The Unknown @ London’s Auction Houses


I thought I’d take a quick moment to briefly talk about the treasures that can be uncovered on a quick visit to one of London’s reputable and distinguished auction houses.

It is little talked about what can be found at such places as many believe that such venues are only open to the wealthy art collector or the affluent man about town. However before sales, lots to be auctioned off are open for viewing to the public and are really worth a visit!

Just today, whilst window shopping in Mayfair I took the opportunity to drop into Sotheby’s and discovered a large array of impressionist and modern art. Many of the pieces are often from private collections and have rarely been seen, and may never be seen again. The collections on display are always impressive, if not eye opening, especially as guide prices are given, so not only are you experiencing scarcely seen art, but one can also learn a little about buying and its worth.

In my opinion the world of the auction house merits the praise of the top galleries and exhibitions and must be taken advantage of!

The impressionist and modern art sale mentioned in this article will take place on 8 February.

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

2 thoughts on “The Unknown @ London’s Auction Houses

  1. I’ve seen some fantastic works in Sothebys and Christies for free over the last few years, really stunning stuff.

    Although every contemporary art sale always has about 5 Richters in it which means i’m bored of him and didn’t enjoy the Tate exhibition as much as i wish i could. (it was still pretty good though)

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