CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1999 |
Artists from throughout the Los Angeles area will sell their work at the second Gathering of Arts in the Park on May 1 and 2 in Topanga State Park. The event, sponsored by the Topanga Park Docents and the Topanga Canyon Art Gallery, will offer paintings, ceramics, jewelry, tiles, photographs and handcrafted furniture for sale, said Nancy Williams, a spokeswoman for the gallery.
HOME & GARDEN
October 14, 2004 |
A growing number of consumers are buying art -- known in the industry as wall decor -- that is made and marketed to coordinate with trends in home furnishings. "People are absolutely buying more art. In the last two or three years, our art sales have doubled," said Becky Weber, a buyer for Crate & Barrel. "It used to be the consumer who was buying the art to match the couch.
May 16, 1990 |
"Portrait of Dr. Gachet," a melancholy character study by Vincent van Gogh, was purchased Tuesday night by Kobayashi Gallery of Tokyo for $82.5 million, the highest auction price ever paid for a work of art. Christie's auction house had valued the work at $40 million to $50 million, but lackluster sales of contemporary art last week had led to speculation that the estimate was overly optimistic.
November 23, 2006 |
A painting by Mexican artist Alfredo Ramos Martinez, expected to bring $350,000 to $450,000 in an auction of Latin American art, was sold for $1.8 million Tuesday night at Christie's New York. Fetching more than twice the top auction price previously paid for the artist's work, the colorful scene of two women surrounded by flowers was the star attraction in a $17-million sale that also brought record prices for 10 other artists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2004 |
The art wasn't much to look at. A heavy Buddha sculpture, purported to be a jade of great antiquity, looked more like something one might see at a Chinese takeout restaurant. Paintings credited to renowned artists such as Marc Chagall and Roy Lichtenstein appeared to be of thrift store quality, some in cheap frames.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2006 |
A 1907 Gustav Klimt portrait of Vienna aristocrat Adele Bloch-Bauer looted by the Nazis and recently returned to a Los Angeles woman and her relatives has been sold to a small New York museum for the highest known price ever paid for a painting. The sale of "Adele Bloch-Bauer I" dashes hopes that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art -- which has been displaying the work and four other Klimts since April 4 -- might acquire the picture itself. Cosmetics magnate Ronald S.
November 8, 1989 |
A series of contemporary art sales got off to a roaring start Tuesday night at Christie's as a closely watched opening night auction totaled $62.4 million in sales and broke 28 artists' records. British artist Francis Bacon's anguished painting "Study for a Pope" brought the top bid in the auction of 101 lots with a sale price of $5.7 million--far above the auction house's most optimistic estimate of $1.5 million but less than the record $6.3 million paid last May for Bacon's "Triptych May June."
September 25, 1992 |
An $11-million art collection from the estate of composer Richard Rodgers and his wife, Dorothy, will be offered for sale this fall in three Christie's New York auctions. Twenty-six of the most valuable pieces, including paintings by Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Henri Matisse valued at a total of $10 million, will go on the block Nov. 11. The most expensive item is Picasso's 1914 Cubist painting "Guitar and Newspaper," valued at $3 million to $4 million.
November 6, 2004 |
"Maternity," a painting by Paul Gauguin depicting a Tahitian woman breastfeeding her baby with two other women nearby, was sold for $39.2 million to an unidentified bidder Thursday night at Sotheby's New York. The sale, an auction record for the artist's work, was the highlight of a three-day series of Impressionist and Modern art sales that ended with mixed results. Sotheby's sale racked up $194.3 million and brought big prices for some paintings: $31.
May 29, 1995 |
When "Angel Fernandez de Soto," a rare portrait from Pablo Picasso's blue period, sold at auction this month for a record $29.15 million--three times its estimated value--industry pundits immediately proclaimed that investing in art was back with a vengeance. Even before the Picasso sold to composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, many brokers, dealers, gallery owners and investors were saying they'd perceived a quiet resurgence in buying paintings for more than just aesthetic value.