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2006-08-07 17:13:41

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York antiques dealer is caught in a legal battle between the French government and Christie's auction house over the sale of a 13th century Jewish manuscript stolen from a French library. The French government sued Yosef Goldman, who bought the Torah for $358,000 six years ago, on grounds that the manuscript was stolen from France's Bibliotheque Nationale, where it was known as "Hebrew 52." In turn, Goldman has now sued Christie's for selling the item to...

2006-08-07 06:52:03

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - A Jewish woman who went to court to win back five Gustav Klimt paintings taken from her ancestors by the Nazis will sell the remaining works from her collection after the first fetched a record $135 million. U.S.-based Maria Altmann, 90-year-old niece of the Bloch-Bauers who originally owned them, had decided to part with the works, which had a combined value estimated at between $100 million and $150 million, Christie's auctioneers said on...

2006-08-07 04:34:09

LONDON (Reuters) - A woman who fought a court battle to win back five valuable paintings by Gustav Klimt taken from her heirs by the Nazis will sell the remaining works from her collection after the first fetched a record $135 million. U.S.-based Maria Altmann, niece of the Bloch-Bauers who originally owned the paintings, has hired Christie's to handle the sale of works with a combined value estimated at between $100-150 million, the auctioneer said on Monday. The collection hit the...

2006-08-03 07:40:33

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - A painting returned to the heirs of its Jewish owners by a German museum last month will go under the hammer at Christie's in New York on November 8 and is expected to fetch $18-25 million. The street scene by German expressionist artist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner is the latest valuable work of restituted art to be sold on quickly by new owners. In June news emerged that cosmetics magnate Ronald S. Lauder had bought a Gustav Klimt portrait for...

2006-07-26 17:23:20

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Marlon Brando's annotated script of "The Godfather," letters from playwright Tennessee Williams and dozens of other personal items are going up for auction in the latest sale to open the door on the once highly reclusive actor. Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas said on Wednesday the October 6-7 sale comprised about 100 items ranging from Brando's harmonica to his BAFTA British film award for the 1952 movie "Viva Zapata!" and still photographs taken during...

2006-07-26 07:40:07

LONDON (Reuters) - The iconic black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film "Breakfast at Tiffany's" will go on sale in December with an estimated price tag of 50-70,000 pounds ($90-130,000), Christie's auctioneers said on Wednesday. The dress, designed by Givenchy and worn by Hepburn in the memorable opening scene of the classic romantic comedy, is being auctioned on behalf of the City of Joy Aid charity which helps underprivileged children in India. It is the star lot of the...

2006-07-12 09:18:46

LONDON -- Art collectors will now be able to taste the drama of the auction room from the comfort of their homes and bid for fine art with the click of a mouse, Christie's said on Wednesday. The auctioneer has teamed up with online bidding company Auction Management Solutions, from Tampa, Florida, to develop technology that provides real-time video and sound from sales rooms and aims to tap a new generation of clients. "Christie's LIVE will allow us to bring to an unlimited online audience...

2006-06-30 14:13:00

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber's foundation will sell a Picasso portrait that is expected to fetch over $40 million at auction, with the proceeds being donated to charity, Christie's said on Friday. The 1903 work from the artist's Blue Period, "Angel Fernandez de Soto," will be sold at Christie's fall auction of Impressionist and modern art on November 8. The haunting portrait of Picasso's close friend, who he met in 1899 in Barcelona and...

2006-06-22 16:52:12

NEW YORK (Reuters) - His paintings sell for millions but fans of Andy Warhol picked up some bargains at an auction of memorabilia on Thursday, including one of the artist's trademark silver wigs that sold for $10,800. Auction house Christie's said the wig was part of sale of film and entertainment memorabilia that raised a total of $839,670, with 231 of the 283 lots on offer sold at the auction in New York. A pair of the late artist's paint-splattered Ferragamo shoes went for $7,800...

2006-06-22 02:21:03

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - The recent sale of a Gustav Klimt portrait for a record $135 million finally confirmed that the art market was back to the giddy heights of the late 1980s. What experts cannot agree on is whether this time around values are destined to mirror the dramatic collapse that began in 1990. Leading auction houses are confident the conditions are in place for sustained growth, unlike 16 years ago when speculative money, much of it Japanese, left the...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.