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Sotheby’s Loss Doubles As Margins Fall, Expenses Rise
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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 the ‘retail gallery’ business. Source: Sotheby’s Loss Doubles … More…

Painting of the Day (AVAILABLE) Justin Wood’s “Still Life of Candle and Books”
still life with a candle and books

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
Bust of a woman

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) – Theophile Mayan’s “Fin de Journee, en Provence”
Two woman in a wheat field, one laying on a stack of wheat

Painting of the Day (SOLD) – Theophile Mayan’s “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. See more here: Theophile Mayan’s … More…

Soutine $18 Million Pastry Chef Leads Christie’s Auction
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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 Chaim Soutine which sold for over $18M (est. $16-$22M) which was still … More…

The Final Numbers For Christie’s Sale
Boy dressing in baker's clothing

The Final Numbers For Christie’s Sale

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…

Christie’s – The Other Impressionist Sale
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Christie’s – The Other Impressionist Sale

Well, what a difference a day makes … results here, while strong in certain instances, were weak in others.  During the Christie’s sale, 0ne of the top lots – Andre Derain’s Madame Matisse au kimono (est. $15-$20M) – filed to … More…

House Painter Accused of Stealing Art From NY Estate
photograph of vega and the stolen work

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”
Winter landscape

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
Photograph of George Baselitz

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”
A Paris street scene near Porte St. Denis

Painting of the Day (SOLD archives) – Edouard Cortes’s “Porte St. Denis”

Here is one that never made it to our web site. A beautiful example of Edouard Leon Cortes’s work from the 1950s. It sold at the Chicago show. Edouard Leon Cortes’s – Porte St. Denis.

Heirs Outraged As Dutch Panel Rejects Nazi-Era Art Claim
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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
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Cezanne ‘Les Pommes’ Leads Sotheby’s $230 Million Tally

Here is more information on last night’s sale of Impressionist and Modern paintings. Top lot of the sale was Paul Cezanne’s Les Pommes. Source: Cezanne ‘Les Pommes’ Leads Sotheby’s $230 Million Tally

Final For The Sotheby’s Evening Sale
River landscape with Notre Dame in the background

Final For The Sotheby’s Evening Sale

During the Sotheby’s evening sale, 71 works were offered, 11 unsold (84.5% sell-through rate) and a total take was $230M (the lower end of the estimate range was $162.45M) … nice sale!  

More On The Sotheby’s Evening Sale
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More On The Sotheby’s 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 – … More…

The Sotheby’s Impressionist Evening Sale
still life of fruit on a table

The Sotheby’s 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…