Violent controversy about (art) censorship through Facebook

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Ex-Sotheby’s Australia chairman writes open letter to Mark Zuckerberg following censorship of his new art auction venture. Next month, newly-launched auction house Fine Art Bourse will host their inaugural auction entitled Erotic, Fetish and Queer art. The content of the auction certainly has raised a few eyebrows, and even faced censorship from Facebook. Continue reading on blouinartinfo.com… → OPEN LETTER TO MARK ZUCKERBERG Dear Mark, On July 28th our auction house Fine Art Bourse went live … Read More

MutualArt: The Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

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A Paul Gauguin thought to have been the world’s most expensive artwork has been revealed to have sold for $90 million less than originally thought, at $210 million. The news follows a legal battle with auctioneer Simon de Pury, who claims he is owed $10 million for his role in the deal. We look at the new world record holder — and the 10 highest prices paid for artworks in history… → The Picture shows Willem de Kooning (completed in 1955, … Read More

MA: Market Focus: June’s Record-Breaking London Sales

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MutualArt/JULY, 2017 | We share key findings from this year’s June’s Impressionist and Modern and Contemporary Art sales in London. Impressionist and Modern Art Market Shows Signs of Growth Impressionist and Modern Evening Art sales at both Christie’s and Sotheby’s saw growth in sold value compared to equivalent sales in 2016. At Sotheby’s, the 21 June evening sale total was £127,945,750 ($161,326,796) — up 24% from £103,280,000 ($151,834,501), appearing to indicate a market lift. The sale … Read More

Jewels in the Crown collection will reign supreme at auction

A CONVERTIBLE AUDI THAT PRINCESS DIANA USED to carpool with sons Prince William and Prince Harry is up for grabs — if you have around $70,000 to spare. Diana bought the Audi from a dealership in northwest London in 1994 (three years before she died) and apparently only drove about 4,000 miles in it. Insiders at Silverstone Auctions suggest that because she was spotted in it by photographers — sometimes with her sons — she … Read More