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19th-Century & British Impressionist – Bonhams, London
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19th-Century & British Impressionist – Bonhams, London

On March 31, Bonhams presented their 19th-century and British Impressionist sale, which included various works dating from the 1840s through the 1960s. In the number one position, they had a tie. Alice Boyd’s The Thames from Cheyne Walk (est. £15-20K) … More…

Wow, One da Vinci Mystery Has Been Solved
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Wow, One da Vinci Mystery Has Been Solved

In 1909, the Berlin Royal Museums, under the direction of Wilhelm Bode, purchased a wax bust of the goddess Flora for 185,000 Goldmark. The artist? Leonardo da Vinci!  Well, maybe. The purchase created controversy, and hundreds of articles appeared – … More…

Impressionist & Modern – Paris
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Impressionist & Modern – Paris

On April 14, Christie’s, Paris, presented their Oeuvres modernes sur papier / Art Impressionniste et Moderne sale that included a wide range of work from the 19th and 20th centuries.  While there was very little that interested us, it is … More…

Real Coin or Bitcoin?
1822 gold $5 half eagle coin

Real Coin or Bitcoin?

What is the better investment, a real coin or a Bitcoin? Only time will tell, but I am betting on the real deal for now. Nothing can compete with looking at and holding a real treasure; obviously, you cannot do … More…

Contemporary Feature: Sömngångare by Ben Bauer
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Contemporary Feature: Sömngångare by Ben Bauer

As a young boy growing up in rural Minnesota, the environment played a vital role in Ben Bauer’s upbringing. Weekends in the countryside and treks through the local woods, river valleys, and wetlands bred a deep admiration and understanding for … More…

Can You Blame Them?
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Can You Blame Them?

In 2016, the American graffiti artist JonOne painted an extremely large work (7.8 x 22.9 feet) in front of an audience at the Lotte World Mall in Seoul, South Korea. The artist then left cans of paint and brushes in … More…

The Salvator Mundi Saga Continues — This Time On The Big Screen
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The Salvator Mundi Saga Continues — This Time On The Big Screen

The da Vinci story never seems to end. Is it real or not? I doubt we will ever find out. On April 13, The Savior for Sale, a film about the da Vinci saga, is scheduled to hit the big screen. In … More…

Sacha Jafri Creates a Painiting as Big as His Heart
17000 square foot multi color painitng

Sacha Jafri Creates a Painiting as Big as His Heart

When it too big, too much – apparently not when your heart is in the right place. According to Guinness World Records, a recently created painting that just sold is the world’s largest and one of the most expensive sold … More…

Really, Another Person Leaves Works In A Parked Car?
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Really, Another Person Leaves Works In A Parked Car?

This story left me shaking my head in disbelief. It seems that someone in Los Angeles left two paintings by Jack Armstrong, Primalsun #1 and Imagine #3 AKA Elvis Painting (supposedly worth millions of dollars – really?) in a car … More…

More Auction Action – Impressionist & Modern, Paris
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More Auction Action – Impressionist & Modern, Paris

On the 25th, Sotheby’s, Paris, presented a curated group of Impressionist and Modern works of art and the results were pretty good. (all final prices, unless otherwise noted, include the buyer’s premium; estimates do not) For the past month, the … More…

Yard Sale Treasure
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Yard Sale Treasure

With a bounty of treasures, galleries and auction houses presented works of art and collectibles during Asia Week New York, which took place from March 10th -20th.  One of the treasures offered was a rare Yongle period blue and white … More…

American Art at Sotheby’s
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American Art at Sotheby’s

Earlier this month, Sotheby’s offered up a group of American paintings ranging from Hudson River School, to Western, to Impressionist, to Modernist, to Contemporary. Taking the number one spot, and a surprise to many, was a small (20 x 16 … More…

Sotheby’s Curated Contemporary Sale
Ed Ruscha painting of words that say In California you chew the juice our of grapes

Sotheby’s Curated Contemporary Sale

On March 12th, Sotheby’s New York presented their Curated Contemporary Sale, which featured a diverse group of artists whose work spans the last 70 years. The selection includes artists that exemplify the postwar period to cutting-edge artists of today.   … More…

A Colorful Day For The The Scottish Colourists
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A Colorful Day For The The Scottish Colourists

On the 17th of March, Sotheby’s presented a group of works by the Scottish Colourists from the Harrison collection – all of the paintings were acquired by Major Ion Harrison almost 100 years ago. Some of you might be wondering, … More…

Impressionist and Modern Art – Sotheby’s, New York
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Impressionist and Modern Art – Sotheby’s, New York

On March 11, Sotheby’s New York presented their first Impressionist and Modern Art sale for 2021; it was an online-only event, and bidding was open from March 1 through the 11th — at 2pm on the 11th, lots began to … More…

Beeple Hits The Jackpot!
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Beeple Hits The Jackpot!

On March 11, Christie’s sale of Beeple’s (Mike Winkelmann) Everydays: The First 5,000 Days (2021) NFT ended at a record-shattering and mind-boggling price of $69,346,250! According to the ARTnews article, Christie’s reported that among the bidders, 55 percent were based in the U.S., … More…

Winston Churchill Made All The Difference
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Winston Churchill Made All The Difference

On the evening of March 1, Christie’s presented a small sale of Modern British art which included works by Lavery, Moore, Hepworth, and Sir Winston Churchill. Taking the top spot was Sir Winston Churchill’s Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque that … More…

Man Ray, Christie’s, And Due Diligence
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Man Ray, Christie’s, And Due Diligence

This week, Christie’s (Paris) offered an extensive collection of works (188 lots) by Man Ray that were in the possession of Lucien Treillard – an assistant of Man Ray. Before the sale started, the Man Ray Trust released a statement … More…

The Serial Swindler
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The Serial Swindler

The Inigo Philbrick art scandal (here are a couple of our earlier posts on the matter: Inigo Philbrick – More Art World Greed,  Kenny Schachter Duped by Inigo Philbrick) is getting more complex.  It now seems that Peter Klimt, a … More…

Christie’s White Glove Works On Paper Sale In New York
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Christie’s White Glove Works On Paper Sale In New York

The month’s first sale took place on the 1st, and I was a little surprised by the number of lots offered – just eight. Guess that is what you might call a curated sale; actually, the works all come from … More…

Bowmore Islay and Aston Martin – A Winning Combo
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Bowmore Islay and Aston Martin – A Winning Combo

The small Scottish Isle of Islay (pronounced eye-la), often referred to as the Queen of the Hebrides, is the Inner Hebrides’ southernmost island. With a friendly population of just over 3,000 people, stunning scenery, mild weather, and most notably the … More…

Freeman’s Master Paintings – One Painting Makes All The Difference!
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Freeman’s Master Paintings – One Painting Makes All The Difference!

While February has been a rather quiet one in the art market, there was a sale that took place at one of the peripheral salerooms that caught our eye.  Included in the sale was an impressive painting by Carl Moll … More…

Austrian Priest With Alleged Sticky Fingers
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Austrian Priest With Alleged Sticky Fingers

Last May, during a routine inventory check, the custodian of a collection belonging to a Benedictine abbey in Kremsmünster, Austria, discovered that fifty objects, with a total value of approximately €300,000 ($360,780), were missing. The abbey, which dates back to … More…

Sculptor Charged With Fraud Years After Public Ridicule
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Sculptor Charged With Fraud Years After Public Ridicule

Charges of fraud have been brought against Ioan Bolborea, a 65-year-old sculptor from Romania nearly ten years after his work was unveiled; and this is not the first time the work has made the news. Bolborea was commissioned to complete … More…