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    1. 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 mainstream —...

    2. 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...

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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. November 21, 2014

      Investors push up Sotheby’s shares on chief’s planned exit

      Shares in Sotheby’s rose almost 7 per cent in New York on Friday after the announcement that chief executive and chairman...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. September 27, 2014

      Van Gogh still life painting expected to fetch $50m

      A “rare and poignant” still life painted by Vincent Van Gogh in the month before he took his own life is expected to raise...

    9. 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...

    10. September 5, 2014

      Modernist fine jewellery dazzles at auction

      As a rule, fine jewellers avoid “fool’s gold”, and not only because its name is unflattering to the wearer. Pyrite is often...

    11. August 8, 2014

      Sotheby’s profits slide despite rising art sales

      Sotheby’s attributed a 15 per cent slide in profit to increased expenses and a higher tax rate, triggering a second-quarter...

    12. July 14, 2014

      Sotheby’s joins forces with eBay

      Sotheby’s has partnered with eBay in a bid to add another distribution channel for its live auctions, saying it wants to...

    13. June 17, 2014

      Stamp sells for world record $9.5m

      A 19th century postage stamp sold for a record $9.5m – almost one billion times its original face value – at an auction at...

    14. June 6, 2014

      Geneva watch auctions: record-breaking Rolex steals the show

      Sales at Geneva’s high-end watch auctions last month reflected a pre-owned market that continues to thrive. Over the past...

    15. May 11, 2014

      Poison pills: legitimate victory

      Winning an election on the merits of an argument is tougher than buying it. So Dan Loeb must be gratified by his victory at...

    16. May 9, 2014

      Composer manuscripts come on the market

      The notes written across the barlines are remarkably neat and controlled – the opposite of the swirling emotions they...

    17. May 7, 2014

      Modern art auctions are as baffling as the paintings

      On Tuesday in New York, modern art collectors will get the chance to spend tens of millions dollars on paintings such as...

    18. May 7, 2014

      Sotheby’s narrows quarterly losses as Loeb steps on board

      Record London sales coupled with rising numbers of emerging market art collectors propelled Sotheby’s to a better than...

    19. May 5, 2014

      Sotheby’s: Picture Imperfect

      Free choice beats a forced option. But sometimes Plan C is needed. Sotheby’s shareholders have come to appreciate this in...

    20. May 5, 2014

      Loeb secures three Sotheby’s board seats

      Sotheby’s, the 270-year-old auction house, is to give board seats to Dan Loeb and two of his nominees, after succumbing to...

    21. April 29, 2014

      Emails reveal Sotheby’s board concerns

      Members of Sotheby’s board privately worried about executive pay and perks and about the performance of chief executive...

    22. April 25, 2014

      Poison pills are a toxic temptation for hidebound chiefs

      Activist hedge funds are on the march. Flush with a record $74.2bn in their coffers, tough-talking fund managers are taking...

    23. April 24, 2014

      Sotheby’s battle framed by artistic taste

      A bitter battle for seats on Sotheby’s board might come down to who has the most impressive art collection. Hedge fund...

    24. April 8, 2014

      Sotheby’s hits back in battle with Loeb

      Sotheby’s has attacked Daniel Loeb’s record as a director of public companies, as it stepped up its defence against the...

    25. March 25, 2014

      Loeb files lawsuit over Sotheby’s poison pill

      The bitter battle between Sotheby’s and its largest shareholder Dan Loeb has shifted from the boardroom to the courtroom,...

    26. 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...

    27. February 27, 2014

      Loeb pushes for board seats at Sotheby’s

      Dan Loeb, the activist investor, will try to force his way on to the board of Sotheby’s at the company’s next annual...

    28. January 29, 2014

      Sotheby’s offers special dividend in attempt to placate activists

      Sotheby’s will pay shareholders a special dividend totalling $300m in March as part of a series of moves designed to placate...

    29. December 16, 2013

      Sotheby’s appoints luxury veteran Domenico De Sole to board

      Sotheby’s has appointed a leading luxury industry executive to head its board of independent directors against a backdrop of...

    30. 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...

    31. November 22, 2013

      Sotheby’s loses its star auctioneer

      Sotheby’s, the auction house under pressure from activist investor Dan Loeb, is losing its star auctioneer, nine days after...

    32. November 12, 2013

      Sotheby’s sales boost as investors agitate

      Sotheby’s narrowed its losses in the latest quarter after a surge in private sales commissions and rising auction revenues,...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. FT Photo Diary

      November 1, 2013

      Sotheby's billion dollar sales

      Pascal Perich/FT Sotheby’s staff move Picasso’s painting ‘Tête de femme’ with Andy Warhol’s ‘Silver Car Crash (Double...

    36. October 11, 2013

      Sotheby’s Hong Kong art sales: A record-smashing time

      There is nothing quite like a Chinese art auction – except, perhaps, a casino. This week, Sotheby’s marked its 40th...

    37. 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...

    38. October 4, 2013

      Sotheby’s adopts ‘poison pill’ after attack by Daniel Loeb

      Sotheby’s on Friday unveiled a “poison pill” aimed at defending itself against hostile takeover, just 48 hours after a...

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