Dead Roaches That Ate Moon Dust Went Up for Auction. Then NASA Objected.

The sale was halted after the space agency claimed it owned everything associated with a 1969 experiment that explored whether lunar soil was dangerous to terrestrial life.

#apollo-project, #auctions, #cockroaches, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #rr-auction, #space-and-astronomy

Russian Journalist to Auction Nobel Medal to Benefit Ukraine

Dmitri A. Muratov, whose newspaper was shuttered in response to the Kremlin’s increasingly draconian censorship, will donate the proceeds to Ukrainian refugees.

#auctions, #freedom-of-the-press, #heritage-auctions, #muratov-dmitri-a, #news-and-news-media, #nobel-prizes, #novaya-gazeta, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Catch a Rising Star at the Auction House

No longer does museum validation or scholarly attention determine a painting’s value. Now, the collectors’ hunger comes first, and institutions must follow.

#art, #auctions, #basquiat-jean-michel, #christies, #museums, #phillips-auctioneers-llc, #pollock-jackson, #sothebys, #warhol-andy, #weyant-anna-1995, #weyant-paul-1984, #wong-matthew-1984-2019

Spring Auction Sales for Two Blockbuster Weeks Top $2.5 Billion

Eleven auction records for artists — six by women — were smashed on Thursday night in two sales at Sotheby’s.

#art, #auctions, #christies, #leigh-simone-1968, #phillips-auctioneers-llc, #quarles-christina-1985, #sean-scully, #sothebys, #venice-biennale

The Macklowe Collection Tops $922 Million at Auction

The art holdings from a bitter divorce became what Sotheby’s called the most valuable collection ever sold at auction.

#art, #auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #finances, #macklowe-harry, #manhattan-nyc, #richter-gerhard, #rockefeller-margaret-1947, #rothko-mark, #sothebys

Ernie Barnes’s ‘Sugar Shack’ Painting Brings Big Price at Auction

An iconic image sells for $15.3 million at Christie’s to Bill Perkins, an energy trader, who says he’s been waiting his whole life to buy that work of art.

#art, #asawa-ruth-1926-2013, #auctions, #barnes-ernie-1928-2009, #christies, #finances, #gaye-marvin, #hartigan-grace, #monet-claude, #pindell-howardena

Dinosaur Skeleton Sells for $12.4 Million at Christie’s

The remains of a Deinonychus antirrhopus, the beast that inspired the velociraptor in “Jurassic Park,” are believed to be the first of their kind sold at a public auction.

#auctions, #christies, #deinonychus-antirrhopus, #dinosaurs, #hector, #jurassic-park-movie, #paleontology, #skeletons

When a Warhol for $225 Has More Heft Than One for $195 Million

Unlike the Christie’s retread, the Pop Master’s 1962 “Green Marilyn” was crudely silk-screened, with blotches that convey the decay of a fallen star. It was a pathbreaking original.

#art, #auctions, #christies, #monroe-marilyn, #shot-sage-blue-marilyn-exhibit, #warhol-andy

Warhol’s ‘Marilyn’ Sells for $195 Million, Shattering Auction Record for an American Artist

At Christie’s sale for charity, the glamorous silk-screen beat out Basquiat’s skull painting that set a record in 2017.

#art, #auctions, #basquiat-jean-michel, #christies, #finances, #monroe-marilyn, #philanthropy, #picasso-pablo, #rotter-alex, #warhol-andy-museum

A Violin From Hollywood’s Golden Age Aims at an Auction Record

Played in “The Wizard of Oz” and other classic films, Toscha Seidel’s Stradivarius could sell for almost $20 million.

#auctions, #classical-music, #movies, #seidel-toscha, #stradivari-antonio, #tarisio-auctions-llc, #violins-and-violas

Warhol’s $200 Million ‘Marilyn’ Could Test Art Market’s Health

The painting is poised to wrest the auction high for an American artwork from Jean-Michel Basquiat.

#art, #auctions, #basquiat-jean-michel, #christies, #marilyn-monroe, #monroe-marilyn, #phillips-auctioneers-llc, #picasso-pablo, #rotter-alex, #sothebys, #warhol-andy

New York City Eliminates the Rules That Govern Art and Other Auctions

Auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s will no longer need to be licensed as part of a sweeping package designed to promote a business-friendly climate.

