Date: May 16, 2023Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

The Hot Five: Trends in Today’s Post War and Contemporary Art Market (virtual)

Tue, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Virtual
General PublicArts & Culture


Any art expert will advise that it’s key to understand the criteria for collecting and to collect what you love. This talk will discuss what’s hot – and what’s not – in today’s 20th Century, Post War and Contemporary art markets.

At the top of the market, the global demand for 20th century art is very high. Paul Allen’s collection of 20th century masterpieces sold last fall for $1.6 billion at Christie’s auction house creating another set of price benchmarks. The most riveting question for the art world is not how much each work sold for but instead: How did Mr. Allen choose the superlative works that his estate has now sold (all to benefit charitable causes)? How can we make smart choices that can fuel our passion for fine art, but also be an investment opportunity?

Whether you’ve dabbled in collecting or are looking to buy your first piece, this discussion will help you understand the 20thth century art market from the viewpoint of an expert, from the inside out. Discover how to identify market trends, find bargains, meet the players and uncover the most exciting new and classic artists.

Join Molly Ott Ambler, Art Advisor, for a Zoom talk about trends in the marketplace. The discussion will examine several works being offered at the major auctions to be held in the same week as our conversation. We will also discuss the criteria for collecting contemporary art. Molly looks forward to answering your questions after a slide presentation.

Participants must register by Noon on May 15th to receive details on joining the discussion. The Zoom link will be sent out 24 hours before the event.

Please note that no refunds will be issued.



Molly Ott Ambler

Art Advisor at Molly Ott Ambler Art Advisory LLC

A 25-year auction veteran, Molly Ott Ambler began her career in the art world at Sotheby’s. During her 21-year tenure, she rose to the position of Senior International Specialist and Senior Vice President in the Impressionist & Modern Art Department. Among many notable achievements, Molly facilitated the consignment of Picasso’s powerful L’Aubade, which sold for $23MM, the first 1960s Picasso painting to break the $20MM mark. During Molly’s time at Sotheby’s, the department also sold Edvard Munch’s wildly famous pastel “The Scream” to Leon Black for $119 million— among thousands of works sold during her tenure.

From 2019-2023, Ms. Ambler was Head of the Fine Arts Division, Americas for Bonhams Auction House where she led Contemporary, Modern, Impressionist and American Art sales.

Presently she runs Molly Ott Ambler Art Advisory, a full-service Fine Art consultancy in New York City. Molly draws on her many years of experience to conduct appraisals, facilitate private sales, advise both buyers and sellers on their collections, engage with artists and their studios, auction houses, designers and art dealers, among others. Molly takes pride in her involvement with the museums that she cares about most, and looks forward to sharing her experiences with HBSCNY.

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Date: May 16, 2023Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM


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