Turkey Fights for Return of a Work It Says Was Looted

A bench trial in Federal District Court in Manhattan concerns an ancient idol held by Christie’s.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #auctions, #christies, #collectors-and-collections, #manhattan-nyc, #politics-and-government, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #turkey

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Nike Agrees to Settlement with ‘Satan Shoes’ Maker MSCHF

The unauthorized sneakers, which contain a drop of blood and cost $1,018, sold out in less than a minute last month.

#art, #auctions, #lil-nas-x-rapper, #mschf, #nike-inc, #shoes-and-boots, #sneakers, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trademarks-and-trade-names

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Possible Caravaggio Is Withdrawn From Auction; Spain Announces Export Ban

The suggested starting bid for the painting was set at around $1,800, but if it is really the work of the Baroque master, it could be worth millions.

#ansorena-sa, #art, #auctions, #caravaggio, #museums, #prado-museum, #spain

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From the Charred Wreck of a Lamborghini, a D.I.Y. Supercar

It’s still not cheap, and it’ll take some skill, but finding the totaled car of your dreams and rebuilding it can give you bragging rights, and a sweet new ride.

#auctions, #automobiles, #automobili-lamborghini-spa, #bayerische-motorenwerke-ag, #computers-and-the-internet, #engines, #ferrari-spa

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Rahul Kadakia, an Auctioneer Who Regularly Sets Records

Rahul Kadakia of Christie’s has sold the most expensive wristwatch, the priciest blue diamond and even, early on, a salad.

#auctions, #christies, #content-type-personal-profile, #curiel-francois, #jewels-and-jewelry, #kadakia-rahul, #watches-and-clocks, #your-feed-fashion

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Bat Used by Lou Gehrig in 1938 Sells at Auction for $715,120

The 34-inch, 36-ounce Bill Dickey model Louisville Slugger had been owned by the family of Earle Combs, a onetime teammate of Gehrig’s and coach with the New York Yankees, auctioneers said.

#amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis, #auctions, #baseball, #baseball-hall-of-fame, #halls-of-fame, #louisville-slugger, #new-york-yankees, #scp-auctions-inc, #sporting-goods-and-equipment, #the-pride-of-the-yankees-movie

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Forgotten Copy of Super Mario Bros. Sets Record at Auction

The game was bought as a Christmas gift in 1986 but was left in a desk drawer for 35 years. It sold for $660,000 at an auction on Friday.

#auctions, #computer-and-video-games, #gifts, #heritage-auctions, #nintendo-co-ltd, #super-mario-bros-video-game

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As NFTs Soar, Experts Warn of an Unsustainable Bubble

As the prices of blockchain-secured works skyrocket and speculators swoop, experts are warning of an unsustainable bubble.

#art, #auctions, #blockchain-technology, #christies, #collectors-and-collections, #ethereum-foundation, #finances, #hirst-damien, #metakovan-entrepreneur, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #rogoff-kenneth-s, #virtual-currency, #winkelmann-mike-beeple

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The Sunday Read: ‘Rembrandt in the Blood’

No one had spotted a new painting by the Dutch master for four decades — until the scion of a storied Amsterdam family found two.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #auctions, #netherlands, #van-rijn-rembrandt-harmenszoon

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Why Did Someone Pay $560,000 for a Picture of My Column?

Bidders say they had many different motivations, including fun, self-promotion and signaling support for the NFT market.

#art, #auctions, #blockchain-technology, #collectors-and-collections, #ethereum-foundation, #new-york-times-neediest-cases-fund, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #virtual-currency

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Crypto token of New York Times column sells for $560,000.

A digital collectible based on a column in The New York Times sold at auction on Wednesday, with proceeds going to the Neediest Cases Fund.

#auctions, #new-york-times, #new-york-times-neediest-cases-fund, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #philanthropy, #roose-kevin

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Buy This NFT Column on the Blockchain!

Why can’t a journalist join the NFT party, too?

#auctions, #blockchain-technology, #collectors-and-collections, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #e-commerce, #ethereum-foundation, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #virtual-currency

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Basquiat Sells for $41.9 Million at Christie’s in Hong Kong

“Warrior,” a 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, leads a week of 20th and 21st century livestreamed auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s.

