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    1. 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...

    2. 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 works...

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    1. 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 platform...

    2. 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 line...

    3. 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 five...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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 Company as...

    8. 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 auction...

    9. 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 and...

    10. 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 auction...

    11. 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...

    12. 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 —...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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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