Twenty Sales to Look Forward to in 2020

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A s we usher in a new year – and a new decade – celebrate with Sotheby's by previewing twenty sales to look for in 2020.
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RM Sotheby's: Arizona, Phoenix

1. RM Sotheby's: Arizona, Phoenix, 16–17 January


Kicking off the collector car auction season, RM Sotheby’s returns to the stunning grounds of the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, 16–17 January, for its 21st annual Arizona sale. The auction will feature sub-$100,000 collectible cars, as well as sports and GT cars such as Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin.

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AN ANGLO-INDIAN IVORY INLAID ROSEWOOD WRITING OR DRESSING TABLE, VIZAGAPATAM, MID-18TH CENTURY. Estimate $120,000 – 180,000.

2. Royal and Noble, London, 21 January


The 2020 installment of Royal & Noble, now in its seventh year, will provide another exciting opportunity to acquire works from important aristocratic collections sourced throughout Europe. Highlights include property from two notable Irish houses – Killadoon and Luggala – and property from the Estate of Jhr. Ir. G.C. (Gijs) Six van Wimmenum (1892-1975), a descendant of Rembrandt’s great patron Jan Six.

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Two Vincennes or early Sèvres green-ground plates from the Frederik V service, circa 1755. Estimate $10,000 – 15,000.

3. Porcelain of Royal and Noble Distinction, London, 13–22 January


Our inaugural online auction, Porcelain of Royal and Noble Distinction, brings together ceramics from factories such as Sevres and Meissen made for and admired by royalty. From plates, to cups, to vases and biscuit busts, the online auction will showcase these historic objects to a broader range of collectors worldwide through our online platform.

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Mario Buatta: Prince of Interiors

4. Mario Buatta: Prince of Interiors, New York, 21–24 January


Sotheby's is honored to announce that we will present furniture, fine art and decorative objects from the personal collection of legendary interior designer Mario Buatta in a dedicated two-day auction that will take place during one of the busiest weeks on the New York art market calendar, alongside with both The Winter Show and our Americana Week sales series in New York in January 2020.

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Triumphant Grace: Important Americana from the Collection of Barbara and Arun Singh

5. Triumphant Grace: Important Americana from the Collection of Barbara and Arun Singh, New York 25 January


Sotheby’s is pleased to present Triumphant Grace: Important Americana from the Collection of Barbara and Arun Singh on 25 January. The preview exhibition will be on view from 16–24 January.

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Edward Hicks, Portrait of Andrew Jackson, circa 1832. Estimate $120,000 – 180,000.

6. A New Dimension of Tradition: Important American Folk Art, Proceeds of the Sale to Benefit a New Folk Art Initiative at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, New York, 25 January


Sotheby’s is pleased to present A New Dimension of Tradition: Important American Folk Art, Proceeds of the Sale to Benefit a New Folk Art Initiative at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on 25 January. The preview exhibition will be on view from 16–24 January.

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Ammi Phillips, Child in Pink with her Spaniel and Coral Bracelet, circa 1835. Estimate $300,000 – 500,000.

7. Important Americana, New York, 26 January


Sotheby’s is pleased to announce the Important Americana sale on 26 January. The preview exhibition will be on view from 16–25 January.

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Andrea Mantegna (PADUA 1431 – 1506 MANTUA), The Triumph of Alexandria. Estimate on request.

8. Old Master Drawings, New York, 29 January


As always, the January Old Master Drawings sale will include a wide range of works on paper from all the European schools, dating from the 15th to the mid-19th century, but this year the emphasis is very much on the Italian Renaissance. The indisputable star of the sale is the recently rediscovered and immensely important full compositional study by Andrea Mantegna for his painting of The Triumph of Alexandria, the second canvas in the great series of nine paintings representing The Triumph of Caesar, now in the British Royal Collection at Hampton Court Palace. These paintings, on which Mantegna worked from the 1480s until his death in 1506, are his greatest artistic achievement, and one of the marvels of the entire renaissance, and this drawing – one of only two by Mantegna that remain in private hands – is the only known preparatory drawing by the artist for the project that defines his legacy.

The sale also includes another remarkable Italian Renaissance discovery, the moving and beautifully preserved drawing of The Madonna and Child by Mantegna’s slightly younger contemporary from Perugia, Bernardo Pinturicchio (1454-1513). From a century or so later, there is also a superb and moving oil-on-paper study of a young girl by Annibale Carracci, and a fine red chalk head study of a type so typical of the Carracci. There are also fine northern school drawings, most notably a volume of studies of knights on horseback executed around 1550 in the workshop of Hans Burgkmair, and a ravishingly beautiful and well preserved drawing by the late 16th-century Flemish master, Hans Bol.

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Madonna of the Rosary with angels. Estimate on request.

9. Master Paintings Evening Sale, New York, 29 January


This January’s Evening Sale of Master Paintings will present an exciting array of European works spanning the 14th through 19th centuries. The sale is led by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo’s eight-foot tall depiction of the Madonna of the Rosary with Angels, the last major altarpiece by this Venetian master remaining in private hands. Other highlights include a newly rediscovered masterwork by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, his earliest known version of The Virgin and Christ Child with Saints Elizabeth and John the Baptist dating to circa 1612, an early Madonna and Child by the Master of the Bruges Legend of Saint Ursula, a family portrait of impressive scale by Thomas Gainsborough, R.A., an intricate trompe l'oeil of an illuminated manuscript by a highly skilled Netherlandish painter, and a charming pair of landscapes by French artist Hubert Robert.

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Ginevra Cantofoli, A Sea-Nymph, possibly Galatea. Estimate $40,000 – 60,000.

