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By Adrian Darmon
FINE RESULTS FOR OLD MASTERS AT SOTHEBY'S IN LONDON
The Old Master Evening sale at Sotheby's on December 5 2018 in London totalled 30.2 million GBP  with an exceptional sell-through rate of 86% - the highest ever achieved by the auction house in this category with a rare oil sketch by Rembrandt van Rijn sold for 9.48 million. 
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EINSTEIN'S LETTER ON GOD SOLD FOR A RECORD PRICE
Christie's 4 December sale of Fine printed books and manuscripts realized a total of 5,425,625 USD achieving 75% by lot and 81% by value with Albert Einstein's letter on God  sold for 2,892,500 USD,a new world auction record for a letter by the celebrated scientist achieved after a four-minute bidding battle between two clients on the phones. 
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A LUCAS VAN LEYDEN DRAWING SOLD FOR 11,483 MILLION GBP
Held by Christie's on December 4 2018, the sale of Old Masters/New Scholars: Works of Art for the benefit of the Rugby School realised a total of 14,794,125 pounds, far exceeding all pre-sale expectations with 83% sold by lot and 99% sold by value.
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PROMOTING HAITIAN ART
Working in Haiti as emergency manager for several years, Alexandre Latour has been profoundly charmed and changed by the beauty and the magic of Haitian art. 
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PHILLIPS FAILED TO MEET EXPECTATIONS IN N Y
Phillips' 20th century and contemporary art sale held on November 15 2018 in New York failed to meet expectations with ten lots unsold including a heavily promoted wood combustion painting by Alberto Burri (est. $10 million—15 million); a “Gray Painting” by Christopher Wool (est. $4 million—6 million); and the catalogue's cover lot, a Jackson Pollock  painting once owned by Nelson Rockefeller (estimated in the region of $18 million),
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WORLD RECORD FOR DAVID HOCKNEY AT CHRISTIE'S
81-year-old British artist David Hockney  became the most expensive living painter when Christie's sold his Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) (1972) for $90.3 million at its postwar and contemporary art auction in New York which realized a total of $357.6 million, compared with a revised pre-sale estimate of $323 million to $421.5 million.
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THE BARNEY A. EBSWORTH COLLECTION SOLD AT CHRISTIE'S IN NEW YORK

Part One of Christie's sale of An American Place: The Barney A. Ebsworth Collection totaled 317,801,250,USD with 88%  sold by lot,and 99% sold by value.


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362.6 MILLION USD FOR SOTHEBY'S SALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN N.Y
Sotheby's realized a total of 362.6 million USD with 97% of lots sold  for its Contemporary art sale held in New York on November 14 though only seven works sold for more than 10 million but this total eclipsed that of last year by 52.2 million.
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A WORLD RECORD FOR MAGRITTE BUT MITIGATED RESULTS AT SOTHEBY'S
Despite five artist records set and a 315.4 million USD total, Sotheby's sale of Impressionist and Modern art was not as successful as expected since Marsden Hartley's Pre-War Pageant (1913), estimated at about 30 million did not reach the 24 million reserve price, which seemed exaggerated in view of the fact that the artist's record set at Christie's in 2008 for « Lighthouse »(1915) only stood at 6.3 million.
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NOT A GREAT NIGHT FOR CHRISTIE'S
Christie's expected a 305 million USD turnover for its Impressionist and Modern art evening sale held on November 11 in New York but had to be content with 279.3 million because of surprisingly unsold pieces.
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SURREALIST ART EXHIBITION IN COIMBRA
Coimbra House Culture in Portugal will inaugurate the largest International art surrealist exhibition on  November 17f 2018 with 112 of the world leading artists from 48 countries due to participate in this event.
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CHRISTIE'S FIAC WEEK AUCTIONS ACHIEVE ALMOST 43 MILLION EUROS
Christie's FIAC Week auctions in Paris were concluded on Thursday 18 October with a total of €42,983,625, the second highest figure for this marquee week. The highlight of this week was Picasso's 1922 Guitare, bouteille et compotier which reached an impressive €3,982,500 while world auction records were set for 2 artists including for Belgian artist Pierre Alechinsky whose Mur d'oiseaux sold for €1,387,500, nearly four times its presale estimate.
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THE EBSWORTH COLLECTION TO BE SOLD BY CHRISTIE'S
Nearly 90 works from the Ebsworth collection of modern American masters with rarely seen paintings by Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe and Jackson Pollock, will be auctioned in November at Christie's in New York. The works collected over several decades by Barney A.Ebsworth, a pioneer in the luxury travel industry who died in April age 83, have been estimated at 300 million USD.
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CHRISTIE'S JULY CLASSIC WEEK TOTALS OVER 72 MILLION GBP
Comprising a total of 14 live auctions and online sales, with works of art dating from antiquity to the 20th century, Christie's London Classic Week sales in July 2018 collectively realized £72,376,000. The top lot of the series was a gift from Louis XIV to his son, the Grand Dauphin, Hercules Overcoming Acheloüs, circa 1640-50 by Florentine sculptor Ferdinando Tacca (1619-1686). The bronze sold in The Exceptional Sale 2018 for £6,758,750, setting a new world record price for the artist at auction.
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SALES HELD IN LONDON TOTALED 77.7 MILLION GBP
The sales conducted by Sotheby's in London during the first week of July 2018 totaled of £77.7 million, with strong results for Old Master and British paintings and drawings, decorative arts, sculptures and antiquities
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CHRISTIE'S SALE OF OLD MASTER AND BRITISH PAINTINGS ACHIEVES 31 MILLION GBP
The Old Masters & British Paintings Evening Sale held by Christie's in London on July 5 2018 totaled 31,18 million GBP with 45 lots sold Total: £31,187,000 / $41,229,214 / €35,241,310 74% sold by lot
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FINE RESULT FOR PHILLIPS IN LONDON
Phillips reached  its highest estimate for a June contemporary art sale in London with a total of more than 34 million GBP for 31 lots during its  sale of post-war and contemporary art held on June 27 2018.
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CHRISTIE'S SALE IN LONDON REVIVES THE ART MARKET
The Impressionist and Modern market has been on a kind of revival with Christie's sale of Impressionist and Modern art held in London on June 20,2018 which yielded 128.1 million GBP just near its high estimate, its second highest June sale in this domain since 2012.
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CHRISTIE'S SALE OF MODERN BRITISH ART YIELDED 26,38 MILLION GBP IN LONDON
Christie's sale of Modern British Art yieled 26.387 million GBP with 94% of the 48 lots sold marking a 30% rise over last year's total.
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SOTHEBY'S SALE OF IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART TOTALS A LOW FIGURE OF 87,5 MILLION GBP
Sotheby's sale of  Impressionist & Modern Art held in London  on June 19 2018 achieve a total of 87.5 million GBP with collectors demonstrating some  interest in a wide range of pieces spanning the entire field which saw Pablo Picasso's "Buste de Femme" (1932) reaching 27,3 million at ten times the 2,4 million it achieved at auction in 1997 but overall the sale was rather a disappointment.
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