Tag: Auctions

Are These Paintings Really by Hitler? German Authorities Are Investigating

NUREMBERG, Germany — After the last of the regular artworks, furniture and stamps were sold on a recent Saturday, Kathrin Weidler read a short statement absolving Weidler’s auction house of any moral responsibility for what came next. Ms. Weidler, who is a director of the family-run business, then began the bidding for “Village on a […]

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Jerry Seinfeld Sues California Car Dealer Over Allegedly Fake Porsche

Jerry Seinfeld is suing the company that sold him an ultra-rare 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 Carrera after an earlier suit brought its authenticity into question. The comedian sold the car in 2016 for $1.5 million via a Gooding & Company auction only to see the buyer, Fica Frio Limited, claim it was fake. (Jerry, just remember […]

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Masterpiece or Mistake? A Hawaii Museum’s $7.5 Million Question

It was a generous gift — and one completely in tune with our cultural times. In 2018, the tech billionaire Marc Benioff donated a wooden statue of a Hawaiian war god he had bought at auction for about $7.5 million to the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu. The snarling, musclebound deity, known as “The […]

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Rembrandt in the Blood: An Obsessive Aristocrat, Rediscovered Paintings and an Art-World Feud

The discovery that upended Jan Six’s life occurred one day in November 2016. Six is a 40-year-old Dutch art dealer based in Amsterdam, who attracted worldwide attention last year with the news that he had unearthed a previously unknown painting by Rembrandt, the most revered of Dutch masters — the first unknown Rembrandt to come […]

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Yankees Fan Selling Gehrig Items to Pay His Red Sox-Loving Grandkids’ College Costs

WOODBRIDGE, Conn. — Among the family and wedding photos in Bob and Jill Ellis’s living room are black-and-white shots of Lou Gehrig, the Yankees’ legendary first baseman who died in 1941 at age 37. No, Gehrig was not a member of the family, said Mr. Ellis, 76, “but there’s always been something of a family […]

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The Surprising Tale of One of Frank Stella’s Black Paintings

At 82, the artist Frank Stella has done it all and isn’t terribly concerned what anyone thinks. He is matter-of-fact and unguarded, secure on his perch in the pantheon after two solo retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art. He can — and did — wear white house-slippers to an interview and photo shoot. Deal […]

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How Swizz Beatz Bridged the Worlds of Hip-Hop and Contemporary Art

HIP-HOP’S INTEREST in contemporary art is, by now, something of a cliché. American materialism has been at the center of rap lyrics since at least 1982, when Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five rhymed about stolen TVs and “double-digit inflation.” But long before Jay-Z was rapping about wanting “a Picasso in my casa,” before Kanye […]

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What’s the Deal With Jerry Seinfeld Being Accused of Selling Fake Porsches?

In addition to being one of America’s most-famous comedians, Jerry Seinfeld also happens to be a car snob of the highest order. His collection of vintage automobiles is so vast that he got the itch to sell a large portion a few years ago. As his fleet is already heavy with Porsches, his favorite brand, […]

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Sears Won’t Close Yet as Its Chairman, Edward Lampert, Fends Off Creditors

Sears lives. For now. The bankrupt retailer and Edward S. Lampert have reached $5.3 billion deal that would keep its 425 stores open and its 50,000 employees at work, according to a person familiar with the situation. In the deal, which was reached in the early morning hours on Wednesday, Mr. Lampert would acquire most […]

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Going, Going, Gone: Explaining Auction Houses’ Executive Exodus

It’s been a memorable year in the art world, not for what happened, but for who left. On Monday, Christie’s announced that Loic Gouzer, its innovative co-chairman of postwar and contemporary art in New York, would be leaving the auction house by the end of the year. Mr. Gouzer said in a statement that he […]

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Why Painting Isn’t as Elitist as You Might Think

LONDON — “Museums. Ugh,” said Amy Cappellazzo, the chairman and executive vice president of Sotheby’s, having been told of the German artist Gerhard Richter’s long-held desire for his paintings to acquired by public galleries, rather than private collectors. “That’s a very socialist, democratic way of having to deal with, like, rich people who want them,” […]

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How Old Master Sales Are Like the Tortoise and the Hare

LONDON — It was fun while it lasted. The memories of Beyoncé, Victoria Beckham and others displaying a fascination over the summer with European old masters have faded. Auctions of such works have once again reverted to traditional type. At least, that was the impression in London this week when Sotheby’s and Christie’s held their […]

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The Best Art of 2018

ImageA series of Altarpieces in “Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future” at the Guggenheim use ascending and descending triangles set against energized orbs. Mysticism informed her pioneering abstraction.CreditGeorge Etheredge for The New York Times When the going gets rough, there’s always art. It can soothe and teach you, and arm you with new tools […]

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Rare Rides: The 1985 Trans Am Kammback Concept, for Double Barrel Shooting Brake Needs

Today’s Rare Ride is what happens when you take the generally British idea of a shooting brake and combine it with some designers in Michigan who had big ideas. It’s the 1985 Trans Am Kammback Concept. It’s real, and it is spectacular. The Trans Am name first appeared as a performance trim package for Pontiac’s […]

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Want a Frog Species Named After You? Just Be the Highest Bidder

There is a wasp named after William Shakespeare, a horse fly named after Beyoncé and a lichen named after Dolly Parton. A spider bears Bernie Sanders’s surname; Michael Jackson has a crustacean to call his own; and Donald J. Trump’s name graces a moth found in Southern California. (The researchers likened the yellow scales on […]

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Grace Notes: Einstein’s ‘God Letter,’ a Viral Missive From 1954

If it were written now as a series of tweets, they would surely go viral. Think of it: One of the most famous people in the world is panning religion. “The word God is for me nothing but the expression of and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of venerable but still rather […]

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An Awkward Moment for the Russian Art Market

LONDON — The spending power of wealthy Russians has been one of the elements that have given the 21st-century art market an air of excess. In 2008, for instance, Roman A. Abramovich, one of a new breed of Russian mega-collectors, spent $86.3 million on a Francis Bacon painting and $33.6 million more on one by […]

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Rough Drafts of Richard Feynman’s Ideas Head to Auction

One of the titans of 20th-century physics, Richard Feynman deciphered the interplay of fundamental particles and forces. He wrote popular books in which he portrayed himself as a charming scientific rogue, and played a key role in the investigation of the loss of the space shuttle Challenger. While brilliant, he was not perfect. That becomes […]

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A Long Time Ago in Drawings Far Far Away …

When George Lucas conceived “Star Wars” in the early 1970s, he had to create an entirely different look for an entirely different galaxy. That included the costumes. The film’s production illustrator, Ralph McQuarrie, did the groundwork. The execution went to John Mollo, a British military illustrator and cinematic wardrobe consultant who would win the 1978 […]

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