Tag: Sotheby’s

Kandinsky sold by rightful owners

Russian-born modernist Wassily Kandinsky’s Murnau mit Kirche II (Murnau with Church II) sold for $44.9 million last night at Sotheby’s in London, after the controversial painting was restored to the heirs of its rightful owners. After a 12-year legal wrangle, the canvas had recently been returned by the […]

Jean-Léon Gérôme: Desert Scenes

These rare works by French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824–1904) are up for auction at Sotheby’s at the end of April for an anticipated sale in the region of US $1.3 to $1.98 million for Rider and his Steed in the Desert (above). “Painted in 1872, this evocative work […]

Picasso’s Menagerie

Pablo Picasso’s daughter Paloma once said: ‘We had a menagerie in the house. My father was like St. Francis of Assisi – animals couldn’t resist his aura.’ The Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker and ceramicist had an enduring love of the animal kingdom.

How to Move a Masterpiece

William Bouguereau’s La Jeunesse de Bacchus (The Youth of Bacchus) has been in the French painter’s Paris studio since 1884, and has previously left only three times for exhibition. Now, the painting is going to New York, to be offered by the direct descendants of Bouguereau at Sotheby’s. […]

A record $110-million for a Basquiat

MAY 18, 2017 – Jean-Michel Basquiat’s painting of a skull has sold for $110.5 million at Sotheby’s in New York, setting an auction record for American artists and providing a windfall for the daughter of two collectors who purchased it for $19,000 in 1984. The work by the […]

The Remarkable ‘Show of Hands’

About 1,000 remarkable images of the human hand netted Sotheby’s just over $10 million last month, exceeding estimates by more than $1 million.  Moving and powerful, the works exploring the theme of the hand came from one of the world’s most significant privately owned photograph collections, put together […]