Roy Lichtenstein’s 1964 painting was inspired by a comic book image

A new world auction record price for the American “pop art” painter Roy Lichtenstein was achieved at Christie’s in New York on Monday when his 1964 pa(...)

A guard walks past Amedeo Modigliani’s “Nu Couché” on display at a press preview at Christie’s auction house in New York. Photograph: Timonth A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

In an overheated art market where anything seems possible, a painting of an outstretched nude woman by the early-20th-century artist Amedeo Modigli(...)

‘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 man walks by a painting by Mark Rothko “Untitled (Yellow and Blue) as it hangs on the wall during the press preview  for Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening. Photograph: Timothy Clary /AFP

A day after rival Christie’s sold the most expensive painting in auction history, Sotheby’s fell just shy of its best-ever contemporary art result, ta(...)

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(...)

Detail from ‘Landscape Connemara’ by Paul Henry, which sold for €68,000

The top lot in Whyte’s auction of Irish & International Art in the RDS, Dublin on Monday evening was Landscape, Connemara by Paul Henry which sold(...)

‘We are never going to see an ad that features people struggling to pay their credit card bills.’ Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images

What was the first thing you bought on a credit card (if, like half of Irish adults, you have one)? What is said to be the first credit card tr(...)

Auctioneer Garrett O’Connor in Dublin holding the prized Damien Hirst painting that sold at an anonymous auction for just €380. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

It had to be star power: how else do you explain the figures fetched at the Christie’s contemporary art auction in New York last May, as $745 milli(...)

More than half the estimated €43 billion spent worldwide last year in the fine art and antiques market was accounted for by private transactions – sal(...)

An estimated €43 billion was spent worldwide last year on fine art and antiques. The Irish public may have grown weary, sceptical or even, understanda(...)