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It’s Sinatra’s world…and Sotheby’s sold it

Start spreading the news… Over the course of 11 days and three auctions, Sotheby’s saw a total of $9.2 million during their Lady Blue Eyes: Property of Barbara and Frank Sinatra sale. The sale attracted collectors and Sinatra fans with the chance to purchase film, entertainment and political memorabilia, fine art, jewellery, personal items, books, […]

Seeing double: nearly identical Van Dyck paintings and a pair of Rembrandt’s finger prints

Sotheby’s and Christie’s each started December off with a painting by Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641) hitting the auction block on consecutive nights. The Flemish painter is one of the most important 17th-century artists and his depictions of the court of Charles I always catch the eye. So, when Sotheby’s announced that a painting of Charles […]

Kerry James Marshall Mural Remains in Chicago Public Library

On 115 South Pulaski Avenue, on the upstairs wall of the Legler Branch public Library in Chicago’s West Garfield neighborhood, hangs a rare treasure: a mural by the famed artist Kerry James Marshall. The city of Chicago originally bought “Knowledge and Wonder,” painted in 1995, for $10,000. It is now estimated to be worth over […]

Two paintings from collection of Robert Indiana to sale at Christie’s

On the 16th of November Post-War and Contemporary Art Morning Session sale at New York’s Christie’s, two artworks from the estate of Robert Indiana (1928-2018), the late Pop artist, are expected to bring in as much as $4.2 million. The sale of the paintings is to cover, in part, the costs of a federal lawsuit […]

Sotheby’s fourth quarter off to a slow start

After recent reports of third quarter losses for Sotheby’s 2018 Fiscal Year, the auction house looked to Q4 (the fourth quarter) for an uptick. However, only a few weeks into Q4, Sotheby’s November 12th Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale was somewhat of a mixed bag. In honour of Armistice Day, the auction house opened […]

AI-produced Portrait Sells at Christie’s for 40 Times its Estimate

As the first “AI-produced” work of art to sell at auction, the Portrait of Edmond de Belamy made history last week for selling at 40 times its estimate. The portrait, which looks like a blurry and unfinished old masters painting, was expected to bring $7,000-10,000 at Christie’s New York, but after about seven minutes of […]