Top Dogs at Auction

Marilyn Monroe famously once said, “Dogs never bite me. Just humans,” and Charles de Gaulle seemed to agree, stating, “The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” For the millions who adore their four-legged companions, National Dog Day on 26 August is an official fête of the pet. We have curated a selection of 15 canine-inspired art and artworks – from a Ming dynasty jade carving and a pair of Louis XV dog beds to a sleek Jeff Koons balloon pup and one of William Wegman’s Weimaraner photographs – that honour man’s most faithfully loyal companion.