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Contemporary’s Upper End Is Still Very Hot!

Is anyone else exhausted by all of this art?? I need a nap. Sotheby’s and Christie’s are at it again with another set of sales… this time we are talking Contemporary art. Up first was Sotheby’s, and after a not-so-impressive … More…

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Now We Know When Too Many Picassos Are Too Much

After Sotheby’s uninspiring performance, expectations were a bit tempered heading into Christie’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern works… that feeling would be short-lived as the sale got off to a hot start and kept it going! The first lot … More…

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When Are Too Many Picasso Paintings Too Much?

Another round of sales are underway at the big auction houses in New York this week… Sotheby’s was first to present their offerings of top-level Impressionist and Modern Art in their evening sale last night; Christie’s (and Bonhams) will both … More…

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Rockefeller – Another Great Buy And Hold Story

The Rockefeller series of sales are over, and the results were STRONG … even though they did not hit the $1 billion whisper number. But can anyone really complain about a sale of household contents that made over $832 million? … More…

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The Americans … We Are Now At $765M And Still Going!

Part two of the Rockefeller sale took place last night, and while nearly incomparable to the night prior (part 1), there were still many incredible works up for grabs and some impressive results in the end. Part two featured an … More…

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$1 Billion Is On The Horizon — More Than Half Way There

Last night, Christie’s New York (located in Rockefeller Center) held part 1 of their highly anticipated sale of the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller. Billed as “the sale of the century,” more than 1,500 lots are to be offered … More…

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Something Happened On The Way Back to Church … A Finger Went Missing!

Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s marble statue depicting Saint Bibiana (1626) was recently restored and then loaned to the Borghese Gallery for an exhibition of the artist’s masterpieces.  Upon its return to Santa Bibiana, and while being placed back above the altar, the … More…

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Ezra Chowaiki Pleads Guilty – More Art World Greed!

The end has come! Manhattan art dealer, Ezra Chowaiki, pleaded guilty to fraud charges and is facing up to 20 years in prison … though it seems that prosecutors will recommend a term of 4 to 5 years.   He also agreed … More…

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You Cannot Sell The Basquiat … Oh, Yeah? We’ll See About That

A 12 x 12 foot Basquiat painting is at the center of a bitter family dispute.  It seems that Dolores Neumann changed her will (on her death-bed) and gave a controlling interest (80%) in Basquiat’s Flesh and Spirit (valued at … More…

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Turning Your Christopher Wool Into A Lucio Fontana

It seems that Nicholas Morley, son of art collector Harold Morley, decided to alter the look and value of one of his father’s paintings.  Harold consigned a Christopher Wool painting (valued at $2.95M) to Opera Gallery in Aspen, Colorado.  On … More…