Sotheby’s auctioneers at work auctioning Jasper Johns’s 1983 Flag in the 2014 auction season . It set a new record for the artist when it sold for $36 million. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s
NEW YORK, NY— As the year gradually comes to a close, Sotheby’s has put together a celebrative video that highlights its achievements through the year. It is titled 2014 in Review: Best and Brightest. The art video contains some of the major art sales for the year 2014 auction season. As one of the leading art auction houses in the world, Sotheby’s in 2014 made exceptional art sales that brought hope to the art market. Although not all the works presented for auction made record auction prices, many went beyond estimated auction prices.
From contemporary art to impressionist and modern art and old masters paintings, Sotheby’s presented outstanding art for sale across the globe during the last auction season. Beyond presenting paintings, sculpture and mixed media works for sale, the auction house and auctioneers showed amazing dexterity during auctions, and it is not surprising that Sotheby’s is well-respected in the global art market. Alongside the painting, sculpture and mixed media works, Sotheby’s also auctioned exceptional jewelries, watches and wine in auctions that engendered bidding wars in the 2014 auction season.
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Although Sotheby’s made great stride in the art business world this year, it was not without some controversies. Perhaps a major sore point for Sotheby’s in 2014 was when three Chinese specialists declared the calligraphy sold to the Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian for $8.2 million fake. Attributed to Song Dynasty poet Su Shi who lived from 1037 to 1101, the sale of the calligraphy created major controversy across the globe. While Sotheby’s insisted the piece was an original, the scientists stood their ground. In the end, however, Sotheby’s was vindicated as all the experiments and investigation showed that the calligraphy was an original.