Tag - sotheby’s

Rare painting stained with bird droppings sold for $3 million


A rare 17th-century art piece, rediscovered in a farm shed in a neglected condition, has fetched over $3 million at a recent Sotheby's auction. The painting, of an old man seated on a stool, belongs to the Belgian painter Anthony van Dyck. It was a figure study for his famous painting "St Jerome". The piece is...

Asia Week returns to New York after an 18-month hiatus


Asia Week New York will resume in March after an 18-month hiatus due to the pandemic. The participating galleries and auction houses will arrange—live and online—a series of exhibitions, sales, and lectures surrounding Asian art and culture.   The week-long celebration of Asian art and culture, organized by Asia Week New York Association, a nonprofit group,...

Sotheby’s to auction rare first print of US Constitution


An extremely rare official first-edition printed copy of the US Constitution will be put up for bid by Sotheby’s in mid-November, the auction house said on Friday.  Announcing the upcoming sale of the document on the 234th anniversary of its signing by delegates to the Constitutional Convention, Sotheby’s estimated its value at $15 million to...

Kanye West’s Yeezy sneakers fetch record $1.8 M at Sotheby’s auction


The Kanye West sneakers that sent athletic shoes strutting down fashion runways sold for $1.8 million, a new world record price for a pair of sneakers, Sotheby’s announced on Monday. The American rapper’s 2008 ‘Grammy Worn’ Nike Air Yeezy samples were prototypes for a line developed by West and Mark Smith for Nike. They were...

NY AG Letitia James sues Sotheby’s for helping client escape sales taxes


Sotheby’s was sued on Friday by New York’s attorney general, who accused the auction house of defrauding the state by helping an important client avoid millions of dollars of sales taxes on art he purchased. Attorney General Letitia James said Sotheby’s helped the client, a collector of contemporary art, obtain false tax exemption certificates known...