Modern and contemporary art auctions in New York: why so many records?

© Thomas Lélu Jeff Koons Paul Cézanne Claude MonetHyperFocal: 0 Robert Rauschenberg Balthus William Bouguereau   Death Who wants to part with their masterpieces? No one. That’s why the biggest art market records, generally obtained for absolutely outstanding works, are the fruit of forced and unhappy circumstances: death and divorce. This is primarily the way […]

New York sales: where the art market collides the art history

William Bouguereau Claude MonetHyperFocal: 0 Sotheby’s catalogue Vincent Van Gogh Jeff Koons Amedeo Modigliani Amedeo Modigliani (detail) Balthus   Specialized in nudity Young boys and girls disrobe to dance a graceful saraband in a composition over six metres long. In 1884, the then famous French painter William Bouguereau (1825-1905), who specialized in nudity under mythological […]

Erotic auction at Sotheby’s: Does sex make art more commercial?

Andy Warhol Robert Mapplethorpe Andy Warhol Marlene Dumas Gustav Klimt Tracey Emin At a time when Facebook’s algorithms are blocking users who post Courbet’s “L’origine du monde” on their wall, despite it being visible to all at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris; at a time when visitors to the Metropolitan Museum in New York are […]

Jacques Grange: The interior design star talks Diego Giacometti, Yves Saint Laurent and his collection being auctioned at Sotheby’s in Paris

Jacques Grange The view from Jacques Grange’s apartment Inside Jacques Grange apartment Inside Jacques Grange’s apartment Inside Jacques Grange’s apartement Inside Jacques Grange’s apartment Inside Jacques Grange’s apartement Jacques Grange is the french superstar of interior design. He has worked for the joint heir to the cosmetics empire and prolific art collector Ronald Lauder, the businessman […]

Magritte: How a painting reproduced 18 times was to become an icon for twentieth-century art and the art market

René Magritte René Magritte René Magritte René Magritte René Magritte René Magritte René Magritte On 13 November, Christie’s is set to auction an artwork that perfectly encapsulates the fascination wielded by René Magritte (1898-1967) over the twentieth century. Made in 1949, it is called “L’empire des lumières” (“The Dominion of Light”). In the painting, which […]

Robert de Balkany: The auction of the man who wanted to live like a king

R de Balkany R de Balkany R de Balkany Cabinet pietra dura. R de Balkany R de Balkany Auction houses love to make us dream by creating stories about the objects on sale and the personalities who owned them. You might say it has become their core marketing strategy. The forthcoming auction of the contents […]

Rubens, a bargain after Brexit

Rubens (detail) Rubens (Lot and his Daughters @ Christie’s Rubens @ Drouot Studio of Rubens Antiochus and Stratonice@ Christie’s Rubens Venus Supplicating Jupiter @ Christie’s Studio of Rubens, Diana and her nyymphs hunting @ Sotheby’s Rubens – The Chariot of Apollo @ Sotheby’s Long before Andy Warhol dreamed of being an art-making machine and more […]


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