• The mid-season round of London auctions got off to a meteoric start at Christie’s on Tuesday night with a rich mix of Impressionist, Modern and Surreal works selling for a total of £176,986,000.

    Juan Gris's "Nature morte à la nappe à carreaux" (1915), estimated at £12-18 million, sold for £34.8 million.
    LAST UPDATE : Feb 05, 2014, 4:27 AM EST
  • Pre-Povera artist Alberto Burri's "Combustione plastica," 1960-1961, which sold for £4,674,500. (Detail)

    The market for the relatively esoteric Italian art movement of the mid-1960s known as Arte Povera (Poor Art) took a giant leap forward at Christie’s on Tuesday evening with a single-owner sale that earned £38,427,400 ($63,020,930).

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 12, 2014, 7:25 AM EST
  • Gerhard Richter's "Wand (Wall)," 1994, which sold for £17,442,500.

    The contemporary art market continued its steady climb at Sotheby’s on Wednesday night, with a sale dominated by a strong grouping of paintings by international blue chip artists that brought in £87,915,500 ($144,550,665).

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 13, 2014, 7:26 AM EST
  • Francis Bacon's "Portrait of George Dyer Talking," 1966, which sold for £42.2.

    Powered by a runaway Francis Bacon portrait, Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary evening sale—the last of the London season—surged to £124,192,000 ($206,158,720) on Thursday.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 14, 2014, 7:39 AM EST
  • (l-r) Carlo Scarpa's "A canne sommerso a bollicine" vase, circa 1934, and "Corroso a bugne" vase, from 1936.

    Creations by architect Carlo Scarpa and designs by Ercole Barovier are the main draw at the Murano Glass sale at Munich’s Quittenbaum on February 25.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 20, 2014, 7:38 AM EST
  • Jean Derval's anthropomorphic enameled chamotte clay vase shaping a nude woman’s body, dated 2008, and estimated at €3,000-4,000.

    Timed well with the popularity of contemporary ceramics, Parisian auction house Tajan’s March 4 “Ceramics” sale offers some historical precedents.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 26, 2014, 7:53 AM EST
  • Items from the collection of Stanley J Seeger are shown at Sotheby's on February 27, 2014 in London, England.

    Though arch-rival Christie’s soundly beat Sotheby’s in 2013 auction sales by a hefty margin, $5.9 billion to $5.1 billion, the publicly traded firm broke the billion dollar mark in private sales for the first time.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 28, 2014, 7:34 AM EST
  • Part of Skinner Inc.’s Fine Jewelry sale that comprised more than 500 lots earning over $2.7 million, the one-of-a-kind pieces were akin to tiny sculptures made early in Picasso’s career in the 1950s, and given to Françoise Gilot (the mother of two of his children, Claude and Paloma Picasso).

    Three pieces of jewelry designed by Pablo Picasso sold last week for a total of $386,250 — fetching more than six times their high estimate.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 27, 2014, 7:22 AM EDT
  • Sothebys 1919 Jadeite Cabochon And Diamond Necklace

    Stunning piece owned by heiress, with beads measuring 15.4 mm to 19.2 mm, will now be the star lot of Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite auction on April 7.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 31, 2014, 7:59 AM EDT
  • (DETAIL): Salvador Dalí's "Moment de transition" (1934)

    The spring auction season opened with a strong and rather unexciting bang at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern evening sale, which fetched $285,879,000 for the 47 artworks that sold.

    LAST UPDATE : May 07, 2014, 6:41 AM EDT