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AO Auction Recap – New York: 20th Century and Contemporary Evening Sale, May 15th-16th, 2019

Jeff Koons, Rabbit (1992), final price:$91,075,000, via Christie’s Following the early days of the marathon week of auctions in New York, it wasn’t hard to anticipate a strong outing for the Contemporary Auctions soon to take place, yet the impressive sales at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips this week outpaced expectations, charting a path of major auction records and bested tallies that […]
Tags: Art, New York, Jeff Koons, Art News, Featured Post, Christie, Phillips, Sotheby, AO On Site, Auction Results, AO Auction Recap

Jeff Koons Once Again Holds Record For Most Expensive Work By A Living Artist

Sold for $91.1 million, “Rabbit, a stainless steel casting of an inflatable rabbit, was the star of [Christie’s] spring sale and overtook the previous record set by British painter David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), which sold last November at Christie’s for $90.3 million.” – Yahoo! (AFP)
Tags: Art, David Hockney, Jeff Koons, Visual, Christie, 05.15.19

Jeff Koons ‘Rabbit’ Sets Auction Record for Most Expensive Work by Living Artist

A shiny and enigmatic steel sculpture sold for $91.1 million at Christie’s on Wednesday, edging past David Hockney.
Tags: Art, News, David, Auctions, Sculpture, Christie's, Jeff Koons, Gagosian Gallery, Christie, Jeff, Koons, Hockney, Newhouse, S I Jr

Jeff Koons ‘Rabbit’ Sets Auction Record for Most Expensive Work by Living Artist

A shiny and enigmatic steel sculpture sold for $91.1 million at Christie’s on Wednesday, edging past David Hockney.
Tags: Art, News, David, Auctions, Sculpture, Christie's, Jeff Koons, Gagosian Gallery, Christie, Jeff, Koons, Hockney, Newhouse, S I Jr

Jeff Koons ‘Rabbit’ Smashes Record for Work by a Living Artist

A shiny and enigmatic steel sculpture sold for $91.1 million at Christie’s Wednesday.
Tags: Art, News, David, Auctions, Sculpture, Christie's, Jeff Koons, Gagosian Gallery, Christie, Jeff, Koons, Hockney, Newhouse, S I Jr

AO Auction Preview – New York: Impressionist/Modern and Post-War/Contemporary Evening Sales, May 13th -16th, 2019

Robert Rauschenberg, Buffalo II (1964), via Christie’s The show previews, VIP openings and special presentations of the 58th Venice Biennale are now in the bag, and the art world has returned to business as usual this week, returning to New York for a string of auction sales that will offer a grounding take on the market, and a look at how the […]
Tags: Art, New York, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Robert Rauschenberg, Christie, AO Auction Preview, 58th Venice Biennale

Wildenstein Gallery Sued For Allegedly Selling Fake Bonnard Painting

“The art collector and real-estate investor Neil Wallace, who with his brother Monte are thought to be the sellers of a $100 million Impressionist art collection at Christie’s London in February, is part of a trust suing Wildenstein & Co. over a Pierre Bonnard painting bought more than three decades ago that they now deem ‘a clever fake.'” – Artnet
Tags: Art, London, Visual, Christie, Monte, Pierre Bonnard, Neil Wallace, 05.10.19, Wildenstein Co

Warhol and Stella Works From Collection of David Martinez to Sell at Christie’s

Financier David Martinez is selling Andy Warhol’s Double Elvis [Ferus Type] and Frank Stella’s Point of Pines from 1959 at Christie’s in New York this month, anticipating sales of $100 million for the two pieces. The Warhol is already carrying a third-party guarantee. Read more at Bloomberg  
Tags: Art, New York, News, Andy Warhol, Warhol, Stella, Art News, Minipost, Christie, Frank Stella, Pines, David Martinez

Now Up: “Bootleg” Copies Of Famous Art

And they’re going to be auctioned at Christie’s. “They’ll fool you from a distance. They won’t fool you close up.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Christie, 05.01.19

Move Over, Richard Prince. Here Comes Bootleg Art From ‘Christy’s.’

