Cave Featuring Native American Wall Art Is Sold to Anonymous Bidder

The cave, which sold for $2.2 million in St. Louis on Tuesday, is considered a sacred site by members of the Osage Nation. A tribal leader called the sale “heartbreaking.”

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #auctions, #caves-and-caverns, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #missouri, #native-americans

Pinball Museum Will Auction 1,700 Arcade Games After Closing Its Doors

The Museum of Pinball in Banning, Calif., is closing because of financial difficulties, augmented by the pandemic. Its collection could be worth as much as $7 million.

#arcades, #auctions, #banning-calif, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #museum-of-pinball-banning-calif, #museums, #pinball-machines, #shutdowns-institutional

Four Art Gallerists Create LGDR Consortium, Upending Traditional Model

Dominique Lévy, Brett Gorvy, Amalia Dayan and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn will become LGDR, a one-stop shop for artists and collectors.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #art, #auctions, #dayan-amalia, #finances, #gorvy-brett, #greenberg-rohatyn-jeanne, #levy-gorvy-gallery, #levy-dominique, #lgdr-manhattan-ny-gallery, #luxembourgdayan, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #real-estate-commercial, #salon-94-manhattan-ny-gallery, #upper-east-side-manhattan-ny

Al Capone’s Possessions, Now for Sale, Show Two Sides of the Gangster

His granddaughters said they hoped an auction of his belongings would show that Capone was more than a ruthless mob boss. He was also a family man.

#auctions, #capone-al, #capone-diane, #content-type-personal-profile, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #organized-crime

‘The Worst Thing I Can Ever Remember’: How Drought Is Crushing Ranchers

North Dakotans can’t grow enough feed for their cattle, so they’re selling off the animals before they starve.

#agriculture-and-farming, #auctions, #cattle, #corn, #drought, #global-warming, #livestock, #north-dakota, #ranches

Cow Parade Returns to N.Y.C., but Please Don’t Steal Them This Time

A public art exhibition with 78 fiberglass cows in the boroughs may be scaled down from 21 years ago, but the herd is delighting passers-by.

#art, #auctions, #cowparade-holdings-corporation, #gods-love-we-deliver, #new-york-city, #philanthropy, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Tom Hanks Sells 4 Vehicles From His Collection

His marquee item in the auction, an Airstream trailer bought in the “Sleepless in Seattle” era, brought in over $200,000.

#airstream-division-of-thor-industries, #antique-and-classic-cars, #auctions, #automobiles, #bonhams-1793-ltd, #collectors-and-collections, #hanks-tom, #toyota-motor-corp

What is An Olympic Gold Medal Actually Worth?

Some former Olympians have resorted to selling their medals because of financial hardships or to raise money for charity.

#auctions, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #collectors-and-collections, #copper-brass-and-bronze, #gold, #international-olympic-committee, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #olympic-games-2020, #rr-auction, #russell-william-felton-1934, #scp-auctions-inc, #silver

Goodbye, Dolly: With Their Bids, Fans Hold Onto Carol Channing

Awards and autographs, costumes and wigs have recently been sold at auction. Even the glamorous red gown from “Hello, Dolly!” found a home.

#actors-and-actresses, #auctions, #channing-carol, #fans-persons, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #theater

The Year of Purchasing and Purging

The pandemic spurred people to buy. It also compelled them to shed their belongings and their old identities.

#auctions, #orderliness-and-clutter, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #waste-materials-and-disposal

The Louvre’s Art Sleuth Is on the Hunt for Looted Paintings

Emmanuelle Polack is the face of the French museum’s efforts to return stolen works. But some discoveries have put her employer in an awkward situation.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #auctions, #content-type-personal-profile, #louvre-museum, #museums, #polack-emmanuelle

A Leonardo da Vinci the Size of a Post-it Sells for $12.2 Million

“Leonardo is the magic name,” a dealer said as the Renaissance master’s works, and even copies of his works, continue to fetch eye-popping prices.

#art, #auctions, #christies, #da-vinci-leonardo, #london-england, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #sothebys, #tajan-sa

Those Mundane Old Hondas and Toyotas Have Suddenly Become Collectible

They are the cars that seemed to be in everyone’s driveways a few decades ago. Now they are hard to find.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #auctions, #automobiles, #bring-a-trailer-media-llc, #cars-and-bids, #collectors-and-collections, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #millennial-generation

As Stick Shifts Fade Into Obscurity, Collectors See Opportunity

Cars with manual transmissions, even late models, are holding their value as the collector market hunts for rarity.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #auctions, #automobiles, #automobili-lamborghini-spa, #bayerische-motorenwerke-ag, #bring-a-trailer-media-llc, #collectors-and-collections, #ferrari-spa, #goodingcompany, #luxury-goods-and-services, #rm-sothebys-inc

As Money Launderers Buy Dalís, U.S. Looks at Lifting the Veil on Art Sales

Secrecy has long been part of the art market’s mystique, but now lawmakers say they fear it fosters abuses and should be addressed.

#art, #art-dealers-assn-of-america, #auctions, #bouvier-yves, #dali-salvador, #finances, #financial-crimes-enforcement-network-treasury-department, #great-britain, #money-laundering, #philadelphia-pa, #rybolovlev-dmitry-evgenevich, #senate-permanent-subcommittee-on-investigations, #tax-shelters, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Enslaved Artist Whose Pottery Was an Act of Resistance

Poetic jars by David Drake are setting records at auction and starring in art museums, showcasing the artistry of enslaved African Americans.

