Art Market

Freddie Mercury at the Queen in Concert Magic Tour at Wembley Stadium, London, in 1986. © Richard Young (

The Freddie Mercury sale is a show that could go on and on

Smashing expectations, the hype-powered auction introduced a new and particularly well-oiled model of the big houses’ marketing machine

8 Sep 2023

Parcours des Mondes takes a truly global approach

This year’s edition of the event in Paris includes more dealers from more countries and offers an astonishing range of artefacts

4 Sep 2023

Can selling artworks in small pieces yield big dividends?

A new breed of business is offering investors shares in blue-chip artworks – and making big claims about their profitability

25 Aug 2023

Around the galleries – British Art Fair welcomes a fresh crop of collectors

Under new owners, this stalwart of the London fair calendar shows that a focus on British art needn’t be parochial

22 Aug 2023

Can London auctions give collectors what they really want?

A few excellent results can’t paper over the deeper cracks that have appeared at Christie’s and Sotheby’s this summer

12 Jul 2023

The young gallerists reinvigorating London’s art scene

A wave of emerging galleries is breaking across the capital despite difficult economic conditions

10 Jul 2023

Classical African sculpture keeps moving with the times

Provenance is more crucial than ever but the market for masterpieces is now broader than ever

Around the galleries – the Armory Show is still a force to be reckoned with

At a time when art fairs around the world are scaling back, the New York mainstay is still thinking big

3 Jul 2023

Portraits get seriously high-profile at the London auctions this month

A record-breaking Klimt at Sotheby’s has put the marketing machine in overdrive, but quieter joys can be found elsewhere in the capital

22 Jun 2023

Around the galleries – Treasure House sets out its stall in London

From the ashes of Masterpiece rises an ambitious and even more selective successor

19 Jun 2023
giltwood and marble table

The golden age of English furniture

After a period in the doldrums, pieces by the best 18th-century makers are back in demand

30 May 2023

Who really wants to buy video art?

Video art makes the running in the art world – but commercially, it has some catching up to do

30 May 2023

Auction highlights – a window on the world of Pierre Boulez

The famously irascible composer’s collection is up for sale at Artcurial in Paris this month – and it’s full of unexpected delights

26 May 2023

Auction highlights – Basquiat is still very much in fashion

Sotheby’s and Christie’s are both hoping to capitalise on the artist’s luxury status next week

12 May 2023

The battle to win New York’s auction season

There’s strong competition in the Big Apple this month, with a martial portrait by Rubens and a late landscape by Henri Rousseau among the contenders

28 Apr 2023
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What to see at TEFAF New York

The fair returns to Manhattan with a strong focus on designers, women artists, new discoveries and forgotten stories

27 Apr 2023

How New York took over the art world

After decades of globalisation, the centre of gravity is shifting back to the Big Apple

27 Apr 2023

Pop go the prices for Roy Lichtenstein’s works on paper

Drawings, prints and collages were important to the artist’s process – and the market now values them accordingly

27 Apr 2023

Around the galleries – Frieze New York thinks globally and locally

After scaling down during the pandemic, the fair is welcoming new international exhibitors while maintaining links closer to home

27 Apr 2023

Auction highlights – an all-American medley at Sotheby’s

The Wolf family’s extraordinary collection of American art and crafts is up for sale later this month

6 Apr 2023
Wooded Landscape Opening on to a Mountain Range (detail; c. 1600–10), Denijs van Alsloot (1570–1628) and workshop of Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568–1625). De Jonckheere at Art en Vieille-Ville

Around the galleries in Geneva’s Old Town

At the intimate, dealer-led event known as Art en Vieille-Ville, everything from Old Masters to surreal photographs is on offer

27 Mar 2023

Why is Surrealist art so popular?

Public and curatorial interest in the avant-garde movement shows no signs of abating but the market is less stable

27 Mar 2023

Bulls and a china shop – New York’s Asia Week sales, reviewed

An enthralling painting by M.F. Husain and the collection of retired dealers J.J. Lally & Co both played a star turn this week

24 Mar 2023

Art Dubai comes into its own

With a focus on artists from the Global South, there were unexpected discoveries to be made at this year’s edition

8 Mar 2023