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The blue sign, classic branding and a worldwide network backed by the 274-year heritage of the Sotheby’s Auction House. Twice monthly I will feature on my blog articles of interest from the Sotheby’s Auction House.
Born into a fervently Catholic family, Andy Warhol was brought up in Ruska dolina, the Ruthenian borough of Pittsburgh. A devout Catholic himself, the artist attended weekly church services with his beloved mother, Julia Warhola. Though ever in his thoughts, it wasn’t until his final years that Warhol’s oeuvre became dominated by portentous and religious imagery, flirting with styles and symbolism from Eastern and Western Catholic art history, and carefully reframing them within the context of Pop.
As an exhibition of works by Andy Warhol goes on display at S|2 London, we look back at the three seminal decades that shaped the artist’s career and legacy.

The 1960s

In the 1960s he duly adopted what became his signature technique: the silkscreen. Put simply, this entailed transferring a photographic image onto canvas – and applying paint or ink to it via a squeegee. There tended to be not just one finished canvas but several: Warhol liked to try out a variety of colour combinations on each photo. (He also liked to vary the number of photographs reproduced in each work: sometimes it was only one, sometimes hundreds.)
Shots of celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy were the source for some of Warhol’s best-known silkscreens. By the mid-1960s, Warhol was rather a celebrity himself, and he even created a set of intensely coloured selfportraits in silkscreen.

The 1970s

After tireless activity in the 1960s, it’s generally agreed the 1970s was a much quieter decade for Warhol – in part because he was recovering, physically and mentally, from an assassination attempt against him in 1968 (in which he was shot at three times in his studio, The Factory.) His best-known work from the 1970s is his portraiture: created by taking Polaroid photos of sitters and applying the usual silkscreen technique thereafter.

The 1980s

As the 1980s dawned, Warhol was experimenting increasingly with abstraction – in series such as Rorschach (inspired by the psychological test, in which one’s perception of inkblots is analysed). One innovation was his sprinkling of diamond dust on the surface of works, such as Diamond Candy Box. A large series of drawings and paintings of dollar signs, meanwhile, saw Warhol revisit a longstanding theme in his art: money.

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When it comes finding new materials, diving the ocean depths, climbing tall mountains, and exploring new areas, few can do it better than Rolex. This is also true when it comes to the world of wonderful and idiosyncratic accessories.

Many Rolex collectors own the best watch models, but how many them own Rolex deepsea diving gear? From the 1950s to the 1970s, the watchmaker had produced highly unusual memorabilia given only to entrusted dealers to promote the brand. Now, passionate enthusiasts are in for a thrill as Sotheby’s Watches Online sale presents extremely rare treasures of Rolex memorabilia, many of which have never been seen at auction before, and all of which have broadened the world of watch collectors beyond horology.

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The blue sign, classic branding and a worldwide network backed by the 274-year heritage of the Sotheby’s Auction House. Twice monthly I will feature on my blog articles of interest from the Sotheby’s Auction House.

Hermès Handbags Online offers 44 extraordinary examples of the finest craftsmanship from luxury brand Hermès. Led by a stunning “One Two Three and Away We Go” Limited Edition Birkin, the sale features a hand-picked selection of the brand’s iconic Birkin and Kelly bags in a variety of sizes, skins and colors – many of which are in pristine condition. Smaller leather goods, including clutches and wallets, are also available.

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Claude Monet’s Meules

The blue sign, classic branding and a worldwide network backed by the 274-year heritage of the Sotheby’s Auction House. Twice monthly I will feature on my blog articles of interest from the Sotheby’s Auction House.

May 14th was a monumental night at Sotheby’s New York, as 56 works from some of the greatest artistic masters of the 19th and 20th century garnered an incredible $350 million. The Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale’s remarkable results speak to both the magnitude of the spring auction’s consignor collections and the dynamic power of today’s art market.

Claude Monet’s Meules was the evening’s undoubted winner, with a winning bid of $110,747,000. The sale sets a new artist record price for a work by the artist, outdoing the previous benchmark of $84.7 million. What’s more, the masterpiece is the first work of Impressionist Art to sell for more than $100 million at auction. In just eight minutes, six bidders fought hard for the masterpiece – but there could be only one winner. Meules is considered the crowning achievement of Monet’s Haystacks series, but the present work has not been seen at auction since its sale to a prolific collector in 1986. Given this, Tuesday’s sale was a rare opportunity for buyers to appreciate the sublime work of a profound master.

