Robert Pattinson’s participation might prove to be the least notable part of Sotheby’s Experimental Contemporary Art Sale

What happens when you combine Robert Pattinson and an unusual market experiment where artists are auctioned off directly? You’ll get Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated Sale in New York, which raised $35 million on Friday. Earnings fell in the middle of its presale estimate of $27.2 million to $38.9 million. Watched closely was the debut of Artist’s … Read more

Sotheby’s holds its first auction and exhibition dedicated to artist-designed jewellery

This weekend, Sotheby’s opens Art as Jewelry as Art, a unique online auction and exhibition in New York (September 24 – October 4, 2022) featuring jewelry designed by 65 major artists of the 20th century. From Georges Braque’s gold-plated, bird-like brooches inspired by Greek mythology, to Louise Nevelson’s sculptural pendants, to a pair of Salvador … Read more

The art world rolls its eyes as Sotheby’s makes Robert Pattinson its curator

It seems that Robert Pattinson is no more compelling as a curator than he is as a vampire. Sotheby’s has named the ‘Twilight’ actor the latest celebrity to curate an exhibition for the auctioneer as part of a program called ‘Contemporary Curated.’ And it goes down like Marina Abramovic at a bachelor party. After insider … Read more

A folio from the largest illuminated manuscript of Persia’s Book of Kings could fetch $7 million at Sotheby’s

An illuminated folio from the most valuable manuscript of The ShahnamehPersia Book of Kingswill reappear on October 26th alongside ornate texts and artefacts for Sotheby’s London’s latest biannual auction series, Arts of the Islamic World and India. The single, double-page spread from the epic tale of Persian rulers, told in over 50,000 pairs of rhymes, … Read more

In 2020, world-class arts companies have flocked to the Hamptons. Are they in it for the long haul?

It’s much more than just a summer fling. Two years later, blue-chip galleries and major auction houses rushed to set up shop in the Hamptons to do so Capitalizing on the enclave’s dense population of indefinitely decamped millionaires and billionaires, the local arts scene shows no signs of slowing down. In the early months of … Read more

The US dollar is the strongest in two decades. So what does his growing power mean for the art market?

The US dollar is the strongest in two decades. What does this mean for the art market? I started thinking about it when the greenback hit a 20-year record against a basket of currencies including the euro and sterling. The US dollar index is up 10 percent so far this year. The rise “has left … Read more