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The Auction World's Buy-Ins and Post-Sales

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

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.

Auctioneers as Psychologists

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

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.

Culture Zohn: Picasso Sets Auction House Record at $106.5 Million

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Patricia Zohn

2010-05-05-outsidepull.jpgPicasso once again proved his staying power as a 1932 portrait of his muse Marie Therese, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, sold for $106.5 million, a record at auction.

All That Glitters Is Green: First-Ever Christie's Green Auction

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

Christie's celebrity-studded green auction was a great concept, taking what has traditionally been a bastion of the elite and putting their vast resources to work for a good green cause.

AUCTION UPDATE: Manet Breaks Record, But Auction Fails To Impress

MutualArt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Edouard Manet's exceptional Self Portrait with a Palette sold tonight at Sotheby's London for 22.4 million pounds ($33.2 million) with fees, a record ...

Make a Bid to Save the Earth

Peter Seligmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Seligmann

It's fitting that President Obama is addressing Wall Street on the challenge of the economy today; nothing could be more appropriate on Earth Day.

Jack Kerouac's Typewriter Up For Auction

Village Voice Blog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

History-philes and Beat-philes will love this one: Christie's is auctioning off Jack Kerouac's last typewriter....

The Risk of Eliminating Risk

Halsey Minor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Halsey Minor

Corporations now enjoy powers and privileges historically reserved for monarchs, and, like monarchs, the people who run them are largely insulated from the consequences of their actions.

Sotheby's And Christie's Prepare For Russian Art | By Tom Johansmeyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The Russians are coming to New York! From April 21, 2010 to April 23, 2010, 600 lots of Russian art will be coming to market. Sotheby's will be auctio...

What the Auction Houses Reject

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Grant

The story of auction houses is usually what they sell and for how much. As large a concern as bringing in things that will do well at a sale, however,...

Be The Art and the Artist

Angella Nazarian | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Angella Nazarian

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...

A Bid to Save the Earth

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

The entire auction business is green- it's built around buying and selling valuable antiquities that are recycled, reused, and/or preserved. It's all good for mankind and for sustainability.

The Ghosts of Chairman Mao and Andy Warhol Haunt a Hong Kong Art Auction

John Seed | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Seed

A powerful spectre, his ideas have retained their power better than Mao's. He knew that in 2010, China would have McDonalds, and that art would be made in factories.

Picasso's "Recession-Proof" Harem

John Seed | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Seed

Who was bidding on Picasso's 1932 painting of Marie-Thérèse Walter?

The Highest Price Paid for a Mistress

Reyne Haines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Reyne Haines

Recently, the news has been filled with headlines of celebrities who have been caught cheating on their spouses. Tiger Woods, Jesse James, David Lett...

Room To Grow Revolutionizes Child Care Philanthropy

Michael Macher | Posted 11.16.2012 | Impact
Michael Macher

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.

Gucci, Christie's Partner For Appraisal Website

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Gucci and Christie's have teamed to create an appraisal site for vintage Gucci pieces. The site, Gucci Collector, allows users to upload photos of vi...

For Sale: Beethoven's Skull

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Keith Thomson

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.

Who Walked Off With Warhol's "200 One Dollar Bills"? | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Guessing who the winner bidder was for Andy Warhol's "200 One Dollar Bills" in a recent Sotheby's auction is becoming something of a parlor game, with...

Astoria Characters: The Frame-O-Phile

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Astoria-based Eli Wilner has become the framer of choice for the Smithsonian, Sotheby's and Christie's auction houses and the White House. "I want to frame the whole world," he says.

Naked Roman Polanski & Sharon Tate Picture Going To Auction (NSFW PHOTO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Christie's auction house is auctioning off a David Bailey photo of Roman Polanski and then-wife Sharon Tate taken shortly before her murder. Christi...

Recession Hits Lackluster Art Auction Opener At Christie's | CAROL VOGEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

French and Italian could be heard throughout Christie's salesroom Tuesday night as the fall auction season began unsteadily: While there were some str...

Basquiat Expected To Go For $12 Million In Christie's Auction | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

An epic masterpiece by Jean-Michel Basquiat, the highlight of the season's major art auctions, is estimated to fetch up to $12 million stars in Christ...

Letter From Paris: The Church of Saint Laurent

Beth Arnold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Beth Arnold

If the first sale of the Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé collections roared into Paris like the symbolic lion that Saint-Laurent loved, the second began with the squeak of a mouse.

Art World Wonders If Investors Will Turn Up For Auction Season

Crain's New York Business | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The art world is anxiously awaiting the coming fall auction season, a major gauge of whether collectors are still feeling the wrath of the economic do...