Picasso purchase and the greater fool theory Is art a good investment? Some people think so, with Christie’s last week becoming the first auction hous(...)

‘Les Femmes D’Alger’ by Picasso sold for €179.4 million

The extraordinary boom in the international art market continued this week with world-record auction prices established for painting and sculpture. On(...)

Detail from Monet’s view of London’s parliament buildings

The eyes of the world will be on London this week where, on Thursday night, the results of the British general election will emerge within hours of po(...)

Detail from ‘Benefits Supervisor Resting’ by Lucien Freud, which goes under the hammer at Christie’s, New York, in May

The nude is one of the most ubiquitous subjects in western art – and the most challenging and difficult to get right. The greatest examples were creat(...)

‘L’homme au doigt (Pointing Man)’ by Alberto Giacometti

Christie’s is hoping that its New York auction on May 11th will also see a new world record achieved for sculpture. It is has announced an esti(...)

Detail from ‘The Coming of Spring’ sculpture at Christie’s London which made £194,500

Sunday (March 8th) Adam’s, 26 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. Sunday Interiors Auction: 80 per cent of lots sold. An Irish George III silver four(...)

‘Peatstacks, Connemara’ by George Gillespie

Auction results Sunday (January 25th) Hegarty’s, Bandon, Co Cork. An early Queen Victoria gold sovereign, dated 1838, €1,500 (€1,000-€1,500). (...)

Detail from ‘Boy Peeling A Fruit’: the fruit is believed to be a green (unripe) Seville or bergamot orange but has long been a subject of debate among art historians

Almost all the surviving paintings by the Italian artist Caravaggio (1571-1610) are in museums, national galleries or churches in Italy. They are rega(...)

Prof James Watson, who jointly discovered the DNA double helix with Francis Crick, is to sell the Nobel medal he won in 1962. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

One of the world’s best-known scientists is selling his Nobel Prize medal in a bid to allow him to “re-enter public life” after being shunned for the (...)

Dated from 1463, the map was made in Venice by the cartographer Grazioso Benincasa

The earliest known map of Ireland without Britain – found in a 15th century atlas valued at up to €3 million – has failed to sell at auction in London(...)