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Auction houses compete for prime time slots

Christie's, Sotheby's, and Phillips have started a battle only for trophy artworks but also the best positions at the November auctions in New York, with the third – Phillips – switching its main sale to a Sunday.

Auction houses compete for prime time slots
Gallery staff look at 'Crying Girl' by artist Roy Lichtenstein during the preview ahead of the artist's muse: a curated evening sale at Christie's New York on October 9, 2015 in London, England. The impressionist, modern, post-war and contemporary works will be on show to the public between October 10 and October 17 and includes Amedeo Modigliani's 'Nu couche' which is estimated to sell for 100 USD million. The sale also showcases pieces by artists including Lucian Freud, Paul Cezanne, Peter Doig, Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Amedeo Modigliani and Roy Lichtenstein. (Getty Images)
Auction houses compete for prime time slots
The painting 'Homme a l'epee' by Pablo Picasso on display during the preview ahead of the artist's muse: a curated evening sale in Christie's New York on October 9, 2015 in London, England. The impressionist, modern, post-war and contemporary works will be on show to the public between October 10 and October 17 and includes Amedeo Modigliani's 'Nu couche' which is estimated to sell for 100 USD million. The sale also showcases pieces by artists including Lucian Freud, Paul Cezanne, Peter Doig, Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Amedeo Modigliani and Roy Lichtenstein. (Getty Images)
Auction houses compete for prime time slots
A guest views 'Cote Chipote' by artist Jean Dubuffet during the preview ahead of Christie's New York post war and contemporary art sale on October 9, 2015 in London, England. The impressionist, modern, post-war and contemporary works will be on show to the public between October 10 and October 17 and includes Amedeo Modigliani's 'Nu couche' which is estimated to sell for 100 USD million. (Getty Images)
Auction houses compete for prime time slots
An art handler adjusts the painting 'Pommes Sur Un Linge' by artist Paul Cezanne during the preview ahead of the New York Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale on October 9, 2015 in London, England. The impressionist, modern, post-war and contemporary works will be on show to the public between October 10 and October 17 and includes Amedeo Modigliani's 'Nu couche' which is estimated to sell for 100 USD million. The sale also showcases pieces by artists including Lucian Freud, Paul Cezanne, Peter Doig, Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Amedeo Modigliani and Roy Lichtenstein. (Getty Images)
Auction houses compete for prime time slots
Art handlers hang the painting 'The Brigadier' by artist Lucian Freud during the preview ahead of Christie's New York post war and contemporary art sale on October 9, 2015 in London, England. The impressionist, modern, post-war and contemporary works will be on show to the public between October 10 and October 17 and includes Amedeo Modigliani's 'Nu couche' which is estimated to sell for 100 USD million. (Getty Images)
Auction houses compete for prime time slots
A Sotheby's employee poses with a painting by Pablo Picasso entitled 'La Gommeuse' 1901-1904 on October 9, 2015 in London, England. The painting is considered the 'finest 'Blue Period' Picasso to come to market in a generation', and is expected to fetch $60M USD when it goes on sale at the New York Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale on November 3. The painting conceals a second image on its reverse of fellow Catalan, Pere Manach, who organised Picassos first show. (Getty Images)
Auction houses compete for prime time slots
A Sotheby's employee takes a photograph of a piece of work entitled 'Mystic Suprematism (Black Cross Red Oval)', by Kazimir Malevich on October 9, 2015 in London, England. The painting is expected to fetch between $35M $45M USD when it goes on sale at the New York Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale on November 5. (Getty Images)