10. Master Paintings & Sculpture Day Sale, New York, 30 January


This January’s Master Paintings and Sculpture Day sale will offer a wide range of European paintings and sculpture from the 14th to the 19th centuries. Highlights of the paintings section include a beautiful penschilderij landscape by Adriaen van Salm, a stunning portrayal of a sea nymph by Ginevra Cantofoli, and an endearing portrait by François Hubert Drouais. The sculpture selection of the sale will feature works of art from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods including an early 16th century German sculpture of St. George and the dragon carved in polychrome oak.

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Charlotte Johannesson, World, 1984

11. The Blazing World, London, 4 December 2019 – 30 January 2020


From 4 December 2019–30 January 2020, S|2 London presents The Blazing World, a diverse group exhibition of artworks which draw upon themes of science-fiction, utopia, ritual and the fragility of human hope and existence. The Blazing World is the third in a trilogy of group exhibitions at the gallery where a work of literature forms a conceptual framework for an exhibition and is accompanied by a new edition and reprinting of a story. The last group show in this series, The Blazing World, takes its title from a forward-thinking seventeenth century fictional text of the same name, written by Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle. A part of the original text will be reprinted in S|2’s accompanying exhibition catalogue. The artists featured in the exhibition are Stano Filko, Peter Hujar, Marguerite Humeau, Charlotte Johannesson, Clementine Keith-Roach, Arik Levy, Charlotte Prodger, Paul Thek, Tishan Hsu, Nanda Vigo and Anna Zemánková.

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After Christofano Allori, Judith with the severed head of Holofernes. Estimate $10,000 – 15,000.

12. Old Masters Online, New York, 24 January – 4 February


Sotheby’s is delighted to announce that we will be hosting an Old Masters Online sale during Sotheby’s prominent Masters Week in 2019. This sale includes an intriguing array of paintings and drawings at attractive price points that span through the centuries and the majority of Europe. With prices ranging from less than $1,000 – 30,000, this is the perfect opportunity for both new and established buyers to discover the virtues of collecting Old Masters. Bidding for this sale will be open from January 24 – February 4, while an exhibition in our New York galleries will be open from January 24 – 31.

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Frances Picabia, Sous les oliviers (Coquetterie), circax 1924-27. Estimate £1,500,000 – 2,000,000.

13. Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Art Evening Sale, London, 4 February


Sotheby’s London Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Art sales will take place at the beginning of February 2020. A traveling exhibitions of works included in the sale will be held in Tokyo on 10 & 11 January, Taipei on 16 & 17 January and New York on 23 & 24 January.

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1939 Delahaye 135 Roadster by Figoni et Falaschi

14. RM Sotheby's: Paris, Paris, 5 February


RM Sotheby’s begins its 2020 European calendar in spectacular fashion with a return to Paris on 5 February, for its seventh annual sale during the world-famous Rétromobile show week. On offer are will be the finest sports, racing and touring cars from both pre- and post-war periods. RM Sotheby’s auction is held at the historic Place Vauban. Located in the very hub of Paris in the shadow of the Dôme des Invalides. A short walk to the Eiffel Tower, with nearby cafes in the city's relaxed atmosphere.

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Jeune fille près d'une fontaine, 1885. Estimate £350,000–450,000

15. Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale, London, 5 February


Sotheby’s London Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Art sales will take place at the beginning of February 2020. A traveling exhibitions of works included in the sale will be held in Tokyo on 10 & 11 January, Taipei on 16 & 17 January and New York on 23 & 24 January.

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Tom Wesselmann, Study for Drop Out Nude, 1981

16. Contemporary Art Evening Auction, London, 11 February


Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction will take place in London this coming February. The auction will bring together a superb selection of works by some of the most engaging and cutting-edge artists of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries to present a triumph of Contemporary Art.

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17. Contemporary Art Day Auction, London, 12 February


Sotheby’s is delighted to present our upcoming Contemporary Art Day Auction on 12 February, which brings together an exciting group of works by some of the most sought-after artists of the moment. This season’s sale combines exceptional post war works including those by Alighiero Boetti and Jannis Kounellis with a stand out selection of contemporary works.

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Etienne Dinet, Baigneuse aux bijoux. Estimate £60,000 – 80,000.

18. Erotic Online, London, 11–20 February


Building on the success of the last three years, this February’s Erotic auction will be offered exclusively online and features a superb breadth of paintings, photographs, drawings and more, representing the finest in eroticism from across the globe.

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1925 Bentley 3-Litre Speed

19. RM Sotheby's: Amelia Island, Amelia Island, 6–7 March


Celebrating our 22nd year, RM Sotheby's 2020 Amelia Island sale, the official auction of the world-renowned Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, returns to the oceanfront grounds of the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island, 6-7 March. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is one of the world’s most prestigious Concours events, a must-attend event showcasing some of the world’s finest cars and host to a number of famous people from the car world. RM Sotheby’s, the only official auction house of the Concours d’Elegance, has been a proud supporter for 22 years. RM Sotheby’s auction is held on the lush oceanfront grounds of The Ritz-Carlton of Amelia Island, which features miles of pristine beachfront, a full-service spa, and a retail haven for high-end connoisseurs. Considered one of the very best automotive weekends in the United States, each year thousands of enthusiasts flock to the island to enjoy the event experiences and camaraderie.

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20. Made in Britain, London, 17 March


Celebrating the very best in Modern British Art across the disciplines of paintings, works on paper, prints, photography, contemporary and studio ceramics and design, Made in Britain offers the perfect opportunity to acquire works by some of the century’s most celebrated and sought-after artists and makers. With estimates starting from only £300, the sale offers something for every collector, at every price level.

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