine di Dio dating from 1963, achieved a record £10,324,500 ($20,579,826) for a work by the artist at auction. The result was significantly in excess of its pre-sale low-estimate of £4,000,000. The egg-shaped canvas was one of only two gold works in this series. Pursued by five bidders, its price saw the saleroom once again erupt into applause. The phenomenal result saw Fontana become the second European Post War artist, after Francis Bacon, to break the £10 million barrier at auction.

Three Self Portraits (1986) by Andy Warhol achieved £11,444,500 ($22,812,322). This rare trinity of canvases in the colours of the American flag, came from the artist’s only ever exhibition devoted to selfportraits, held at the Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London in 1986. In tonight's sale, Chinese Contemporary Art of the highest quality by some of the most important artists living and working in China today, achieved a total of £5,978,700 ($11,917,343).

Zhang Xiaogang’s Big Family No. 1, executed in 2001 - by far the largest work by the artist to come to auction to date and the culmination of the artist’s ‘Bloodlines’ series - was the top selling lot of the section, selling for £1,700,500 ($3,389,607) against an estimate of £1,500,000-2,000,000.

Other works in the section that also performed well include Comrades by Zhang Xiaogang, which commanded £1,140,500 ($2,273,359), Yan Pei-Ming's Silver Bruce Lee - the first image of the Kung Fu icon ever to appear at auction - which brought £692,500 ($1,380,360) and Fools in the Night by Yue Minjun, which sold for £916,500 ($1,826,859).

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TURNER’S LOST MASTERPIECE BAMBOROUGH CASTLE SELLS AT SOTHEBY’S FOR £2.9 million (07/12/2007)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007 – Tonight at Sotheby’s in London, Joseph Mallord William Turner’s (1775-1851) watercolour, Bamborough Castle, sold for £2,932,500, against a pre-sale estimate of £1.5-2.5 million* to a US private collector who was bidding on the phone. Four telephone bidders competed for the iconic work, driving the price comfortably in excess of its pre-sale high estimate. Tonight’s result ranks Bamborough Castle among the most important of Turner’s works ever sold at auction.

Henry Wemyss, Head of British Watercolours at Sotheby’s, commented after the sale: “This sale demonstrates the magic of Turner and the extraordinary watercolour techniques he alone developed. It fully shows his genius and it’s fantastic to see it appreciated by such an international audience this evening. It has been a real treat to have the privilege of bringing the watercolour to sale - after more than a century away from the public eye - and we are absolutely delighted with tonight’s result. I think the Graphic Society got it right in 1837 when they described it as ‘one of the finest watercolour-drawings in the world.’”

Dating from the mid 1830s, Turner’s Bamborough Castle has spent most of its life to date in the possession of a distinguished private collection and, remarkably, it had not been seen on the open market since 1872 - some 135 years. In 1872 it was sold as part of the Joseph Gillott collection in London and realised £3,309, the highest price ever achieved for a watercolour at the time. The Earl of Dudley was the purchaser on this occasion but later - in about 1890 - the picture passed into the hands of one of the great American collecting families, that of the Vanderbilts. The Vanderbilt family played a significant role in the history of the United States; they built a shipping and railroad empire during the 19th century which made them one of the wealthiest families in the world. Since entering the collection of Mrs Cornelius Vanderbilt, the watercolour had passed down through successive generations of the family while the outside world has remained mystified as to its whereabouts. Listed as untraced in Andrew Wilton’s Catalogue of Turner Watercolours published in 1979, the work – prior to the sale exhibition - had not been seen in public since 1889.

Joseph Mallord William Turner’s (1775-1851) watercolour: Bamborough Castle auctioned at Sothebys for £2,932,500

 

Perched on an outcrop on the very edge of the North Sea at Bamborough, Northumberland, Bamborough Castle is one of England’s finest castles. In his watercolour, Turner has chosen to show the castle from its north side, the angle which clearly portrays the height and presence of the castle’s impressive Norman walls. The formidable castle is serenely depicted as the one point of safety in the midst of a charged landscape. In the foreground, a woman and girl appear to cower from the large roiling waves while a ship struggles to reach the security of the land under the great storm clouds.

In the 19th century the castle had a reputation for being one of the great places of refuge on the British coast during storms for sailors in distress. It actually had rooms within the walls that were put aside for rescued sailors as well as a marine rescue party that constantly patrolled an eight-mile stretch of the coast north and south of the castle.

