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Highlights: Sotheby’s Russian Art Week

A week of impressive Russian art sales at Sotheby’s concluded on Wednesday (28 November 2018), realising a combined total of £23 million. All three sales reached totals above their pre-sale estimates, but the Russian Pictures sale alone raised £13.4 million and set two artist records. The first, for Konstantin Makovsky—whose epic canvas Blind Man’s Bluff (c.1839-1915) sold for £4.3 million. The second, for Georgian primitive painter, Niko Pirosmani. Georgian Woman Wearing A Lechaki tripled its...
Rembrandt’s Fingerprints ‘Found’ on Rare Oil Sketch

Sotheby's ViewRembrandt’s Fingerprints ‘Found’ on Rare Oil Sketch

Experts believe they have found Rembrandt’s fingerprints while examining and restoring a rare oil sketch by the Dutch master. The prints, which were pressed into wet paint, are impressions of the artist’s thumb. They were found hidden underneath overpaint and darkened varnish layers. Study of a Head of a Young Man (c.1650), the painting in question, will be the highlight of the upcoming Old Masters Evening Sale held by Sotheby’s on 5 December. The 17th-century...
Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Auction Makes $362.6 Million

Sotheby's ViewSotheby’s Contemporary Art Auction Makes $362.6 Million

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction concluded in New York with an increase of 16.9 percent over the same sale in 2017. The auction was led by Gerhard Richter’s extraordinary Abstraktes Bild (1987)—which sold for $32 million. Measuring over 100 inches in both height and weight, only five of the 18 works from this period in Richter’s career remain in private hands. After the contemporary art auction on 14 November, Sotheby’s now holds the top five...
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