#art, #auctions, #basquiat-jean-michel, #christies, #finances, #hong-kong, #rosen-aby-j

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Auctions of Cars, Watches and Furniture Heat Up

The value of collectibles — like coffee tables, whiskey, Air Jordans and Pokémon cards — has soared.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #luxury-goods-and-services, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sneakers, #trading-cards, #watches-and-clocks, #your-feed-fashion

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Another Big Step Toward Digitizing Our Lives

Repeat after me: Everything that can be digitized will be digitized.

#auctions, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #virtual-currency, #winkelmann-mike-beeple

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Beeple Has Won. Here’s What We’ve Lost.

Welcome to the new frontier, the junction of internet culture and financial libertarianism. What’s art got to do with it?

#art, #auctions, #christies, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #winkelmann-mike-beeple

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What Are NFTs, Anyway? One Just Sold for $69 Million.

“Nonfungible tokens” and blockchain technology are taking the mainstream art world by storm, fetching huge prices. We explain, or try to.

#art, #auctions, #christies, #computers-and-the-internet, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #winkelmann-mike-beeple

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JPG File Sells for $69 Million, as ‘NFT Mania’ Gathers Pace

“Everydays — The First 5000 Days,” by the artist known as Beeple, set a record for a digital artwork in a sale at Christie’s.

#art, #auctions, #christies, #collectors-and-collections, #computers-and-the-internet, #virtual-currency, #winkelmann-mike-beeple

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He Owns World Famous Stamps and a Prized Coin. Now He’s Selling.

Stuart Weitzman, who made his fortune in shoes, is parting with three of his collecting triumphs, including a block of four “Inverted Jennies.”

#auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #content-type-personal-profile, #numismatics, #sothebys, #stamps-postal, #weitzman-stuart

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The Louvre Turns to Merch

The famous French museum has embraced all retail opportunities in an effort to offset the economic effects of the pandemic.

#auctions, #culture-arts, #fashion-and-apparel, #louis-vuitton, #louvre-museum, #museums, #paris-france, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #uniqlo, #your-feed-fashion

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Boy Scouts Will Sell Nearly 60 Norman Rockwell Works to Pay Sex-Abuse Claims

The Boy Scouts of America, which is facing more than 82,000 sex-abuse claims, said in a court filing that it would establish a settlement fund of at least $300 million.

#art, #auctions, #boy-scouts, #collectors-and-collections, #finances, #museums, #rockwell-norman, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Angelina Jolie’s Churchill Painting Fetches $11.5 Million

The painting, “Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque,” was a gift to Jolie by Brad Pitt and is believed to be Churchill’s only World War II-era landscape.

#art, #auctions, #christies, #churchill-winston-leonard-spencer, #jolie-angelina, #london-england, #m-s-rau-antiques-new-orleans-la-retailer, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Auction House Suspends Sale of 19th-Century Jewish Burial Records

The records of a Jewish community in Romania that was almost annihilated during the Holocaust are viewed as essential to reconstructing its history.

#archives-and-records, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #auctions, #auschwitz-concentration-camp, #brooklyn-nyc, #cluj-napoca-romania, #eastern-europe, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #kestenbaumco, #manuscripts, #oradea-romania, #romania, #world-jewish-restitution-organization

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A New Era of Million Dollar Sports Trading Cards Is Here

As prices soar in the high-end collectibles market, cards of stars like LeBron James and Mike Trout are in the same discussion as those of Honus Wagner and Mickey Mantle.

#auctions, #baseball, #basketball, #collectors-and-collections, #davis-aaron-collector, #goldin-auctions, #gretzky-wayne, #heritage-auctions, #james-lebron, #mantle-mickey, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #trading-cards, #trout-mike

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How Car Collecting Powered Through the Pandemic

The virus hastened the rise of online sales, as connoisseurs of vintage vehicles found more time to spend with their socially distanced hobby.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #auctions, #automobiles, #collectors-and-collections, #e-commerce, #nonnenberg-randy, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Sotheby’s Christo Auction, Part 1, Nets $9.8 Million

The 28 most valuable works he and Jeanne-Claude collected and created were offered in a live auction on Wednesday; a timed online sale of another 347 lots will end on Thursday.

