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      Million dollar diamond for sale at Sotheby's

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    1. 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...

    2. 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,...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    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. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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”...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. May 6, 2015

      Asian buyers snap up Impressionists

      Asian buyers snapped up Impressionist paintings at Sotheby’s spring auction in New York, buying three of the sale’s top...

    27. April 18, 2015

      Alfred Taubman, mall developer and auction house owner, 1924-2015

      Alfred Taubman, who has died aged 91, was the US shopping mall developer best known for buying Sotheby's in 1983 and...

    28. March 19, 2015

      Lisa Hubbard: A cool head and a steady nerve amid soaring prices

      Lisa Hubbard held the gavel in her hand at Sotheby’s in New York last November when the bidding for Bunny Mellon’s...

    29. 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...

    30. March 16, 2015

      Sotheby’s taps Tad Smith to be chief executive

      Sotheby’s has ended its three-month search for a chief executive by poaching Tad Smith from Madison Square Garden...

    31. March 2, 2015

      Sotheby’s: auction process

      Art auctions feature history, beauty, profit, and drama — and can be concluded in a single evening. Turning round an...

    32. March 2, 2015

      Sotheby’s earnings tumble on higher costs

      Sotheby’s earnings tumbled 18.5 per cent in the fourth quarter due to higher expenses, amid ongoing boardroom turmoil...

    33. 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...

    34. January 27, 2015

      Claude Monet paintings go to auction at Sotheby’s

      Five paintings by Claude Monet with a combined estimated value of £70m will be auctioned next week, including a view of...

    35. December 23, 2014

      Activist investors: dog days

      The dogs have chased down the car. What do they do with it? If 2014 was the year that activist investing went...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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