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    1. 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...

    2. 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 chief...

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    1. 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...

    2. 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 Basel...

    3. 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 was...

    4. 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 days...

    5. 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...

    6. 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 Dan...

    7. 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...

    8. 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 Christie’s set...

    9. 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 in...

    10. 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 took...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. September 20, 2013

      Boardroom legacies

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

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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,...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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