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Phillips Leads Disappointing Fall Photo Auctions

The results of this week’s Fall Photo Sales were—with the exception of a controversial Mapplethorpe—subpar.

Collectors had their eyes and their purses open for a blitz of sales at three major New York auction houses, but in the end a much of the artwork was left unsold, especially by historically popular artists that have been the bread-and-butter of photo sales in recent years. 683 more words

Big Time: A Rare Find in a Rarified Neighborhood

In a neighborhood where jaw-droppingly expansive living spaces are hardly unusual, the 24.5-foot-wide Clarence Whitman Mansion at 7 East 76th Street is exceptional. Originally built as two side-by-side limestone-façade houses in 1898, the 14,000-square-foot home has been the New York residence of Japanese billionaire Bungo Shimada since 1990. 346 more words

Real Estate Mogul Richard Fisher's Fishtank-Laden Penthouse Sells for $14M.

The widow of real estate mogul Richard Fisher has bid adieu to the Astor Place co-op the couple once shared.

Kristen Kelly Fisher inherited the ten-room apartment at… 240 more words


The latest edition of Art & Home has arrived! Art & Home Magazine is the literary collaboration presented by Sotheby’s International Realty and Sotheby’s and captures the exceptional world of art and real estate. 158 more words

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The Rise of Day Sales: How Auction Houses Are Finding New Customers and Higher Profits at the Day Sales | BLOUIN ARTINFO

Although top earners like Picasso’s Femmes d’Alger (Version “O”)—snapped up for a cool $179 million at the designer “Looking Forward to the Past” sale at Christie’s—grab the headlines and sp… 33 more words


Jewel of the day: Pendant of St. Michael Chasing Satan, Property of the French Royal Family

Auctions do turn up some interesting pieces and a lot of historical flotsam and jetsam. Much of it jewelled.

This pendant was part of a recent Sotheby’s auction (held the last week of September) and described as A Collection of Historically Important Paintings, Drawings, Historical Furniture and Souvenirs belonging to the Family of France.” As with many less regal families, the auction was the outcome of an inheritance dispute of the family of the Count of Paris (pretender to the French throne, were there one). 177 more words