Swann Galleries has withdrawn six lots of material from Ronald Reagan’s presidency from its May 23 autographs auction in compliance with the Presidential Records Act, which mandates the preservation of all presidential records that are generated in the course of doing governmental business composed after Jan. 20, 1981. The redacted material comes from the files of Anne Higgins, Reagan’s Special Assistant and Director of Correspondence, and was consigned to Swann by a relative of Ms. Higgins. The auction house made the decision after receiving a notice from the National Archives and Records Administration. Read More
Phillips ended this week’s contemporary art auctions with a modest sale that took in $78.6 million, with no major records set. An Andy Warhol quadruple portrait of Marilyn Monroe against an orange backdrop led the evening’s lots by a good margin, selling for $38.2 million. Read More
Christie’s broke auction records this evening with a contemporary art sale that brought in $495 million for the house across 70 lots, the highest total ever earned in a single art auction.
The auction saw seven lots over $20 million with buyer’s premium, among them those that led to new auction records for Jackson Pollock, Read More
A painting by Gerhard Richter once again became the most expensive work of art by a living artist ever sold at auction at tonight’s contemporary art auction at Sotheby’s. Mr. Richter had already been the world’s most expensive artist by that measure with a work that sold in October 2012 for $34 million, but tonight’s Read More
He Had Their Attention: Leonardo DiCaprio Charity Auction at Christie’s Hammers in $31.7 M., 13 Artist Records
Last night Christie’s hammered an impressive $31.7 million across 33 contemporary works in a charity auction organized by Leonardo DiCaprio. Thirteen new artist records were set, with many works doubling their pre-sale high estimates. The night had a total high estimate of just $18 million and most of the proceeds from the auction, titled the Read More
At the Impressionist and modern art auction at Christie’s earlier this evening, auctioneer Andreas Rumbler hammered down an uneventful sale that brought in $158.5 million to the house.
The mood was quiet as most lots sold to the phone, usually with only one or two underbidders. Read More
The spring auction season kicked off tonight with a well-stocked Impressionist and modern sale at Sotheby’s that brought in $230 million for the house across 71 lots.
Auctioneer Tobias Meyer, never known for his speediness with the hammer, seemed particularly patient over the course of the evening, with the audience groaning audibly as he accepted another bid on lot 17—a Bonnard landscape that sold for a below-estimate $1.45 million—when the sale was already at minute 35. (All prices include buyer’s premium.) Read More
Christie’s June 5 Old Master sale in New York will be led by Gerrit van Honthorst’s The Duet, “a significant work with an exceptionally distinguished Russian provenance, which includes the collection of Count Alexander Stroganov, art advisor to Catherine the Great, as well as the Hermitage Museum,” according to a release. It was also looted Read More
The lyrics for an unreleased Bob Dylan song, “Go Away You Bomb,” will be auctioned at Christie’s on June 26. The song, according to Rolling Stone, was written by Mr. Dylan for Izzy Young of the Greenwich Village Folklore Center in 1963. The lyrics sat in a drawer in Mr. Young’s house in Stockholm Read More