Christie’s kicked off the official start of the fall auction season Tuesday night with a lackluster Impressionist and modern sale that saw 12 of the 46 lots on offer fail to sell, among them a number of high-profile and high-estimate pieces. It earned a total of $144.3 million that, while respectable, failed to meet the house’s low estimate of $188.8 million (which is calculated without the approximately 12 percent buyer’s premium), to say nothing of its $277.7 million high estimate. Read More
Do you love movies? Like love-love them? Would you call yourself a movie “fanatic” or “buff”? Do you have $100,000 or so in liquid assets lying around the house?
Then get ready to put your money where your mouth is, because for the entire month of July, geeks everywhere will be bidding on movie artifacts from The Dreier Collection. And yes, there is definitely a tie-in to San Diego’s Comic-Con. Read More
Who among us has not dreamed of one day owning a life-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, like the one in the lobby of Jurassic Park that eventually gets destroyed when the real T-rex does battle with the raptors? Next to owning an actual dinosaur, a dinosaur skeleton is the next best thing, especially since it can’t turn against you and eat all your loved ones.
Unfortunately, The Natural History Museum has a nasty habit of buying up all the dinosaur bones and keeping them out of the hands of private owners, so they can charge their exorbitant museum fees and not let you even touch the 70-year-old fossils. Lame.
This morning, before the press preview of the 26 works expected to bring in some $10 million in the Artists For Haiti charity auction at Christie’s on Thursday, the assembled press waited in the foyer just beyond the entrance to the auction house. Read More
Christie’s has released a handful of details about its greatly anticipated sale of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry.
The Liz-a-palooza starts September 15 in Moscow, where the auction house will kick off a three-month touring exhibit of the jewelry. The auction itself kicks off in New York at an evening sale of 80 pieces on December 13, Read More
Christie’s auction house will partner with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and his Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. on an upcoming auction that will raise money for survivors of the earthquake that struck Japan last March. Mr. Murakami will select the participating artists himself for the special auction, which will be held at Christie’s New York.
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Beatlemania is alive and well! In the auction houses, anyway.
On Wednesday night, Christie’s brought in $361,938 for 46 previously unreleased photographs documenting The Beatles’ first US visit, well-surpassing a collective estimate of $100,000 and shocking photographer Mike Mitchell, who was just 18 when he took the pictures.
“I wasn’t expecting this, when I took Read More
Last fall, Vanity Fair writer Bob Colacello decided to sell a portrait that Andy Warhol made of him in 1980, when Mr. Colacello was working for Interview, and decided to take along a Vanity Fair camera crew to document the experience. The video was just released and, boy, is it good!
The painting was Read More