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2010-06-02 10:17:00

DENVER, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- After more than three decades, the Roy Rogers - Dale Evans Museum closed this past December for financial reasons. Brian Lebel's Old West Auction, June 26, 2010 at the Denver Merchandise Mart, will be selling over 200 items from the museum's extensive collection, including: Roy's personal firearms; Dale's pearl-handled Colt; the Winchester Roy bought from Clark Gable; their 1964 Lincoln Continental with suicide doors; Roy's Honda motorcycle; clothing, photos...

2010-02-18 10:13:00

PARIS, February 18, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Following the press release of Tuesday 9 February 2010 in which Artprice openly explained the claim brought by Christie's, Artprice hereby emphatically declares that it is launching penal proceedings based on Article L.465-2 of the French Monetary and Financial Code and confirms the statements made by Artprice in the weekend Financial Times of 14 February 2010. In effect, the Christie's Group, an opaque and unlisted company, is making...

2010-02-09 02:22:00

PARIS, February 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With complete transparency, Artprice, represented by its founder Thierry Ehrmann, hereby wishes to inform its 18,000 shareholders and the markets that Christie's Manson and Woods Ltd, Christie's France SAS and Christie's France SNC have launched a civil claim concerning our use of their sales catalogues and corporate identities (which they consider a "brand") and what they call acts of "parasitism" in using the announcements and results of their...

2010-01-08 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the trends in the sale of antiquities over the last decade. Swansea archaeologist David Gill has been analyzing the sale of antiquities in New York since 1999. Some $300 million worth of antiquities have been sold at Sotheby's and Christie's since 1998. There are normally two sales a year for each of the auction houses. Around $20 million of antiquities were sold in 2009, down by over $8.5 million from the...

2009-08-24 16:28:57

Auction house Christie's in New York said a London artist's bronze sculpture of a cardboard box is expected to fetch $30,000 when it goes on sale next month. The auctioneers said Brillo 5, a cardboard box created by artist Gavin Turk, is expected to sell for at least $30,000 during the postwar and contemporary art sale Sept. 23, the New York Post reported Monday. Christie's described the piece as an ironic and ambiguous work that is essentially a copy of a cardboard box. The sale also...

2009-04-03 06:47:00

PARIS, April 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- According to Thierry Ehrmann, Artprice's founder, "art market history will remember 2008 as a turning point, switching from speculative euphoria to sharp contraction. The multi-million dollar sales of the spring gave way to extreme buyer wariness in the autumn as the art market fell victim to the spreading global economic and financial crisis. Exactly when and why did the meltdown occur? Artprice's annual art market report for 2008 answers these...

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2009-02-26 19:23:17

Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan has denounced as shameful the way two Chinese relics were sold off at a Christie's auction in Paris. The Qing dynasty bronze fountainheads shaped like a rabbit and a rat and allegedly looted from Beijing's Summer Palace during the second Opium War in 1860 were sold to undisclosed buyers this week for $18 million apiece after China attempted to block the auction on the grounds the treasures were stolen. Possessed by numerous owners through the years, the statues...

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2009-02-23 22:47:41

A sale of art from the private collection of the late Yves Saint Laurent and his partner fetched more than $264 million in Paris Monday, auction officials said. The auction -- the first of six to be held by Christie's -- brought in record prices for works by Matisse, Marcel Duchamp, Constantin Brancusi, James Ensor, Piet Mondrian and Giorgio de Chirico, The New York Times reported. The Matisse went for $40.9 million, more than twice as much as had been expected. The newspaper said the auction...

2009-02-23 08:38:00

PARIS, February 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- For at least six months, the sale of the Pierre Berge and Yves Saint Laurent collection has been the focus of much media attention, described as the "sale of the century". At a time when The Art Market Confidence Index (AMCI) was firmly in the red, the means allocated to the sale of some 691 lots are commensurate with the works being presented: exceptional. According to thierry Ehrmann, Artprice chairman and founder, "this milestone sale might...

2009-02-22 03:57:00

Rare Bottle Autographed by Steven Spielberg, Hugh Jackman, and Robert Downey, Jr., to be Auctioned at Christie's To Raise Funds For Leading Health and Social Services Charity NEW YORK, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- On the morning of the 81st Academy Awards, Moet & Chandon is delighted to announce a symbolic charitable donation to mark Moet & Chandon's first year as exclusive champagne of the Oscars(R). The esteemed champagne house is honored to extend celebration of the Academy Awards...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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