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Painting of the Day (SOLD archives) – Herbert W. Weekes’ “Backyard Gossip”
Painting of the Day (SOLD archives) – Herbert W. Weekes’ “Backyard Gossip”

Painting of the Day (SOLD archives) – Herbert W. Weekes’ “Backyard Gossip”

Backyard Gossip.  Here is a cute little British Victorian painting by Herbert W. Weekes that the gallery sold back in the 1980s.  

Swatch’s Harry Winston Buys Diamond for $26.7 Million
Swatch’s Harry Winston Buys Diamond for $26.7 Million

Swatch’s Harry Winston Buys Diamond for $26.7 Million

Swatch’s Harry Winston Buys Diamond for $26.7 Million -and it isn’t just art that is attracting ‘the money’.  

Basquiat, Pollock Lead Christie’s $495 Million Record
Basquiat, Pollock Lead Christie’s $495 Million Record

Basquiat, Pollock Lead Christie’s $495 Million Record

Basquiat, Pollock Lead Christie’s $495 Million Record – here is a little more on last night’s record breaking auction … the results were off the charts.  

More on Tonight’s Sale – Holy Moly!
More on Tonight’s Sale – Holy Moly!

More on Tonight’s Sale – Holy Moly!

It was an amazing display of people spending money — and a lot different from last night’s session at Sotheby’s.  Here, Christie’s blew the doors off the competition.  By lot 50 they were up to $377M  — and I will … More…

AND Tonight’s Contemporary Sale
AND Tonight’s Contemporary Sale

AND Tonight’s Contemporary Sale

The madness continues .. Basquiat makes $43.5M ($25-$35M); Pollock make $52M (est. $25-$35M); Guston make $23M (est. $8-$12M); de Kooning hits $17M (est. $12-$16M); Lichtenstein hits $50M (est. on request).  Of the first 39 lots 2 were bought in and … More…

Why Can’t We Take Pictures in Art Museums?
Why Can’t We Take Pictures in Art Museums?

Why Can’t We Take Pictures in Art Museums?

Everyone, smile on 3…1 ,2… “Uhh, excuse me, no pictures please.” I think we are all sick of hearing that when we want to document our adventures through the most epic collections of art as we visit world renowned museums. … More…

Painting of the Day (AVAILABLE) John Stobart’s “San Francisco, The Gold Rush Harbor by Moonlight in 1851”
Painting of the Day (AVAILABLE) John Stobart’s “San Francisco, The Gold Rush Harbor by Moonlight in 1851”

Painting of the Day (AVAILABLE) John Stobart’s “San Francisco, The Gold Rush Harbor by Moonlight in 1851”

A very impressive work by the incredibly talented John Stobart entitled “San Francisco, The Gold Rush Harbor by Moonlight in 1851.”  

Painting of the Day (SOLD archives) – Leon Perrault’s “Fairy Tales”
Painting of the Day (SOLD archives) – Leon Perrault’s “Fairy Tales”

Painting of the Day (SOLD archives) – Leon Perrault’s “Fairy Tales”

Fairy Tales.  And one more gem by Leon Perrault that the gallery sold many years ago.  This one, titled Fairy Tales, we painted in 1866.  

When Buyers Lack Perspective – Last Weeks Impressionist Sales
When Buyers Lack Perspective – Last Weeks Impressionist Sales

When Buyers Lack Perspective – Last Weeks Impressionist Sales

When Buyers Lack Perspective – great article by Souren Melikian about the offerings in last weeks Impressionist sales and the prices paid.    

Barnett Newman Leads Sotheby’s NYC $294 Million Auction
Barnett Newman Leads Sotheby’s NYC $294 Million Auction

Barnett Newman Leads Sotheby’s NYC $294 Million Auction

Barnett Newman Leads Sotheby’s NYC $294 Million Auction – more on last night’s sale.  The sale was not as strong as they expected since they only exceeded the lower end of the presale estimate ($284 – $383M) with the buyer’s premium … More…

Contemporary Evening Sale
Contemporary Evening Sale

Contemporary Evening Sale

The results tonight were rather interesting and uneven.  Some works did well and others found it very hard to find buyers – selling on the reserves – and others found no takers.  Jeff Koons was hit hard when his New … More…

Painting of the Day (AVAILABLE) Jay Davenport’s “Chow Hound”
Painting of the Day (AVAILABLE) Jay Davenport’s “Chow Hound”

Painting of the Day (AVAILABLE) Jay Davenport’s “Chow Hound”

An incredible new painting by Jay Davenport entitled “Chow Hound.”  

