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Basketball’s Record-Breaking Action This Season
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Basketball’s Record-Breaking Action This Season

As the 2021 Basketball Playoffs have begun, many will be eagerly watching the record-breaking action on the court, but there was also record-breaking action in the auction room. Two fan favorites, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, just scored new records. … More…

Stolen Treasure
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Stolen Treasure

The Daily Mail recently reported that thieves broke into Arundel Castle and stole more than £1M worth of gold and silver treasures. Among the items stolen are the gold rosary beads that Mary Queen of Scots had with her when … More…

The American Art Auctions – And The Winner Was?
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The American Art Auctions – And The Winner Was?

This week both Christie’s and Sotheby’s held their American Art auctions in New York, and you will have to decide who was the overall winner of the American market this season. All sale prices mentioned below include the buyer’s premium. … More…

A Real Difficult One – Sotheby’s 19th Century European Sale
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A Real Difficult One – Sotheby’s 19th Century European Sale

I will begin by saying that when I first saw the offerings for this sale, other than a handful of works, I was not very impressed. Supply seems very limited, and what is coming to the market are either not … More…

Saved The Best For Last – Christie’s 20th Century Evening
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Saved The Best For Last – Christie’s 20th Century Evening

Finishing off the week of big Spring sales was Christie’s 20th Century, which featured an impressive lineup; offerings included works by Monet, Rothko, Giacometti, Warhol, Picasso, Mondrian, and a slew of other big names. As you can see 20th Century … More…

The Marathon’s Final Leg – Impressionist & Modern
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The Marathon’s Final Leg – Impressionist & Modern

There was a short break after the Contemporary sale, and by about 9:20 pm, the final leg of their marathon event started – those UK staff members must have been drinking a lot of coffee! The auctioneer began by announcing … More…

Part 2 Of The Sotheby’s Marathon – Contemporary
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Part 2 Of The Sotheby’s Marathon – Contemporary

When the Marion sale ended, they moved on to the Contemporary Evening Sale, which started at about 7 pm and went on until 9 pm, with only 32 lots. This one just dragged on with the bidders from across the … More…

Sotheby’s Marathon – Part 1 – The Collection Of Mrs. John L. Marion
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Sotheby’s Marathon – Part 1 – The Collection Of Mrs. John L. Marion

Sotheby’s began their May 12th marathon with a group of paintings from the collection of Mrs. John Marion (Anne Windfohr Marion). After looking at the works up for sale (most of which were very large), I wondered about the size … More…

Contemporary Art… Wait No, 21st Century Art At Christie’s… Uhh, Except The Basquiats (And Others)
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Contemporary Art… Wait No, 21st Century Art At Christie’s… Uhh, Except The Basquiats (And Others)

The spring auction season is upon us, with the big houses holding their Impressionist & Modern and Post-War & Contemporary sales. Christie’s being the annoying entity they are, decided to change the structure of their sales; now they feature a … More…

While Drawing Protests, Deaccessioning Continues
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While Drawing Protests, Deaccessioning Continues

Throughout the pandemic, we have read stories about museums in financial trouble and how some have resorted to selling works to cover costs. Hopefully, we are getting closer to allowing them to open fully; however, some are still looking to … More…