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Overtime: Oct 26 – Nov 1

More stories from the week that ended Nov 1 (click on bolded words for more information): Sotheby’s to offer Carl Kahler’s My Wife’s Lovers, possibly the world’s largest and heaviest cat painting. Islamic State executes three people by blowing them up on three ancient Palmyra columns. “Windows on Death Row: Art From Inside and Outside…” features work by those awaiting execution. Hobby Lobby family under investigation for alleged importation of illicit antiquities from Iraq. Installation by Goldschmied & Chiari accidentally thrown out after being mistaken for garbage. The work is subsequently […]
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Preview: “Banksy: the Unauthorised Retrospective” @ Sotheby’s (London)

Sotheby’s teamed up with Banksy’s, former agent Steve Lazarides from Lazarides gallery, in order to set up an unauthorized retrospective exhibition of works by the internationally renowned artist. Even admitting that the artist would “hate” this show, the gallerist and the curator of the show chose mostly works from the period when they worked together, which will all be available for sale, priced between £4,000 and £500,000..  Fans of elusive British artist will have a chance to see some of his most iconic works in person including sculptures, crude oil paintings, […]
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Auctions: Giacometti’s “Walking Man I” Sculpture Sells at Sotheby’s for Record $104.3M

At Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in London today (Feb 3), this Alberto Giacometti sculpture sold for £65 million or $104.3 million.  The “Walking Man” is a mottled bronze and stands six-foot tall.  Its sale is a record for the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.  Pablo Picasso’s “Boy with a Pipe” was the previous record holder.  It sold for $104 million in 2004 at Sotheby’s in New York. More after the jump…
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Auctions: Sekoto Painting Sets Record for the South African Artist at Auction

There occasionally is some good news to come out of the down art market in this global recession.  On October 6, Sotheby’s hosted their Impressionist and Modern Art sale, which included Russian and Latin American Art.  Sotheby’s also snuck in this piece by South African artist Gerard Sekoto, a self-taught painter.  The 20×24″ oil on canvas (1945-1947) painting was estimated to sell between $100,000-150,000.  It smashed that estimate to hammer at $542,500 (inclusive of buyer’s premium). More after the jump…

Street Art Shows Strong @ Sotheby’s Contemporary Day Auction

We heard a rumor that the economy is not well and the art market is hurting. Apparently, the folks attending Sotheby’s Contemporary Day auction don’t agree. Today’s sale yielded solid results, with 337 lots pulling in over 21.5 million USD. Among the amazing lineup of artists, such as Warhol, Basquiat, Kippenberger and Cy Twombly, AM noted the inclusion of two iconic names from the “Urban Art” genre: Shepard Fairey and Banksy. More after the jump…