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By Adrian Darmon
FINE PERFORMANCE BY SOTHEBY'S IN LONDON

Sotheby's Evening Sales of Impressionist & Modern Art and Surrealist Art held on March 1 2017 at Sotheby's London totalled £194,753,500, a sum which more than doubled the equivalent sale organized last year with a sell-through rate of 88.9%. 



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CHRISTIE'S SALE ART OF THE SURREAL FETCHES A TOTAL OF OVER 136 MILLION GBP
The Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale and Art of the Surreal at Christie's in London on February 28 2017, achievied a combined total of £136,874,598 with lively bidding for Portrait de Lluis Alemany, a work dating from the very beginning of Picasso's career (£773,000 ) and continued with Berthe Morisot's "Femme en noir or Avant le théâtre", which achieved £2,045,000 against a pre-sale estimate of £600,000-800,000 and her "Femme et enfant au balcon" , which more than doubled its high estimate to realise £4,085,000.
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APPOINTMENT AT CHRISTIE'S
Prof. Dr. Dirk Boll has been appointed President, Christie's Europe, Middle East, Russia and India effective immediately and reporting to Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer.
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SOTHEBY'S SUCCESSFUL SALE OF JUDAICA
The Important Judaica sale held by Sotheby's on December 15 2016 which began with a significant selection of property from the estate of Shlomo Moussaieff totalled 5,33 million dollars.
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SOTHEBY'S SALE OF AFRICAN AND OCEANIC ART IN PARIS
The sale of African and Oceanic art concluded by Sotheby's on December 14 in Paris realized an outstanding total of €8 million.
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OVER 31 MILLION EUROS FOR SOTHEBY'S CONTEMPORARY ART SALES IN PARIS
Sotheby's achieved their best result in the field of Contempary art in France since 2001 with a sale held in Paris on December 6 and 7 which totalled €29,049,750, exceeding its presale estimate of €16-23 million, while contemporary artworks from an Italian collection achieved €1,853,500.
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DAVID BOWIE'S ART COLLECTION DOUBLED ITS GLOBAL ESTIMATE
Every lot found a buyer in the first of Sotheby's two-day sale of the David Bowie collection held in London on November 9, 2016 and the pre-sale estimate of £8.1 million to £11.7 million was easily smashed to reach a total of £24.3 million.
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CLAUDE MONET HITS THE CEILING AT CHRISTIE'S
A Claude Monet painting titled "Meule", part part of his famous grainstack series, was sold at auction by Christie's  in New York on November 15, 2016 for 81.4 million dollars, a record for the French master.
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CHRISTIE'S POSTWAR AND CONTEMPORARY SALE BRINGS $277 MILLION
Despite a $ 277 million turnover, Christie's Postwar and contemporary sale held in New York on November 15, 2016 but it seemed the market has been slowing down during the past year.
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SOTHEBY'S IMPRESSIONIST & MODERN ART DAY SALE BRINGS $38.8 MILLION

SOTHEBY'S sale of Impressionist & Modern art held in New York on November 15, 2016 brought $ 38.8 million  led by the phenomenal 

results for a selection of bronze sculptures by Diego Giacometti, which together sold for $6.8 million.


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MUNCH'S PAINTING PROPELS SOTHEBY'S IMPRESSIONIST & MODERN ART SALE
Edvard Munch's stunning Pikene på broen (Girls on the Bridge) from 1902 brought $54.5 million, making it the second-highest auction price for any work by the artist after The Scream and helping propel Sotheby's  Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sale total to $157.7 million on November 14 2016 in New York.
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SOTHEBY'S FRIEZE WEEK SALE TOTALLED OVER 83 MILLIONS GBP
Sotheby's Frieze week sale series totalled £83.5 million, exceeding its top estimate. The Contemporary Art Evening Auction alone realised £48 million, the highest amount ever achieved during Frieze week. The sale was led by two works by Gerhard Richter and Jean-Michel Basquiat, which both went over £10 million.
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CHRISTIE'S SALES FELL BY 33% DURING THE FIRST HALF YEAR OF 2016
Christie's global sales during the first half of 2016 totaled 3 billion USD, a 33% drop in US dollar terms compared with the same period in 2015 when sales amounted to 4,5 billion.
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STRONG RESULT FOR CHRISTIE'S SALE OF OLD MASTERS
The Old Master and British Evening Sale held by Christie's in London on July 7,2016  achieved £65,390,100 with a £44,882,500 bid on Peter Paul Rubens's Lot and his Daughters,
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SOTHEBY'S SALE OF MASTERPIECES TOTALS ALMOST 32 MILLION GBP
Including Old Master paintings, sculpture and works of art,masterpieces offered for sale at Sotheby's on July 5 and 6,2016 sold for a combined 31,831,191 GBP with auction records for works by Marten van Cleve the Elder, Niccolo di der Sozzo, Pacino di Bonaguida, Barthel Beham, Jean-Etienne Liotard, Louis-Gabriel Blanchet, Dominic Serres, Peter Lely and Jan Brueghel the Elder.
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HUGE SCANDAL ROCKS THE PARIS ART MARKET by Adrian Darmon
A huge scandal has rocked the Paris art market following the arrests of two of its main representatives suspected of having sold fake pieces of furniture, notably to the royal chateau of Versailles.
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TWO DOCUMENTS SIGNED BY PRESIDENT LINCOLN SOLD FOR 4,5 MILLION USD
Two documents signed by Abraham Lincoln in his drive to abolish slavery in the 19th century have sold for more than $4.5 million at Sotheby's on May 25, 2016 in New York. 
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RARE BREGUET WATCH REACHES TOP PRICE IN GENEVA

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BAD SALE FOR IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN WORKS AT CHRISTIE'S
Christie's Impressionist and modern sale on Thursday, May 12, 2016  totaled $141 million, just at the low tip of the $138.3 million to $203.4 million range. Of 51 lots on offer, one was withdrawn) and 44 were sold.
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OVER 318 000 US DOLLARS FOR CHRISTIE'S MAY 10, 2016 SALE OF POST-WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ART

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