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$85m portrait helps Picasso eclipse Van Gogh as art’s biggest name

08 May 2006

Pablo Picasso has become the ultimate luxury brand. On May 3 at Sotheby’s New York Picasso’s rare and iconic 1941 portrait, Dora Maar au chat, became the world’s second most expensive painting when it sold for $85m (£48.3m) to a mystery buyer in the room, widely presumed to be representing a Russian oligarch.

NY dealers hit out at BADA fair

18 April 2006

A POWERFUL group of top-end American dealers have voiced opposition to the British Antique Dealers’ Association’s decision to stage a 50-stand fair at Sotheby’s New York early next year.

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China’s contemporary values

12 April 2006

The enormous potential of the market for contemporary Chinese art was dramatically underlined by almost frenzied scenes at Sotheby’s (20/12% buyer’s premium) eagerly awaited March 31 Contemporary Art Asia sale in New York.

BADA to launch New York fair in January

05 April 2006

50-stand event planned at Sotheby’s

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Rediscovered Blake watercolours will be sold in New York in May

27 February 2006

A cache of William Blake watercolours, unearthed in a Glasgow bookshop five years ago, are to be sold in New York after attempts to keep them together in the United Kingdom have failed.

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Treasures from the vaults

27 February 2006

Hidden away in a bank vault for over 80 years, the fabled Damon Collection of rare coins, medals and bank notes will fall under the hammer in March.

Tiffany case could force eBay to vet every sale

14 February 2006

Tiffany the jewellers are suing eBay in a case that challenges the very formula that has made the online giant such a success.

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Pew, what a scorcher!

31 January 2006

Alongside the Americana offered in the New York salerooms earlier this month, there was a strong representation of early English ceramics. Sotheby’s January 20 sale of the pottery collection of Harriet Carlton Goldweitz was followed the next day by Christie’s auction of the Mrs J. Insley Blair collection, which included some key Staffordshire productions alongside its blue chip American furnishings.

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When life is one long picnic

17 January 2006

Ninety-one-year-old John Werner Kluge is the stuff of the American Dream – a German immigrant who amassed his fortune in the States buying radio and television stations.

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New world record for new world order

26 November 2005

A poster for the film Metropolis, considered by many to be the holy grail of science fiction posters, has been sold by London dealers The Reel Poster Gallery to a Californian private collector for $690,000 (£390,000).

DMG get their passport to New York’s Contemporary scene

19 November 2005

INTERNATIONAL exhibition and publishing company dmg world media have acquired Chicago-based Expressions of Culture Inc., producers of SOFA Chicago and SOFA New York.

Baltimore show goes South

02 November 2005

Less than a month after celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show has been acquired by the managing partners of the Palm Beach Jewelry & Antique Show from Frank Farbenbloom.

Neal move to Mississippi for December sale

25 October 2005

Neal Auction Co., temporarily displaced from their New Orleans headquarters, will hold their annual Louisiana Purchase sale on December 3-4 in Jackson, Mississippi.

Mallett to expand further in New York

23 August 2005

MALLETT, one of Bond Street’s most famous names, are to expand their New York branch, with work hopefully starting in November.

Third floor at The Showplace

16 August 2005

One of Manhattan’s best-known antique centres, The Showplace, is expanding its 30,000 square ft premises with the addition of a new floor that will open in early October.

Sotheby’s choose The Dealer’s Eye Trade consigners invited for NY sale

26 July 2005

SOTHEBY’s are to launch a sale in January that will openly rely entirely upon dealers’ stock for its content.

New home for Stair

29 June 2005

Stair Galleries and Restoration will move into new headquarters in Hudson New York in August.

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Waxing lyrical at $415,000

31 May 2005

Christie’s New York are selling the Bibliotheca Bibliographica Breslaueriana in three portions.

CINOA discuss politics

24 May 2005

AT this year’s CINOA General Assembly, held in New York from May 12 to 14, delegates representing dealers associations from more than 20 countries discussed two political areas which they felt threatened the international art market.

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Brancusi bird soars to $24.5m record

12 May 2005

Bird in Space, right, an unrecorded marble version of one of Constantin Brancusi’s most celebrated and iconic subjects, was the toast of Christie’s $126.8m Impressionist and Modern art sale last week in New York.

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