Auction Sales

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Jane Austen’s Ring Sells for Five Times Estimate in Sotheby’s English Literature Sale

[artdaily.org]  LONDON.- Yesterday, July 10, 2012, in Sotheby’s English Literature, History, Children’s Books & Illustrations sale, a previously unknown gold and gem set ring belonging to the great English author Jane Austen, sold for £152,450 (US$ 236,770) – more than five times its pre-sale high estimate of £20,000-30,000. Eight bidders battled for the turquoise ring, … Continue reading

Bonhams smashes world record prices for Bentley and Rolls Royce in £22 million Goodwood Festival sale

  In a bit of a variance from our main theme of old master art, I thought I would highlight another of my passions, vintage automobiles.  This sale of just a few days ago at Bonhams featured some automobiles that are of such beauty, I feel they qualify as art objects. WEST SUSSEX.- The eyes of … Continue reading

UPDATE: Masterpiece by Girolamo Romanino achieves $4,562,500 at Christie’s. [Earlier entry: Looted 16th-Century Masterpiece to go to Auction: Girolamo Romanino’s “Christ Carrying the Cross”]

In an update to our earlier post concerning the looting and restitution of Romanino’s masterpiece “Christ Carrying the Cross Dragged by a Rogue”, the work sold at Christie’s on June 6, as announced in artdaily.org and elsewhere. NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s Old Master Paintings sale on June 6 in New York was led by the … Continue reading

Munch’s “The Scream” Sells for $119.9M at Sotheby’s, Setting A World Record. Watch the entire 12 minutes of bidding!

Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” sold at Sotheby’s in New York this evening for a hammer price of $107 million, or $119.9 million with commission, setting a record for the highest price ever paid for a work of art at auction.  It surpassed slightly the earlier record held by Picasso’s “Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust,” which sold … Continue reading

Looted 16th-Century Masterpiece to go to Auction: Girolamo Romanino’s “Christ Carrying the Cross”

CHRISTIE’S TO OFFER SUPERB 16th CENTURY MASTERPIECE BY GIROLAMO ROMANINO “Christ Carrying the Cross,” Restituted to the Heirs of Federico Gentili di Giuseppe, Will Lead Christie’s Old Master Paintings Auction in New York on June 6. . A magnificent picture of Christ Carrying the Cross is a masterpiece of Girolamo Romanino’s fully mature style and among the most potent and moving depictions … Continue reading

Rediscovered Masterpieces by Cezanne and de Lempicka to be Auctioned

Reuters reports that a rare, pristine Paul Cezanne watercolor, which has not been seen in public since 1953, is expected to sell for as much as $20 million at Christie’s in May. The late 19th-century work on paper is one of Cezanne’s preparatory studies for his seminal Card Players series of five paintings, “Joueurs des cartes.” Its whereabouts … Continue reading

Late Billionaire Teddy Forstmann’s Entire Art Collection to be Sold at Sotheby’s in May

The auction house will present the entire collection of the late financier and philanthropist Theodore Forstmann — some 50 items estimated at $75 million — in a series of spring sales. The pieces include a Picasso portrait of Dora Maar valued between $20 and $30 million and a record-setting portrait by Chaïm Soutine (est. $10-15 million). Sotheby’s announced the sale in a press … Continue reading

Auction Prices for Old Art Reach the Stratosphere

In the New York Times Art section of March 16, 2012, Souren Melikian, longtime art editor of The International Herald Tribune, reports on recent auction sales of art by the old masters at prices many times their estimates. He points out that “[t]he factor underlying the phenomenon is the unprecedented popularization of art. As art supplies shrink, … Continue reading

Britain Struggles to Keep its Art at Home

Following the recent budget-busting acquisition of Titian‘s Diana and Callisto, Britain now faces the possibility of losing two further masterpieces to foreign buyers:  Edouard Manet‘s Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus and Picasso’s Child with a Dove. Two major British art galleries raised 45 million pounds ($72 million) to buy the Titian masterpiece that had been in the U.K. for … Continue reading

Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” to Lead Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on May 2, 2012 in New York

Sotheby’s will offer one of the most famous masterpieces in the world at its Impressionist & Modern Art evening sale on May 2, 2012 in New York.  Sotheby’s estimates the painting will bring roughly  $80 million dollars, but experts believe the sky is the limit. Edvard Munch (1863-1944) “The Scream” Signed E Munch and dated … Continue reading

Rembrandt Portrait to Top $30 Million Sale at Christie’s London

A Rembrandt portrait will lead a London sale of a private collection of Dutch Old Masters that is valued at more than $30 million. The panel painting “A Bust of a Man in a Gorget and Cap” has an upper estimate of 12 million pounds ($19 million), Christie’s International (CHRS) said today in an e-mailed release. The Caravaggio-influenced 1626-27 … Continue reading

The “Beau Sancy” – A Diamond with a Royal History

Sotheby’s Geneva will auction the legendary Beau Sancy Diamond—a stone passed down through four royal families—during the Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale May 15. Previously owned by French, English, and Prussian royalty, the 34.98 ct. double rose-cut diamond has an estimated value of $2 million–$4 million. Although the diamond has previously been described as … Continue reading