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This circa-1935 sapphire ring from the House of Boivin achieved €110,000 ($116,062) plus the buyer’s premium in July 2022. Image courtesy of Tajan and LiveAuctioneers.

Bid Smart: René Boivin’s unique sparkle shines through in his jewelry

NEW YORK —  French goldsmith and engraver René Boivin (1864-1917) built an impressive company that was one of the leading European jewelry houses in the 20th century. Known for his striking designs that went against the naturalistic look that prevailed during the Art Nouveau era, Boivin was celebrated for his unusual choice of materials and […]

This Jean Prouvé BA12 and N.152 chest-sideboard attained €160,000 ($168,929) plus the buyer’s premium in October 2023. Image courtesy of Piasa and LiveAuctioneers.

Bid Smart: Jean Prouvé furniture has proven itself on the market

NEW YORK — Jean Prouvé (1901-1984) grew up steeped in the ideals of the Nancy School in France during the height of the Art Nouveau period. The designers and artists who worked there circa 1890-1914 shared the belief of creating art that could be accessed by all. With his background in metalworking and architecture — […]

A copy of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 signed by co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird achieved $55,000 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2021. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

Bid Smart: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collectibles are no joke

NEW YORK — The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) franchise is something of an accidental success. Artists Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird collaborated on a comic book that parodied some of their favorite comic series, and inadvertently gave rise to a multibillion-dollar franchise about four baby turtles that were transformed into human-like mutant superheroes and […]

This untitled 1993 Wolf Kahn oil painting realized $50,000 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2022. Image courtesy of Hindman and LiveAuctioneers.

Bid Smart: Wolf Kahn’s riotous landscapes bewitch collectors

NEW YORK — The electric and dramatic colors in the paintings of Wolf Kahn (1927-2020) transformed average-looking fields and forests into otherworldly spectacles, surprising the viewers “without being offensive,” according to the artist himself.

Rev. Johnnie Swearingen’s “Blue Church” achieved $7,000 plus the buyer’s premium in August 2023. Image courtesy of Slotin Folk Art and LiveAuctioneers.

Bid Smart: Folk artist Rev. Johnnie Swearingen’s market reawakens

NEW YORK — Long after an artist’s passing, it sometimes takes a new book or a museum or gallery retrospective to reawaken collectors’ appetites and stir the marketplace. With Texas folk artist Rev. Johnnie Swearingen (1908-1993), all has been fairly quiet for decades, but the market has nonetheless been on the rise.

This circa-1975 ironwood cuff bracelet by Charles Loloma achieved $80,000 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2022. Image courtesy of Santa Fe Art Auction and LiveAuctioneers.

Bid Smart: Charles Loloma transformed Native American jewelry

NEW YORK — More than three decades after his death, Charles Loloma’s transcendent jewelry continues to influence jewelry design and attract new fans. Actor Lily Gladstone wore a Loloma ring set with coral, lapis, sugilite and turquoise on the October 2023 cover of British Vogue that highlights Native American designers.

A custom chandelier in cherry, designed by Wendell Castle for a private home in 1976, achieved $90,000 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2022. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center and LiveAuctioneers.

Bid Smart: Wendell Castle’s studio furniture stacks up fans and dollars

NEW YORK — Dubbed the “father of the American studio furniture movement,” Wendell Castle (1932-2018) created innovative furniture designs that are highly coveted today. He also didn’t restrict himself to wood as a medium. His legacy lies in his craftsmanship, use of unusual materials and always challenging himself to produce work that pushed the boundaries […]

Alice Baber’s ‘Axe in the Grove,’ a 1966 oil on canvas, achieved $275,000 plus the buyer’s premium in February 2023. Image courtesy of John Moran Auctioneers, Inc. and LiveAuctioneers.

Bid Smart: Alice Baber, once overshadowed, now seen in full color

NEW YORK — Alice Baber (1928-1982) is said to have had a hunger for color. She was one of the most important woman Abstract Expressionist artists working at a time when the field was dominated by men such as Rothko, de Kooning and Pollock. Her biomorphic color-stained canvases, featuring hazy spheres of pure hues, are […]

A pair of Piero Fornasetti Occhi and Citta di carte trays sold at the high estimate for $1,000 plus the buyer’s premium in July 2023. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center and LiveAuctioneers.

Bid Smart: Italian design wizard Piero Fornasetti continues to enchant

NEW YORK — Unlike some of his contemporaries who were more interested in producing one-off pieces and custom furniture for wealthy clients, Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) is renowned for democratizing art. The prolific designer, who hailed from Milan, had a large and diverse output, responsible for more than 13,000 examples of furniture and decorative arts pieces […]