Auction News

Sotheby’s London – British & Irish Art

March 15th, 2012 by

On May 10th, Sotheby’s will hold a new sale of British & Irish Art with dedicated sections for Victorian, Early 20th Century, Marine, Sporting, Scottish and Irish Art. This sale is designed to answer the demand of new buyers who collect across a variety of genres and will bring together the finest drawings, watercolours, oil paintings and sculpture.

There will be exhibitions in Dublin, Belfast and Edinburgh before the auction at our prestigious New Bond Street saleroom. This fresh approach will celebrate the distinct character of British and Irish painting and engage collectors worldwide.

Sotheby’s – Fine Jewels

March 15th, 2012 by

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Leslie Hindman Auctioners – Naples Spring Auction

March 15th, 2012 by


Friday, March 16 | 12:00 pm EST


Saturday 10 March | 10am – 2pm

Monday 12 March | 10am – 5pm

Tuesday 13 March | 10am – 5pm

Wednesday 14 March | 10am – 7pm

Thursday 15 March | 10am – 5pm


Sotheby’s New York – African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art including Property from the Lerner, Shoher and Vogel Collections

March 15th, 2012 by

Sotheby’s annual various owners sale of African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian Art in New York is led by a magnificent Kota reliquary figure formerly in the collections of Morris J. Pinto and the artist Armand Arman (estimate $1-1.5 million).  In addition, this sale features works from several distinguished collections including The Martin and Roberta Lerner Collection of African Miniature Sculpture, the Zafrira and Itzhak Shoher Collection, and the Susan and Jerry Vogel Collection of African Art.  The selection of Pre-Columbian art will feature Peruvian gold, Mezcala stone figures, masks, and Maya and West Mexican ceramic figures from collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, William and Betty Hays and the Estate of Jan Mitchell.

Sotheby’s London – Contemporary Art / Turkish

March 15th, 2012 by

This week of sales will combine Arts of the Islamic World, Orientalist Paintings and Contemporary Turkish Art, as well as a remarkable single-owner collection of Ottoman art entitled An Eye for Opulence: Art of the Ottoman Empire.

This dedicated sale, comprising all aspects of Ottoman craftsmanship, as well as European paintings and Turqueries, presents wonderful opportunities for both the dedicated collector of Ottoman art and for those passionate about great design and sumptuous decoration.

Sotheby’s London – Modern & Post-War British Art

March 14th, 2012 by

The department offers the best of British paintings, drawings and sculpture from throughout the 20th century. Beginning with the ground-breaking Edwardians, such as Augustus John and William Nicholson, we pass through the Modernist and Surrealist years between the World Wars, through Neo-Romanticism, the realism and abstraction of the 1950s, the birth of Pop and right up to the present day.

Sotheby’s Geneva – Jewels from the Personal Collection of Suzanne Belperron

March 14th, 2012 by

The personal jewellery collection of arguably the most important female jewellery designer of the 20th century, Suzanne Belperron (1900-1983), will be sold in Geneva on the 14th of May 2012. Comprising over 50 lots, this unprecedented sale features the most significant group of jewels by Belperron ever to appear on the market. This collection includes some of her most celebrated designs and also very intimate items which illustrate her unique style and creative virtuosity.

Rago Arts and Auction Center – 20th C. Decorative Arts and Furnishings

March 14th, 2012 by

Consignments welcome until April 16th, 2012.

Saturday, June 16: Early 20th Century Design

Sunday, June 17: Modern/ 20-21st Century.


Swann Galleries – The Eric C. Caren Collection: How History Unfolds on Paper, Part II

March 14th, 2012 by

This is the second sale of material from Eric Caren’s collection, which aims to document every important event in modern history through books, manuscripts, autographs, photographs, posters and ephemera that span the 16th century through the 1970s.

Highlights include:

American Indian portraits by some significant photographers, including Edward S. Curtis, Frank Rinehart and David Barry, who shot the image shown top left, a boudoir card portrait of Good Horse and his wife, 1900s-10s.

Theodor de Bry’s Admiranda Narratio Fida Tamen, the first Latin edition of the first volume of De Bry’s Great Voyages, Frankfurt, 1590.

A large selection of 1960’s and 70’s anti-war and rock and roll posters.

Presidents of the United States, a chromolithograph by Augustus Feusier, 1861, shown left, and other material relating to Presidents, including an early photographic portrait of Lincoln before he was President.

Broadsides, including the first printing of the first act of secession, printed fifteen minutes after the final vote, Charleston Mercury Extra, 20 December 1860.

Sotheby’s – Masterpieces of African Art from the Collection of the Late Werner Muensterberger

March 9th, 2012 by

Born in Dortmund, Germany, Werner Muensterberger (1913-2011) started collecting African art as a teenager, inspired to do so by his godfather, the renowned collector Baron Eduard von der Heydt.  Muensterberger held three PhDs, in psychiatry, anthropology, and art history, and specialized in psychoanalytic anthropology.  He was the author of several important early publications on African, Oceanic, and Native American art, including The Sculpture of Primitive Man (1955) and Universality of Tribal Art (1979); as well as Collecting: An Unruly Passion (1995), examining the psychology of the collector.  The auction features a small group of masterpieces acquired during a lifetime of collecting.  The sale is led by Muensterberger’s iconic Luluwa Helmet Mask, famous for its superb quality and monumental scale (estimate $1.5-2.5 million).