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New York: auctions

Traditionally the period when the major London rooms hold one of their periodic Americana series (mirroring one aspect of the Winter Antiques Show), it is also the point in the year when New York focuses on Old Masters.

Christie’s concentrates its efforts around works on paper, tying in to the Manhattan dealers’ shows and holding over its main painting sales to the spring. Sotheby’s, by contrast, goes the whole gamut with four sales in its series covering drawings, paintings and sculpture.