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Important and interesting events of the art market and the world of collecting

28 September 2020

A selection of auctions to be held in the coming days.

2021 is preparing a new auction sensation. Sotheby’s announced the auction in New York in January of the masterpiece of the Florentine genius of the Early Renaissance Sandro Botticelli “Portrait of a Young Man with a Medallion” (circa 1470-1480). It is expected that the lot will be sold for at least $ 80 million. Specialists of the Department of Old Masters of Sotheby’s have already described the work as “one of the most important portraits in the entire world art history.”

The Courtauld Institute of Art History in London received in its collection a previously unknown diary of Paul Gauguin, which the artist kept in Polynesia. The manuscript, called “Avant et Après” by the great artist, is a cross between a manifesto and a memoir and includes curious and revealing facts about such contemporaries of Gauguin as Cézanne, Degas and Van Gogh. The artist also describes in detail the nine weeks he spent with Vincent Van Gogh in Arles with a story about a quarrel and a friend cutting off his earlobe himself in a fit of rage. The diary will be on display next spring, when the museum reopens after restoration.

Banksy’s Color Balloon Girl Print set an all-time price record for Banks’ print and also became the most expensive circulated artwork ever sold in an online auction. The iconic image displayed at Christie’s London Specialty auction was auctioned off for £ 791,250 ($ 1 million), well above its lofty £ 350,000 ($ 445,600) estimate. The auction was held online and ended on 23 September.

Auctions September 30 – October 4

Modern Art:

Wright September 30

Piasa September 30 (Lebanon)

Hindman October 1

Digard Auction October 4 (KAWS)

20th century art:

Hindman September 30

Wright October 1

Art of the Old Masters:

Crait + Müller October 1

Classic photography:

Christie’s September 30

Finarte September 30

Sotheby’s October 1

Bonhams October 2

Design of the late 19th – 20th centuries:

Bonhams September 30

Wright September 30

Binoche et Giquello October 2

Arles Enchères October 3 (Eugene Prince collection)

Annmaris Nordic Auctions October 4

Interior items, furniture, arts and crafts:

Chiswick September 30

Dorotheum September 30

Sotheby’s September 30

Sworders September 30

Christie’s October 1

Bertolami October 4


Sotheby’s September 30

Aste Bolaffi September 30

Bruun Rasmussen September 30

Pandolfini October 1

Doyle October 1

Wrist Watch:

Aste Bolaffi September 30

Veritas Art Auctioneers October 1

Collection wines:

Aguttes September 30

Ewbank’s October 2

Vasari Auction October 3, October 4

Lux-Auction October 4

Cape Winemakers Guild South African Wine Auction:

Bonhams October 3

Rare carpets:

Chiswick October 1

Ancient weapons:

Thierry de Maigret October 1

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