Auktionsgespräche: Triumphaler abschluss für deutsche auktionshäuser

‘Helles Sonnenblumenbild’ by Emil Nolde fetched 1.4 million euros ($1.5 million) at Villa Grisebach’s 250th auction. Photo courtesy Villa Grisebach

‘Helles Sonnenblumenbild’ by Emil Nolde fetched 1.4 million euros ($1.5 million) at Villa Grisebach’s 250th auction. Photo courtesy Villa Grisebach

 

KÖLN – Trotz politischer Unruhen und einer wankenden Wirtschaft vermelden Kunstauktionshäuser in Deutschland starke Jahresendpreise. Noch immer werden die deutschen expressionistischen Maler bevorzugt; ein handsigniertes Original in Größe einer Postkarte kann Tausende von Euro erzielen.

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Auction Talk Germany: Strong finish for auction houses

‘Helles Sonnenblumenbild’ by Emil Nolde fetched 1.4 million euros ($1.5 million) at Villa Grisebach’s 250th auction. Photo courtesy Villa Grisebach

‘Helles Sonnenblumenbild’ by Emil Nolde fetched 1.4 million euros ($1.5 million) at Villa Grisebach’s 250th auction. Photo courtesy Villa Grisebach

 

COLOGNE, Germany – Even with world unrest and a shaky economy, art auction houses in Germany are reporting strong year-end prices. The German Expressionist painters continue to be favored; an original the size of a postcard marked by their hand can fetch thousands of euros.

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US top 10 real estate listings include Jackson’s former Neverland Ranch

The former Neverland Ranch, now on the market for $100 million. Image courtesy of Movoto.com and Top Ten Real Estate Listings

The former Neverland Ranch, now known as Sycamore Valley Ranch, in Los Olivos, Calif., is on the market for $100 million. Image courtesy of Movoto.com and TopTenRealEstateDeals

 

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – According to the real estate websites TopTenRealEstateDeals.com, the ten most expensive homes for sale in the U.S. are all in California and Florida except for one listing in Dallas, Texas.

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Taiwan’s ‘Louvre’ opens new museum after 15-year wait

This Spotted Deer sculpture is a favorite public artwork in Chiayi City, Taiwan. Photo by Malcolm Koo, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 International license.

This Spotted Deer sculpture is a favorite public artwork in Chiayi City, Taiwan. Photo by Malcolm Koo, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 International license.

 

TAIPEI (AFP) – Some of China’s most valuable historic artIfacts went on display in Taiwan Monday at a new branch of one of the world’s top museums, as the island pushes its credentials as a cultural destination.

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In Memoriam: American artist Ellsworth Kelly, 92

Ellsworth Kelly arrives at LACMA’s Gala Opening of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum on February 9, 2008 in Los Angeles. Photo by Jeremiah Garcia, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Ellsworth Kelly arrives at LACMA’s Gala Opening of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum on February 9, 2008 in Los Angeles. Photo by Jeremiah Garcia, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

 

WASHINGTON  (AFP) – The American artist Ellsworth Kelly, known for hard-edge paintings, simplicity of form in sculpture and brightly colored abstract designs in his printmaking, has died at 92, The New York Times reported Sunday.

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Museum of Idaho gets $500K, plans to dust off old artifacts

Depiction of Megatherium americanum as drawn in 1913 by Robert Bruce Horsfall (1869-1948)

Depiction of Megatherium americanum as drawn in 1913 by Robert Bruce Horsfall (1869-1948)

 

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) – Officials at the Museum of Idaho are hoping to dust off a 14-foot mammoth and a giant ground sloth skeleton after securing a $500,000 grant.

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‘Rocky,’ ‘Rambo’ props land 1-2 punch at $3M Heritage auction

Boxing trunks worn by Stallone in ‘Rocky IV.’ Price realized: $57,500. Heritage Auctions image

Boxing trunks worn by Stallone in ‘Rocky IV.’ Price realized: $57,500. Heritage Auctions image

 

LOS ANGELES – Enthusiastic fans of Sylvester Stallone placed more than $3 million in winning bids in “Stallone – The Auction,” which Heritage Auctions conducted Dec. 18-20. Hundreds of his costumes, props and personal items crossed the auction block.

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Reading the Streets: Duke A. Barnstable Clan

Duke A. Barnstable, New York City, Photo by Ilana Novick

Duke A. Barnstable, New York City, Photo by Ilana Novick

 

NEW YORK – This week, Martin Shkreli, alleged price-gouger of lifesaving AIDS and cancer drugs, was arrested for securities and wire fraud. Shkreli was making headlines for the $2 million purchase of “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” the single-pressing album by rap group the Wu Tang Clan. Needless to say, the Shkreli connection tested my devotion to the group, even though they have nothing to do with Shkreli’s business dealings. Which brings me to Duke A. Barnstable’s work, sitting quietly (and appealingly) on Lispenard Street, near Church Street, which may have renewed my faith.

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Big diamonds, Escher ‘Ant’ proved favorites at Michaan’s auction

Lot 5057 - emerald cut diamond ring, price realized: $44,250. Michaan's image

Lot 5057 – emerald cut diamond ring, price realized: $44,250. Michaan’s image

 

ALAMEDA, Calif. – All that glittered proved to be sales gold in Michaan’s fine auction of Dec. 11 as quality diamond jewelry topped the day’s bidding. The largest single diamond in the auction was an 8.66 carat, round brilliant cut stunner, lot 5060. The platinum and diamond ring (below), projected at $50,000-80,000, solidly surpassed estimates becoming the highest figure at sale, realizing $153,400.

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Former aquarium may soon become pirate museum

Flag of pirate Edward England, Samuel Bellamy, and others. Artistic depiction by WarX, edited by Manuel Strehl, GNU Free Documentation License

Flag of pirate Edward England, Samuel Bellamy, and others. Artistic depiction by WarX, edited by Manuel Strehl, GNU Free Documentation License

 

WEST YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) – The sprawling former ZooQuarium, which has sat vacant on the banks of Parkers River since its doors closed in 2013, may soon regain its status as a tourist destination, but this time visitors won’t be coming to see wrestling bears, albino alligators, harbor seals and trained sea gulls.

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