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The 19th Century Market – 2019 Wrap Up
William Bouguereau’s Le Livre de Prix

The 19th Century Market – 2019 Wrap Up

Most reports base their assessment of a specific market’s strength or weakness on the number of works sold and totals generated.  As I am sure you can guess, the biggest issue with this is that each year different works are … More…

Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary – Year End Wrap Up
Claude Monet – Meules

Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary – Year End Wrap Up

This year saw some pretty mixed results in the auction arena. The categories that typically bring in the big bucks are the Contemporary & Post-War sales as well as the Impressionist & Modern sales… with 2019 coming to a close, … More…

2019 – A Really Impressive Year For Collectibles
olymic_game_manifesto

2019 – A Really Impressive Year For Collectibles

As 2019 has come to an end, I am looking forward to watching the trends in the collectible markets for 2020. Paraphrasing Jim McKay, as he said every week on ABC’s Wide World of Sports, we will continue to span … More…

Fake Hals Case Finally Settled
Fake Frans Hals

Fake Hals Case Finally Settled

A 2016 case finally comes to an end as the British court sides with Sotheby’s over a brokered sale of an alleged Frans Hals. American art collector, Richard Hedreen purchased “Portrait of a Man” for $10.75M through a private sale … More…

Christie’s 19th Century’s Tough Road
Gustave Moreau’s Orphee

Christie’s 19th Century’s Tough Road

On the afternoon of December 12, Christie’s offered up a small group of European paintings in their European Art: 19th Century & Orientalist Art sale.  While there were a few interesting works, a good number of the offerings were not … More…

Christie’s British Art – London
sir_william_russell_flint_the_judgement_of_paris

Christie’s British Art – London

On the morning of December 12, Christie’s presented their selection of Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist paintings… many of the fresher works did pretty well. Coming in first was Sir William Russell Flint’s The Judgment of Paris which sported a … More…

$76,000 A Shot!
1926 Macallan Whisky

$76,000 A Shot!

If you are looking for a unique drink to celebrate the holidays, or toast the New Year, look no further than a bottle of 1926 Macallan whisky (only 40 bottles were produced). The whisky was distilled over 90 years ago … More…

Sotheby’s Vic Pics — A Tough Go
burne_jones

Sotheby’s Vic Pics — A Tough Go

On the 10th, Sotheby’s offered up a small group of Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist works of art.  While there were some strong results, overall the sale did not cut the mustard. Taking the number one spot was Burne-Jones’s St. … More…

19th Century European At Sotheby’s
Harald Sohlberg's Modne Jorder (Ripe Fields)

19th Century European At Sotheby’s

December 11, Sotheby’s offered up a small sale of 19th-century European paintings.  As we have seen in the past, sometimes the difference between success and failure comes down to a few fresh-to-the-market works. Taking the lead here was Norwegian artist … More…

Comments on the Art Market – Volume 228
A.A. Lesrel

Comments on the Art Market – Volume 228

Volume 228 of our Comments on the Art Market was released today.  In this issue we cover our current exhibitions, news about Mark Lague and Todd Casey, Stocks, The Dark Side, Really, and the all important Art Market (Lance and … More…