With a “multicamera global livestream” in place of its usual New York sale, the auction house tried breathing life back into a pandemic-numbed market.
Sotheby’s tests a new hybrid auction market with a work by the British painter — and socially-distanced bid-takers in three cities.
The auctioneer will be in London; the telephone bids will be taken around the world. Viewers will be watching everywhere but in the showroom.
The song that became “The Star-Spangled Banner” had a modest debut in a newspaper. That first dated printing will be auctioned online at Christie’s.
The “Gilgamesh Dream Tablet” was displayed at the Museum of the Bible in Washington until the authorities seized it in 2019.
The sale, which includes works that were to be sold in New York in May, will be a hybrid: in-person (where allowed) and online in a format tailored for the coronavirus era.
Comic-book creators contributed their work, and buyers made their bids on Twitter, to help employees and businesses upended by the coronavirus.
In response to Covid-19, Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips are stepping up digital selling, but the prices don’t yet come close to those in the auction room.
Collectors know that meteorites, proof of where art and science intersect, aren’t just for museums anymore.