Turner was a great admirer of such details and he captures the castle’s preparations with a rocket launched in the distance and people gathered at the waters-edge, ready to rescue the sailors who are rowing away from their vessel that has struck the massive rocks.

The watercolour, which measures 505x705mm, relates to an earlier pencil drawing of the castle from 1797. The work has all of Turner’s signature elements; his energetic handling of colour which is often applied in rapid scratch-like strokes, or smeared into place with his fingertips, or scratched away with the tip of a brush to reveal the paper beneath.

Tonight’s result follows the sale of the Ullens Collection at Sotheby’s in July this year, which saw Turner’s Lungernzee realise £3.6 million. Spanning 44 years of the artist’s career, the 14 works offered in the Ullens collection represented the finest group of watercolours by the artist to have come to the market since the 1920s.

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SOTHEBY’S ACHIEVES HIGHEST SALE TOTAL IN 263-YEAR HISTORY (11/26/2007)

EVENING SALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN NEW YORK BRINGS $315,907,000, ABOVE THE HIGH ESTIMATE FRANCIS BACON’S SECOND VERSION OF STUDY FOR BULLFIGHT NO. 1, 1969, COMMANDS $45.9 MILLION

New York, New York, November 14, 2007 – “Tonight’s results, the most spectacular in Sotheby’s 263-year history, are evidence of the hunger that exists across a global community of buyers for Contemporary art of the highest quality,” said Tobias Meyer, Sotheby’s Worldwide Head of Contemporary Art and the auctioneer of tonight’s historic auction. “Among the thirteen artist records we established this evening was one for Jeff Koons, set by his remarkable Hanging Heart, which was also a record for any living artist at auction, eclipsing the previous record set at Sotheby’s London earlier this year for Damien Hirst’s Lullaby Spring. I am immensely proud of the extraordinary offering that our international team of specialists was able to assemble.”

Tonight Sotheby’s achieved its highest sale total ever when its evening sale of Contemporary Art in New York brought $315,907,000, exceeding its high estimate (est. $220.3/298.7 million*), with sold values of 98.2% by value and 91.6% by lot1. Francis Bacon’s Second Version of Study for Bullfight No. 1, 1969, which commanded $45,961,000 and sold to an American dealer, was the top lot of the two week series of sales in New York (lot 29, est. to sell for in excess of $35 million), and his Self Portrait, from the same year, brought $33,081,000, selling to an anonymous buyer (lot 19, est. to sell for more than $15 million). Additionally, a new record for a living artist at auction was set when Jeff Koons’ dazzling Hanging Heart brought $23.6 million. Thirteen artist records were set this evening, including for Koons, Ellsworth Kelly, John Chamberlain, Fang Lijun, Zhang Xiaogang, Anish Kapoor, Ad Reinhardt, Yei Pei Ming, Richard Serra, Josef Albers, Sol LeWitt, Walter de Maria and Matthew Barney. Six lots sold for over $10 million; 16 for over $5 million; and 55 for over $1 million. Anthony Grant, International Senior Specialist of Contemporary Art, continued, “Sculpture was very present in our sale tonight. Following Sotheby’s world record for a sculpture set by Pablo Picasso’s Tête de femme (Dora Maar) last week, and in addition to the remarkable price achieved for the Koons, we set artist records for sculpture by John Chamberlain, Anish Kapoor, Richard Serra and Sol LeWitt, among others. The widely admired installation of the Koons in Sotheby’s unparalleled 10th floor gallery space inspired bidding in tonight’s sale. Additionally, we had works in our sale dating from 1935 to 2006 of various nationalities and mediums, and over the past week, an unprecedented number of clients came to Sotheby’s from all points around the world.”

The cover lot of the sale, Jeff Koons’ spectacular Hanging Heart (Magenta and Gold), 1994-2006, one of the most important works by Koons ever offered at auction, sold to Gagosian Gallery to applause for $23,561,000, a record for the living artist at auction and also for the artist (lot 14, est. $15/20 million).  previous record was for Damien Hirst’s pill cabinet, Lullaby Spring, which sold for $19.2 million at Sotheby’s London in June. The price almost reached the record for a Contemporary sculpture, currently held by David Smith’s Cubi XXVIII, which sold for $23.8 million at Sotheby’s New York in November 2005.

