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Art for Breakfast – European Art (Part 1)

Being that Christie’s is along my walk to work every day, I decided to spend the first bit of my morning watching the auction action in person… Part 1 of Christie’s European Art sale kicked off at 10 am and … More…

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Drama At The Upper Levels Of The Art Market… cont.

Back in our Volume 209 Comments on the Art Market,  we briefly touched upon a suit filed against Gagosian Gallery by contemporary art collector, Steve Tananbaum.  According to multiple reports, Tananbaum purchased 3 works by Jeff Koons through Gagosian… after … More…

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How To Safely Navigate The Art Market: Title

In the art world, title has two meanings – the name of a work and legal ownership. For now, I will be discussing the latter.  Title is a legal term used to describe, in our case, the ownership of a work … More…

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Bonhams London – Foujita Dominates

We often talk about an auction’s ability to either meet or beat its estimate.  Most times, salerooms struggle to hit the mark … often requiring the addition of the buyer’s premium to settle in range.  Then, there are those rare … More…

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2 Minute Rant: YOU ARE NOT #BANKSY!

Geez! Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard that anti-consumerist, anonymous street artist, Banksy, recently pulled-off his greatest publicity stunt yet… Shredding one of his most iconic works, “Girl With A Balloon” as it hung on Sotheby’s wall just … More…

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Rybolovlev Turns His Sights On Sotheby’s

As Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev continues his legal battle against art agent Yves Bouvier, he has now turned his sights on Sotheby’s pocket. A quick recap…Rybolovlev purchased 38 masterpieces (12 of which passed through Sotheby’s), totaling over $2 billion, from … More…

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“I am a good person who did terrible things”

The gavel struck, and swindling art dealer, Ezra Chowaiki, is heading to prison.  Don’t remember this case? Here is a quick reminder… Several duped investors/collectors filed fraud charges against Ezra Chowaiki after paying/investing hundreds of thousands of dollars for works … More…

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Comments on the Art Market – Volume 214

We are pleased to present Volume 214 of our Comments on the Art Market.  In this issue, we cover two upcoming shows: Texas Contemporary (which opens on October 4th in Houston) and The Modern Muse (opening at the gallery on … More…

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How To Safely Navigate The Art Market: Authenticity

Over the next year, we will revisit some of the things we feel are important for people to consider when looking to buy a work of art – condition, size, title, value, price, etc. (topics from many of my very … More…

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Bonhams – 19th Century European, Victorian & British Impressionist

There was another warm-up sale in London – this one at Bonhams.  As you can tell by the title, it covered a wide range of styles and periods… a good indication that the salerooms are having trouble prying loose enough … More…