Christie's to sell the Rothschild Prayerbook - Christie’s Renaissance sale in January 2014 will include “The Rothschild Prayerbook,” a magnificent masterpiece of Renaissance art and one of the most important...
Warhol's 'Silver Car Crash' sells for $105M at Sotheby's - Andy Warhol's 'Silver Car Crash' was sold for $105,445,000 at Sotheby's Contemporary Art evening sale on November 13, 2013, smashing the previous...
Record-breaking Bacon at Christie's record-breaking sale - Christie's Post-War and Contemporary sale achieved $691.5 million, highest total in auction history. Bacon's 'Three Studies of Lucian Freud' realized $142,405,000...
Giacometti highlights modern art auctions - Alberto Giacometti was the star of the Impressionist and Modern art auctions at Christie's and Sotheby's in New York, November 2013. 'Grande tête mince' realized $50 million...
Masterpieces by Norman Rockwell at Sotheby's - Sotheby’s announced that its American Art auction in New York on 4 December will offer a great selection of paintings by Norman Rockwell -including his masterpiece...
Francis Bacon (1909-1992)
"Three Studies of Lucian Freud"
Sold for $142,405,000
World auction record for a work of art
Christie's, November 12, 2013
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.
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