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.


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New verification service for art salvaged from the street

05 September 2008

STREET art by Banksy – until now a problem area at auction because of authentication – is about to be brought in from the cold thanks to a new independent verification body.

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Sotheby’s figures show reliance on contemporary art

11 August 2008

SOTHEBY’S dependence on the contemporary art market could hardly be clearer than in their latest set of figures.

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Contemporary values rise as London series sets record

07 July 2008

LONDON’S latest contemporary art sales saw vast sums of money continuing to be channelled into top-end post-War art as prices and confidence in the market remained high.

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Hirst sale to bypass the primary market

30 June 2008

Sotheby’s have announced the highlight of their autumn series: an auction of new works consigned by Damien Hirst on September 15-16.

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East End auction tests market for new Urban artists

23 June 2008

The latest addition to the London street art calendar took place at Village Underground in Shoreditch on June 17, where Dreweatts became the first auctioneer from outside London to host a dedicated Urban Art Sale.

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Contemporary sales in New York total close to $1bn

19 May 2008

THE gargantuan sums of money being spent at the top end of the contemporary art market continued unabated as the latest sales series in New York saw a staggering overall premium-inclusive total of $990m.

Urban Art at Selfridges

19 May 2008

Dreweatts have secured a preview for their forthcoming Urban Art sale at Selfridges.

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Sotheby's set European record at contemporary sale

03 March 2008

THE global contemporary art market received an important shot in the arm in London last week as Sotheby's set the highest total ever seen for a contemporary art sale in Europe.

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Bonhams pioneer the urban art sale

21 January 2008

Having dramatically grown the auction market for Banksy at their mixed media Vision 21 sales, Bonhams are embarking on a new venture – a dedicated sale of Urban Art.

Sotheby’s raise the contemporary stakes

21 January 2008

Sotheby’s have agreed to sponsor Tate Britain’s Duveens Commission, thereby allowing this site-specific sculpture commission to become an annual rather than a biennial event.

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Art Fund hands out £5m grants to fund galleries’ contemporary art collections

12 November 2007

The Art Fund have announced the five £1m winners of Art Fund International, the scheme dedicated to building collections of international contemporary art at regional UK museums and galleries.

Harrogate to go contemporary at spring fair

20 August 2007

LOUISE Walker, who has been organising antiques fairs in Harrogate for the past 27 years, will launch a contemporary art fair in the North Yorkshire town next Easter.

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Phillips de Pury and Saatchi Gallery form partnership

23 July 2007

PHILLIPS de Pury look to have taken another step to increase their influence as a major player in London’s contemporary art market by forming a new partnership with The Saatchi Gallery.

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Contemporary sales: new levels of demand

25 June 2007

Demand for contemporary art reached yet another new level of intensity in London’s auction rooms last week when Christie’s and Sotheby’s both posted record totals of nearly £75m for their June evening sales of contemporary works.

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Contemporary art: the bubble expands again

21 May 2007

More records fall in record NY art sales

Buy Contemporary art charity tells regional museums

10 April 2007

Museums should learn lessons of the 20th century

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Increasingly bankable Banksy

26 February 2007

Anonymous artist’s contempt for art market does nothing to dampen demand

Chinese artists now lead Contemporary art top 100

05 February 2007

Share of places has risen to a quarter as prices have soared, say Artprice

Australian market abuzz as Deutscher splits from Menzies

03 January 2007

THE end of 2006 sees the $160m Australian art and antiques auction market in a state of flux again. Chris Deutscher, one of the two main partners in the Menzies group, has announced his departure from the company. He intends to set up a rival firm by the new year.

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