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Really Big Bucks Paid For Grungy Green Sweater
Cobain's sweater

Really Big Bucks Paid For Grungy Green Sweater

So how much would you pay for an old, dirty, cigarette burnt, used cardigan? I bet a lot less than someone (who wishes to remain anonymous) just paid for Kurt Cobain’s old cardigan that he wore during a performance on … More…

19th Century Part 2: More Tough Lessons For Christie’s
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19th Century Part 2: More Tough Lessons For Christie’s

Since I gave my critique of their actions in part 1 of this sale, I am just going to jump in on this one – as Led Zeppelin once wrote: The Song Remains the Same (I actually played the music … More…

Christie’s European Art: Part 1 – A Lesson In What Not To Do
Waterhouse "The Soul of the Rose"

Christie’s European Art: Part 1 – A Lesson In What Not To Do

On October 28th, Christie’s presented their 19th Century works of art in New York.  Now I was a bit surprised when I received 2 catalogs in the mail – one for the morning session and another for the afternoon.  Since … More…

How To Safely Navigate The Art Market: Those Bare Spots On The Canvas
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How To Safely Navigate The Art Market: Those Bare Spots On The Canvas

This month I am going to touch on something I consider a pretty serious condition issue — those bare spots on the canvas, or what is commonly referred to as ‘skinning’, ‘over cleaning’, or ‘abrasion’. To begin, we need to … More…

Mock Rothko
Tales from the dark side

Mock Rothko

Ron Meyer, NBCUniversal vice chairman and co-founder of Creative Artists Agency, claims New York art dealer Susan Seidel, and California-based dealer Jamie Frankfort, along with five unnamed defendants, duped him out of $10 million.  According to the case, Meyer purchased … More…

Derek Jeter Hits A Post Career Home Run – Really?
Derek Jeter Card

Derek Jeter Hits A Post Career Home Run – Really?

One of the rarest modern-day baseball cards just sold on eBay – a 1996 Select Certified Mirror Gold #100 Derek Jeter Rookie Card…wow that was really a mouthful! There were just 30 copies of this card produced and I believe … More…

A 19th-Century Warm Up Sale
Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Peña’s Le mare aux fées

A 19th-Century Warm Up Sale

On October 22nd, Sotheby’s presented their mid-level 19th-century works of art (their BIG sale will take place in January) and the overall results were encouraging.  Do keep in mind that there were no ‘blockbuster’ works being offered, and $30-$50K was the … More…

Caught On Camera – Bye-Bye Dali
Burning Giraffe - Stolen from Dennis Rae Fine Art

Caught On Camera – Bye-Bye Dali

San Francisco police are on high alert after being notified by Dennis Rae Fine Art Gallery that a man casually walked into their premises and stole a $20,000 etching by Salvador Dali … nearby surveillance footage shows the thief walking … More…

Same Old Story…Just A Different Vase
vase

Same Old Story…Just A Different Vase

Same old story – a beautiful little Chinese vase makes a really great price at auction! Sotheby’s just finished its autumn auction week in Hong Kong with some wonderful results. Overall, the sales generated $426M…not too bad considering all that’s … More…

Najd Collection Sees Strong Results In London
Osman Hamdy Bey

Najd Collection Sees Strong Results In London

Over in London, Sotheby’s offered a selection of works from the Najd Collection – considered to be one of the greatest private collections, particularly of Orientalist works, in the world. In all, there were just 40 works up for grabs, … More…