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London’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Sales
Hockney - The Splash

London’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Sales

Following up rather weak Impressionist and Modern Sales, Sotheby’s and Christie’s offered their Post-War and Contemporary Art selections with modest expectations… going in, Sotheby’s had projected a nearly identical pre-sale estimate to last year while Christie’s pre-sale numbers were way … More…

Shotgun Shoots By Estimate
Wyatt Earp Shotgun

Shotgun Shoots By Estimate

Wyatt Earp (1848 – 1929) was a lawman of the Old West and best known for his involvement in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.  This shoot-out is regarded as the most famous gunfight in American Wild … More…

Jane Austen – Always A Hit!
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice first edition

Jane Austen – Always A Hit!

Does anyone buy books anymore?  Apparently so, as six first editions by Jane Austen made history at a recent sale.  It is always noteworthy when any of her first edition books hit the auction block, but to have all six … More…

London’s Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Sales
Pissarro’s Gelée blanche, jeune paysanne faisant du feu

London’s Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Sales

February was a busy month for us, bouncing from fair to fair, and it was also a busy month in the auction arena, so we’re going to play a bit of catch-up.  Over in London, both Sotheby’s and Christie’s hosted … More…

How To Safely Navigate The Art Market: Framing
Ridgway Knight - Period Frame

How To Safely Navigate The Art Market: Framing

Finding an appropriate frame for a work of art is very important. The right frame can greatly enhance the look of your artwork, while the wrong frame can detract from its overall appearance.  Having said that, please keep in mind … More…

More Hot Water For Boone?
Tales from the dark side

More Hot Water For Boone?

Back in 2018, art dealer Mary Boone pleaded guilty (Gotta Love Creative Accounting … Except When You Get Caught) to falsifying her 2011 tax return. Then in February of 2019, is was reported (Don’t Mess with the IRS) that Boone … More…

The Silver (Lining) Cup
16th-century silver stem cup

The Silver (Lining) Cup

A tale that takes us from the dark to the bright side…. The MET announced that they returned a 16th-century silver stem cup to the heirs of Eugen Gutmann.  The prized cup was part of an extensive silver collection of … More…

Comments on the Art Market – Volume 230
Guy Wiggins - Glacier national park, 1924

Comments on the Art Market – Volume 230

It is out!  Volume 230 of our monthly newsletter Comments on the Art Market.  In this issue, we cover the two gallery exhibitions: Mark Laguë’s A Big Apple Adventure and Antoine Blanchard’s A Trip Down Memory Lane; upcoming shows in … More…

How To Safely Navigate The Art Market – Lighting
john bentham_dinsdale_e1223_the_flag_the_flag_the_precious_flag_BLACK_AND_WHITE

How To Safely Navigate The Art Market – Lighting

  So, you may be wondering, what is the best way to light a work of art? Natural light (sunlight) that filters into a room is, of course, the easiest.  It is important to keep in mind that you do … More…

Sotheby’s 19th-Century Sale
Alfred Munnings’ racing scene - Mahmoud Being Saddled for the Derby, 1936

Sotheby’s 19th-Century Sale

At the end of January, Sotheby’s presented a rather lackluster sale of 19th-century European paintings; a sale illustrating the continued difficulty auction rooms are having sourcing good quality works. What I will say is that I was surprised that some … More…