#art, #auctions, #christies, #city-council-nyc, #consumer-protection, #department-of-consumer-and-worker-protection-nyc, #law-and-legislation, #phillips-auctioneers-llc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #sothebys, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘S.N.L.’ Star Colin Jost Takes a Spin on Ferryboat He Bought With Pete Davidson

After buying the retired Staten Island ferry at auction in January, the new owners rode it into New York Harbor en route to a temporary home.

#auctions, #davidson-pete-1993, #department-of-citywide-administrative-services, #ferries, #jost-colin, #new-york-city, #staten-island-nyc, #staten-island-ferry, #transportation-department-nyc

Basquiat Show Curated by His Sisters Offers Intimate Look at the Artist

The exhibition at the Starrett-Lehigh building in Chelsea features more than 200 artworks and artifacts from the collection of the artist’s estate, most of which have never been seen.

#art, #auctions, #basquiat-jean-michel, #chelsea-manhattan-ny, #content-type-personal-profile, #nahmad-contemporary-manhattan-ny-gallery, #orlando-museum-of-art, #phillips-auctioneers-llc, #rizzoli-international-publications

First Issue of Captain America Comic Book Sells For $3.1 Million

With the sale, Captain America joined Superman and Spider-Man in having debut issues that topped $3 million at auction.

#auctions, #captain-america-fictional-character, #comic-books-and-strips, #heritage-auctions, #kirby-jack, #marvel-entertainment, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #simon-joe-1913-2011

A Tiny Brontë Book, Lost for a Century, Resurfaces

A miniature book made by the 13-year-old Charlotte Brontë, to go on sale next month for $1.25 million, contains what may be her last unknown poems.

#a-book-of-rhymes-book, #a-book-of-ryhmes, #auctions, #books-and-literature, #bronte-charlotte, #collectors-and-collections, #henry-wessells, #james-cummins-bookseller, #morgan-librarymuseum, #poetry-and-poets

A Mural Celebrating Tipu Sultan Is Up for Auction. His Legacy is Contested.

The battle scene depicts a victory over British troops by an 18th-century Muslim, a man India’s current government would prefer was forgotten.

#art, #auctions, #bharatiya-janata-party, #east-india-co, #india, #modi-narendra, #mughal-empire, #muslims-and-islam, #sothebys

Auction House Owned by Russians Tries to Distance Itself From War

With charitable donations and public statements in support of Ukraine, Phillips auction house is trying to deflect those pushing for a boycott of the business, owned by two wealthy Russians.

#art, #auctions, #boycotts, #dolman-edward, #friedland-leonid-auction-house-executive, #mercury-group, #phillips-auctioneers-llc, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #strunin-leonid, #ukraine

Mystery Solved: Stan, the T. Rex, Went to Abu Dhabi

A Tyrannosaurus rex fossil known as “Stan” that drew a record price at auction in 2020 — $31.8 million — will be part of a new natural history museum in the United Arab Emirates.

#abu-dhabi-united-arab-emirates, #auctions, #christies, #dinosaurs, #fossils, #museums, #paleontology, #saadiyat-island-united-arab-emirates

Christie’s to Offer a Marilyn Monroe by Warhol for an Estimated $200 Million

Proceeds from the sale, in May, of “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn,” will benefit the Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation Zurich.

#ammann-thomas-and-doris-foundation-zurich, #art, #auctions, #christies, #monroe-marilyn, #philanthropy, #warhol-andy

Rare Copy of First Marvel Comic Sells for $2.4 Million

The book, “Marvel Comics No. 1,” published in 1939, is so valuable because the publisher used it to record the payments he owed to illustrators, an expert said.

#auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #comic-books-and-strips, #marvel-comics, #marvel-comics-no-1-book

Cox/Roosevelt Campaign Button From 1920 Sells for $185,850

The political button business has been booming. A Cox/Roosevelt campaign button from 1920 was auctioned for a six-figure sum this week.

#auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #internal-sub-only-nl, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #politics-and-government, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

He Spent $57,000 in Covid Relief on a Pokémon Card. Now the U.S. Owns It.

The mint Charizard trading card will be auctioned off with other fraudulently obtained luxury items seized by the U.S. Marshals. Its former owner was sentenced to three years in prison.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #atlanta-ga, #auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #georgia, #justice-department, #pokemon-fictional-characters, #small-business, #small-business-administration

The Staten Island House Where Black History Lives

A 90-year-old former schoolteacher’s collection includes Muhammad Ali’s boxing shoes and Tuskegee Airmen headgear — but it also features Ku Klux Klan toys.

