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Post-war heavyweights dominate New York art auctions

Some of the finest masterpieces of 20th century art are the highlights of New York’s November auction season, poised to set new sales records in a flourishing market. The sum total of impressionist, modern, post-war and contemporary art being offered by Christie’s and Sotheby’s is expected to fetch more than…

Beauty on a budget: ‘Less elitist’ contemporary art leading market rebound

Sales of contemporary art rose 15 percent in the year to June as the worldwide market bounced back from the global financial crisis, according to research published on Monday. Artprice, a French company which tracks art sales worldwide, said the strong performance compared with a 2.4 percent contraction in the…

Graffiti star’s invisible secret found 24 years after death

LONDON — Experts at London’s Sotheby’s auction house on Tuesday revealed they had discovered an invisible ink signature made by US graffiti icon Jean-Michel Basquiat on his painting “Orange Sports Figure”. The work will be the top lot in Wednesday’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale and had been expected to sell…

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