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Going, Going, Gone

Answering an age-old question: Sotheby’s or Christie’s?

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American Art: If that Childe Hassam absolutely has to go, Sotheby’s is the place. Its depth and experience in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American painting is legendary.

Impressionism and Modern Art: Sotheby’s has taken down the big scores these past few seasons. But that just might make Christie’s the place to unload your lone Pissarro: It’s more likely to get the star treatment.

Contemporary Art: Christie’s owner François Pinault is a big collector. So the firm is more likely to offer a guaranteed minimum for a piece he wants for his new Paris museum.

Recent Art: For anything less than five years old, you’re best off with Phillips, de Pury & Company: The downsized auction house is making waves at this end of the market.


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