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They Stole This Renoir … Why?

Golfe, mer, falaises vertes (est. $130-180K), by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, was scheduled to be sold at Dorotheum in Vienna; however, it appears that three gentlemen walked into the auction house and decided they really wanted it – right now, so they took … More…

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The Day Sales: Going, Going, Gone…Not So Fast

The week of November 13th was REALLY big here in NY as the evening fall auctions were setting records and making headlines. I spent the week glued to my chair, watching the day sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s to see … More…

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Three Generation Search For Nazi Looted Degas

In 1940, Portrait of Mlle. Gabrielle Diot (1890) by Edgar Degas, along with about 400 other works were confiscated by the Nazis from Jewish art dealer Paul Rosenberg’s Paris gallery.  In 1944,  some of his works were among those loaded on … More…

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How To Safely Navigate The Art Market: Provenance

Provenance is an interesting topic to think about since every work of art has a provenance (history of ownership), but the complete provenance may not be known.  Important works (those created by artists who have always been considered historically influential) … More…

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Bringing Up The Weak’s Rear – Sotheby’s American

The week of November 12th – 18th was a crazy one – I cannot remember so much art being offered in the span of 5 days.  In fact, the action started on Sunday evening and finished on Friday afternoon with … More…

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Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary – Hockney Makes A Big Splash, Other Works Tread Water, And A Few Drown

Last night, there were times sparks flew at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art auction.  I am sure that the auction room’s staff were a bit nervous since a weird snowstorm hit New York City in the late afternoon and caused … More…

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Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Sale – A Strong Showing

Last night, Sotheby’s offered up a strong selection of Contemporary works of art in two sales.  The first, The History of Now, was one of a series the auction house is presenting that feature works from a collection built by … More…

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The Ebsworth Sale – Another Strong One For Christie’s

Today, the price for good works of art has reach levels one could never have imagined a decade ago. Estimates of $10M, $20M, $50M, etc. are commonplace and many times those numbers are realized.  With auction and 3rd party guarantees, … More…

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Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Evening – Left Holding the [Hartley] Bag

Sotheby’s had its shot at the Impressionist and Modern market last night – if you read my review of the Christie’s sale from the night prior, it’s going to feel a bit déjà vu-ey…  Just as a refresher, Christie’s moved … More…

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Christie’s Impressionist/Modern Evening Sale: A-Lots Left On The Table

Twice each year, the major auction houses offer up an absurd amount of material in New York, and last night Christie’s kicked things off… most unfortunately, this evening sale would pale in comparison to recent years – putting a damper … More…