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The Big Gamble
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The Big Gamble

While the general NFT market has been heading south, the upper end still seems to be heading north.  On Thursday, Sotheby’s London auctioned off “Covid Alien,” CryptoPunk 7523 for an astounding $11.8M.  The buyer definitely knows something about gambling, it … More…

A Childhood Dream Fulfilled
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A Childhood Dream Fulfilled

Stuart Weitzman (the iconic shoe designer) started collecting stamps and coins in his childhood; as a young boy, he had a dream to one day own the rarest of the rare and saved a blank space in his books for … More…

A Happy Ending For A Couple Of Paintings
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A Happy Ending For A Couple Of Paintings

One of the big stories behind last month’s auction was all the works being deaccessioned from museums.  Yesterday afternoon we received an email from Chairman and Trustee of The Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation (who read one … More…

Disappointing End For Another Nazi-Looted Artwork
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Disappointing End For Another Nazi-Looted Artwork

A final update on the work by Camille Pissarro – La Bergere Rentrant des Moutons. Leone-Noelle Meyer, a Holocaust survivor herself, has renounced her rights to the artwork in a decades-long legal struggle. Meyer lost multiple family members at Auschwitz, including … More…

Lovis Corinth Still Life Restituted
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Lovis Corinth Still Life Restituted

The heirs of Gustav and Emma Mayer will be receiving one of many items that the Nazis stole during the war. The painting, Blumenstilleben, has been in the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels, along with approximately … More…

And You Think NFTs Are Crazy
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And You Think NFTs Are Crazy

News broke that Salvatore Garau, an Italian artist, recently sold one of his sculptures for $18,000. I know, what’s the big deal? Why is a sculpture priced at $18,000 something to even write about? Well, the sculpture does not exist … More…

Basketball’s Record-Breaking Action This Season
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Basketball’s Record-Breaking Action This Season

As the 2021 Basketball Playoffs have begun, many will be eagerly watching the record-breaking action on the court, but there was also record-breaking action in the auction room. Two fan favorites, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, just scored new records. … More…

Stolen Treasure
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Stolen Treasure

The Daily Mail recently reported that thieves broke into Arundel Castle and stole more than £1M worth of gold and silver treasures. Among the items stolen are the gold rosary beads that Mary Queen of Scots had with her when … More…

The American Art Auctions – And The Winner Was?
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The American Art Auctions – And The Winner Was?

This week both Christie’s and Sotheby’s held their American Art auctions in New York, and you will have to decide who was the overall winner of the American market this season. All sale prices mentioned below include the buyer’s premium. … More…

A Real Difficult One – Sotheby’s 19th Century European Sale
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A Real Difficult One – Sotheby’s 19th Century European Sale

I will begin by saying that when I first saw the offerings for this sale, other than a handful of works, I was not very impressed. Supply seems very limited, and what is coming to the market are either not … More…