An artist knocks off Christie’s Post War and Contemporary evening sale — Koons, Warhol, Thiebaud — and gets a thumbs up from the real auction house.
Tags: Art, News, Auctions, Warhol, Christie's, Ny, Richard Prince, Andy, Robert, Christie, Eric, Christy, Rauschenberg, Copyrights and Copyright Violations, Doeringer, East Williamsburg (Brooklyn

Christie’s Names Adrien Meyer Chairman of Global Private Sales

Adrien Meyer has been named chairman of global private sales at Christie’s and will also continue working as co-chairman of Christie’s Impressionist and modern art department. “While Christie’s private sales have regularly increased since 2017, we wanted to appoint a well-respected and versatile specialist to spearhead our team’s efforts and improve our communication to our clients,” […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Christie, Adrien Meyer

Jeff Koons stainless steel rabbit for sale

This would have been a perfect inclusion in someone's (oversized) Easter basket. The Jeff Koons stainless steel "Rabbit" (41" x 19" x 12", 1986) will be on the auction block at Christie's on May 15 during their Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale. The current owner purchased it from the Gagosian Gallery in 1992. It is expected to sell for between $50 million and $70 million. According to Christie's, "this work is number two from an edition of three plus one artist's proof and is accompa...
Tags: Art, Post, News, Los Angeles, Auctions, Jeff Koons, Gagosian Gallery, Christie, Koons, Balloon Animals, Contemporary Pop, Inflatable Flower and Bunny Tall White Pink Bunny

Rothschilds Send Works to Auction at Christie’s London

The Rothschild family will send a selection of works and objects from their holdings to auction, sending 57 lots to Christie’s July 4 auction in London.  “There’s something mythical about the Rothschilds that’s attached to whatever they owned,” says Robert Couturier, an interior designer in New York. “They created their own world of taste and elegance. There’s an abandon of […]
Tags: Art, New York, London, News, Art News, Minipost, Christie, Rothschild, Robert Couturier

Generative Art gets its due

Jason Bailey is curating a show of generative art, among the first major retrospectives of computer-mediated work. It comes at an important time, too, as the art business's Morf Vandewalts fuss over machine learning as if it were born yesterday. In the last twelve months we have seen a tremendous spike in the interest of “AI art,” ushered in by Christie’s and Sotheby’s both offering works at auction developed with machine learning. Capturing the imaginations of collectors and the general public...
Tags: Art, Post, News, Christie, Sotheby, Jason Bailey, Generative Art, Morf Vandewalts, Georg Bak, Kate Vass Galerie

The Improbable Story Of The Guy Who Bought A $1k Painting Over The Internet And Sold It As A Leonardo Worth $500M

Today, of course, the contents of Lot 664 are worth far more than that: The picture has since sold once for $127.5 million and again, in a record-setting auction at Christie’s, for close to half a billion dollars. It has been held up as the “male Mona Lisa” and the “Holy Grail of old-master paintings” and derided by this magazine’s art critic, Jerry Saltz, as a “two-dimensional ersatz dashboard Jesus.”  – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Jesus, Visual, Christie, Jerry Saltz, 04.15.19

Oil Heiress’s Collection Heads to Christie’s

30 pieces from the collection of Texas oil heiress Cecil Amelia Blaffer will go to auction at Christie’s New York next month, with works by Picasso, Rothko and more expected to earn more than $40 million. “What we are seeing more and more is the interesting collections that were put together 40, 50 years ago,” says Adrien Meyer, […]
Tags: Art, New York, Texas, News, Art News, Minipost, Christie, Cecil Amelia Blaffer, Picasso Rothko, Adrien Meyer

The Answer To Distraction? Slow Art

There’s Slow Food. There’s Slow (Longform) Journalism. Now there’s Slow Art. To get people in the mood for slow art, Christie’s, the V&A and the Natural History Museum have been offering yoga and sound meditation baths before visitors step foot into their exhibitions. But rather than putting them in a trance, it’s all about switching on their senses. – BBC
Tags: Art, Visual, Christie, 04.04.19

S.I. Newhouse Trophies Head to Christie’s

Highlights from the collection of S.I. Newhouse will head to Christie’s New York this spring, 11 works expected to tally $130 million. “He had the best eye and the best collection of postwar paintings ever put together,” said his friend David Geffen, “I bought a lot of it.” Read more at NYT
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Christie, David Geffen, Newhouse, Christie 's New York

Christie’s to Offer Works from Drue Heinz Collection in May Sale

Christie’s will offer the collection of patron Drue Heinz in its New York Evening Sales this May, including an Amedeo Mogidliani Lunia Czechowska (à la robe noire), valued at $18 Million. “These pictures tell the story of Drue Heinz and her passion for creativity,” says Jessica Fertig, Christie’s head of Impressionist and modern art evening sales. “She certainly […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Christie, Drue Heinz, Drue Heinz Collection, New York Evening Sales, Amedeo Mogidliani Lunia Czechowska, Jessica Fertig Christie

That Caravaggio Found In The Attic Is Being Handled With Unusual Honesty

There has been plenty of disagreement about whether the painting of Judith beheading Holofernes that turned up in Toulouse in 2016 is an original Caravaggio or a copy. But the people selling it are doing the right things: allowing every scholar that wants examine it access, being generous with shows to the public, and leaving the sale to the auctioneer that found it rather than passing it to Sotheby’s or Christie’s. If only this sort of behavior weren’t so rare. – Apollo
Tags: Art, Toulouse, Visual, Christie, Caravaggio, Judith, Sotheby, 03.08.19

