Art Market

Guercino at Master Drawings New York 2017

A tour around January’s art fair highlights

From British modern art, to antique rugs and Old Master drawings, there’s something for everyone on the art fair circuit this month

2 Jan 2017

The Old Masters stay fresh in London

Old Masters, fresh sales | Auction house reshuffles | All change for London summer fairs | BADA revamp | New director for Artissima

17 Dec 2016
St Stephen taken to his Martyrdom, (c. 1625-30), Andrea Vaccaro

The commercial and critical rise of the Caravaggisti

Caravaggio’s radical vision inspired a legion of followers across Europe, whose work is increasingly in the spotlight at museums and auction houses alike

13 Dec 2016
Head study of Dorothy Dene looking downwards, for ‘The Golden Stairs’, by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones © Christie’s Images Limited 2016 (detail)

Christie’s offers the makings of a Burne-Jones masterpiece

Not one, but two groups of preparatory work for Edward Burne-Jones’s monumental painting ‘The Golden Stairs’ have made it into the same sale

9 Dec 2016
St Joseph and the Christ Child (c. 1655-60), Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. Christie’s London (£3m–£5m)

A marvellous Murillo comes to Christie’s

Auction highlights this month include a masterful but unfashionable Murillo, and a captivating Egyptian sculpture of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet

5 Dec 2016
Art Basel in Miami Beach

Optimism at Art Basel in Miami Beach

Dealers are optimistic that sales will be strong despite a more muted atmosphere than previous years; plus the latest art market news and comment

2 Dec 2016
A bronze reclining figure of the Hermaphrodite (probably mid 17th century), Italy. Cast from the antique marble restored by Ippolito Buzzi in 1621-23. Christie's, estimate £200,000-300,000

Why a sleeping hermaphrodite is causing a stir at Christie’s

Horace Walpole’s aunt once quipped that the hermaphrodite was ‘the only happy couple she ever saw’. A bronze variation on the theme comes to auction soon…

28 Nov 2016
Rendering of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (Zeitz MOCAA), Cape Town, which is scheduled to open in September 2017. Courtesy Heatherwick Studio

Does South Africa have what it takes to become a global art market hub?

With a new museum due to open in Cape Town soon, a growing gallery scene, and burgeoning international interest in contemporary African art, signs are good

24 Nov 2016
Meule (Grainstack) (1891), by Claude Monet, sold for a record $81.4m at Christie's New York.

New York’s art market holds steady despite political upheaval

A look at the highlights at Sotheby’s and Christie’s – plus a major sale in Stockholm, and the latest from Abu Dhabi

18 Nov 2016
Moon jar (18th century; Korean, Joseon dynasty, 1392–1897)

Will Korean ceramics regain their value on the global market?

‘People put great stock in the history. Without it, these objects are worth much less.’

16 Nov 2016
A tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl and gold piqué rosewater ewer and basin (first half 18th century), Naples. Sotheby's: estimate €400,000–600,000

The historic tortoiseshell work that is nothing short of a masterpiece

There are no better examples of piqué posé tortoiseshell in the world. How often may this be said of a work of art on the market?

14 Nov 2016

Our guide to this month’s European art fairs and events

There’s something for everyone as Cologne Fine Art, WIKAM, Art & Antique Hofburg and the Winter Art & Antiques Fair all open

11 Nov 2016
Abstraktes Bild (1994), Gerhard Richter. Courtesy Christie's New York

David Bowie and Richard Attenborough’s art collections come to auction

A look at the star attractions at Sotheby’s in London this November

10 Nov 2016
TEFAF New York Fall

Sotheby’s spreads its wings even further, plus the best of the autumn fairs

Sotheby’s purchases Mei Moses Art Indices | TEFAF New York Fall debut |West Bund Art & Design | Early sales for Asian Art in London

6 Nov 2016
Asian Art in London Art Award: The Winners

The Asian Art in London Art Award: The Winners

Apollo presents the winners of this year’s Asian Art in London Art Award

3 Nov 2016

Highlights from Artissima 2016

With over 190 galleries and a number of new initiatives, Artissima’s 23rd edition promises to be bigger and better

1 Nov 2016

Flashback looks set to scale new heights in Turin

With an array of great works on offer, Flashback returns to Turin for what should be a triumphant fourth edition

1 Nov 2016
Blue Counterweight, Two Spines (1975), Alexander Calder

Art market review: the Biennale des Antiquaires returns to its roots

This year’s fair was complemented by a strong edition of Parcours des Mondes

1 Nov 2016

Asian Art in London shows just how quickly this market has developed

From neolithic objects to contemporary art, the diversity of works on offer at Asian Art in London shows just how far this market has come

31 Oct 2016

Asian Art in London Art Award: the shortlist

Apollo presents the shortlist for the Asian Art in London Art Award 2016

31 Oct 2016

The Chinese tea bowl that is a minor miracle

The highlight of the Asian art sales in London is a ceramic masterpiece that was created in China almost a thousand years ago

30 Oct 2016

How exactly does crime affect the art market?

Art crime is never far from the headlines, and it should be taken as seriously as any other crime

27 Oct 2016

Why it’s boom time for the art insurance sector

Art dealers, auction houses, collectors, and institutions now transport artworks around the world as a matter of course. The risk of accidental damage in transit means that comprehensive insurance policies are more fundamental than ever

24 Oct 2016

Bigger and better: TEFAF and FIAC expand their horizons

TEFAF takes on New York | FIAC takes over the Petit Palais | The young and fun Paris Internationale | A decade of Christie’s Dubai | Victor Teodorescu joins Christie's African & Oceanic Art department

21 Oct 2016