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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.

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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.

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".

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.

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2009-02-13 09:40:44

A nude photo of U.S. pop music icon Madonna -- taken before she was famous -- sold for $37,500 in New York, Christie's auction house said. The 1979, black and white picture reportedly was snapped when the star was a dancer in her 20s, struggling to pay the bills.

2009-02-05 10:05:12

Claude Monet's Dans La Prairie, an oil painting of the artist's wife Camille reading in a field of wildflowers, has sold for $16 million at auction in London. The BBC said the sale fell short of the artwork's estimated price of $22 million at Christie's sale of Impressionist and Modern art. Monet's

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2009-01-19 13:40:42

A naked, pre-fame photo of pop star Madonna is expected to sell for as much as $15,000 when it hits the auction block in New York next month, the BBC said. Christie's auction house said the black and white picture, which was taken after Madonna responded to U.S.

2008-06-25 09:02:31

Le Bassin Aux Nympheas, a 1919 water landscape painted by Claude Monet, reportedly sold for $80.5 million at a London auction. The hammer price for the painting was $71.8 million but the cost increased due to taxes and Christie's commission.

2008-06-25 00:01:54

A water lily painting by Claude Monet, one of the last in private hands, sold for more than $80.5 million Tuesday in London, doubling the record for the artist.


Word of the Day
prosopography
  • a study of the individuals in a group of people within a specific context and their relationships.
  • In rhetoric, the description of any one's personal appearance.
The word 'prosopography' comes from a Latin word meaning 'description of a person’s appearance' from Greek roots meaning 'face' or 'person' and 'writing'.