The brilliant magenta heart and gold undulating bow, which took ten years from conception to completion, is one of five uniquely colored versions of this dazzling work from Koons’ famed Celebration series. The perfect surface is coated in more than ten layers of paint. Executed in high chromium stainless steel, Hanging Heart weighs over 3,500 pounds, is almost nine feet tall and took over 6,000 man hours to produce. The sale also featured two works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, including his large-scale canvas, Untitled (Electric Chair) from 1981-82, watershed years for the artist, which sold for $11,801,000 (lot 16, est. $8/10 million).

Untitled (Electric Chair), offered by a Foundation, was selected and purchased prior to completion from Basquiat’s first dealer Annina Nosei Gallery, New York. The work went into the collection of a Foundation, where it has remained ever since; this is the first time the work appeared on the market since it was painted in the artist’s studio in the basement of the Nosei Gallery. Also offered by the same Foundation were works by post-war sculptors, including Donald Judd’s Untitled, 1977, which brought $7,433,000 (lot 26, est. $6/8 million) and John Chamberlain’s Big E, 1962, which achieved $4,633,000 (lot 11, est. $2/3 million), both records from the artist at auction. Another Untitled work by Basquiat from 1981, which depicted one of the most engaging and combative warrior-figure paintings of the artist’s early years, sold for $7,769,000 (lot 48, est. $7/9 million). Highlighting the 15 works included in the evening sale from a Distinguished Private Collection, which brought $33.4 million (est. $29.9/40.8 million), was Andy Warhol’s Self Portrait (Green Camouflage), 1986, from his last series of self-portraits, which sold for $12,361,000 (lot 47, est. $9/12 million).

Other works featured from this offering include Ellsworth Kelly’s Spectrum VI, 1969, formerly from the collection of the curator of 20th century at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Henry Geldzahler, and related to Spectrum V, currently in the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which sold for $5,193,000, a record for the artist at auction (lot 23, est. $4.5/6 million). Alexander Calder’s Untitled, 1935, a rare early wood and wire sculpture, similar to those in the Collections of the Tate Modern and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, sold for $4,409,000 (lot 34, est. $2.5/3.5 million). Other works by Andy Warhol which brought strong prices included his Campbell’s Soup Can (Pepper Pot), 1962, which sold for $8,441,000 (lot 41, est. $7/9 million). This classic pop painting combines 4 Warhol’s keen graphic sensibility with his use of an appropriated image in the manner of Jasper Johns’ flag and target paintings. This work was formerly in the collection of Emily and Burton Tremaine, who had one of the foremost collections of avant-garde and contemporary art on the East coast from the 1950s through early 1980s. Also by Warhol from his Death and Disaster series was Four Jackies, 1964, which achieved $5,641,000 (lot 13, est. $4/6 million), and Suicide, 1964, which brought $5,193,000 (lot 12, est. $3.5/4.5 million). Works by Chinese Contemporary artists brought strong prices, including Zhang Xiaogang’s Family Portrait, 1994, which sold for $4,969,000 (lot 68, est. $2.5/3.5 million) and Fang Lijun’s Series 2, No. 6, 1991-92, which brought $4,073,000 (lot 65, est. $800,000/1.2 million).
*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium

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SOTHEBY’S NOVEMBER 2007 EVENING SALE OF IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART TOTALS $269,741,600 (11/09/2007)

AUCTIONS RECORDS ESTABLISHED FOR FRANZ MARC, JEAN-BAPTISTE-CAMILLE COROT, A SCULPTURE BY PABLO PICASSO, A WORK ON PAPER BY EGON SCHIELE AND A PAINTING BY MAX ERNST

New York, NY – November 7, 2007 – Sotheby’s autumn 2007 evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art totaled $269,741,000 and included the top price achieved this week, Paul Gauguin’s Te Poipoi (The Morning), one of the greatest Tahitian scenes by the artist remaining in private hands, which sold for $39,241,000. The painting, which for the past 62 years had formed part of the illustrious American collection of Joan Whitney Payson, was purchased by the Hong Kong collector Joseph Lau. Auction records were established for Franz Marc, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, for a sculpture by Pablo Picasso, a work on paper by Egon Schiele and a painting by Max Ernst. Ten lots sold for more than $10 million, 12 lots sold for over $5 million and 49 sold for $1 million or more. David Norman, Executive Vice President and a Chairman of Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Department Worldwide said, “Tonight’s sale, which brought the third highest total in Sotheby’s history, saw a market which very clearly responded to attractive, historically important property that was estimated in line with its expectations and resisted property that didn’t fit that criteria. American buyers purchased 44% of tonight’s sale by lot and Europeans bought 48%, and as noted, the top lot of the sale was purchased by Joseph Lau of Hong Kong.” As many as five bidders competed for the finest sculpture by Pablo Picasso to ever appear at auction, Tête de femme (Dora Maar), driving the final price to $29,161,000, a record for a sculpture by the artist at auction. Also by Picasso was Homme à la Pipe, from 1969, an outstanding work from the artist’s heroic final years which brought $11,810,000.

