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The Last Emperor’s Watch
Patek Philippe Reference 96 Quantieme Lune

The Last Emperor’s Watch

The last Emperor of China was Aisin Gioro Puyi, also known as Henry Pu Yi. He was born on February 7, 1906, and became the Xuantong Emperor at the age of two in 1908. Talk about starting your career early! … More…

Sotheby’s New York Master Paintings
A painting of a small dog, possibly Marie Antoinette's poodle, sitting on a desk next to an inkwell with a quill in it.

Sotheby’s New York Master Paintings

Sometimes a single painting can make or break a sale. For example, last year’s most valuable painting sold at auction was Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, part of the Thomas & Doris Ammann collection at Christie’s New York on … More…

Artcurial Altercation
A Baroque neoclassical painting of Narcissus gazing at his own reflection in a pond, with other figures looking on

Artcurial Altercation

A London-based art dealer has gotten into a bit of a spat with the French auction house Artcurial. Patrick Matthiesen owns the Matthiesen Gallery, just around the block from St. James’s Square in London, specializing primarily in Old Master paintings. … More…

A Queenly Tribute: The New Monument To Elizabeth II
An artist's impression of the proposed monument Ascendant, to be built in honor of the late Queen Elizabeth II

A Queenly Tribute: The New Monument To Elizabeth II

At the time of her death on September 8, 2022, most people on earth had not known another Queen of England apart from Elizabeth II. With the Second Elizabethan era concluded, no doubt the United Kingdom will soon be littered … More…

Butkin Collection At Sotheby’s 19th-Century Sale
A portrait of a shepherd

Butkin Collection At Sotheby’s 19th-Century Sale

On May 24th, Sotheby’s offered up a lower-end group of 19th-century paintings, and while it had mixed results, some of the works did rather well. As we have seen over the past few years, the main salerooms have been trying … More…

Supreme Court Rules Against Warhol Foundation
A color photograph of Andy Warhol in a suit and red tie standing in front of a colorful work featuring the faces of the Marx Brothers.

Supreme Court Rules Against Warhol Foundation

Last April, I wrote about an upcoming Supreme Court case concerning Andy Warhol’s Prince portraits. Well, the justices have reached their ruling. In a 7-2 decision, the court has decided against the Andy Warhol Foundation, finding that their licensing of … More…

The Mo Ostin Collection at Sotheby’s New York
A surrealist painting of a house amid trees shrouded in darkness, with a bright blue midday sky above.

The Mo Ostin Collection at Sotheby’s New York

Christie’s and Sotheby’s sometimes mirror each other. That fact was more apparent during Sotheby’s sales on Tuesday, May 16, which came shortly after a pair of very successful Christie’s sales the previous Thursday. On Tuesday, Sotheby’s started with the collection … More…

“Degenerate” Reunion
An Egon Schiele watercolor and gouache painting of a thin woman in muted tones with both hands covering her face.

“Degenerate” Reunion

“Degenerate” was a term used by the Nazis to describe most modern art. The Nazis were vocally opposed to many modernist styles and schools since their streetfighting days in the 1920s. They preferred strict realism that elevated German ideals and … More…

Christie’s 20th Century Evening Sale
A primitivist landscape showing a riverbank populated by flamingoes and small, dark figures in the distance. Large pink and yellow flowers sprout from the river in the foreground, while the background contains a forest of palms.

Christie’s 20th Century Evening Sale

Following the success of the Newhouse collection, Christie’s New York continued on Thursday evening with their 20th Century evening sale. This consisted of fifty-four lots from various collections, including that of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Christie’s sold most of the … More…