Artnet’s Faces & Figures Photographs Sale

November 12, 2009 § Leave a comment

Bert Stern – Marilyn Monroe: from The Last Sitting (“I beg of you”)

Artnet will be featuring a special sale of 375 photographs until November 19th. It may be your chance to fetch a Cecil Beaton or a Doisneau for $500. The auction includes portraits of some of the most unforgettable faces of the 20th-21st century by legendary photographers. Bert Stern figures with Marilyn Monroe luminous portraits from the “Last Sitting”.

Yousuf Karsh – Georgia O’Keefe – circa 1956

Nude Supermodels in Sotheby’s Sale

October 1, 2009 § Leave a comment

On October 9th in New York, Sotheby’s will stage a stunning sale of photographs including several nude portraits of supermodels, with work from the likes of Chuck Close, Peter Beard, Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton and more. One of the top lots is a series of six full frontal nudes of Kate Moss by Chuck Close taken in 2003 (below), estimated at $100,000 – $150,000. (…) this relatively tame image of Nadja Auermann by Irving Penn from 1994 is also a relative bargain at $6,000 – $9,000.
– via Luxist

The Kings of Pop – Michael Jackson by Warhol goes to Auction

August 8, 2009 § 1 Comment
Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson, 1984, 76.2 x 66 cm, technicolor silkscreen

Commissioned to celebrate the success of Thriller, a portrait of Michael Jackson painted by Andy Warhol goes to auction later this August in New York. From 1984, when both artists were at their peak, the silkscreen will probably fetch far more than its starting price of $800K. Read more.

Emily Carr painting goes for over 2 million at Vancouver auction

June 18, 2009 § 3 Comments

One of the three paintings to be sold for over the one-million mark, Emily Carr‘s Wind in The Tree, circa 1939, went for a record $2,164,5000 on Heffel’s auction last night (June 17) at Vancouver Convention Centre. David Heffel, on the auction brochure: “I think there’s three key elements in this painting that pushes it to the forefront. One, it’s a great painting. Two, it’s in great condition. Three, it’s got great provenance.”
A small sketch by Tom Thomsom, Birches and Cedar (below), sold for $1,404,000. Read more at Vancouver Sun.
It’s good to see the art market in Vancouver – and Canada – showing this level of confidence and optimism.

Art World Dream Gift List – part 3

December 11, 2008 § 1 Comment

Damien Hirst, Beautiful galactic exploding screenprint

Next December 16th you can be the happy winner of the online auction. This gorgeous Damien Hirst print published by Eyestorm can be bought on artnet for something between $12,000 and $14,000.
In this work Hirst reprises his early abstract spin paintings in an edition of only 500 prints.

Auction Season Opens at Sotheby’s

November 4, 2008 § Leave a comment

Working Model for Draped Reclining Figure by Henry Moore is shown during a press preview October 29, 2008 at Sotheby's in New York

Working Model for Draped Reclining Figure by Henry Moore sold for $1,818,500
Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP

Not as good as recent years, but not exactly bad. The inaugural day of the fall auction season had nice surprises like Malevich’s Suprematist Compostion being sold for $60 million, a record for the artist. The total of the night reached $223.8 million. Read the full article in The New York Times.

(more)Art for Obama

October 3, 2008 § 4 Comments

Dorothy’s Gallery is organizing an exhibition / event in favor of Barack Obama with the support from Democrats both in France and in the US. Le Comité Français de Soutien à Barack Obama, comprised of 5000 members (such as Bernard Henry Levy, Duhamel, Frédéric Mitterrand, Jack Lang, Richard Serra,…) is an equal partner of the show. Several cartoonists, from the Canard Enchainé and Charlie Hebdo, will participate. The list includes Honoré, Tinious, Wolinski, Charb, Wozniak, Riss, Jul, Honoré … along with other American cartoonists. I got this information here.

Art for Obama

October 2, 2008 § 3 Comments

Dawoud Bey – Barack Obama, 2007 30″x24″ Archival Pigment Print

It’s tomorrow: ART FOR OBAMA is an online auction of photographs to benefit the Obama Campaign. Fifty of the country’s most prominent artists and photographers have donated their work for this cause. All proceeds will be donated in strict accordance with the regulations of the Democratic National Committee and the Federal Election Commission. A good cause and, maybe, a good bargain.

Damien Hirst – £70.7 million in one day

September 16, 2008 § 2 Comments

The Auctioneer at Sothebys sale of Damien Hirst work 'Beautiful inside my head forever' takes a bid on one of the items

(The Auctioneer at Sothebys sale of Damien Hirst work ‘Beautiful inside my head forever’ takes a bid on one of the items Photo: JOHN TAYLOR – Go here for the full article)
It’s hard to know what to think when a bull preserved in formaldehyde is sold for £10.3 million or when Damien Hirst decides to cut out his dealer’s commission and go solo on a 88-lot auction.

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