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  1. 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...

  2. 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,...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. FT Photo Diary

    January 29, 2014

    Sotheby's to auction Réne Magritté's 'Le beau monde'

    Luke MacGregor/Reuters Réne Magritte’s Le beau monde is one of the highlights of Sotheby’s Impressionist, Modern and...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  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 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...

  8. 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,...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. October 4, 2013

    Third Point’s Daniel Loeb rides crest of hedge fund wave

    For surfers at Malibu Beach, there is first point, where the waves are perfectly formed, and there is second point, where...

  16. October 3, 2013

    Sotheby’s: hammer time

    Even before Dan Loeb’s harsh letter landed in his inbox, Sotheby’s chief executive William Ruprecht must have known that...

  17. October 3, 2013

    ... Yours truly, Dan Loeb

    Once described as the Hunter S Thompson of activist letter writing, Dan Loeb has gained a much-feared reputation for the...

  18. October 2, 2013

    Third Point urges Sotheby’s chief William Ruprecht to quit

    Activist investor Dan Loeb launched a blistering attack on Sotheby’s chief executive William Ruprecht on Wednesday, accusing...

  19. FT Alphaville

    October 2, 2013

    Putting a value on activism, Sotheby's edition

    Dan Loeb has inked his pen with poison again. (Click through to read). Notwithstanding Sotheby’s recent efforts – a belated...

  20. September 20, 2013

    Boardroom legacies

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

  21. September 6, 2013

    Coloured gemstones: Demand for something different drives up prices

    Daniela Mascetti, Sotheby's senior international jewellery specialist, was recently chatting to a client she has worked with...

  22. 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...

  23. August 26, 2013

    Loeb fund raises Sotheby’s stake

    Activist investor Daniel Loeb has raised his stake in Sotheby’s, sending shares in the auction house as much as 6 per cent...

  24. 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...

  25. June 16, 2013

    Christie’s and Sotheby’s deepen rivalry ahead of art sales

    In the lead-up to key London art sales this week, Christie’s and Sotheby’s have deepened their rivalry and sharpened their...

  26. June 8, 2013

    Pearls: Heritage and rarity endow star status

    David Warren, international director of jewellery at Christie’s, has been urging his clients to buy natural pearls for...

  27. June 8, 2013

    Auction round-up: Bargain from car boot sale turns up with James Bond credentials

    Anyone wanting to buy a watch at auction could hardly have chosen a better time than May, a month in which seven high-class...

  28. June 7, 2013

    The Art Market: an auction-packed week

    After New York, Hong Kong and Venice, and before the High Mass of Art Basel, it’s time for a stop in London. The auction...

  29. FT Photo Diary

    June 7, 2013

    Modern idea of Sotheby's auction

    Stefan Rousseau/PA L’idee by Rene Margritte goes on show at Sotheby’s in London as part of their Summer sales season. It is...

  30. June 6, 2013

    Queen’s seal of approval boosts the meek and mighty

    In the back streets of London’s Clerkenwell, a small print shop is preparing for a show fit for a queen. Barnard & Westwood...

  31. 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...

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    April 29, 2013

    China: bronze heads, carrots and sticks

    What’s the connection between China, Christie’s, two bronze heads and the portfolio investor? Quite a lot, actually. There’s...

  33. April 11, 2013

    Cezanne masterpiece expected to fetch $35m

    “Les Pommes”, one of Cezanne’s greatest still life paintings, is on show at Sotheby’s in London before its sale in New York...

  34. 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...

  35. February 3, 2013

    A manager of creative disruption

    Roger Faxon tugs on a pulley to take an eccentric old elevator up to the Tribeca loft apartment he moved into last month...

  36. September 12, 2012

    Rise in fees helps lift Bonhams

    Bonhams, the privately owned auctioneer, boasted rises of more than a fifth in turnover and pre-tax profits after a run of...

  37. May 3, 2012

    ‘The Scream’ sets record with $120m sale

    An 1895 version of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” sold for almost $120m to an undisclosed collector on Wednesday night,...

  38. April 3, 2012

    Slow-motion fall from satellite orbit

    BSkyB is where James Murdoch made his name, with an aggressive management style that established the satellite operator as...

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