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Annie Get Your Gun
Annie Oakley Little Miss Sure Shot Rifle

Annie Get Your Gun

One of my fondest memories of junior high school was being part of the musical, Annie Get Your Gun, and a recent sale of one of Annie Oakley’s guns brought back that memory.   As you may recall, the original Broadway … More…

Cobain’s Guitar Rocks Estimate
Kurt Cobain 1959 Martin D-18E Guitar

Cobain’s Guitar Rocks Estimate

About nine months ago, I wrote about a grungy old sweater worn by Kurt Cobain during a performance in 1993 on ‘MTV Unplugged in New York,’ which made a really incredible price when it sold for $334K; now another item … More…

Record Price for Richmond Barthé
Richmond Barthé sculpture titled Féral Benga

Record Price for Richmond Barthé

A recent sale in New York featured African American Fine Art.  During the sale, one of the lots set a new auction record for Richmond Barthé (1901 – 1989), an African-American artist who became best known for his sculptures that, … More…

Sotheby’s, London: 19th Century – A Bit Better Than The Competition
Munning’s Springtime, Apple Blossom with a Mare and Foal

Sotheby’s, London: 19th Century – A Bit Better Than The Competition

This week, Sotheby’s, London, also presented an online sale of 19th-century works, though they offered a substantially greater amount of work than the competition… featuring 211 items, while Christie’s had just 71.  Even with almost 3 times as much material, … More…

Christie’s Train Wreck – 19th Century, New York
Henryk Siemiradzki and studio's At the Fountain

Christie’s Train Wreck – 19th Century, New York

On June 17th, Christie’s closed their 19th-century online sale. Sadly, this was one of the worst sales I have seen in my career … a complete disaster.  Making it very difficult for people to understand how bad it was, is … More…

Gulbenkian Arrested In Portugal
Tales from the dark side

Gulbenkian Arrested In Portugal

Disgraced German art dealer Angela Gulbenkian, has been arrested in Portugal after the U.K. issued a European Arrest Warrant for skipping trial.  Gulbenkian faces charges of theft from two separate lawsuits.  The first in 2018, when she allegedly sold a … More…

19th Century – Sotheby’s, New York
Charles Sprague Pearce - Sainte Genevieve

19th Century – Sotheby’s, New York

Just after the London Orientalist sale finished, Sotheby’s, New York, offered up a selection of mid-level 19th-century paintings (typically, this is one of their biggest sales of the year, generating millions).  Like London, this was another online-only sale, and from … More…

The Orientalist Sale – Sotheby’s, London
Gustav Bauernfeind’s Procession in Jaffa

The Orientalist Sale – Sotheby’s, London

Sotheby’s, London, offered up a selection of 19th century Orientalist works from the Najd Collection (the sale was originally going to take place on March 31).  The catalog featured 34 works; however, by the time the auction took place (strictly … More…

Update: Bataclan Banksy Bagged
Tales from the dark side

Update: Bataclan Banksy Bagged

An update about an article we posted back in January 2019 on a Banksy that was stolen from the Bataclan theater in Paris; a work which paid tribute to victims of the Paris terrorist attack in 2015: In 2018, Banksy … More…

Marc Restellini Sues Wildenstein
modigliani-man-cane

Marc Restellini Sues Wildenstein

Earlier today it was reported, in Le Monde, that Marc Restellini (an art historian and Modigliani expert) is suing the Wildenstein Plattner Institute (a non-profit institution created by Guy Wildenstein and Hasso Plattner in 2016).  Restellini is claiming that the … More…