#art, #auctions, #christo, #jeanne-claude, #paris-france, #sothebys

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Trump Plaza to be Imploded in Atlantic City

An implosion of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, the last vestige of the former president’s once-dominant brand in Atlantic City, N.J., is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

#auctions, #bankruptcies, #casinos, #demolition, #gambling, #icahn-carl-c, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Presidents’ Day Auction Offers Lincoln’s Hair and Other Oddities

The auction feeds a thriving market for private collectors. Among the items: photographs, a lottery ticket signed by Washington, a Kennedy sweater, and a check from Donald J. Trump.

#archives-and-records, #auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #kennedy-john-fitzgerald, #lincoln-mary-todd, #lincoln-robert-todd, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #presidentsday, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-martha-1731-1802

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Why Were So Many Stettheimer Art Works Up for Sale? Not All Were Real

Five works by the dazzling and seldom-seen painter Florine Stettheimer emerged on the market in 2020. But some stood on shaky ground.

#alexandre-gallery, #art, #auctions, #manhattan-nyc, #rago-arts-and-auction-center, #seated-dancer-in-a-halo-of-electric-light, #skinner-inc, #spanierman-gallery, #stettheimer-florine

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Facing Deficit, Met Considers Selling Art to Help Pay the Bills

Like many museums, the Met is looking to take advantage of a relaxation of the rules governing art sales to care for collections.

#art, #auctions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #finances, #hollein-max, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums

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Sotheby’s Auctions Botticelli ‘Young Man’ Painting for $92.2 Million

“Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Roundel” dates to around 1480, and its sale is the art market’s biggest test of the new year.

#art, #auctions, #botticelli-sandro, #manhattan-nyc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #solow-sheldon-h, #sothebys, #young-man-holding-a-roundel

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Art Basel, Swiss Centerpiece of the Trade’s Year, Is Postponed

Dealers were looking to the event as a bellwether for a return to normality in the art world.

#art, #art-basel-festival, #art-basel-hong-kong, #art-basel-miami-beach, #auctions, #basel-switzerland, #conventions-fairs-and-trade-shows, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #finances, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #spiegler-marc

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Mike D Sells Hester Diamond’s Art at Auction

Out with the (very) old at Sotheby’s.

#art, #auctions, #content-type-personal-profile, #diamond-hester-1928-2020, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #music

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Congress Poised to Apply Banking Regulations to Antiquities Market

Regulators have long worried that the secrecy of the antiquities trade, where buyers and sellers are seldom identified, made it an easy way to launder money.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #auctions, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #christies, #financial-crimes-enforcement-network-treasury-department, #law-and-legislation, #money-laundering, #national-defense-authorization-act, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vetoes-us

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Look but Don’t Touch: Supercars That Have Barely Been Driven

The power and prestige of cars like a 1990 Lamborghini might compel some owners to take a Sunday drive. But with odometers this low, the investment would take a hit.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #auctions, #automobiles, #automobili-lamborghini-spa, #collectors-and-collections, #luxury-goods-and-services

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What Will Become of a Tycoon’s Art Gems?

It’s the art world’s new guessing game: Will Sheldon Solow’s paintings and sculptures, conservatively valued at $500 million, be heading to a private museum or to auction?

#acquavella-galleries, #art, #arttactic-ltd, #auctions, #botticelli-sandro, #christies, #collectors-and-collections, #finances, #fonssagrives-solow-mia, #giacometti-alberto, #heller-leila-gallery-manhattan-ny, #income-tax, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #picasso-pablo, #solow-sheldon-h

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Auctioning Off a Dead Mall

When a shopping mall closes, where does all of its stuff go?

#auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #metrocenter, #phoenix-ariz, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #shopping-centers-and-malls, #shutdowns-institutional

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‘You Could Compare It to a Picasso’: Pigeon Sells for $1.9 Million

New Kim, a Belgian racing bird, set an auction record after a bidding war between two Chinese buyers.

#auctions, #belgium, #china, #pigeons

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A Chagall Curtain Needs a New Home With a Tall Ceiling

A 65-foot-tall stage curtain that the artist created for the Metropolitan Opera in the 1960s will go up for auction Tuesday at Bonhams.

