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World-leading auction house Sotheby’s has been sold for $3.7b to French-Israeli telecomms entrepreneur Patrick Drahi. Shares in the auction house had dropped by 40 percent in the past year, and Philip Hoffman, chief executive officer of the Fine Art Fund and former Christie’s CEO, said “It was ripe for Sotheby’s to go private. Christie’s has more advantages being run privately and not having public quarterly reporting that puts pressure on their ability to do deals.”...

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The enormous success of 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger also marked the beginning of long association with British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin. The Aston Martin DB5, the model most associated with James Bond, is now one of the world’s most iconic cars, and in an auction at Sotheby’s California in August, you could buy one of the few remaining vehicles with a direct association with James Bond. The vehicle for sale is a 1965...

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A painting by Claude Monet, one of the Meules (Haystacks) series, depicting rural life near his home in the Normandy region, has set world records by selling for $110.7m (£85.7m). Shortly after, a sculpture by US pop artist Jeff Koons sold for $91.1m (£71m), breaking the record price for a work by a living artist. The Monet painting from 1890 was the first Impressionist work to achieve over $100m. It was last auctioned in 1986,...

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A bespoke painted enamel panel created by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein is coming up for sale with an estimate of $900k-$1.2m at the Contemporary Art Sale day at Sotheby’s New York. The work, Composition, was commissioned in 1969 by the late playboy art collector Gunter Sachs for his then wife, the French model and actress Brigitte Bardot. Previously exhibited in Hamburg, Munich and elsewhere, the piece in porcelain enamel on metal measures 24 by 771⁄2...

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Sotheby’s Renaissance Revival collection was featured in the Magnificent Jewels auction in spring. Incorporating intricate enamel work, old mine diamonds, delicate seed pearls, ornate filigree and other enchanting details, the value of these pieces is dictated by the craftsmanship, magnificent, detailed designs and their historical significance. Originally popularised during the 19th century by master jewelers and goldsmiths such as Castellani and Giuliano, the collection is inspired by the classical antiquity unique to the Renaissance. These Renaissance inspired...

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Sotheby’s New York Fine Jewels auction offers selections from modern and classic designers including David Webb, Van Cleef & Arpels, Elizabeth Gage, Tiffany & Co. and Chanel. From classic white diamonds to top quality stones, the fine jewels are tailored to match every look, from a bold, gold daytime display to diamonds to dazzle your way through the evening. Chanel Ear Clips Estimated at $3000 to $5000, Chanel’s beaded gold surmounts are accented by round...

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Sotheby’s and acclaimed fashion designer Jan Taminiau will open an exclusive collaborative exhibition in which Old Master highlights from Sotheby’s forthcoming sales of The SØR Rusche Collection will be presented in the contemporary setting of Jan Taminiau’s dynamic pop-up store in Amsterdam on April 11th and 12th. Known for his love of exquisite embroidery and lavish couture dresses, Jan launched his independent label JANTAMINIAU in 2004. Showcasing his collections during Couture Fashion Week in Paris...

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A rare masterpiece by Jean-Léon Gérôme will lead Sotheby’s annual Orientalist Sale in London on 30 April 2019. Cinematic in scale and impact, Rider and His Steed in the Desert is a unique work in Gérôme’s oeuvre. The highly charged picture captures both the stoicism of the North African tribespeople and a heroic struggle between man and nature. Estimated at £1,000,000-1,500,000, the oil is one of five works by the artist in a sale comprising...

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On April 2nd 2019, Sotheby’s is launching a Modern and Contemporary African Art auction to exhibit masterpieces by renowned Sudanese artists. The line up will include artwork from Ibrahim El Salahi and Kamala Ibrahim Ishaq, who helped found the Khartoum School in Sudan, alongside artwork from Salah Elmur and Hussein Shariffe. Formed in 1960, The Khartoum School was a modernist art movement formed to simulate the changing face of the newly independent Sudan, from Anglo-Egyptian...

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Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening auction on March 5th, featuring works by Freud, Basquiat and Emin raised a total of £93.2m. Top lot of the night was Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Apex, sold for £8.2 million. Three further works on paper by the artist exceeded their high estimates and achieved a combined total of £2.9m. Lucian freud’s Head of a Boy, a portrait of Guinness heir Garech Browne from 1956 fetched £5.8m in its auction debut, while Jenny...

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