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    Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

    Sotheby’s has just concluded the autumn sales series in Hong Kong with 3,423 lots sold. The 20 auctions conducted over five days achieved a grand total of HK$3.35 billion / US$426 million. This was the sixth consecutive Hong Kong series to exceed US$400 million

    Tad Smith, Sotheby’s CEO, commented: “Our successful sales series in Hong Kong followed the closing of our acquisition by Patrick Drahi, which returned Sotheby’s to private ownership last week after 31 years of public trading. The confidence of our consignors this season and the demand demonstrated by buyers throughout our week of sales is a strong market signal as we look forward to our marquee November sales in New York and beyond.”

     Sanyu’s Nu sold for a record HK$198 million (US$25.2 million), setting a new benchmark for the artist. 


    Friday, October 4th, 2019

    Banksy’s parliamentary primates made a record £9.8 million at Sotheby’s in London last evening. After a 13 minute bidding battle during which more than ten bidders competed for Devolved Parliament, which had a top estimate of £2 million. It was a new record for a work by the artist.

    Jean Michel Basquiat’s Pyro sold for £9.8 million in a contemporary art evening sale which totalled £54.7 million.

    Banksy – Devolved Parliament


    Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

    Ahead of the latest Brexit deadline Banksy’s derisive portrayal of The House of Commons reduced to an assembly of parliamentary primates comes up at Sotheby’s in London on October 3.  Banksy first unveiled Devolved Parliament a decade ago as part of his ground-breaking Banksy vs. Bristol Museum exhibition. The painting returned to the spotlight for another showing in Bristol to mark the date originally intended for “Brexit Day”, March 29 2019. The artist took to instagram at the time to explain: I made this ten years ago. Bristol museum have just put it back on display to mark Brexit day. “Laugh now, but one day no-one will be in charge”.  It will be on display at Sotheby’s from September 28. Devolved Parliament is estimated at £1.5-£2 million.


    Saturday, September 7th, 2019

    The Najd Collection, one of the leading resources for Orientalist art, will be unveiled to the public at Sotheby’s in London on October 11. It will be followed by a dedicated evening sale of forty paintings from the collection on October 22. Carrying an estimate of £25.1 – 38.8 million this will be the highest-value sale ever staged in this category. It coincides with the British Museum’s upcoming Inspired by the East exhibition.

    Eager to look beyond the confines of their own Western experience, the artists represented throughout the Najd Collection travelled to and spent time in North Africa, the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East to portray first-hand what they saw and experienced. The legacy of their work has provided an invaluable documentary narrative of regions that have since been transformed by modernisation and conflict.

    Jean-Léon Gérôme, Riders Crossing the Desert


    Sunday, September 1st, 2019

    One of William Tillyer’s Kerry watercolours comes up at Sotheby’s Made in Britain sale in London on September 10   The eminent English artist, now 81 and noted for the diversity of his output, worked at the Cill Rialaig Project in 2001 and produced “The Age of Anxiety Watercolours”.  This one shows Kerry, but not as we would recognise it and is estimated at £2,500-3,500.  The sale will feature a selection of art by the Irish artist William Scott.


    Friday, August 30th, 2019

    Modern and Contemporary British and Irish from the collection of Patrick and Antoinette Murphy will come under the hammer across a number of sales at Sotheby’s in Paris and London. He has served as chairman for the Arts Council in Ireland and Antoinette set up the Peppercannister Gallery in Dublin. More than 30 works from their extensive collection include art by Henry Moore, William Scott, Gillian Ayres, John Bellany, Alan Davie and Sir Matthew Smith.

    As a brewer for Guinness, Patrick travelled all over the world – from London and Paris, Tokyo and New York to Kuala Lumpur and Kumasi – acquiring artworks wherever possible. He was chair on the ROSC exhibitions which introduced artists like Picasso, Lichtenstein and Rothko to Irish audiences.

    Breon O’Casey – Jungle Bird (£3,000-5,000).
    Albert Irvin – Ellington 2005 (£10,000-15,000)


    Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

    Meet Donegal Man by Lucian Freud. The 2007 etching comes up at Sotheby’s Made in Britain sale in September. Signed with initials in pencil it is numbered 26/46 on Somerset wove paper. The total edition includes 12 artist’s proofs. It was with Acquavella Contemporary Art in New York and the present owner acquired it from Galerie Simon Blais in Montreal in March 2008. Lot 106 in the auction is estimated at £7,000-20,000. The live auction begins on Setpember 10.

    Lucian Freud – Donegal Man


    Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

    The only known complete example of Les Peintures-Gravures published by the legendary art dealer Ambroise Vollard comes up at Sotheby’s in London on September 17. It features a magnificent example of Edvard Munch’s first ever colour lithograph alongside 21 prints by his contemporaries including Bonnard, Vuillard, Redon and Renoir. One of the most important art dealers and publishers of the 20th century, Ambroise Vollard was largely responsible for the validation of lithography as an art form, as well as the propagation of the greatest Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists. Issued in Paris in 1896 the work is estimated at £500,000-1,000,000.

    Ambroise Vollard, Portfolio Composition – Les Peintres-Graveurs


    Sunday, July 21st, 2019

    In our brave new world where refugees drown in the Mediterranean, children live in appalling conditions in camps near the Mexican border, and President Trump boldly suggests American born citizens of ethnic origin go back to where their families originated it is interesting to see an exhibition where emigres are celebrated. Brave New Visions: The Emigres who transformed the British art world organised by Sotheby’s shows how in bleak post-war London, a group of émigrés who had found sanctuary in Britain in the 1930s re-made their lives and introduced avant-garde European and British artists such as Naum Gabo, Oskar Kokoschka, Kurt Schwitters, Graham Sutherland and Ben Nicholson to the broader public.  Featuring over 40 paintings and sculptures, alongside unique documentary material, the exhibition reveals the story of a displaced community that thrived in an unfamiliar environment.  It is at Sotheby’s St. George St. Gallery until August 9.  It is all part of Insiders/Outsiders, a year-long festival celebrating refugees from Nazi Europe and their indelible contribution to British culture.

    Josef Herman – Refugees


    Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

    The Beatles’ original management contract with Brian Epstein was sold at Sotheby’s London today for £275,000. Signed by the band on 24 January 1962 the old piece of paper marked the beginning of the transformation of The Beatles into a band that would conquer the world.

    Manager Brian Epstein’s signature is conspicuously absent from this contract. He chose not to sign it, meaning that, whilst this contract bound Epstein to the Beatles, it did not bind The Beatles to Epstein. He explained: “It was because even though I knew I would keep the contract in every clause, I had not 100 per cent faith in myself to help the Beatles adequately. In other words, I wanted to free the Beatles of their obligations if I felt they would be better off.”

    A a collection of material relating to The Fab Four’s legendary performances in Hamburg sold for a combined £66,625. The city had become instrumental in the development of the British rock and roll scene by chance, thanks to a Liverpool club owner who ended up exporting English rock and roll bands to German bars. The Beatles had been going there since 1960, and performed at the Star-Club, the city’s leading rock venue managed by Horst Fascher. Two performance contracts for The Beatles at The Star-Club sold for £35,000 and £18,750 respectively. A collection of photographs and further materials relating to the Star Club sold for £11,875, many multiples of the estimate of £2,000-3,000.