#aaron-hank, #ali-muhammad, #auctions, #black-people, #brown-james-1933-2006, #brown-john-1800-59, #buffett-howard-g, #calloway-cab, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #collectors-and-collections, #coltrane-john, #du-bois-w-e-b, #ellington-duke, #frazier-joe-1944-2011, #guernseys, #louis-joe, #mariners-harbor-staten-island-ny, #meaders-elizabeth, #paige-satchel, #parks-rosa, #robinson-jackie, #sifford-charlie, #slavery-historical, #underground-railroad-19th-century

The NFT Has Changed Artists. Has it Changed Art?

Hardly at all.

#art, #auctions, #blockchain-technology, #collectors-and-collections, #finances, #mccoy-jennifer-1968, #mccoy-kevin-1967, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts

Magritte Sets Record With $79.7 Million Sale at Sotheby’s

“L’empire des lumières” (1961), one of a series by the Surrealist, was auctioned during a bustling London art week.

#art, #auctions, #christies, #lempire-des-lumieres, #magritte-rene, #phillips-auctioneers-llc, #sothebys

Gold Ingots From 18th-Century Shipwreck Returned to France

The Chinese ingots, illegally harvested from a French frigate that sank while returning from Nanjing, were seized by U.S. investigators when they were put up for auction in California.

#antiques-roadshow-tv-program, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #auctions, #currency, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #homeland-security-department, #nanjing-china, #shipwrecks-historic

How to Buy a Masterpiece on a Budget

With online auctions there’s no accounting for taste — only paying a price for it.

#art, #auctions, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce

The Best-Kept Vintage Secret in Paris

For decades, Catherine B has been a fashion resource for celebrities and collectors alike.

#auctions, #benier-catherine, #chanel-sa, #content-type-personal-profile, #fashion-and-apparel, #handbags-and-purses, #hermes-international-sa, #les-3-marches, #scarves, #shopping-and-retail, #your-feed-fashion

Sale of Leases for Wind Farms Off New York Raises More Than $4 Billion

The auctioned areas are expected to generate enough power for nearly 2 million homes once turbines are built.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #atlantic-ocean, #auctions, #bureau-of-ocean-energy-management-regulation-and-enforcement, #energy-and-power, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #new-jersey, #new-york-state, #oceans-and-seas, #wind-power

Sotheby’s NFT Sale, Expected to Hit $30 Million, Suddenly Canceled

The CryptoPunk auction was supposed to set a new benchmark for NFT prices, but instead the consignor bowed out and posted a meme on Twitter.

#art, #auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #larva-labs, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #sothebys

How Amelia Earhart’s Aviator Helmet, Lost for Decades, Was Found

How the pilot’s long-lost aviator helmet came to spend the better part of a century in a closet somewhere in Minnesota.

#antiques, #auctions, #earhart-amelia, #heritage-auctions, #lindbergh-charles-a

Federal Court Revokes Oil and Gas Leases, Citing Climate Change

A judge ruled that the Interior Department must consider the climate impacts of oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico before awarding leases.

#auctions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #decisions-and-verdicts, #earthjustice, #environment, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #offshore-drilling-and-exploration, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

Melania Trump’s Auction of Hat Hit by Plunge in Cryptocurrency

The former first lady is selling a hat she wore for a visit by the French president amid volatility in the value of the digital currency being used for the auction.

#auctions, #trump-melania, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virtual-currency

Damien Hirst’s Medium is the Art Market

He might be Britain’s richest artist, but with each attempt to monetize his talent, Hirst’s originality as a conceptual sculptor becomes an ever more distant memory.

#art, #auctions, #claridges-london-england-hotel, #content-type-personal-profile, #gagosian-gallery, #heni, #hirst-damien, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #sculpture, #sothebys, #white-cube-gallery, #young-british-artists

You Can Still Own a Caravaggio, but It Comes With a House (and a Hefty Price)

A much anticipated auction for a $500 million villa in Rome that boasts a Caravaggio ceiling fresco failed to get any offers.

#art, #auctions, #barbieri-giovanni-francesco-guercino, #caravaggio, #italy, #restoration-and-renovation, #rome-italy

Custom 1951 Mercury Sells at Auction for $1.95 Million

The Hirohata Merc, a prime example of the custom car scene that blossomed in midcentury Southern California, notched two records in its sale.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #auctions, #barris-george-1925-2015, #hirohata-masato-bob-d-1981, #mecum-auctions, #restoration-and-renovation

Leading Bookseller’s Private Collection Goes Up for Sale

Christie’s will auction the personal Americana collection of William Reese, which carries an estimate of $12 million to $18 million.

