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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.

Picasso Painting 'Nude, Green Leaves And Bust' Sold For $106.5 Million At Auction

AP | ULA ILNYTZKY | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — A 1932 Pablo Picasso painting of his mistress has sold for $106.5 million, a world record price for any work of art at auction. "Nud...

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 ...

Rare William Faulkner Collection Sells For $833,246 At Auction

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — A rare collection of signed William Faulkner books and personal items, including one of his most acclaimed novels, "Light in August," sol...

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.

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,...

Sotheby's And Christie's Prepare For Russian Art

luxist.com | 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...

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?

Michael Crichton's Jasper Johns Flag Painting Expected To Set Auction Record

AP | ULA ILNYTZKY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Jasper Johns' seminal work "Flag" from the collection of the late best-selling author Michael Crichton sold for $28.6 million at a New Yo...

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 Le...

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.

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...

Raphael Drawing Sells For $48 Million At UK Auction

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — A drawing by Raphael and a Rembrandt portrait have set records and together sold for almost 50 million pounds ($82 million) at an aucti...

Basquiat Expected To Go For $12 Million In Christie's Auction

justluxe.com | 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...

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.

Poe Rare First Book Sells for $662K At Auction

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — A rare copy of Edgar Allan Poe's first book has sold for $662,500, smashing the previous record price for American literature. The c...