This story begins where most end: The sale of American and European art at Chicago's Leslie Hindman auction house was a success, generating $1,326,000 in revenues, 78 percent of the 396 lots finding buyers.
The pacing of sales and the careful arrangement of lots is a carefully learned skill (call it a science?) to which some portion of the ever-escalating prices of artwork at auction must be attributed, but its effectiveness has limits.
I believe that somewhere deep in our hearts is the archive of all our intimate memories and desires, and the experiences we were meant to have. And we go through life as if it were a cosmic treasure hunt...
As America's middle class struggles to adjust to the myriad inconveniences of a shifting economic reality, low-income parents face a far more dire challenge--that of providing their children with basic care.
Skull collecting is a veritable subculture. One man's macabre relic is another man's Barry Bonds seventy-first home-run ball. In the course of my investigation of this realm, I learned that Ludwig van Beethoven's skull is for sale.