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Anonymity May Not Be A Good Thing
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Anonymity May Not Be A Good Thing

Banksy’s trademark might be at risk after he lost a case against Full Colour Black (a Gaffiti and Street Art greeting card company that reproduces his work).  According to a couple of recent articles (listed below), “[i]n 2014, Banksy’s representatives, … More…

Spectacles See Far Beyond Estimate
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Spectacles See Far Beyond Estimate

Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948), a lawyer and activist for Indian civil rights, was best known for his leadership of the peaceful resistance movement that lead to India’s independence from British rule. Over the years, some items once belonging to … More…

Dora Maar To Get $450k Face Lift
painting of a woman in green and yellow

Dora Maar To Get $450k Face Lift

20-year-old Spanish architecture student Shakeel Ryan Massey will spend 18 months behind bars for a destructive stunt pulled on December 28th of last year. Massey, while visiting the Tate Modern, punched a hole through the protective glass in front of … More…

Three Strikes And You Are Out!
painting of two boys and a mug of beer

Three Strikes And You Are Out!

It seems that Frans Hals’s Two Laughing Boys with a Mug of Beer, in the collection of the Hofje van Aerden museum in Leerdam, has now been stolen for the third time.  I personally think the phrase “three strikes and … More…

Christie’s and Sotheby’s Race Through the Summer – Online Auction Recap
Francis Bacon - Triptych Inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus

Christie’s and Sotheby’s Race Through the Summer – Online Auction Recap

As the summer of social distancing comes to a close, I thought we could take a look at the auction arena as a whole and what has been going on… it seems the two big houses finally caught up on … More…

American Art – Christie’s
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American Art – Christie’s

More than a month later (August 7th), Christie’s presented their American painting sale … and overall, this one was far less successful. The most expensive lot in the sale was Mary Cassatt’s Two Little Sisters that brought $420K ($519 w/p … More…

The American Market – Sotheby’s
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The American Market – Sotheby’s

At the end of June, Sotheby’s offered a selection of American paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries.  As you will soon see, the sale performed reasonably well. (w/p = with buyer’s premium) Taking the top spot was Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s Abraham … More…

Betting Big Pays Off
Baseball card, man in red and white, blue signature

Betting Big Pays Off

So, here is the follow-up I promised regarding the Mile Trout rookie card that came up for auction this month. After the LeBron James card set a record last month when it sold for $1.8M, it really didn’t take long … More…

Location, Location, Location
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Location, Location, Location

What is the difference between Thing 1  and Thing 2? I honestly believe there is only one really big difference, but I will get to that shortly.  First, let’s go over what I think are the similarities.  Both were produced by … More…

Charging More — Give Me A Break!
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Charging More — Give Me A Break!

Not sure how I missed this one.  In May, Sotheby’s announced the following: As of August 1, 2020, Sotheby’s will be implementing a new fee – an Overhead Premium – payable  by all auction buyers in our global salesrooms and … More…