Sotheby’s Loss Doubles as Margins Fall, Expenses Rise
Sotheby’s Loss Doubles as Margins Fall, Expenses Rise – amazing to think that with all the BIG prices they get, the firm still loses money. Guess that is why they continue to increase the buyer’s premium and are now going into … More…
Up and Down at Christie’s
Up and Down at Christie’s – here is Souren Melikian’s take on the evening sale of Impressionist and Modern works at Christie’s.
Painting of the Day (AVAILABLE) Justin Wood’s “Still Life of Candle and Books”
New piece just in by Justin Wood, Still Life of Candle and Books.
Rare Renaissance bust acquired by Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The 1505 terracotta bust of Saint John the Baptist, by Benedetto da Rovezzano has found a new home! Creating art during the same time as Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael, Rovezzano’s biblical sculpture has been added to the collection of the … More…
Painting of the Day (SOLD archives) – Theophile Mayan’s “Fin de Journee, en Provence”
Fin de Journee, en Provence. Here is a fabulous painting by the French 19th century Realist artist Theophile Henri Mayan that we sold many years ago. It was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1890 and now resides in California. … More…
An Impressionist Bonanza
An Impressionist Bonanza – Souren Melikian’s take on the Tuesday night sale at Sotheby’s. They had the goods and got the results.
Soutine $18 Million Pastry Chef Leads Christie’s Auction
Soutine $18 Million Pastry Chef Leads Christie’s Auction – more on the Christie’s sale … as I said last night there were a few good results; but overall, the sale was rather lackluster. Top lot was the Soutine which sold for … More…
The Final Numbers
The Christie’s sale is over and the numbers were not as strong as last night’s sale. Total take was $158.5M (low end of the estimate was $139.6M … so they needed the buyer’s premium to beat the number). There were … More…
The Other Impressionist Sale
Well, what a difference a day makes … results here, while strong in certain instances, were weak in others. One of the top lots – Andre Derain’s Madame Matisse au kimono (est. $15-$20M) filed to find a buyer. … More…
House Painter Accused of Stealing Art From NY Estate
Joselito Vega is facing up to 26 years in jail after being arrested for charges stemming from the theft of a number of artworks which were taken from the estate of Michael Schulhof in Kings Point, NY. Vega, a 42 … More…
Painting of the Day (AVAILABLE) Ben Bauer’s “Snow in Mondovi, WI”
Just in!! Another beautiful Ben Bauer winter scene, Snow in Mondovi, WI.
Tax Investigators Raid Home Of German Artist Georg Baselitz
Famous German artist, Georg Baselitz’s home was raided after his name came up on a CD bought last summer by North Rhine-Westphalia, containing a list of secret bank account data. It is believed that he was given prior warning about … More…
Painting of the Day (SOLD archives) – Edouard Cortes’s “Porte St. Denis”
Porte St. Denis. Here is one that never made it to our web site … sold at the Chicago show.
Heirs Outraged as Dutch Panel Rejects Nazi-Era Art Claim
Heirs Outraged as Dutch Panel Rejects Nazi-Era Art Claim – here is an very interesting decision by the Dutch Restitutions Committee. They rejected the heir’s claim for 3 of the four paintings because the museum’s interest carried more ‘weight’.
Cezanne ‘Les Pommes’ Leads Sotheby’s $230 Million Tally
Cezanne ‘Les Pommes’ Leads Sotheby’s $230 Million Tally – more info on last night’s sale of Impressionist and Modern paintings.
Final For the Evening
71 works offered, 11 unsold (84.5% sell-through rate) and a total take of $230M (the lower end of the estimate range was $162.45M) … nice sale!
More on the Evening Sale
Tiny Van Gogh – Eglogue en Provence – un couple d’amoureux – (13 x 9 inches) makes $7.1M (est. $5-$7M) Picasso’s Buste d’Homme makes $9.7M ($5-$7M est.) This Gauguin – La maison du pan-du – makes $2.7M (est. $1-$1.5M) … More…
The Impressionist Evening Sale
The sale is underway and prices are pretty strong. Cezanne brought over $41M ($25-$35M est.); Modigliani made $25.9M ($20-$30M est.); Braque $15.8M ($10-$15M est.); Picasso sculpture $13.6M ($12-$18M); Madonna’s Leger brought $7.2M (est. $5-$7M); Rodin sculpture over $15M ($8-$12M est.) … More…
Tino Sehgal: Invisible art worth £100k
British-born artist (and I am using the title artist loosely), Tino Seghal, produces art however there is no physical creation. Yet, amazingly his works are for sale and can fetch anywhere from £50,000 to £100,000. So, what is a Sehgal … More…
Writer, Carl Swanson, had an amazing opportunity that allowed him to visit Jeff Koons West Chelsea studio. In his article, he tells stories of the Koons family and the work spaces concealed in the quarter-city-block studio. Workers meticulously sculpting statues and cautiously painting … More…
Painting of the Day (hitting the SOLD archives on Friday) – Ridgway Knight’s “Après un dejeuner, bords de la Seine”
Après un dejeuner, bords de la Seine. This fabulous 19th century European painting by Daniel Ridgway Knight (exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1881) has found a new home … it is one of the most important paintings by the … More…
Publisher Bets on Big Collectible Books
Publisher Bets on Big Collectible Books – the German publisher Taschen will release Genesis, a 704 page, two volume, collection of photographs depicting Sebastiao Salgado’s travels to remote areas of the world untouched by the modern world. The book weights in … More…
Madonna, DiCaprio, Allen Boost $1.3 Billion May Auctions
Madonna, DiCaprio, Allen Boost $1.3 Billion May Auctions – the auction action will begin this evening … should be an interesting month. We will keep you updated on the results.
Painting of the Day (SOLD) Tim Jahn’s “The Assessment”
JUST SOLD at the Spring Show NYC!!