June 20, 2012 |
A painting by Joan Miro sold for $36.9 million at a London auction Tuesday. The Sotheby's sale of Miro's "Peinture (Etoile Bleue)" was an auction record for the late Spanish artist. The sale was part of a larger Sotheby's auction of Impressionist and modernist paintings by artists including Pissarro and Kandinsky. The auction, which brought in a reported $117.7 million, was the first of the London summer auction season. "Peinture (Etoile Bleue)" dates from 1927 and was purchased by its most recent owner in a Paris sale in 2007, according to Sotheby's.
October 24, 2013 |
Banksy has been stirring up a rapid-fire news cycle the past two days - even more so than usual. First, there were the (untrue) reports that his month-long New York show, “Better Out Than In,” would be coming to Los Angeles soon - it is not. Then Thursday morning, there was the confirmation that the website that went up a day earlier - which looks exactly like his own website promoting the New York show - was fake; a prank, most...
March 27, 2012 |
Major league owners are expected to approve the three remaining Dodgers bidders on Tuesday, enabling Frank McCourt to start an auction for the team on Wednesday. By the time the auction is over -- late Wednesday, perhaps, or later this week -- the Dodgers are expected to be sold for a record price for a North American sports franchise. The three finalists: --The partnership of Connecticut hedge-fund billionaire Steven Cohen and Los Angeles biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, with a combined net worth estimated at $15.5 billion by Forbes.
October 26, 2012 |
Some of L.A.'s best known architecture firms and artists have designed one-of-a-kind lamps to be auctioned Nov. 2 at a fund-raiser for the MAK Center in West Hollywood. Among those who designed, produced and donated their work for the event, dubbed “Light My Way, Stranger” : Ball-Nogues Studio, Cory Buckner, Ehrlich Architects, Hodgetts & Fung, Eric Owen Moss, Barbara Bestor, Dewey Ambrosino, Liz Larner and Sam Durant. All proceeds will support the nonprofit MAK Center for Art and Architecture's programming and stewardship of three dwellings by architect R.M. Schindler: the landmark 1922 Schindler House in West Hollywood, the 1939 Mackey Apartments in the Mid-Wilshire district of L.A., and the 1936 Fitzpatrick-Leland House, the Hollywood Hills West residence where the auction will be held.
January 13, 2014 |
HOUSTON -- Big-game hunters in Texas stirred controversy over the weekend by auctioning off a rare African permit to hunt the endangered black rhino in the name of conservation. Dallas Safari Club officials have said they faced threats leading up to Saturday's private auction and had contacted the FBI. Protesters gathered outside the city's convention center, where the auction was held during the club's annual meeting. Opposition to the move was vented online by celebrities including Mia Farrow , William Shatner and former "Price Is Right" host Bob Barker . Barker released an online letter to the club via the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that likened hunting an aged rhino to taking out a senior citizen.
October 15, 2013 |
Kim Kardashian's engagement ring from Kris Humphries was reportedly sold at auction Tuesday for a price more than Christie's auction house expected but far less than the trinket's supposed $2-million valuation at the time it was given to the reality-TV star. The ring - with its 16.2-carat center rock and two 1.8-carat side stones - went for $620,000, according to Us Weekly . With auction fees and mark-up tacked on, the winning bidder dropped $749,000 total. That's quite a bit more than the pre-auction estimated price of $300,000-$500,000 (bidding opened at $200,000)