Cakes for Celebrities, Coveted by Collectors
Cakes for Celebrities, Coveted by Collectors

Cakes for Celebrities, Coveted by Collectors

Everyone loves cake… well, most of us do at least. And when it is a few days old, it’s still pretty good. But what about when it’s a few decades old? I guess we could say it is an antique. … More…

Painting of the Day (SOLD archives) – Leon Perrault’s “A Beautiful Reflection”
Painting of the Day (SOLD archives) – Leon Perrault’s “A Beautiful Reflection”

Painting of the Day (SOLD archives) – Leon Perrault’s “A Beautiful Reflection”

A Beautiful Reflection.  Here is another fabulous 19th century French Academic painting by Leon Perrault, from 1886, that we sold many years ago.  

Rolex Sets $1.16 Million Record, Lollobrigida’s Gem Sale
Rolex Sets $1.16 Million Record, Lollobrigida’s Gem Sale

Rolex Sets $1.16 Million Record, Lollobrigida’s Gem Sale

Rolex Sets $1.16 Million Record, Lollobrigida’s Gem Sale – a 1942 split-second Rolex chronograph made a record price at a sale in Geneva.  Tomorrow the largest D flawless diamond will be offered — 101.73 carats!  Will let you know how that … More…

DiCaprio’s Movie Pals Aid Tiger in $39 Million Auction
DiCaprio’s Movie Pals Aid Tiger in $39 Million Auction

DiCaprio’s Movie Pals Aid Tiger in $39 Million Auction

DiCaprio’s Movie Pals Aid Tiger in $39 Million Auction – the craziness has begun (though this round was for a good cause).  The contemporary sales began last night with a charity sale that brought in $33.3M (presale estimate range was $13-$18M).   … More…

Lost paintings by Britain’s first female artist on show at Tate Britain after being found in Parisian antiques shop
Lost paintings by Britain’s first female artist on show at Tate Britain after being found in Parisian antiques shop

Lost paintings by Britain’s first female artist on show at Tate Britain after being found in Parisian antiques shop

An incredible discovery was made was made at an antique shop in Paris as an art historian uncovered 2 works by Mary Beale (1633-1699), who is revered as the first professional British female artist. These compositions are done in oil … More…

Happy Birthday Dante Gabriel Rossetti!
Happy Birthday Dante Gabriel Rossetti!

Happy Birthday Dante Gabriel Rossetti!

Rossetti, the English poet, illustrator, painter and translator would have turned 185 yesterday! Happy Birthday Dante Gabriel Rossetti!  Founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 alongside William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais, these men still have an immense influence … More…

Happy Birthday Salvador Dali!
Happy Birthday Salvador Dali!

Happy Birthday Salvador Dali!

Infamous surrealist painter, Salvador Dali would have turned 109 on May 11th! Happy Birthday Salvador Dali! Check out a brief biography and slideshow of Dali’s best works below.   Happy Birthday Salvador Dali Birthday!

Painting of the Day (SOLD) Guy Combes’s “Rothchild’s Reprise”
Painting of the Day (SOLD) Guy Combes’s “Rothchild’s Reprise”

Painting of the Day (SOLD) Guy Combes’s “Rothchild’s Reprise”

Rothchild’s Reprise SOLD!!  

Art Proves Attractive Refuge for Money Launderers
Art Proves Attractive Refuge for Money Launderers

Art Proves Attractive Refuge for Money Launderers

The checks and balances of the art market make it challenging to determine the difference between a trustworthy buyer and a laundering fraud.  Unlike real estate titles and deeds which require names and mortgage brokers, stockbrokers, casinos, and banks which … More…

Painting of the Day (SOLD archives) – Charles Perugini’s “The Green Lizard”
Painting of the Day (SOLD archives) – Charles Perugini’s “The Green Lizard”

Painting of the Day (SOLD archives) – Charles Perugini’s “The Green Lizard”

The Green Lizard.  Here is one of Perugini’s important paintings that the gallery sold back in the 1980s; The Green Lizard was originally exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1902.  

Parisian Apartment Untouched For 70 Years
Parisian Apartment Untouched For 70 Years

Parisian Apartment Untouched For 70 Years

Revealed: Eerie new images show forgotten French apartment that was abandoned at the outbreak of World War II and left untouched for 70 years – an amazing story and the discovery of a 19th century European painting by Giovanni Boldini that … More…

Frieze Fair Has John Thain, Speyer Pondering $35,000 Pea
Frieze Fair Has John Thain, Speyer Pondering $35,000 Pea

Frieze Fair Has John Thain, Speyer Pondering $35,000 Pea

Frieze Fair Has John Thain, Speyer Pondering $35,000 Pea  – it really amazes me what some people will buy in the name of ‘art’.