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  1. 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 charging...

  2. July 16, 2014

    Christie’s posts record profits as first-half revenues hit £2.7bn

    Works by Francis Bacon, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol helped auction house Christie’s report a record first half performance...

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  1. July 11, 2014

    Museum faces outcry over sale of ancient Egyptian statue

    A 4,500-year-old statue at the centre of a furore over the ethics of museum sales has gone under the hammer in London for...

  2. April 28, 2014

    Sigmar Polke/Gerhard Richter, Christie’s, London – review

    Many of art’s breakthroughs have been achieved by pairs of figures, urging each other on to the unthinkable: Picasso and...

  3. April 16, 2014

    Alex Ferguson to raise £3m from sale of reds (and whites)

    The Reds of Manchester United may have declined in value after a torrid season, but the reds in the private cellar of former...

  4. March 16, 2014

    Stanley Gibbons aims to lick rivals with virtual market place in stamps

    A company doesn’t have to be large to have a big name or grand ambitions. Stanley Gibbons, with its distinctive shopfront...

  5. January 22, 2014

    Christie’s sales reach all-time high

    Christie’s full-year sales, propelled by a surge in first-time art buyers, hit record levels in 2013 despite the dwindling...

  6. December 16, 2013

    Christie’s takes maiden Indian art auction to Mumbai

    Christie’s takes maiden art auction to Mumbai Kiran Nadar, the wife of IT billionaire Shiv Nadar, started buying Indian art...

  7. November 8, 2013

    Autumn watch auctions: A fortune on the block

    Between Sunday afternoon and Monday evening, nearly 1,500 collectable watches are expected to change hands for a combined...

  8. November 7, 2013

    Sotheby’s trumps Christie’s in New York autumn auction season

    Sotheby’s, the auction house under fire from activist investor Dan Loeb, on Thursday relished a welcome boost after its sale...

  9. November 6, 2013

    Disappointing start to NY auction season

    One-quarter of the high-profile Impressionist and Modern paintings under the hammer at Christie’s went unsold on Tuesday...

  10. October 11, 2013

    October art auctions in London

    Modern British & Irish Art October 16 Christie’s, South Kensington At the tender age of 19 Michael Ayrton was commissioned...

  11. FT Photo Diary

    October 11, 2013

    Christie's and Saatchi think big

    Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images A Christie’s employee looks up at artist Martin Honert’s ‘Giants’ at The Thinking Big auction...

  12. September 27, 2013

    The Art Market: Christie’s enters China with a bang

    Christie’s staged a stunning entry into mainland China this week, literally with a bang as artist Cai Guo-Qiang made a live...

  13. September 20, 2013

    The art of online retail

    Steven Murphy has been chief executive of Christie’s International, the auction house, since September 2010. He held various...

  14. September 20, 2013

    Boardroom legacies

    The financial crisis has scored another victim, albeit one that has attracted less media attention than the collapse of...

  15. August 27, 2013

    Sotheby’s: bid/ask spread

    It is no surprise to find hedge fund tycoons loitering at Sotheby’s – however this time they are not chasing a Barnett...

  16. July 16, 2013

    Asian buying wave lifts Christie’s sales

    A renewed wave of spending by affluent Asians coupled with record prices at a contemporary art auction in May boosted sales...

  17. June 16, 2013

    Chinese contenders pose challenges as they gain status

    The biggest rivals to Sotheby’s and Christie’s in 2011 were Chinese auction houses, according to data from the Conseil des...

  18. June 8, 2013

    Flagship sales: Consistent levels of success by Christie’s leave rivals trailing

    Anyone who has followed the flagship watch sales held in Geneva each spring and autumn will have noticed a clear and...

  19. May 16, 2013

    Christie’s sets global record with $495m contemporary art sale

    Christie’s in New York made auction history after it sold $495m of contemporary art on Wednesday, with works by Jackson...

  20. May 10, 2013

    Rise in auction sales fails to stop losses doubling at Sotheby’s

    Net losses at Sotheby’s more than doubled during the first three months of 2013 despite auction sales rising almost a...

  21. April 9, 2013

    China grants licence to Christie’s

    Christie’s has become the first international fine art auction house to receive a licence to operate independently in...

  22. November 9, 2012

    The List: Best auction buys

    Hamish Bowles, Vogue’s international editor-at-large, will be auctioning items from his world-renowned couture collection at...

  23. July 6, 2012

    Hot property: Collectors’ pieces

    ▲ Apartment, Place des Victoires, Paris, France, €12.5m Where Close to the Place des Victoires, in the 2nd arrondissement,...

  24. June 29, 2012

    The Art Market: Jewels and jitters

    Ever since New York’s Pace Gallery set up a temporary base in London in 2010, the art world has been agog to discover where...

  25. June 27, 2012

    Iran gets a piece of the auction

    Compared with the money spraying around western auction rooms lately – the £24m ($37m) Miro, the $87m Rothko, the $120m...

  26. January 8, 2012

    Gold feels weight of Paulson Curse

    The art market defied the economic gloom to return 11 per cent to investors in 2011, outpacing stock market returns for a...

  27. September 23, 2011

    Have gavel, will travel

    To understand what makes François Curiel, Christie’s Asia president, tick, just attend one of the auctions held twice a year...

  28. June 24, 2011

    ‘The art world is exploding’

    Nothing much shocks the art world these days but even its notoriously obstinate eyebrows rose a millimetre or two when it...

  29. June 14, 2011

    Auctioneers target Medici-style collectors

    London’s auction houses are hoping to sell more than £500m ($820m) worth of art in the coming weeks as a new breed of...

  30. June 3, 2011

    Sale of the week: Repin stars at Russia show

    Sale: Russian art Location: Christie’s, 8 King Street, London SW1, tel: +44 (0)20 7839 9060 Date: Monday, June 6. On view...

  31. January 14, 2011

    Gagosian to exhibit Hirst for Hong Kong opening

    Gagosian, the international art gallery, is opening in Hong Kong next week with an inaugural exhibition by Damien Hirst in...

  32. June 24, 2010

    Record sale: Christie's auction tops £150m

    Art lovers bought more than £150m of works at Christie's auction house last night, making it the most valuable sale of art...

  33. June 24, 2010

    Blue-riband event: Picasso painting fetches £34.8m

    Art lovers jostled for position at Christie's auction house last night for what was set to be the most valuable sale of art...

  34. June 22, 2010

    Business diary: Giovanna Bertazzoni

    Italian Giovanna Bertazzoni became head of the impressionist and modern art department at Christie's auction house in 2008....

  35. June 4, 2010

    Monet water lilies set to fetch £40m

    A water-lily painting by the Impressionist Claude Monet is set to fetch up to £40m at a Christie's sale in London later this...

  36. May 6, 2010

    Picasso's $106.5m phone sale breaks artwork record

    Pablo Picasso regained the title as the world's most expensive artist on Tuesday after one of his paintings fetched $106.5m...

  37. May 5, 2010

    Churchill letters up for auction

    A hoard of 150 letters, books and photographs written by and featuring Winston Churchill is expected to raise more than £1m...

  38. April 24, 2010

    How €18,000 rug sold for £6m

    The mid-17th century Persian carpet that was sold for a record £6.2m at Christie's in London on April 15 had been bought for...

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