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    1. September 23, 2016

      Private treasures of a public tastemaker

      The relationship between fashion and modern design is multi-faceted. While couturiers such as Jean-Philippe Worth,...

    2. September 3, 2016

      Why did the Lesedi la Rona diamond fail to sell?

      “This is a historic rough diamond,” said David Bennett, worldwide chairman of Sotheby’s jewellery division, as he...

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    1. August 8, 2016

      Sotheby’s gains despite weak art market

      Shares in New York-based Sotheby’s jumped as much as 23 per cent on Monday after it said it had returned to profit in...

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      August 8, 2016

      Weak art market weighs on Sotheby's

      New York auction house Sotheby’s returned to profit in the second quarter, but benefited from lower taxes and the...

    3. July 28, 2016

      China insurer buys stake in Sotheby’s

      A Chinese life assurer headed by a relative of Mao Zedong has become the largest single shareholder in Sotheby’s,...

    4. 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...

    5. June 29, 2016

      Huge diamond fails to dazzle in Sotheby’s sale

      The largest rough diamond found for more than a century has failed to sell at auction in London, puncturing some of the...

    6. 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...

    7. June 2, 2016

      Lesedi la Rona diamond estimated at $70m

      At your common or garden auction, you can rely on anything from 50 to 500 lots going under the hammer. If you miss one...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. May 9, 2016

      Freeport-McMoRan declines after mine stake deal

      Copper miner Freeport-McMoRan was the biggest decliner on the S&P 500 after the company said it was selling its stake...

    11. May 9, 2016

      Mystery investor eyes 10% Sotheby’s stake

      Sotheby’s disclosed on Monday that an outside investor was considering building a 10 per cent stake as the New York...

    12. FT Photo Diary

      May 4, 2016

      Million dollar diamond for sale at Sotheby's

      A Sotheby’s employee holds the Lesedi La Rona Diamond in New York City. The diamond the size of a tennis ball that is...

    13. April 6, 2016

      Coloured diamonds are an auctioneer’s best friend

      Coloured diamonds are a billionaire’s best friend is not quite as catchy a lyric as Marilyn Monroe’s husky rendition,...

    14. March 12, 2016

      Collection dating back to earliest days of chess goes on sale

      A remarkable private collection of early chess pieces is to go under the hammer next month as part of Sotheby’s Arts of...

    15. March 3, 2016

      Sotheby’s taps ex-Bain Capital executive as chief financial officer

      Sotheby’s has appointed a former Bain Capital executive as chief financial officer amid an exodus of senior staff,...

    16. March 2, 2016

      Sotheby’s chairman takes his final sale

      Wednesday saw the end of two eras as Henry Wyndham, departing chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, took his final sale: that...

    17. Fast FT

      February 26, 2016

      Sotheby's warns of more difficult quarters ahead

      Sotheby’s warned that the company is likely to have one or more difficult quarters as it reported a second consecutive...

    18. February 18, 2016

      Auction houses: Art market on the block

      It was turning into a bad night for Henry Wyndham. The normally urbane chairman of Sotheby’s Europe was taking the...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. January 22, 2016

      Sotheby’s to return overseas capital to US

      Sotheby’s has scrapped its dividend and made plans to bring overseas earnings back to the US to boost its share buyback...

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      January 22, 2016

      Sotheby's to bring back overseas earnings

      The New York auction house Sotheby’s has scrapped its dividend and announced plans to bring overseas earnings back into...

    23. 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...

    24. January 11, 2016

      Sotheby’s: advise and consent

      Sotheby’s regulatory filings are not as pretty as its catalogues. Flip to the “Risk Factors” section, however, and the...

    25. FT Photo Diary

      December 4, 2015

      Sotheby's Old Masters

      Sotheby’s staff carry the painting ‘The Lock’ by John Constable. It is estimated to sell between £8-12 million at...

    26. November 27, 2015

      Red-letter day for Mao and Labour at Sotheby’s

      A letter written by Chairman Mao in 1937 to Clement Attlee calling for Britain to join the “life and death struggle”...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. November 12, 2015

      Cy Twombly picture fetches $70m at New York Sotheby’s sale

      A Cy Twombly chalkboard picture led Sotheby’s contemporary sale on Wednesday evening, setting a record for the artist...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. November 10, 2015

      Sotheby’s points to selective art market

      Sotheby’s added to a wary mood in global art markets on Monday, cautioning that global buyers had become more...

    33. October 9, 2015

      Blue period Picasso with a hidden image put up for auction

      A painting by Pablo Picasso which has been in private hands for over 30 years — and concealing a second image on its...

    34. 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...

    35. June 25, 2015

      Klimt portrait fetches £25m at Sotheby’s auction

      Seven works of art sold for more than £10m at Sotheby’s impressionist and modern art auction on Wednesday evening. In a...

    36. 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...

    37. June 5, 2015

      ‘An auction is like theatre — you must hold people’s attention’

      In April, Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale in New York was one of the first auctions to be held through its new...

    38. May 11, 2015

      Sotheby’s swings to first-quarter profit on higher commissions

      Sotheby’s returned to profit in its first quarter under new chief executive Tad Smith , with the auctioneer’s bottom...

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