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This Tiny But Significant Cup Just Sold For A Whopping $36 Million

AP | KELVIN CHAN | Posted 04.08.2014 | Arts

HONG KONG (AP) — A Shanghai collector paid a record $36 million Tuesday for a rare Ming Dynasty cup that's touted as the "holy grail" of China's art...

Famous Impressionist Painting Sells For Whopping $32 Million

AP | Posted 02.06.2014 | Arts

LONDON (AP) — A Paris streetscape by Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro has sold for double its top estimate in a week of strong sales at London...

Portrait Of Francis Bacon's Lover Could Fetch $50 Million

AP | Posted 03.17.2014 | Arts

LONDON (AP) — A portrait by Francis Bacon of his lover and muse is going up for auction, with an estimated price of 30 million pounds ($49.3 million...

The World Of Soviet Sport In 20th Century Russian Art

Posted 12.30.2013 | Arts

Images of sparring boxers, relentless cross country skiers and triumphant Olympic parades -- these are but some of the artistic symbols that were used...

85 Works By Your Favorite Surrealist Are Up For Bid

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts

LONDON (AP) — A trove of 85 works by Spanish surrealist master Joan Miro acquired by the Portuguese government from a failing bank is up for auction...

Man Wins A Picasso Painting For Just $138

AP | Posted 12.20.2013 | Arts

WEXFORD, Pa. (AP) — A man looking for art for his new home has won a $1 million Picasso painting with a $138 raffle ticket. Jeffrey Gonano told the...

The Man Who Ruled The Indian Art World

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

There's a classic story told about the late Bombay gallerist Kekoo Gandhy mildly losing his mind. Gandhy, who rose from owning a frame factory to beco...

Vintage Cigarette Posters Blow Today's Ads Out Of The Water

Posted 12.16.2013 | Arts

These days advertisements are all too often abrasive visual overloads of over-photoshopped women, not-so-subtle sexual innuendos and the occasional of...

U.S. Charity Revealed As Buyer Of Hopi Masks

AP | THOMAS ADAMSON | Posted 12.11.2013 | Arts

PARIS (AP) — A U.S. charitable foundation said Wednesday that it was the anonymous bidder that paid $530,000 for 24 Native American masks in a Paris...

French Auction House Ignores Pleas To Stop Hopi Mask Sale

AP | THOMAS ADAMSON | Posted 12.09.2013 | Arts

PARIS (AP) — A French auction house on Monday ignored an urgent request by the U.S. Embassy to delay an auction of dozens of sacred Hopi masks and p...

In More Exorbitant Auction News, An Edward Hopper Painting Sold For Over $40 Million

AP | Posted 12.05.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Edward Hopper's "East Wind Over Weehawken" has sold for $40.5 million — an auction record for the artist. The 1934 work depicts a...

Just Try To Guess How Much This Normal Rockwell Painting Costs

AP | ULA ILNYTZKY | Posted 12.05.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — A Norman Rockwell painting titled "Saying Grace" sold at an auction on Wednesday for $46 million, a record for the Saturday Evening ...

Hopi Tribe Sues Auction House In Attempt To Stop Sale Of Sacred Masks

AP | THOMAS ADAMSON | Posted 12.03.2013 | Arts

PARIS (AP) — The Native American Hopi tribe took a Paris auction house to court Tuesday to try to block the upcoming sale of 32 sacred tribal masks,...

7 Contemporary Russian And Eastern European Artists You Should Know

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 12.02.2013 | Arts

Sotheby's recently had an art world revelation. It dawned upon the iconic auction house that collectors from Russia and Eastern Europe are arriving at...

Rockwell's 'Saying Grace' Turns 62 Today

Posted 11.24.2013 | Arts

On a day like today, American illustrator Norman Rockwell created "Saying Grace," capturing a Mennonite family praying in a bustling restaurant. Rock...

Art Owned By TS Eliot's Wife Fetches $11.3 Million At Auction

AP | Posted 11.21.2013 | Arts

LONDON (AP) — A trove of artwork collected by poet T.S. Eliot's widow has sold for more than 7 million pounds ($11.3 million) at auction. Valerie E...

10 Things You Didn't Know About Francis Bacon

Posted 11.13.2013 | Arts

A 1969 painting by the late Irish painter Francis Bacon sold for a whopping $142 million this week, prompting art newbies everywhere to ask, "Who is F...

Francis Bacon Painting Sets Auction World Record

AP | ULA ILNYTZKY | Posted 11.13.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — A 1969 painting by Francis Bacon set a world record for most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. "Three Studies of Lucian Freud...

Could This Andy Warhol Painting Take The Title Of Most Expensive Artwork Ever Sold?

AP | ULA ILNYTZKY | Posted 11.04.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — Potential buyers will have to dig deep as New York City's frenzied fall auction season gets underway with blockbuster wo...

1,000 Epic Shipwreck Photos Reveal The Dangerous History Of Life At Sea

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.06.2013 | Arts

The sea has long captured the eye of photographers and painters, luring these curious voyagers to the open waters with its sublime beauty. With an abi...

A Very Unusual Basquiat Painting Heads To Auction

Posted 10.25.2013 | Arts

Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come for another painting by meteoric art icon Jean-Michel Basquiat to hit the auction block. The unusual, and larg...

Attention: You Can Now Buy The Violin That Played As The Titanic Sank

AP | SYLVIA HUI | Posted 10.18.2013 | Arts

LONDON -- LONDON (AP) — It's a poignant scene familiar to anyone who has watched "Titanic" — as the doomed ship slides into the icy waters, musici...

29 Picasso Artworks Hit The Bidding Block At The Same Time

Posted 10.17.2013 | Arts

Earlier this month an online raffle gave art admirers the opportunity to own their very own Picasso drawing for just $135. It might seem like a bargai...

You Can Own Your Very Own Rothko Painting For Just $35 Million

AP | Posted 12.15.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — NEW YORK (AP) — A bright orange-yellow and white painting by Mark Rothko is heading for the auction block in New York City, where i...

This Could Fetch Up To $100 Million At Auction

AP | Posted 10.14.2013 | Arts

LONDON -- LONDON (AP) — A painting that brings together two of Britain's greatest artists could become one of the most expensive modern artworks eve...