 

The blue sign, classic branding and a worldwide network backed by the 273-year heritage of the Sotheby’s Auction House. Twice monthly I will feature on my blog articles of interest from the Sotheby’s Auction House.

Sotheby’s is delighted to present Berluti: The Art of Craftsmanship*, a selection of items hand-chosen by Sotheby’s specialists, which pay tribute to the pillars of Berluti’s heritage and proficiency: specifically the distinct hand-crafted Berluti patina and the exclusive Venezia leather, introduced by Olga Berluti in the 1980s. The sale offers collectors a unique opportunity to acquire incredibly rare pieces from landmark moments throughout the luxury shoemaker’s history. The standout lot is a Porsche 911 from 1973, the first car ever to be fully customised in an exclusive Berluti patinated leather interior. This groundbreaking auction is held exclusively online between 24 April and 7 May, with the full exhibition on view at Sotheby’s Paris premises between 24 – 29 April. 

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Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art (29 March) and Works on Paper (28 March) sales feature works by some of the 19th and 20th century’s most celebrated artists. From Kees Van Dongen’s portrayals of the romantic exuberance of 1920s Paris to Joan Miró’s surreal collages and further works by Magritte, Picabia, Picasso and many others, together they present a collection of true masterpieces. 

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In 1744, Sotheby’s held its first auction—a books sale in London that totaled £826.

Founded by Samuel Baker, Sotheby’s began as a bookseller in London, and over the years, it has continued to auction literary works, including the unpublished papers of Sir Isaac Newton, Martin Luther King Jr.’s collection, and the Magna Carta.

By 1883, the auction house had started selling art. Ninety years later, Sotheby’s sold works by living artists, such as Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg, for the first time, bringing new attention and recognition of modern art. In 1958, Sotheby’s obtained a collection belonging to Jakob Goldschmidt of of seven paintings by leading impressionist and post-impressionist artists Édouard Manet, Paul Cézanne, Vincent Van Gogh, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir for a sale. The auction was put on as a black-tie evening event and became the standard for what is known today as the evening sale.

In the 275 years since then, the firm has expanded both geographically and in the types of works it sells.

To celebrate the 275th anniversary, Sotheby’s chairman of the board, Domenico De Sole, accompanied by colleagues, rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange Monday morning, where Sotheby’s is the oldest company traded. .


Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973), India (1992) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sotheby’s presents auctions in ten different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong, and Paris, and Sotheby’s Bid Now programme allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world.
Discover the visionary collection of legendary French contemporary art dealers Marianne and Pierre Nahon.

In this episode of A Life Less Ordinary presented by Hennessy Paradis Imperial, Marianne and Pierre invite us into their home in Vence and explain how they turned a passion for art into a career, defending the creations of subversive artists such as César and Arman and being among the first to exhibit the works of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol in France. 250 artworks that lived with the Nahons will be auctioned in Sotheby’s upcoming sale ‘L’Art C’est La Vie – Collection Marianne et Pierre Nahon‘ (19-20 March, Paris).

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Most individuals are unaware that the Sothebys.com website provides information not only about the Auctions but through Sotheby’s Museum Networking, the site provides updates on art collections and “must see” show openings in art museums throughout the world. The website also offers wonderful Museum Network City Guides. For Tim Marlow’s Must-See Museum Exhibitions for February 2019 please click here.
One of Tim’s favorites will be the Monet Exhibition at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, February 16th to March 27th. The exhibition features fifty paintings by Claude Monet dating mainly from 1913 to 1926, the final phase of his long career, including twenty works from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris. 

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty; the blue sign, classic branding and a worldwide network backed by the 273 year heritage of the Sotheby’s Auction House. Twice monthly I will feature articles of interest from the Auction House.

The Gilded Age was a period of unprecedented economic growth in America, allowing for culture and creativity to flourish. Powerful collectors like Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick and Andrew Mellon, amassed important works of European furniture, decorative and fine art, laying the foundation for America’s greatest Institutional collections which have influenced generations of artists, curators, filmmakers, designers and collectors.

Sotheby’s upcoming single-owner sale honors the keen eye and passion of an important American collector who brought together fine examples over the course of decades. With paintings from the Old Masters to the Impressionists, exceptional pieces of 18th and 19th Century continental furniture and decorative art, and Asian art, a grand vision is captured in our forthcoming auction, The Gilded Age Revisited.

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