#art, #auctions, #bonhams-1793-ltd, #chagall-marc, #metropolitan-opera, #opera, #the-magic-flute-opera

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A Famous Santa and Rudolph Are Heading to Auction

If you can spare $250,000, two stars of the 56-year-old Christmas special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” could be yours.

#auctions, #christmas, #movies, #profiles-in-history, #rankin-arthur-jr-1924-2014, #rankin-bass-productions, #santa-claus, #television

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Two Museums Tried to Sell Art. Only One Caught Grief About it.

The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum both planned on selling works last Wednesday at auction, but Baltimore paused the sale after much criticism.

#art, #assn-of-art-museum-directors, #auctions, #baltimore-museum-of-art, #bedford-christopher, #black-people, #brooklyn-museum, #marden-brice, #museums, #pasternak-anne, #pendleton-adam, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sherald-amy, #sothebys, #still-clyfford, #warhol-andy

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Baltimore Museum to Sell 3 Blue-Chip Paintings to Advance Equity

As museum staffs demand social justice in the office, an institution sells off prime works to answer the call. Is this the right way to do it?

#art, #assn-of-art-museum-directors, #auctions, #baltimore-md, #baltimore-museum-of-art, #bedford-christopher, #black-people, #budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #finances, #marden-brice, #museums, #sirmans-franklin, #sothebys, #still-clyfford, #walker-darren-1959, #warhol-andy

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A YouTuber Hangs His Own Shingle With an Auction Website

Doug DeMuro has a strong following for his giddy videos about exotic and quirky cars. Cars & Bids, his new site, got off to a roaring start.

#auctions, #automobiles, #cars-and-bids-llc, #computers-and-the-internet, #demuro-doug, #entrepreneurship, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Brooklyn Museum to Sell 12 Works as Pandemic Changes the Rules

Museums selling their art has long been frowned upon, but recent financial pressures have sent works to the auction block at Christie’s. The proceeds would pay for the care of the collection.

#art, #assn-of-art-museum-directors, #auctions, #brooklyn-nyc, #brooklyn-museum, #christies, #corot-jean-baptiste-camille, #courbet-gustave, #finances, #museums, #pasternak-anne, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #storr-robert

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Auction Prices That Take Your Breath Away

Prices for works by some relatively new artists have skyrocketed, seemingly overnight.

#armitage-michael-1984, #art, #auctions, #boafo-amoako-1984, #christies, #curtiss-julie-1982, #davis-noah-1983-2015, #hauserwirth, #party-nicolas, #phillips-auctioneers-llc, #sothebys, #wong-matthew-1984-2019

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Check Your Basement for Old Fishing Gear

It might be worth thousands at auction.

#american-museum-of-fly-fishing, #antiques, #auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #fishing-sport

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Lucky Phone Number in China Fetches $325,000

The Chinese phone number, ending in five 8s, drew 5,000 bids because it’s considered auspicious. Such phone numbers are coveted status symbols in China.

#auctions, #beijing-china, #china, #superstitions

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Senate Report: Opaque Art Market Helped Oligarchs Evade Sanctions

Congressional investigators said companies tied to two Russians under sanctions were able to buy art using shell companies and an intermediary.

#art, #auctions, #baltser-grigory, #baltzer-llc, #christies, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #highland-ventures-ltd, #money-laundering, #moscow-russia, #new-york-state, #portman-rob, #putin-vladimir-v, #rotenberg-arkady-r-1951, #rotenberg-boris-1957, #senate, #senate-permanent-subcommittee-on-investigations, #sothebys, #steamort-ltd, #united-states-politics-and-government

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He Videotaped the Rodney King Beating. Now, He Is Auctioning the Camera

“How much does something like this go for?” asked George Holliday. “I have no idea.” Bidding begins at $225,000.

#auctions, #black-people, #camcorders, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #holliday-george, #king-rodney-glen, #los-angeles-calif, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-los-angeles-calif, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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A Vintage Vampire-Slaying Kit Is Up for Auction

The kit, complete with three crucifixes and a pistol, goes up for auction next week. Experts say it might not save you from the undead, but that’s beside the point.

#antiques, #art, #auctions, #great-britain, #hansons-auctioneers-derbyshire-england, #vampires

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