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Kapoor’s “The Bean” Gets Tagged
Tales from the dark side

Kapoor’s “The Bean” Gets Tagged

Sad to see one “artist” defacing another artist’s work. Last night, Sir Anish Kapoor’s The Bean, in Millennium Park, Chicago, was tagged. Source: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot outraged over vandalism at The Bean, Millennium Park: ‘There are some things that … More…

SALE! Our First Ever
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SALE! Our First Ever

A once in a lifetime event — Howard’s 60th Birthday Sale!  You heard us right, for the first time in our firm’s history we have selected over 160 works of art and discounted them 20 – 40%.  Included are a … More…

How to Safely Navigate The Art Market: Conservation vs Restoration
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How to Safely Navigate The Art Market: Conservation vs Restoration

This month I thought I would continue my thoughts on a painting’s condition with a short article on restoration and conservation.  Please keep in mind that this is a very brief discussion and I am only referring to oil paintings … More…

A Solid Performance Was Pretty Much Guaranteed – Sotheby’s Contemporary, London
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A Solid Performance Was Pretty Much Guaranteed – Sotheby’s Contemporary, London

June 26th saw Sotheby’s evening sale’s offerings of contemporary art in London and overall the results were pretty solid (all prices shown are with the buyer’s premium added in).  I should note, it was reported that 17 of the works … More…

Holding Its Own – Christie’s, London, Contemporary
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Holding Its Own – Christie’s, London, Contemporary

On the evening of June 25th, Christie’s presented their Contemporary art sale and the results were strong (prices include the buyer’s premium). Taking the top spot was Jean Dubuffet’s Cérémonie which brought £8.72M ($11.1M) on a £7-10M estimate.  This was … More…

Better Than The Competition: Sotheby’s London – Impressionist and Modern
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Better Than The Competition: Sotheby’s London – Impressionist and Modern

On the 19th, Sotheby’s London offered up a lean Impressionist & Modern evening sale with just 25 works up for grabs… and even with less material than Christie’s the evening prior, Sotheby’s had loftier expectations – Christie’s was only expecting … More…

Rybolovlev Case Against Sotheby’s Will Continue
Tales from the dark side

Rybolovlev Case Against Sotheby’s Will Continue

Sotheby’s attempt at getting Dmitry Rybolovlev’s $380 million lawsuit dismissed seems to have failed.  According to an article in Reuters, Judge Jesse Furman found no showing that New York was “genuinely inconvenient” and Switzerland was “significantly preferable,” saying the New York … More…

Strike Out Across the Pond – Christie’s London – Impressionist & Modern Evening
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Strike Out Across the Pond – Christie’s London – Impressionist & Modern Evening

Last week over in London, Christie’s went in on the Impressionist & Modern market… before I get into the results, I’m just going to take a moment to bash Christie’s deceptive practice of removing unsold lots from their website after … More…

Rock Star’s Guitars Hit A Really High Note!
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Rock Star’s Guitars Hit A Really High Note!

Last week an auction featuring guitars and objects owned by David Gilmour, the lead singer and guitarist for Pink Floyd, had an incredible 100% sell-through rate and is going down in the books as the most valuable contemporary musical instrument … More…

Sotheby’s Modern & Post-War British Art
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Sotheby’s Modern & Post-War British Art

On the evening of June 18th, Sotheby’s presented their Modern & Post-War British Art sale in London.  This was a rather small sale and overall, they did ok. Taking the top spot was L.S. Lowry’s A Cricket Match which brought … More…