Susan Moore is the art market correspondent and associate editor of Apollo

Camp Forestia (1996), Peter Doig. Christie's London, estimate: £14m–£18m

London’s major modern and contemporary sales

Auction highlights in October include a dramatic Jenny Saville painting, a late Philip Guston work, and rich Islamic textiles

2 Oct 2017

Urs Fischer’s bonfire of the vanities in Florence

Two wax sculptures of art impresarios were ceremonially lit today in Florence’s Piazza della Signoria

22 Sep 2017
An Allegory of Love (c. 1520), Bernardino Licinio. Robilant + Voena (€750,000)

Florence’s art and antiques fair is on fine form

The Biennale Internazionale dell’Antiquariato di Firenze has upped its game under Fabrizio Moretti’s leadership

21 Sep 2017

Small auction houses move in on Christie’s old turf

When Christie’s announced the closure of its South Kensington saleroom, it was inevitable that rival auction houses would start circling

14 Sep 2017
Blue Sauna (2003), Adriana Varejão. Sotheby's London: estimate £400,000–£600,000

Celebrity collections kick off the autumn auctions

The personal collections of Edward Albee, Vivien Leigh and Mario Testino come to the block this month

5 Sep 2017
Club group (18th–early 19th century), Tonga, Fiji or Samoa, Polynesia. Michael Evans Tribal Art. Photo: Stephen Petegorsky

A preview of Parcours des Mondes

This year’s event explores links between traditional African art and contemporary art practice, while galleries around Paris present their best items

4 Sep 2017
David Tang, at his office in Hong Kong, 15 November 2004. SAMANTHA SIN/AFP/Getty Images

Sir David Tang (1954–2017)

Tang was well known as an entrepreneur, a socialite, and a columnist; he was also a leading art collector and patron of the arts

31 Aug 2017

Narrating the past, collecting for the future

For Inti Ligabue collecting tribal and oceanic art is a way of telling stories about the cultures the objects come from

15 Aug 2017

A token of love from a besotted prince

A portrait jewel commissioned by the future George IV for his secret wife, Maria Fitzherbert, is up for auction

30 Jun 2017
Ehrenbreitstein, or The Bright Stone of Honour and the Tomb of Marceau, from Byron's Childe Harold (1835), J.M.W. Turner. Sotheby's London: estimate £15–£25m

Turner’s golden landscape and other auction highlights

Venetian vedute, Tuscan cassone panels, and a masterpiece of British painting all feature in London’s upcoming Old Master sales

29 Jun 2017
Necklace (detail; c. 1899–1900), René Lalique. Wartski at Masterpiece London

Find the time to look longer and harder at art

Art demands close attention. The new ‘Slow Art Workshops’ provide unique opportunities to study and even handle objects of great beauty

24 Jun 2017
Histoire ancienne jusqu'à César and Fait des Romains (c. 1370–80), Paris, Master of the Coronation of Charles VI and a collaborator. Les Enluminures, $4.5m

The best of Masterpiece 2017

There’s something for all tastes at this year’s art fair, from ancient statuary to bright abstract paintings

24 Jun 2017
Deux bêtes affrontées, (1925), Gustave Miklos, image courtesy Sotheby's

These French firedogs have an impeccable pedigree

The firedogs made for the French couturier and collector Jacques Doucet are the epitome of art deco style

16 Jun 2017
The Martyrdom of Saint Victoria (1737), Nicolas-Sébastien Adam. Sotheby's Paris: estimate €200,000–€300,000

In London’s salerooms, bigger is no longer better

Auction highlights this month include a dramatic plaster relief in Paris, and a diminutive but vibrant Van Gogh in London

6 Jun 2017
Bird's Hell (1938), Max Beckmann. © Christie’s Images Limited 2016

As visceral a painting as you will ever encounter…

Max Beckmann’s ‘Bird’s Hell’, a terrifying vision of cruelty painted after he fled Nazi Germany, is to be sold at auction for the first time

2 Jun 2017
Eight Panels from 'The Birth of Aphrodite' mural from the Grand Salon of the S.S. Normandie (c. 1934), Jean Dupas. Estimate in the region of $1 million. Image courtesy Sotheby's

Gilded glass from the world’s most glamorous ship

The legendary S.S. Normandie was lost to fire in the 1940s, but relics from its luxury interior survive – including these verre églomisé panels

19 May 2017
Femme assise, robe bleue (detail;1939), Pablo Picasso. Christie's New York, estimate: $35–$50m

Modern masters lead the way in New York

Auction highlights this month include a Twombly masterpiece that has never appeared at auction before and a striking portrait by Picasso

11 May 2017
Inkstand with figures of the Virtues (c. 1480–90), probably Faenza. Courtesy Sam Fogg

Early maiolica has it all – even humour

These supposedly ‘primitive’ ceramics from late medieval and early Renaissance Italy are fresh, inventive and fun

5 May 2017
Carved cinnabar lacquer dish (Lat Yuan/early Ming dynasty), China. Sotheby's.

The unsung beauty of Chinese cinnabar lacquer

Lacquer is an extemely difficult material to work with, but the results can be extraordinary

21 Apr 2017
Head of Avalokiteshvara, Tang dynasty (618–906), dry lacquer, ht 67.8cm. Sotheby’s Hong Kong, estimate: HK$18m–HK$25m

Rare Asian art comes to the block at Sotheby’s

Auction highlights this month include an outstanding example of early Ming porcelain and a rare Nicholas Lancret painting

12 Apr 2017
A polychrome glazed terracotta bust of a laureate in a frame of fruit, vegetables and pine cones (c. 1487–94), Andrea della Robbia

The Della Robbia that escaped disaster

This glazed terracotta roundel by Andrea della Robbia was made for a palace that was promptly destroyed

7 Apr 2017
Nature morte au citron et pichet rouge (Still Life with Lemon and Red Pitcher) (1964), after Pablo Picasso. Estimate: $6,000–8,000

Picasso’s printmakers step into the spotlight

The Crommelynck brothers worked with the greatest artists of the 20th century to produce extraordinary prints, some of which will soon come to auction

24 Mar 2017
Virgin and Child with Saints (c. 1472), attributed to Hugo van der Goes

The Virgin and Child who went under cover

The bizarre story of how an altarpiece by Hugo van der Goes was transformed into a marriage portrait of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York

10 Mar 2017

Something has gone very wrong at Christie’s

The auction house’s decision to close its South Kensington saleroom and scale back operations in Amsterdam smacks of corporate short-termism

9 Mar 2017