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A Mad Look At 225 Lafayette Street

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

Before it became overpriced condos, 225 Lafayette Street was a typical Manhattan office building with one very atypical tenant: Mad Magazine.

Jane Austen's Hair, Dickens' Dog Collar: 9 Of The Most Surprising Auctioned Author Memorabilia (PHOTOS, POLL)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Auctions of author memorabilia have produced surprising results over the last year. You won't believe what fans have wanted and what they left behind....

PHOTOS: $14.9 Million For Aspen's 'Cream Of The Crop'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Dubbed "The Cream of the Crop," this 7200 square-foot mansion located just blocks from Aspen's commercial district features its own elevator, media ro...

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 ...

Mark Twain Unpublished Document Gets $242,000 At Auction

AP | ULA ILNYTZKY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Mark Twain's never published "A Family Sketch" – a tribute to his daughter who died at 24 after contracting spinal meningitis &...

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,...

First Census Up For Auction: 1791 Census Lists Population, Signed By Thomas Jefferson

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York


What the Fashionable Palate is Wearing

Liz Neumark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Liz Neumark

It is fashion week in NYC and our focus turns to a fashion 'plate' of a different sort. Food is fashion. And though there are timeless classics (lik...

Gerald Ford's Beaver Creek Home For Sale For $13M (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The owner of a Beaver Creek, Colorado mansion once owned by President Gerald Ford is selling the home for $13 Million, the AP reports. Ford, an acc...

Giacometti Sculpture 'L'Homme qui marche I' Fetches $104.3 Million, World Record: Sotheby's (PHOTO)

AP/ The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World


A Predicate to Change

Pamela Auchincloss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Pamela Auchincloss

The art world is in flux. Shifts in influence, business practices, marketing strategies, and the dissemination of culture in our global landscape are being shaped and driven forward by a new set of determinants.

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.

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...

The Art Market Lives! Warhol Sells For $43.8M

AP | ULA ILNYTZKY | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — A painting by Andy Warhol, "200 One Dollar Bills," brought the equivalent of 43.8 million dollar bills at auction, more than three ti...

A Slice from Audrey Hepburn's Closet at Sotheby's

Melissa Biggs Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Melissa Biggs Bradley

Audrey Hepburn style lovers should run, not walk, over to Sotheby's this weekend for a rare chance to see some of her iconic clothes. Whether you fell...

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.

The Evolution of Paris as a Major Art Market

Stephanie Adamowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stephanie Adamowicz

Paris is attracting an increasing number of international galleries exhibiting high-quality works by blue chip artists.

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...

New Show on NBC on Collecting

Reyne Haines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Reyne Haines

Set Your DVR!: Art of Collecting with Reyne Haines and Jonathan Novack Premieres Thursday, September 10 on Channel 2, NBC Houston (Houston, Texa...

Morgan Stanley CEO Buys $13.5 M. House

The New York Observer | Max Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Less than a year after Morgan Stanley got its $10 billion TARP loan (and exactly two and a half months after the money was repaid), the mammoth firm's...

Top Ten: Celebrity Collectibles

Reyne Haines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Reyne Haines

Which celebrities' pre-owned gems scored big at auction? At number 7, Marilyn Monroe's white baby grand piano, sold by Christies. The lucky bidder? Mariah Carey, for $662,500.

Booming Islamic Antiquities Market in the Gulf Leads to Thefts in Old Cairo Mosques

Journalism Boot Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Journalism Boot Camp

Despite denials that the buying of pieces by Qatar helped fuel a black market, Egyptian officials say Gulf collectors are the reason Islamic heritage sites are being looted.

Three Or More: Collecting in the 21st Century

Reyne Haines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Reyne Haines

They say a collection is something you have three or more of. Why just 3 and not 4, or a dozen? I have no idea.

Versace's Villa Contents To Be Auctioned In London

AP | GREGORY KATZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — The contents of late fashion designer Gianni Versace's fabulous Italian villa will be sold in London next week, giving curious fans a c...