#auctions, #black-people, #ceramics-and-pottery, #content-type-personal-profile, #drake-david-dave-the-potter, #fine-arts-museums-of-san-francisco, #gates-theaster, #international-african-american-museum, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #slavery-historical

Consortium Aims to Save the Honresfield Library

Sotheby’s has agreed to postpone a highly anticipated auction as a consortium tries to raise $21 million to acquire a “lost” private library for the British public.

#archives-and-records, #auctions, #books-and-literature, #bronte-anne, #bronte-emily, #burns-robert-p, #collectors-and-collections, #friends-of-the-national-libraries-nonprofit, #great-britain, #libraries-and-librarians, #manuscripts, #museums, #scott-walter-1771-1832, #sothebys

Stuart Weitzman’s Treasures Set Records at Sotheby’s

The proceeds from Stuart Weitzman’s “Inverted Jennies,” a 1933 gold piece known as the double eagle and the One-Cent Magenta stamp will go to charitable ventures.

#auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #double-eagle, #inverted-jenny, #numismatics, #one-cent-magenta, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #rubenstein-david-m, #sothebys, #stamps-postal, #stanley-gibbons-ltd, #weitzman-stuart

You Can Bid on NFTs Tied to Nobel Prize-Winning Discoveries

Berkeley will auction NFTs of invention disclosure forms filed by the creators of CRISPR and cancer immunotherapy.

#allison-james-p, #art, #auctions, #crispr-dna, #cryptography-codes-and-ciphers, #doudna-jennifer-a, #ethereum-foundation, #immunotherapy, #inventions-and-patents, #nobel-prizes, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #research, #university-of-california-berkeley, #your-feed-science

A Lost Brontë Library Surfaces

A trove of manuscripts acquired from the Brontë family in the 19th century, all but unseen for the past century, will be auctioned at Sotheby’s.

#anne-bronte, #auctions, #books-and-literature, #bronte-parsonage-museum, #bronte-charlotte, #bronte-emily, #gabriel-heaton, #harman-claire, #libraries-and-librarians, #sothebys

‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ to Leave YouTube After NFT Sale

The original video of a baby biting his brother’s finger has drawn nearly 900 million views on the platform since 2007. But now one bidder owns it as a nonfungible token.

#art, #auctions, #england, #great-britain, #london-england, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

Wild Horses Adopted Under a Federal Program Are Going to Slaughter

Records show that some people who are paid $1,000 a head by the government to give legally protected mustangs “good homes” are sending the horses to auction once they get the money.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #auctions, #bureau-of-land-management, #federal-lands, #horses, #land-use-policies, #law-and-legislation, #livestock, #motivation-and-incentive-programs, #united-states-politics-and-government, #western-states-us

What Kenzo Left Behind

An auction of the estate of Kenzo Takada, who died last year, was a lot more popular than anyone expected.

#art, #artcurial, #auctions, #christies, #design, #fashion-and-apparel, #paris-france, #takada-kenzo, #wills-and-estates

Basquiat and Other Artists of Color Lead a Swell of Auction Sales

As live auctions resumed at Sotheby’s on Wednesday night, bidders there and at Christie’s the previous night welcomed a shift toward diversity in the contemporary art market.

#abney-nina-chanel-1982, #art, #auctions, #basquiat-jean-michel, #boafo-amoako-1984, #casteel-jordan, #colescott-robert, #collectors-and-collections, #korins-david, #manhattan-nyc, #toor-salman-1983

Space Aged: Bottle of Wine From Space Station Could Sell for $1 Million

The bottle of Pétrus from 2000 — which is being sold by Christie’s — comes with a second bottle of “terrestrial” wine, a custom trunk, a decanter, glasses and a corkscrew crafted from a meteorite.

#anson-jane-journalist, #auctions, #bordeaux-france, #christies, #france, #international-space-station, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #space-stations, #wine-spectator-magazine, #wines

Bidding Opens for a Seat on Blue Origin’s First Passenger Space Flight

Blue Origin has teased space tourism for years. Its first flight with people on board launches July 20.

#auctions, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #travel-and-vacations

Star of ‘Disaster Girl’ Meme Sells Image as an NFT for $500,000

Zoë Roth, now a college senior in North Carolina, plans to use the proceeds from this month’s NFT auction to pay off student loans and donate to charity.

#auctions, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #disaster-girl, #ethereum, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #philanthropy, #roth-zoe-2000, #virtual-currency

Is This the Oldest Bottle of American Whiskey? Is It Worth $40,000?

It was bottled after the Civil War, but tests show it was likely made in the late 18th century, offering a glimpse into early American distilling.

#alcoholic-beverages, #auctions, #lagrange-ga, #university-of-glasgow, #whiskey

As Auctioneers and Artists Rush Into NFTs, Many Collectors Stay Away

Auction sales show a schism in the market: speculative buyers flock to crypto art while blue-chip collectors hold back, fearing legal gray areas and copyright issues.

#art, #auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #fischer-urs, #glimcher-marc, #murakami-takashi, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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