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Christie’s New York Post-War & Contemporary Sale
Three Ice Cream Cones by Wayne Thiebaud, sold at Christie's

Christie’s New York Post-War & Contemporary Sale

Day two of Christie’s Thursday through Saturday sale streak involved an enormous post-war and contemporary collection. The entire sale took nearly all day Friday, lasting from 9:30 in the morning to around 7:00 at night. Christie’s broke up the several … More…

Christie’s American Art Sale
colorful landscape painting with river and mountains

Christie’s American Art Sale

On May 17th, Christie’s presented their American Art sale featuring 20th-century paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. There were some surprising results, both good and bad, but overall, I am sure Christie’s is more than a little disappointed with how … More…

Christie’s New York Bass Collection & 20th Century Sales
An impressionist work by Claude Monet of the British Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in London, sold at Christie's

Christie’s New York Bass Collection & 20th Century Sales

Christie’s Rockefeller Center saleroom in New York hosted back-to-back sales last Thursday, May 12th, kicking off a string of very successful auctions between Thursday and Saturday. There were actually a trio of sales that evening, but I won’t be talking … More…

Left Hanging: Dictator’s Wife Caught With A Stolen Picasso
Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, US president Ronald Reagan, and First Lady Imelda Marcos

Left Hanging: Dictator’s Wife Caught With A Stolen Picasso

Ferdinand Marcos was president of the Philippines between 1965 and 1986 and was known as one of the most prominent dictators of the Cold War. He kept a hold on power through electoral fraud, corruption, and violent repression, aided by … More…

New Rules At The Smithsonian
The original Smithsonian Institution building on the National Mall in Washington DC

New Rules At The Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institution is the largest museum complex in the world, made up of nineteen museums and twenty-one libraries across the United States. As one of the world’s cultural giants, the Smithsonian is often used as an example of how … More…

Presidential Rocking Chair Soars
wood rocking chair with beige seat and back cushions

Presidential Rocking Chair Soars

With summer just around the corner, maybe it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the warmer weather in a new rocking chair. Perhaps a slightly used presidential rocking chair. One lucky person might be able to do that, as … More…

Christie’s New York Ammann Collection Sale
A portrait of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol sold at Christie's as part of the collection of Thomas and Doris Ammann

Christie’s New York Ammann Collection Sale

On Monday night, May 9th, Christie’s New York saleroom in Rockefeller Center hosted the auction of one of the world’s premier twentieth-century art collections, belonging to Thomas and Doris Ammann. Thomas Ammann was a Swiss art dealer who operated Thomas … More…

The Jersey Of The Century
Blue stripe soccer jersey worn by Diego Madadora in the 1986 World Cup

The Jersey Of The Century

Would you give someone the shirt off your back? Two soccer players did just that after the 1986 World Cup semifinal game in Mexico – and one of them just scored again when the ‘Jersey of the Century’ sold at … More…

Sotheby’s Modern Online Sale
A still-life of apples on a table by the French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir sold at Sotheby's

Sotheby’s Modern Online Sale

Sotheby’s modern and impressionist online auction on Wednesday, May 4th, may not have had any multimillion-dollar lots, but it was nonetheless a great sale for Sotheby’s. It garnered a good bit of attention, likely because many of the featured works … More…

Oleg Kulik: Criminal For Joking?
Ukrainian-born Russian performance artist Oleg Kulik, who is being investigated for a sculpture he created mocking The Motherland Calls, a monument to the Battle of Stalingrad

Oleg Kulik: Criminal For Joking?

As of writing, it has been sixty-four days since Vladimir Putin ordered his invasion of Ukraine. I’ve previously written about developments relating to the war, like when Russian troops destroyed work by one of Ukraine’s greatest artists when they burned … More…