AO Auction Results – London: Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sales, March 5th – 7th, 2019

David Hockney, Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott (1969), via Christie’s Following a marathon week of openings and shows between New York and London, the first major Contemporary Evening Sales of 2019 are in the bag, with a trio of sales closing out the week in London with a market picture that seemed relatively strong.  No […]
Tags: Art, New York, London, Christie's, Sotheby's, Art News, Featured Post, Christie, Phillips, Christopher Scott, Auction Results, AO Auction Results, David Hockney Henry Geldzahler

Robert Rauschenberg Piece Poised to Smash Artist’s Auction Record

Christie’s will offer Robert Rauschenberg’s Buffalo II at auction this May in New York, carrying a $50 estimate that should smash the artist’s current record. “Everyone has been waiting for this painting,’’ says Sara Friedlander, Christie’s international director and head of its postwar and contemporary art department in New York. “It’s the very best of the […]
Tags: Art, New York, News, Art News, Minipost, Robert Rauschenberg, Christie, Buffalo II, Sara Friedlander Christie

AO Auction Recap – London: Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, February 26th – 27th, 2019

Paul Signac, Le Port au soleil couchant, Opus 236 (Saint-Tropez) (1892), Final Price: £19,501,250 via Christie’s Over the course of the last two evenings in London, the major auction houses rounded out an uneven, occasionally disappointing series of sales in the British capital, casting some doubts over the prolonged strength of the Impressionist and Modernist […]
Tags: Art, London, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Christie, Auction Results, AO Auction Recap, Paul Signac, Le Port

Frank Stella To Sell Part of Collection at Christie’s

Frank Stella is profiled in the NYT this week, showcasing his art collection and the group of works he will sell from it at Christie’s later this year.  “It’s nice to come home and look at paintings. I don’t have to look at my own paintings. To me, it’s a relief,” he says. “I like seeing them […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Christie, Frank Stella

Christie’s London to Auction Collection of George Michael

Christie’s London will auction off the art collection of songwriter and singer George Michael this year, The Guardian reports, with the funds raised going to charity. “Philanthropic work was hugely important for George during his lifetime and it was his wish that this work would continue after his passing,” Trustees of Michael’s estate said in a […]
Tags: Art, London, News, George Michael, Michael, Art News, Minipost, Christie, George

Christie’s Reaches Record High for 2018

Christie’s has achieved its highest ever sales total for 2018, with a final tally of $7 billion, bolstered by the sale of the Rockefeller collection.   “Clients like to go to the platforms they have read about as being successful. Some of our clients preferred the US over the UK, but this is an American situation, not […]
Tags: Art, UK, News, US, Rockefeller, Art News, Minipost, Christie

Christie’s to Sell Works from Collection of Richard L. Feigen

Christie’s will sell a series of works from the collection of dealer Richard L. Feigen this spring, Art Newspaper reports. Many of the works are expected to achieve record prices for the artists on sale. “Feigen has made countless and startling discoveries throughout his career and continues to champion the field of Old Masters,” says Francois de […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Christie, Richard L Feigen, Feigen

Christie’s France Wins Resale Royalty Case in Supreme Court

A long-running legal battle in France over artist resale royalties has been decided in favor of Christie’s efforts to shift responsibility for payments to the buyer, after the Supreme Court allowed the auction house to charge the buyer of paintings at auction for the royalty rates.  “The Cour de Cassation handed down its decision on 9 November […]
Tags: Art, News, Supreme Court, France, Art News, Minipost, Christie, Cour de Cassation

Buyer, Not Seller, Must Pay Royalties When Artwork Is Resold, Rules France’s Supreme Court

“The decision has been welcomed by Christie’s France, which is behind the move to pass on the expense to the buyer. The auction house is ultimately responsible for paying the levy to the collecting agency, but it is now its right to ask for the money from the buyer.” — The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Supreme Court, France, Visual, Christie, 12.31.18

New Jersey first state to ban wild animals in circuses

Last week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill banning the use of elephants, tigers and other wild and exotic animals in circus acts that travel through the state, making New Jersey the first state in the country to pass such a law. Known as “Nosey’s Law,” the bill is designed to protect animals in traveling circus acts from being exploited and abused. Nosey, the law’s namesake, is a 36-year-old African elephant that was forced to travel around the country with a circus even though th...
Tags: New York, Chris Christie, Design, New Jersey, Illinois, Christie, Murphy, Ringling Bros, Barnum Bailey, Phil Murphy, Sen Ray Lesniak, Sen Nilsa Cruz Perez

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