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Make Sure You Read Before You Sign
Tales from the dark side

Make Sure You Read Before You Sign

Stuart Pivar, 88, a prominent Manhattan art collector is suing his attorney, John McFadden, over a bronze sculpture by the Romanian artist Constantin Brancusi. Pivar states that McFadden tricked him into signing an agreement to sell McFadden the sculpture for … More…

Those Sneakers Made A Run For The Moon
Moon Shoe

Those Sneakers Made A Run For The Moon

We recently covered Sotheby’s sneaker sale and the fact that before it ended, Miles Nadal made a private offer and bought all but one pair for about $850K (seems the seller of the Nike Waffle Racing Flat, Moon Shoe, wanted … More…

Water & High Levels of Humidity: A Painting’s Worst Enemy!
john bentham_dinsdale_e1223_the_flag_the_flag_the_precious_flag_BLACK_AND_WHITE

Water & High Levels of Humidity: A Painting’s Worst Enemy!

Today, many of us have faced the consequences of torrential rain and flooding.  It is becoming more common to hear about areas of the country that are under water, houses flooding, and personal property being damaged or destroyed.  I have … More…

East Bound And Down
Trans Am Owned by Burt Reynolds

East Bound And Down

Anybody in the mood for a little road trip to Texarkana?  Well, you could have done that in record time if you were lucky enough to be the proud new owner of a customized 1979 Pontiac Trans Am that was … More…

Really? For A Few Pair Of Sneakers?
jeter-sothebys

Really? For A Few Pair Of Sneakers?

Sotheby’s has been vigorously promoting an unusual online auction that was running from July 11- 23rd titled Stadium Goods: the Ultimate Sneaker Collection, comprised of over 100 rare pairs of sneakers made by Nike, Air Jordan, Adidas, and several other brands. … More…

A (big) Check, Mate
Lewis chessman

A (big) Check, Mate

The Lewis chessmen are a distinctive group of 12th-century chess pieces that were made from walrus ivory and whale’s teeth.  Since their discovery in 1831, buried within a sand dune on the Isle of Lewis (the northern part of the largest island … More…

Christie’s, London – European Art
Julio Romero de Torres’s The Slave

Christie’s, London – European Art

The final sale on July 11th was Christie’s European art offerings, which were not as robust as their Victorian Sale that morning (all prices include the buyer’s premium). Coming in first was Julio Romero de Torres’s The Slave that crushed its … More…

Sotheby’s, London – Vic Pics
Tissot - Room Overlooking the Harbour

Sotheby’s, London – Vic Pics

In the afternoon of July 11, Sotheby’s presented their group of Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art, and it was a bumpy ride (w/p – with premium). Taking the top spot was a tiny J.J.J. Tissot (10 x 13 inches) … More…

Christie’s, London – Vic Pics
Burne-Jones’ Astrologia

Christie’s, London – Vic Pics

July 11th was a busy day for the London salerooms; between Sotheby’s and Christie’s there was a total of three 19th-century sales.  At 10:30 am, Christie’s presented their British Art: Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art, and the results were … More…

Legal Decision – A Step In The Right Direction For Authentication
Tales from the dark side

Legal Decision – A Step In The Right Direction For Authentication

In 2016, London art dealer James Mayor brought suit against Pace Gallery, Arne Glimcher, and member of the Agnes Martin catalogue raisonné committee for not including 13 works by the artist that he had sold for a total of $7.2M.  In … More…