Four Eggs on a Plate by Lucian Freud  sold for almost £1 million at Sotheby’s in London

Four Eggs on a Plate by artist Lucian Freud, which he had given as a gift to the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, sold for almost £1 million (€1.4 (...)

‘Four Eggs on a Plate’ by Lucien Freud, which is estimated by Sotheby’s to sell for £100,000-£150,000

A postcard-size oil painting of four eggs on a plate, measuring just 4in by 6in, is expected to sell for £150,000 – or more – at Sotheby’s in London n(...)

Lismore Castle, Co Waterford, former home of Sir Walter Raleigh, where you can now stay in aristocratic splendour

An invitation to dinner and an overnight stay in Lismore Castle, the opulent Irish seat of Britain’s Duke of Devonshire prompted concern. What to b(...)

‘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(...)

A security guard  watches over the Pablo Picasso’s painting ‘Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’), oil on canvas during an auction at Christie’s in New York, NY. The painting set a new record world auction record for any work of art selling for 160 million US dollar (142.9 million euro) plus auction fees of 12 percent, costing a total of 179.3 million US dollar. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA 1:19

A painting by Picasso sold for $179.4 million (€159.86 million) at Christie’s in New York last night creating a new world record price for any work(...)

The Ring (Engagement) by Roy Lichtenstein, dating from 1963

Combined estimates for the May series of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York are, astoundingly(...)

Sotheby’s handout image of art handlers with Three Studies for a Self-Portrait (1980) by Francis Bacon, one of two self-portraits by the artist that are to go on public display for the first time.  Photograph: Sotheby’s/PA Wire

Two Francis Bacon self-portraits are going on public display for the first time after they were rediscovered in a private collection.Experts knew of t(...)

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(...)

A 1950s painting by Picasso looks set to become the most expensive art work ever sold at auction – and knock Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon off t(...)

A self-portrait by the Irish-born painter Francis Bacon has sold at a Sotheby’s art auction in London for almost €20 million.Two Studies for Self-Port(...)