Tag: Auctions

$90 Million Hockney Smashes Record for a Living Artist Amid Broad Market Shift

A celebrated and enigmatic painting of two men and a turquoise pool by David Hockney sold at Christie’s on Thursday night for $90.3 million with fees, shattering the auction record for a living artist and cementing a major broadening of tastes at the turbocharged top end of the market. The […]

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Hopper Painting Sells for Record $91.9 Million at Christie’s

He is America’s most celebrated painter of the solitary realities of 20th century life. But Tuesday night at Christie’s, Edward Hopper joined the unreality of today’s art market when his 1929 painting “Chop Suey” sold for $91.9 million, with fees, an auction high for the artist. The previous high for […]

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Missing Pages From Malcolm X’s Autobiography Turn Up at Auction

For a quarter-century, they have been the stuff of myth among scholars: three missing chapters from “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” reputedly cut from the manuscript after his assassination in 1965 because they were deemed too incendiary. Their possible existence was first teased at in 1992, when a private collector at an estate sale scooped […]

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In Today’s Art Market, the ‘Male Gaze’ Is Not a Good Look

LONDON — Taste is changing. When private collectors and public museums acquire works of art, these acquisitions are being made in a very different cultural climate from that which prevailed in the late 20th century, let alone the late 19th. The market for contemporary art is, for example, being transformed by some curators’ desire to […]

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Celebrities Love Old Masters, but Will Collectors Fall for Them?

LONDON — How do you make the old new? The art trade here faced that perennial challenge as old master auctions, the Masterpiece fair and the London Art Week gallery trail tried to reinvigorate interest in artworks and objects from before the 20th century. Such art isn’t exactly on-trend. Last year, European old masters represented […]

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How Tastes Have Changed: ‘Imps and Mods’ Stutter at London Auctions

LONDON — It’s a commonplace of the art market that Impressionist and modern art is not the force it once was. Thirty years ago, it was the most expensive in the world, with paintings by Gauguin, Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh achieving eight-figure prices at black-tie auctions at Sotheby’s and at Christie’s, in London and […]

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Napoleon’s Hat, Dropped at Waterloo, Is Picked Up at Auction for $400,000

PARIS — A hat attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte and said to have been dropped on the battlefield at Waterloo 203 years ago was bought on Monday for over $400,000. It was another sign, if one were needed, that the French emperor continues to fascinate collectors and curators across the globe. The hat — one of […]

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Amazon Wins U.K. Broadcast Rights to Premier League

The known price of the broadcast rights in Britain, at least £4.46 billion, dwarfs the 1992 figure. Still, it is less than the 2015 auction, when Sky and BT paid a total of £5.14 billion for the three seasons through 2018. The Premier League deal is the latest example of Amazon’s wide-ranging ambitions. It took […]

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Antiquarian Booksellers Adapt to the 21st Century (Gradually)

“Books are never going to be like contemporary art. They don’t go gangbusters,” said Matthew Haley, director of the book department at Bonhams. “It’s slow and steady.” Gould’s “Birds of Australia,” like the Doves Bible or Gutenberg’s first printed Bible, is an exceptional work of art, but unfortunately, being bound as a book, it lacks […]

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