Here’s how $20 can get you a stake in a $1.8M Warhol

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), 1 Colored Marilyn (Reversal). Image courtesy of Masterworks

NEW YORK – Owning an original Warhol or Monet might seem an unattainable dream to aspiring art collectors without millions to burn. We’ve all seen the heart-stopping prices paid at New York and London auction galleries and thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice…’ But a blue-chip art investment platform called Masterworks is changing the dynamic and making it possible, now, for anyone – even someone with as little as $20 to spare – to become an investor.

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Banksy’s ‘Slave Labour’ purchased at auction by artist Ron English for $730K

Banksy, Slave Labour (Bunting Boy), auctioned on Nov. 14, 2018 at Julien’s, Los Angeles. Sold for $730,000. The buyer was artist Ron English.

LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Auctions held its fall Street & Contemporary Art Auction last night, November 14, 2018, live at the Standard Oil Building in Beverly Hills. AN energized audience of collectors and bidders took part live on the floor, online via LiveAuctioneers and on the phone. One of the most high-profile entries – Slave Labour (Bunting Boy) – created by one of the most talked-about street artists in the world, Banksy, sold for an astounding $730,000. The buyer was American contemporary artist Ron English.

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René Magritte Surrealist painting sells for record $27M

René Magritte’s ‘Le Principe du plaisir (The Pleasure Principle),’ 1937. Estimate $15 million-$20 million. Courtesy Sotheby’s

NEW YORK – A painting by Surrealist icon René Magritte sold for $26.8 million at Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on Monday.

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Self-taught artist Jim Kopp displays outsider style at Casper museum

Casper’s Jim Kopp artwork is on view in the exhibit ‘Primordial Charms.’ Image courtesy of Nicolaysen Art Museum

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – Color fills the gallery, where faces peer from portraits covering the walls almost from top to bottom. Sculptures crowd the center of the space at the Nicolaysen Art Museum. Figures wrapped in twine suspend from the ceiling, while characters made of bowling pins perch along a ledge at the top of the gallery walls.

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Chicago mayor drops plan to sell public library’s mural

Kerry James Marshall’s ‘Knowledge and Wonder,’ 1995. Photo courtesy of Christie’s

CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has dropped plans to sell a city-owned mural that could have raised millions of dollars for a library.

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Muralists travel to Arkansas to transform downtown Fort Smith

A mural on the side of a Fort Smith building. Image courtesy of

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) – Whether they’re homegrown or from the other side of the world, the muralists participating in The Unexpected this year are excited to bring their art to the streets of Fort Smith.

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Emile Galle’s last masterpiece to be auctioned in Paris

Front and back views (top and bottom images, repectively) of Emile Galle Nocture commode. Image courtesy of Christie’s Paris

PARIS – In their November 15 Japonism sale, Christie’s France will feature the Nocturne commode created by Émile Gallé between 1900 and 1904. It is estimated at €200.000-€300.000.

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Terre Haute’s landmark Clabber Girl billboard to be restored

Clabber Girl Baking Powder container. Photo by Johnny Habenero, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – A Clabber Girl baking powder billboard that’s been a western Indiana landmark since the 1930s is being prepped for a thorough restoration.

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Christie’s announces Nov. 11 auction of two premier Giacomettis

Left: Alberto Giacometti, Femme assise, bronze with brown and green patina. Conceived in 1949-1950 and cast in 1957, $14-18 million Right: Alberto Giacometti, Le Chat, bronze with dark brown patina. Conceived in 1951 and cast in 1955, $14-18 million

NEW YORK – In its November 11 Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art, Christie’s will present two consummate examples of sculpture by Alberto Giacometti: Femme assise, conceived in 1949-1950 and cast in 1957 ($14-18 million) from a distinguished private collection, and Le Chat – “The Lambert Cat” – conceived in 1951 and cast in 1955 ($14-18 million), which was formerly in the Johanna Lambert collection. These works come to auction on the heels of Giacometti’s widely celebrated retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

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Win for Jeter: Marlins’ home run sculpture will be moved

MIAMI (AP) – The Miami Marlins’ home run sculpture is outta here.

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