Later this month, Sotheby’s is set to offer works from the collection of one of the most original and respected figures in the art world, Danny Katz, in a dedicated online sale. Exemplifying the legendary dealer’s broad interests, Refining Taste: Works Selected by Danny Katz (20-27 May) will present over 140 lots personally chosen by Danny himself, spanning a wide range of collecting disciplines including Antiquities, Old Master and 19th Century Paintings and Drawings, Modern British Art and European sculpture – the field in which Katz’s reputation was first established.
Renowned for his discerning eye and the rich displays in his Mayfair gallery, Danny Katz has a long-held reputation as one of London’s leading art dealers. Now, after more than 50 years in the art world, Katz has taken the decision to narrow his focus of the works of art he handles, prompting him to select this carefully-curated group for sale, providing an extraordinary opportunity for collectors.
“As I near my 72nd birthday I want to slow down my business and work differently, turning my focus to my interests in philanthropy, academia, music, dance and neurology. This is an opportunity for others to start collecting. An opportunity for people who are spending more time in their homes right now to explore and buy something reasonably priced and beautiful, and when they get them home, to enjoy them as much as I have.”
In light of global circumstances, the sale of ten works will help raise vital funds for two national charities, Refuge (Registered Charity 277424) and the Trussell Trust (Registered Charity 1110522. The Daniel Katz Gallery will donate 100% of the selected lots net sale proceeds split in equal measure between the two organisations, who are providing essential support for those most in need during the pandemic.
The start of 2020 has marked an unprecedented year for online sales at Sotheby’s. To date, over 50 dedicated online auctions have been held, totaling over $80million. In April, a sale of works from the collection of Old Masters dealer Rafael Valls more than tripled the high estimate to bring £1.6 million, with 98% of the lots finding a buyer.
Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973), India (1992) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sotheby’s has a global network of 80 offices in 40 countries and presents auctions in 10 different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris. Sotheby’s offers collectors the resources of Sotheby’s Financial Services, the world’s only full-service art financing company, as well as Advisory services for collectors, museums, corporations, artists, estates and foundations. Sotheby’s presents private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories, including three retail businesses: Sotheby’s Wine, Sotheby’s Diamonds, and Sotheby’s Home, the online marketplace for interior design.
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