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Six Regional Auctioneers Launch Online-Auction Site, Challenging LiveAuctioneer and Non-Paying Bidders

The worldwide art and collectibles auction trade has become worldwide over the past decade because of greater wealth that has been accumulated by entrepreneurs around the globe and because of the ability of buyers in far-flung locations to participate in … Read More

A busy phone bank at Sotheby’s London sale of Impressionist and Modern Art this past June.

The Pleasures and Perils of Auction-House Phone Bids

The popularity of telephone bidding at auction surges, despite the danger of dropped calls and bad connections Read More

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Collector Files Lawsuit Over Lost LeWitt Paperwork

Missing paperwork related to a 1985 Sol LeWitt wall drawing, Wall Drawing #448, is at the center of a lawsuit filed in New York Supreme Court on May 22 Read More

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Hits and Misses at Regional Sales

A 1960 Karel Appel oil painting, Presque Une Joie, was the top lot at Skinner’s two-part sale of American and European art on May 18, realizing $118,500 on an estimate of $80,000/100,000. Read More

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Judge Strikes California Resale Royalty Law as ‘Unconstitutional’

California’s 35 year-old Resale Royalty law was struck down as unconstitutional in the US District Court of Appeals, ninth district, on May 17. Read More

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Bouguereau Breaks $1M Mark Twice at May Sales

NEW YORK—A painting of two little girls titled Fishing for Frogs, 1882, by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, earned the top price at the three-part, May 15 sale of American and European art, held at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, bringing $1.7 million, and falling within the $1.5 million/2 million estimate. There were some other strong prices, such as $242,500 (estimate: $200,000/300,000) for Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s 1890s Port of Saint-Tropez, and $170,500 (estimate: $80,000/120,000) for Martin Johnson Heade’s Cherokee Roses in a Glass Vase, ca. 1883–88. Read More

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Results Are Mixed At Regional Auction House Sales

A Cubist-style design by Le Corbusier, woven into an Aubusson tapestry and titled Bogota, 1950, was the top lot at the Los Angeles Modern Auctions May 6 sale of modern art and design, earning $131,250 and outpacing its $40,000/60,000 estimate. Read More

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Mixed Results at Shannon Sale

There were a few bright spots in an otherwise lackluster American and European art sale at Shannon’s in Milford, Conn., on April 26, including the $96,000 final price paid for New York street artist Paul Cornoyer’s undated painting A Spring Day, New York, which exceeded its $60,000/80,000 estimate. Read More

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Museum, Gallery Shows Draw Wide Audience for Kehinde Wiley

The upcoming show of 12 new works by Kehinde Wiley at the Sean Kelly Gallery in Manhattan (May 6–June 16) will overlap the well-received “Kehinde Wiley/The World Stage: Israel” show of 14 large-scale paintings by the artist, on view through July 29 at the Jewish Museum in Manhattan. Read More

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Robust Demand at Sales of Prints and Multiples

Prints and multiples sales in late April yielded healthy results at Swann, Christie’s and Phillips de Pury & Company. Read More

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Fisk Wins Lengthy Fight to Leverage Art Collection

Ending a six-year-long saga, the Tennessee Supreme Court refused an appeal from the state’s attorney general, Robert Cooper, to overturn an appellate court ruling that would permit the Nashville-based Fisk University to sell a 50 percent stake in a 101-piece art collection, donated by artist Georgia O’Keeffe to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Ark. Read More

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Consignor Files Lawsuit Over Withdrawn Auction Lot

On April 9, Sotheby’s and artist Cady Noland were the target of new allegations in a suit brought by a consignor whose artwork was withdrawn from a contemporary art sale last fall. Read More

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Collector Claims Artist’s New Work Hurts Value of Older Prints

Less than a month after Christie’s held a sold-out, $6 million auction of new, large-edition works by photographer William Eggleston (ANL, 3/20/12), a New York financier and collector of Eggleston’s work has filed a lawsuit against the artist, alleging that the value of works he owns have been damaged as a result. Read More

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Solid Results at Swann Photo Sale

A 1970, untitled William Eggleston dye-transfer print (part of the artist’s “Los Alamos” series), depicting dolls in frilly dresses sitting on a shelf, was the top lot at the Swann Galleries April 4 sale of photographs and photobooks. Read More