Art Market

Trestle-leg table (17th century), China. Christie's Hong Kong ($1m–$1.5m)

Auction highlights – what Hong Kong is bringing to the table this month

As New York takes stock of a whirlwind season, attention turns to marquee sales in Asia

18 Nov 2022

Auction highlights – Christie’s first billion-dollar sale

The collection of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is set to be the first to break the $1bn barrier next week – though it is unlikely to be the last

4 Nov 2022
Tiger, Edo Period (1600–1700), Japan. Jorge Welsh Works of Art at Asian Art in London

Around the galleries – Asian Art in London, plus other highlights

This bumper edition of the annual event continues to demonstrate the capital’s strength in this field

24 Oct 2022
Pieno di Vuoto by Minjung Kim

Is bypassing a gallery as lucrative as it seems?

The boom in international demand for contemporary art has seen more and more living artists begin to sell at auction. But who stands to gain?

24 Oct 2022
Folding horseshoe chair, late Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), China. Sotheby’s Hong Kong, HK$124.6m ($15.8m)

Why is the market for classical Chinese furniture so hot?

Collectors are snapping up elegant huanghuali chairs and beds of the Ming and Qing dynasties at record prices

24 Oct 2022
Young Lady in a Loge Gazing to the Right Mary Cassatt

Auction highlights – Mary Cassatt gives a star turn in New York

A magnificent portrait by the Impressionist leads the pack in the sale of Ann and Gordon Getty’s collection at Christie’s this week

20 Oct 2022
William Kentridge

Frieze week highlights: petrol-can pastiches and chopped-up Shostakovich

Romuald Hazoumè’s latest ‘masques bidons’ focus on global figures whose ‘masks’ were stripped off by the revelations of the Panama and Pandora Papers – plus more shows not to miss this year

11 Oct 2022
Alice Neel

Frieze week highlights: Alice Neel and Victor Willing

An exhibition of Alice Neel’s portraits and abstract works by Victor Willing are among the shows we’re looking forward to seeing this year

10 Oct 2022
Amy Sherald

Frieze week highlights: Amy Sherald and Craig Murray-Orr

Amy Sherald’s striking portraits and Craig Murray-Orr’s postcard-sized paintings are among the highlights to see this year

8 Oct 2022
The Salon de Curiosités at the Hôtel Lambert. Photo: courtesy Sotheby’s

Auction highlights – an Al Thani treasure trove comes up for sale in Paris

The first of Apollo’s new, fortnightly auction previews looks at Sotheby’s sale of objects from one of Paris’s most colourful private mansions

7 Oct 2022
Helen Saunders Hammock

Frieze week highlights: Beat Generation artists and the forgotten Vorticist

Drawings and paintings by the little-known Vorticist artist Helen Saunders and a screening of Bruce Conner’s 1967 film ‘THE WHITE ROSE’ are among the shows not to miss this year

6 Oct 2022

How will a global recession affect the art market?

There is a growing nervousness about the effect a predicted global downturn might have on the art market’s post-pandemic bounce-back

26 Sep 2022
Relief avec deux collines (1972), Magdalena Abakanowicz. Sotheby’s London, £52,500

Threads of potential – the market for textiles by women artists

From the United States to the Soviet Union, women artists of the post-war era found creative freedom in fibre art – and their works are beginning to loom large in the market

26 Sep 2022
The Grand Palais Éphèmere, Paris. Photo: Aliki Christoforou; courtesy Art Basel

Around the galleries – Art Basel lands in Paris, plus other highlights

With its first excursion to the French capital, Art Basel has stolen FIAC’s slot in the autumn calendar, and perhaps its thunder

26 Sep 2022
Frieze Seoul

Was Frieze Seoul worth the hype?

The art fair’s first edition in the South Korean capital raises interesting questions for international dealers

3 Sep 2022
The Rituals of Things (2022) by Baan Noorg Collaborative Arts and Culture

What can Documenta teach the market?

This year’s Documenta is possibly the most challenging edition yet – so why is much of the art market failing to attend?

30 Aug 2022
The Feast of Absalom (late 1640s), Niccolò Tornioli. Robilant+Voena

Around the galleries – the ‘grand exhibition of Italian art’ returns to Florence

The Biennale Internazionale dell’Antiquariato di Firenze remains rooted in tradition – but it welcomes some modern sensibilities this year, too

30 Aug 2022
Marble sculpture by Mino da Fiesole

How early Tuscan Renaissance works made an unexpected return to the market

These once-overlooked pieces are making a comeback – and with few on the market, they’re more collectable than ever

30 Aug 2022
Portrait of Georges de Porto-Riche (detail; 1889), Jacques-Émile Blanche. Robilant + Voena

What not to miss at Masterpiece

As the eclectic fair returns to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Apollo picks out four highlights

29 Jun 2022
Sowei helmet mask of the Bundu societies

Parcours des Mondes is back in full force

This year’s event aims to entice a wider range of collectors and exhibitors back to the galleries of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris

27 Jun 2022
A young lady playing the tambourine, possibly Miriam the prophetess, sister of Moses (detail; first quarter of the 17th century), Pseudo-Caroselli. Agnews, London

Around the galleries – London Art Week takes a musical turn, plus other highlights

The dealers of Mayfair and St James’s have banded together with the Philharmonia Orchestra for a special series of concerts this year

21 Jun 2022
Masque Îles Mortlock mask

A question of ethics – the market for African and Oceanic art

As museums make promises to return looted works of art, provenance is now of paramount importance in the market

20 Jun 2022
Sotheby's Auction House, London

Can the UK art market bounce back?

As the UK falls behind in the global market, Jane Morris considers the route to reclaiming its competitive status

15 Jun 2022
Barn scene with a man courting a young woman and several figures (detail; 1681), David Teniers II.

Around the galleries – BRAFA lights up Brussels, plus other highlights

Despite its position in this summer’s packed calendar, the Belgian art fair is confident in its unique offering

30 May 2022