German Expressionist works were also among the top prices achieved this evening. Der Wasserfall (Frauen Unter Einem Wasserfall), a masterpiece by Franz Marc from 1912, sold to a bidder on the telephone for $20,201,000, a record for the artist at auction, and Lyonel Feininger’s Der Grüne Brucke (The Green Bridge) brought $10,121,000.
Leading off the evening sale was a collection of five spectacular watercolors by Egon Schiele from the family of Christian M. Nebehay, a patron of the artist. The collection brought a total of $17,941,000, above a high estimate of $11.5 million and was highlighted by a riveting self-portrait of the artist - Selbstbildnis mit kariertem Hemd (Self-Portrait with Checkered Shirt). It was the subject of a battle between two bidders, finally selling to a client in the room for $11,353,000, a record for a work on paper by the artist at auction (est. $4.5/6.5 million).
An auction record was also achieved for Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot when his Juive D’Alger (L’Italienne) sold for $4,745,000, exceeding the high estimate of $3.5 million. Five bidders competed for the stunning canvas which had once belonged to the prominent American collectors, Mr. and Mrs. H.O. Havemeyer. Other Impressionist works offered tonight were Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Femmes dans un jardin, a magnificent landscape which sold for $12,249,000, considerably in excess of the $9.1 million it brought in 2006, and Le Palais Dario by Claude Monet which sold to a bidder in the room for $10,401,000. Three bidders competed for Joan Miró’s Le fermier et son épouse (The Farmer and his Wife). The gouache, which was painted in 1936, a year of extraordinary significance in the development of the artist’s work, was among the top ten lots of this evening’s sale bringing, $10,401,000.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium

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Claude Monet’s Nymphéas of 1904 sells for £18.5 million at Sotheby’s London (07/04/2007)

TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2007 -- Claude Monet’s Nymphéas of 1904, a ground-breaking work and one of the finest of Monet’s famous waterlily series ever to have come to the market, tonight realised £18,500,000 ($36,724,350) at Sotheby’s in London. No fewer than eight determined bidders drove the price from £8 million up to the final figure, when the hammer fell to a private Asian collector bidding over the telephone. This was the second highest price ever achieved for a work by the artist at auction. (The previous record of £19.8 ($33 million) was achieved for Bassin aux Nymphéas of 1900 at Sotheby’s London in 1998). The Monet was the top lot in a sale which realised £80,395,200 ($159,592,512) – the third highest total for a sale of Impressionist and Modern Art at Sotheby’s London. The sale also set a benchmark in terms of the average lot price realised in any single session: the average lot price of £2.17 million is unprecedented in any auction ever held in London.

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Rapture -An Exhibition of Painting in World Fine Art Gallery, New York 1st June to 30th June 2007 (06/30/2007)

I inform you that my new artworks exhibition (rapture) in world fine art gallery, New York, World fine art gallery in New York from 1st june to 30 th june. Thanks with best regard Ramsingh Bhati Artist

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Book about Frank Moss Bennett (04/09/2007)

I have just written & published a book on the artist Frank Moss Bennett. See my website: www.fmb-theforgottenartist.co.uk 
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The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition (01/26/2007)

Agora Gallery of New York City is pleased to announce its 22nd juried competition.
Awards include: exhibition at the Chelsea gallery, cash awards, Internet promotion and review in ARTisSpectrum magazine. The exhibition will take place in Chelsea, New York City. The gallery/artist split will be 30/70 and, as part of our continued support to social awareness, Agora Gallery will be donating its share from all artwork sales to an international children aid foundation.
Visit www.Agora-Gallery.com/2007  to enter online or download the submission form. Deadline: March 8, 2007 Thank you for your support.

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