Contemporary Art

The wide and varied world of Post-war and Contemporary art has become a major part of the art market and a key sector for the leading auction houses.


Pollock sets new all-time high

06 November 2006

Jackson Pollock’s 1948 drip painting Number 5 has set a new record for a painting. Mexican financier David Martinez has reportedly paid $140m for it in a private deal brokered by Sotheby’s.

Contemporary art boosts Fine Art Society results

23 October 2006

CONTEMPORARY art has helped the Fine Art Society triple its turnover in the past four years, according to results just released.

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Banksy bonanza

23 October 2006

Renowned Bristol-born graffiti artist Robert Banks, better known as Banksy (b.1975), has made himself into a globally-recognised phenomenon by planting his subversive guerrilla artwork in the world’s best galleries, museums, and amusement parks.

Frieze effect heats London in October

23 October 2006

£57m Indian summer for auction rooms

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Paolozzi’s vision sets £120,000 record

11 September 2006

Weighing 1.5 tonnes, Eduardo Paolozzi’s (1924-2005) Master of the Universe is winched into position outside the Edinburgh saleroom of Lyon and Turnbull. The sculpture, one of an edition of four, provided the highlight of the auctioneer’s first Contemporary Art Sale on September 1, selling to Edinburgh gallery Bourne Fine Art on behalf of a client at an artist’s record of £120,000 (plus buyer’s premium).

Phillips open London HQ for Frieze sale

02 September 2006

Phillips de Pury & Company will raise the curtain on their new London headquarters with a Contemporary Art and Design Art sale on October 14.

Hong Kong moves into the Modern market...

05 June 2006

A NEW record for Ming porcelain set by a king of Las Vegas provided the headline, but the real story of Christie’s anniversary series in Hong Kong was the rise and rise of Modern and Contemporary Asian art. This relatively new visitor to the global auction market has now eclipsed more traditional collecting disciplines as Christie’s biggest earner in Hong Kong.

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Middle Eastern buyers purchase half of inaugural Dubai sale

31 May 2006

Over 500 clients participated in Christie’s inaugural sale in Dubai last month at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel.

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If there is a bubble, it’s not set to burst yet

15 May 2006

Hedge funds continue to stake a claim on big-ticket names

Phillips de Pury & Co to open new London rooms and target Frieze clients

08 May 2006

PHILLIPS de Pury & Company are to open a new London saleroom and hold a special Contemporary Art and Design auction on October 14 during the Frieze fair.

Chinese painting records keep falling

18 April 2006

The current boom in the market for Chinese Contemporary paintings could hardly be better illustrated than by the way sale statistics have been leapfrogging around the globe in the last couple of weeks.

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China’s contemporary values

12 April 2006

The enormous potential of the market for contemporary Chinese art was dramatically underlined by almost frenzied scenes at Sotheby’s (20/12% buyer’s premium) eagerly awaited March 31 Contemporary Art Asia sale in New York.

Bloomsbury open Contemporary art department

20 March 2006

Bloomsbury Auctions are opening a Contemporary art department to compete for a share of London's burgeoning market.

Art Fund commission’s new work as challenge

13 March 2006

The UK’s leading art charity has commissioned its first-ever work by a contemporary artist as part of a campaign to boost funding for the arts.

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Contemporary global warming

14 February 2006

New buyers help records tumble as London reinforces its importance

Christie’s to sell art in Dubai

23 January 2006

Christie’s will test the potentially lucrative waters of the Middle Eastern market in situ by holding an inaugural sale in Dubai this spring.

Frost & Reed revamp includes a move into the Contemporary

11 January 2006

ST James’s gallery Frost and Reed, founded in 1808, have undergone a management shake-up and will have an increased focus on Contemporary art.

Contemporary still booming

19 November 2005

Christie’s return higher total for a single sale, but Sotheby’s secure top price of series

DMG get their passport to New York’s Contemporary scene

19 November 2005

INTERNATIONAL exhibition and publishing company dmg world media have acquired Chicago-based Expressions of Culture Inc., producers of SOFA Chicago and SOFA New York.

Contemporary records tumble at Sotheby’s and Christie’s

29 June 2005

London turned up the heat in the market for Contemporary art when both Sotheby’s and Christie’s achieved outstanding results at their June evening sales.

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