With a sea of bidders vying for prized lots, an auction can at times resemble a fierce battleground. It is an arena in which records are broken and collections grown, but establishing the value of art is a more complex equation where the endeavour of the artist combines with the historical, cultural and emotional context of a work. Value of Art: The Past and Future of Collecting brings together a selection of key lots from Sotheby’s forthcoming sales in an exhibition that explores these alternate facets of value, creating parallels and contrasts between diverse works of art from Andy Warhol to Ernest Shackleton, Frederic Lord Leighton to Noble and Webster.
In addition, the exhibition will host a series of public talks. Speakers include explorer Conrad Dickinson; Reino Liefkes, Head of ceramics at the V&A; Clive Aslet, Editor at Large of Country Life; and artist Martha Fiennes among others. Further details of the series will be announced shortly.
Please note that the exhibition will be open from Friday 29 May to Monday 1 June and from Friday 5 June to Monday 8 June. Should you wish to organise a private group tour from Tuesday 2 June to Thursday 4 June please contact firstname.lastname@example.org