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Sotheby’s to sell Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s 'Pandora' - Sotheby’s will sell Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s 'Pandora' in its London sale of British and Irish Art on 22 May 2014. Estimated at £5-7 million, Pandora is arguably...


Bacon, Warhol, Koons highlight art auctions in New York - Christie's and Sotheby's presented their highlights for the contemporary art auctions in New York, May 2014. Bacon's 'Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards'...


Chinese Cup sells for $36.05 million at Sotheby's - The Meiyintang Chenghua Chicken Cup -one of the most important Chinese porcelains ever to appear at auction- sold for HK$281.24 million ($36.05 million) at Sotheby's...


Sotheby's to sell a $45 million Stradivari viola - Sotheby’s and Ingles & Hayday announced that they are to offer for sale the finest viola in existence – the ‘Macdonald’ Viola by Antonio Stradivari (1644 – 1737), with an estimated...


Sotheby's to sell works by Robert Rauschenberg - Sotheby’s spring auctions of Contemporary Art in New York on 14 and 15 May 2014 will feature a selection of works by Robert Rauschenberg sold to benefit the future and...




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The Meiyintang Chenghua

The Meiyintang Chenghua “Chicken Cup”
Sold for HK$281.24 million ($36.05 million)
At Sotheby's Hong Kong



Art Auctions

Art auctions are the most thrilling battlefield for the Art market. Art auctions attract thousands of buyers every year, as prices range from a few hundreds dollars for ceramics or prints, to the $120 million paid for a Munch in May 2012.

But Art auctions could be also a good way either to discover previously unknown artists or to know a bit more about the masters. In fact, the most important auctions houses often exhibit a selection of artworks that is comparable to the most important exhibitions held by the most respected Art museums.

The two most important auction houses in the world are Sotheby's (founded 1744) and Christie's (founded 1766), both having offices in Europe, America, Asia and Australia. Today, Sotheby's and Christie's control more than 90% of the world's art auctions.



Yearly reviews of the Art Auctions world

Art Market 2013ART AUCTIONS 2013 REVIEW - A brief review of the Art market for year 2013; from the record-breaker Bacon to a multimillion Persian carpet, we present our... - read more

Art Market 2012ART AUCTIONS 2012 REVIEW - Highlighted by Edvard Munch's The Scream, which sold for a record $120 million at Sotheby's. Also, two works by Rothko... - read more

Art Market 2011ART AUCTIONS 2011 REVIEW - A brief review of the Art market for year 2011. Highlighted by Chinese Art, the art auctions season featured several masterworks... - read more

Art Market 2010ART AUCTIONS 2010 REVIEW - Highlighted by Picasso and Giacometti, the art auctions season featured several surprising antiquities and a few... - read more

Art Market 2009ART AUCTIONS 2009 REVIEW - Its stars, surprises and disappointments. Lead by a superb drawing by Raphael, a colorful Matisse and a famous Warhol - read more

Art Market 2008 reviewART AUCTIONS 2008 REVIEW - The stars of the season and the main successes and disappointments, from Bacon, Monet and Malevich to a surprising Egyptian bust - read more

Art Market 2007 reviewART AUCTIONS 2007 REVIEW - A brief review of the Art market for year 2007, from Rothko to the most expensive antiquity ever sold at auction - read more

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