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    1. July 20, 2016

      Christie’s sees art sales fall 27% in first half of 2016

      Sales of art at Christie’s have slumped to £2.1bn in the first half of this year, down 27 per cent from last year as...

    2. July 11, 2016

      First edition of Copernicus’ heliocentric ideas up for sale

      From the most revolutionary publication in the history of astronomy to Albert Einstein’s favourite leather jacket, some...

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    1. June 2, 2016

      Joan Rivers’ jewellery up for sale at Christie’s

      “I don’t exercise,” Joan Rivers once said. “If God had wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the...

    2. June 2, 2016

      Luxury watch auction round-up: Ronnie Peterson Heuer Carrera breaks record

      A Heuer Carrera chronograph was sold for more than ten times its estimate last month when it fetched SFr225,000...

    3. May 26, 2016

      Art market finds a way to shine above the gloom

      When Christie’s held its “Bound to Fail” auction this month, the title reflected not only the theme of the works of...

    4. May 20, 2016

      The Art Market: New York sales down but not out

      Last week I wrote that the New York sale totals were likely to be a third of 2015’s astonishing tally of $2.7bn. Final...

    5. April 29, 2016

      Auction: A purple frog and the price of failure

      You’ll often hear creative types defending their right to fail. Risk-taking — and the possibility of failure — is an...

    6. FT Photo Diary

      April 28, 2016

      On display at Christie's

      Christie’s Unveil Three Important Works From Their Summer Sale, “Ib and Her Husband” 1992 by Lucian Freud, “Portrait of...

    7. February 5, 2016

      Art values: every picture tells a story

      A well-known investment pundit once complained that all quantitative easing did was “boost the price of Warhols”. QE’s...

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      January 26, 2016

      Africa tech funding, Trump's lead, Christie's sales, Dylan Hartley's record: the day in 4 charts

      January 26: the day in four charts Today’s top stories: Venture capitalists are pouring hundreds of millions of...

    9. January 26, 2016

      ‘Curated’ auctions and new buyers keep Christie’s in the frame

      Online bidding, “curated” auctions and a host of new buyers have pushed Christie’s to its second-best year ever, with...

    10. January 11, 2016

      Sotheby’s buys boutique art advisory service

      Auction house Sotheby’s has bought a boutique art advisory group, hoping new business lines will give it a boost in an...

    11. November 21, 2015

      Top wines hold their own as they go under the hammer

      For some wine lovers it is not about the pop of the cork, but the bang of the gavel. The thrill of bidding on the...

    12. November 12, 2015

      Big-money trophies obscure a mixed picture in the art market

      When a painting by Amedeo Modigliani sells to a recently minted Chinese billionaire for $170.4m — as happened this week...

    13. November 11, 2015

      Bourgeois record sets tone at Christie’s sale

      Lucio Fontana’s stabbed-through egg-shaped canvas and Louise Bourgeois’s giant bronze spider sculpture set new records...

    14. November 10, 2015

      Auction houses hammer it out as competition heats up

      In 2000, the former chief executive of Christie’s blew the whistle on a $100m price-fixing cartel at the auction houses...

    15. September 4, 2015

      Sotheby’s to auction late magnate’s $500m art collection

      The Taubman collection A vast treasure trove of artworks valued at $500m that belonged to the late billionaire...

    16. July 26, 2015

      Patricia Barbizet, Christie’s: Loyal dealmaker comes to the fore

      It seems only natural that growing up in a home filled with paintings and sculpture, Patricia Barbizet should return to...

    17. June 23, 2015

      Global trend in art market drives up prices

      International art collectors are buying outside familiar genres and across regional boundaries, driving up prices for...

    18. May 15, 2015

      Since you asked: Why the art market is about Piketty and Picasso

      “Picasso painting sets auction record with $179m sale”, Financial Times, May 12 I can’t believe someone paid $179m for...

    19. May 12, 2015

      Value of the global art market hits record €51bn in 2014

      When Pablo Picasso’s “Women of Algiers (Version O)” fetched $179.4m at Christie’s on Monday it became the most...

    20. May 12, 2015

      Picasso painting sets auction record with $179m sale

      A painting by Pablo Picasso and a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti have set records as the most expensive works ever...

    21. March 19, 2015

      Salerooms raise digital stakes in search for growth

      Sotheby’s’ Magnificent Jewels auction in New York on April 21 will be among the first to welcome bids from users of the...

    22. February 20, 2015

      Sotheby’s faces second activist attack

      Sotheby’s has been thrown into fresh turmoil after an activist investor attacked the board of the New York-based...

    23. February 12, 2015

      Christie’s improves digital service for wealthy buyers

      Christie’s has bolstered its online operations with the purchase of a platform that allows art buyers to manage...

    24. January 20, 2015

      First-time buyers help Christie’s reach record sales

      Christie’s full-year sales, propelled by a surge in first-time art buyers and big ticket lots, hit record levels in...

    25. January 18, 2015

      Phillips pockets Aurel Bacs, saleroom star, in direct challenge to Christie’s

      Auction houses enjoyed a bumper year in 2014. Christie’s staged a near-$20m sale dedicated to Patek Philippe, and...

    26. December 17, 2014

      Sale estimate of Cézanne landscape put at £12m

      A painting by Paul Cézanne is to go on sale at auction with an estimate of up to £12m. “Vue sur L’Estaque et Le Château...

    27. December 10, 2014

      Christie’s Americas president departs in shake-up

      Christie’s president of the Americas, Doug Woodham, is to leave the auction house just days after the departure of...

    28. December 8, 2014

      Bill Ruprecht to hold fort at Sotheby’s amid hunt for successor

      Rapid leadership turnover at the top of the world’s largest auction houses has sent waves through the international art...

    29. December 5, 2014

      Auction houses: Troubleshooters

      The 75,000 hedge fund managers, oligarchs, wealthy family scions, gallery owners and hangers-on who throng the Art...

    30. December 3, 2014

      Pinault loyalist Patricia Barbizet rises to top of Christie’s

      Talk about French business, and sooner or later the name of Patricia Barbizet crops up. Yet the person who on Tuesday...

    31. December 3, 2014

      Christie’s CEO departure surprises art world

      It is usually the art that flies out the door. But in a chain of events that has stunned the art world, the past 10...

    32. December 2, 2014

      Christie’s chief Murphy to step down

      Steven Murphy has stunned the art world by revealing he will step down as Christie’s chief executive at the end of this...

    33. November 20, 2014

      Sotheby’s chief Bill Ruprecht to step down

      Bill Ruprecht, Sotheby’s chairman and chief executive, is to leave the auction house 13 months after activist investor...

    34. November 18, 2014

      Contemporary art is judged by its price tag not by aesthetics

      Among the many records set at Christie’s astonishing $852.9m contemporary art sale in New York last week, one has gone...

    35. November 13, 2014

      Christie’s sets $853m art auction record

      Christie’s auction smashes single sale record Paintings by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Ed Ruscha helped...

    36. November 10, 2014

      Sotheby’s narrows third-quarter losses

      Sotheby’s said it had narrowed its losses in the latest quarter, days after hosting an impressionist sale that brought...

    37. September 19, 2014

      Auction houses embracing digital technology to sell to the new global rich

      “Europe has a great deal of art and America has a great deal of money” Joseph Duveen (1st Baron Duveen), 1869-1939 It...

    38. September 5, 2014

      Christie’s joins rush to retail

      Not long ago, auction houses survived purely by acting as intermediaries between buyer and seller, earning money by...

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