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Manoucher Yektai, Portrait of Iris Clert, 1960, oil on canvas. COURTESY BONHAMS

Bonhams Sale of Middle Eastern Modern and Contemporary Art Breaks Records, With Manoucher Yektai as Top Lot

Yesterday, in London, a sale of Middle Eastern modern and contemporary art at Bonhams broke records for five artists. The second in a series called A Century of Iraqi Art, the sale was particularly notable for one lot—Manoucher Yektai’s 1960 … Read More

Arab in Black.


Kitchen Bulletin Board Turns Out to Be a $1.5 M Work of Art With Links To Mandela

It was recently brought to the attention of a lucky, unnamed Sotheby’s client that what they thought was just their kitchen bulletin board is actually a painting by South African artist Irma Stern called Arab in Black that could be worth … Read More

Lake Iseo in Italy, the soon-to-be site of Christo's The Floating Piers.


Morning Links: Christo Edition

Christo will create 4.5 kilometers of paths on Lake Iseo in Italy made of yellow nylon that will connect two of its islands to the mainland for the first time, allowing the public to “walk on water.” The Floating Piers will be his first major … Read More

Monica Lewinsky, from her government ID photo by Office of the Secretary of Defense.


Morning Links: Monica Lewinsky Edition

The artist who painted the portrait of Bill Clinton that hangs in Washington’s National Portrait Gallery says he painted a shadow of the Monica Lewinsky scandal onto the canvas. [The Guardian]Tatiana Trouvé’s Desire Lines, an art project commissioned for Central Park by the … Read More

U2's Warhol


U2 Will Sell Its Warhol

The band U2 will sell an Andy Warhol that they own collectively at an upcoming Bonhams Prints and Multiples sale, the website Art Fix Daily reports.The print of a tipped-over Coca-Cola can was commissioned for a Time magazine cover in … Read More


Morning Links: Construction Edition

The board of the performing arts center planned for ground zero has scuttled the design for the building by Frank Gehry. Said Gehry: “They should do what they want. I don’t want to go where I’m not wanted.” [The New … 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


Smaller Houses Can Win Big

Although Christie’s and Sotheby’s dominate the international auction market, smaller auction houses around the world also vie aggressively to win property for their sales, going after primarily lower-end and middle-market material that sells for under $1 million, and often for considerably less. Read More