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Opacity In The Auction Market Gets Greater and Greater
Alfa Romeo

Opacity In The Auction Market Gets Greater and Greater

The first part of the October 28th evening sales at Sotheby’s featured their Contemporary offerings, plus a piece of furniture and three Alfa Romeos!  Now you, like me, might think this makes no sense, but for the auction rooms, it … More…

Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern
thin figure in bronze

Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern

On October 28, Sotheby’s presented two sales, a Contemporary one followed by the Impressionist & Modern (which we will cover here).  By the time the sale began, four works had disappeared, so the featured 36 lots.  This review will also … More…

Seeking Clarity – Contemporary Curated at Sotheby’s
KENNETH NOLAND - EMBER

Seeking Clarity – Contemporary Curated at Sotheby’s

It is getting to the point where auctions go out of their way to add a layer of opacity to the results, seemingly in an effort to make it more difficult to analyze their sales… I assume the underlying reason … More…

Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Day Sale
abstract painting

Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Day Sale

Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Day Sale was a full-day event for me as I began watching it at 10:00 AM, and there were still six lots to go when I left the gallery at 5:35 PM. Unfortunately, there was really … More…

Christie’s 19th-Century: Part II
two women

Christie’s 19th-Century: Part II

On the 16th, Christie’s presented Part II of their 19th-century works, and it was a continuation of a difficult situation — lack of good quality material. Taking the top spot was Francois-Joseph Navez’s Two Italians. The painting was estimated to … More…

19th Century European – Sotheby’s Mid-Level Sale
racehorses and jockeys

19th Century European – Sotheby’s Mid-Level Sale

When I first saw the Sotheby’s sale (and we did physically view it), I knew they would have a tough go – there were very few outstanding works.  A few years ago, they moved their major 19th-century sale from the … More…

Christie’s – Part I – 19th Century
man and dragon in a landscape

Christie’s – Part I – 19th Century

Well, the 19th century action continues (and there is more coming).  Today, Christie’s presented a small, select, group of more expensive works, and the results were ok (for those items that were really nice). We went to view the sale … More…

Birds Fly By Estimate
5 volume book of british birds

Birds Fly By Estimate

We are happy as larks to be presenting Taking Flight, an exhibition that benefits the American Bird Conservancy. As such, I thought it would be very apropos to find a recent auction item with a bird theme…I was successful! John … More…

Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Day Sale – Not Enough Meat!
woman seated in a chair

Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Day Sale – Not Enough Meat!

On October 8th, Christie’s held their Impressionist & Modern Day Sale, and I am sure they were not very happy with the end result.  I have said this before, the auction rooms are flooding the market with material … some … More…

Mao Zedong Scroll Recovered, But Cut In Half
yellow scroll with text

Mao Zedong Scroll Recovered, But Cut In Half

Three people were arrested in connection to a September 10th burglary in Hong Kong that is said to be the most expensive heist in the region to date.  According to reports, the apartment of Fu Chunxiao, a well-known collector of … More…