In three auctions, there were some formidable prices, though eyebrows were raised at a number of intimidating estimates. And there were failures.
Chinese collectors flock to London to buy items from their country’s Imperial past, attracted by pieces with ownership histories that guarantee authenticity.
The maximalist, cross-cultural decorating style favored by the two Frenchmen has long been admired as an antidote to the minimalism of contemporary interiors.
The mechanism that cut apart the $1.4 million “Girl With Balloon” jammed, the artist revealed in a video. The work was meant to be completely destroyed.
The artist’s remotely shredded “Girl With Balloon” was meant to poke fun at excesses of the auction world. Yet now his prices look set to soar.
The British street artist Banksy appeared to pull off one of his most spectacular pranks on Friday night, with a frame that shredded his “Girl With Balloon” after it sold.
A search for a lost masterpiece uncovered a woman’s harrowing account of escaping deportation, and possibly death, while spying on a Nazi at close range.
Offerings this season include British and German paintings, African photography and a bottle of something special.
While live online bidding has certain advantages for collectors, auctioneers have had to find new ways to connect with them.