#americana, #auctions, #books-and-literature, #christies, #collectors-and-collections, #reese-william-s, #united-states

Melania Trump Auctions Her Hat

A year after leaving the White House, the former first lady tests the water for her brand.

#auctions, #fashion-and-apparel, #first-ladies-us, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #trump-donald-j, #trump-melania, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-fashion

A Custom Mercury, With a Batmobile in Its Family Tree, Heads to Auction

The “Hirohata Merc,” commissioned in 1952 and one of the most famous custom cars of its era, is up for sale for the first time in over 60 years.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #auctions, #barris-george-1922-2016, #hirohata-masato-bob-d-1981, #mecum-auctions, #mercury-division-of-ford-motor-co, #restoration-and-renovation

Online ‘Auction’ Is Latest Attack on Muslim Women in India

The fake site, the second in months, is a sign of the organized nature of virtual bullying, with threats of sexualized violence aimed at silencing the outspoken.

#auctions, #india, #muslims-and-islam, #women-and-girls

Group Raises $20 Million to Preserve ‘Lost’ Brontë Library

The Honresfield Library, which includes rarely seen manuscripts by the Brontës, Robert Burns, Walter Scott and Jane Austen, will be acquired for the British public.

#auctions, #austen-jane, #blavatnik-leonard, #bodleian-libraries, #books-and-literature, #british-library, #bronte-parsonage-museum, #bronte-emily, #collectors-and-collections, #friends-of-the-national-libraries-nonprofit, #honresfield-library, #libraries-and-librarians, #manuscripts, #museums, #scott-walter-1771-1832, #sothebys

Rodin Bronze From Family Plot Is Heading to Auction

Experts criticize the decision to remove this grave site memorial and sell it privately. The family says it’s a way to provide safekeeping.

#auctions, #cemeteries, #merrill-elizabeth-musgrave-croswell-1853-1928, #rodin-auguste, #samuel-t-freemanco-freemans, #sculpture, #virginia

Karl Lagerfeld’s Estate Auction Excites Collectors

The designer’s estate is being auctioned in a series of three sales, and collectors are very excited.

#art, #auctions, #chanel-sa, #fashion-and-apparel, #lagerfeld-karl, #monaco, #paris-france, #sothebys, #your-feed-fashion

Sneaker Sellers Wrestle With Price Spikes After Virgil Abloh’s Death

When unexpected tragedy, unsatiable hypebeasts and the rapidly growing resale market collide.

#abloh-virgil, #auctions, #christies, #fashion-and-apparel, #nike-inc, #off-white-fashion-label, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #sneakers, #stockx

Cutting a Banksy Into 10,000 (Digital) Pieces

A former Christie’s executive has joined cryptocurrency experts to create a company that purchases art and sells the fragments as NFTs.

#art, #auctions, #banksy, #christies, #gouzer-loic, #love-is-in-the-air, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #particle-foundation, #virtual-currency

Catherine the Great Letter Up for Auction Shows Her Support for Inoculations

In a letter to be sold at auction this week, the Russian empress called for widespread access to a precursor of the smallpox vaccine.

#art, #auctions, #catherine-ii-empress-of-russia, #russia, #smallpox, #st-petersburg-russia, #vaccination-and-immunization

Cryptocurrency Group Loses Bid for Rare Copy of U.S. Constitution

ConstitutionDAO, a “decentralized autonomous organization,” had raised more than $40 million to bid for the artifact.

#art, #auctions, #computers-and-the-internet, #constitution-us, #constitutiondao, #finances, #virtual-currency

They Love Crypto. They’re Trying to Buy the Constitution.

How a “financial flash mob” is trying to raise $20 million for a rare copy of the U.S. Constitution.

#auctions, #computers-and-the-internet, #constitution-us, #constitutiondao, #sothebys, #virtual-currency

Frida Kahlo’s ‘Diego and I’ Self Portrait Sells for $34.9 Million

The sale at Sotheby’s on Tuesday was a benchmark for Kahlo and was the most valuable work of Latin American art ever sold at auction.

#art, #auctions, #kahlo-frida, #latin-america, #rivera-diego, #sothebys