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2006-04-06 17:28:24

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An 1841 Venetian landscape by J.M.W. Turner sold for $35.8 million on Thursday, becoming the most expensive British painting ever sold at auction, according to Christie's. The oil painting, "Giudecca, La Donna della Salute and San Giorgio," was purchased over the telephone by a private collector, the auction house said. The previous record for a British painting sold at auction was $21 million in 1990 for John Constable's "The Lock," and the highest previous...

2006-03-10 13:57:15

By Daniel Trotta NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nostalgic New Yorkers, film fans and Eloise enthusiasts can buy a little piece of history next week when Christie's auction house sells select items from The Plaza hotel to the public. The landmark hotel overlooking a corner of Central Park since 1907 was sold in 2004 and is undergoing a major renovation, leading the new owners to empty the hotel of its classic furnishings. Among the items on sale on Wednesday: a humidor the size of a china...

2006-03-01 15:34:45

By Dan Wilchins NEW YORK (Reuters) - Christie's said on Wednesday that it will sell more than 500 photographs by artists such as Richard Avedon and Cindy Sherman from the collection of bankrupt commodities trader Refco Inc. The collection, to be sold in 340 lots spread across three auctions and is expected to bring in more than $5 million, Christie's said. The photographs cost Refco about $3.5 million, the company's curator said. Refco is selling off assets to pay back creditors...

2006-02-15 04:57:52

LONDON (Reuters) - An 1842 watercolor by JMW Turner could well set a saleroom record when it goes under the hammer in June, auctioneers Christie's said on Wednesday. The Blue Rigi: Lake of Lucerne is expected to fetch more than two million pounds ($3.47 million), putting it on target to beat the current record for a Turner watercolor on paper of 2.04 million pounds set in 2001 by Heidelberg with a Rainbow. It is also within striking distance of the world record for a British work of...

2006-01-26 16:55:50

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A rediscovered painting of an old woman by Dutch master Rembrandt sold at auction on Thursday for $4,272,000, slightly exceeding expectations, Sotheby's auction house said. "Portrait of an Elderly Woman in a White Bonnet," which dates from around 1640, was sold to a private collector from New York. The auction house in December estimated the sale price between $3 million and $4 million. The work, whose attribution to Rembrandt had been uncertain until last year,...

2006-01-21 15:42:04

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A full-length portrait of George Washington by artist Charles Willson Peale sold for a record $21.3 million on Saturday at Christie's auction house. The 8-foot-tall oil painting was bought by dealer C.L. Prickett, presumably for a client, a Christie spokeswoman said. The 1779 canvas depicts a portly and rosy-cheeked Washington as Commander of the Continental Army at Princeton, New Jersey. Washington later became the first U.S. president. The sale broke the...

2006-01-17 15:49:01

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An oil canvas of George Washington, the first president of the United States, could become the most expensive American portrait ever sold at auction when it goes under the hammer later this week, auction house Christie's said on Tuesday. The original 1779 painting by Charles Willson Peale is expected to fetch between $10 million and $15 million, the auctioneer said in a statement. The canvas stands at over 8 feet high and depicts a portly and rosy-cheeked...

2006-01-04 17:49:36

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fans of legendary cabaret singer Bobby Short, who played for more than three decades at New York's Carlyle Hotel, will have a chance to buy his piano at an auction of the late singer's possessions in February. Christie's auction house said it was selling the contents of the three-bedroom apartment that Short lived in on New York's Upper East Side. Personal items like cuff links and his Bechstein black lacquer grand piano, estimated to fetch between $30,000 and...

2005-11-21 08:32:41

LONDON (Reuters) - A Venice scene by impressionist JMW Turner could become the most expensive British painting ever sold when it goes under the hammer next year. "Giudecca, La Donna della Salute and San Giorgio," described by auction house Christie's as the finest work by the artist to come to market in recent memory, is being offered for sale by the St Francis of Assisi Foundation in New York on April 6. The asking price is $15 million. The existing record is held by John...

2005-11-10 01:13:41

By Christopher Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - A red-hot contemporary-art market notched another new price record on Wednesday, when a sculpture by David Smith sold at auction for $23.8 million and broke a mark for postwar art set just 24 hours earlier. The American artist's large stainless-steel sculpture "Cubi XXVIII" was billed as the highlight of Sotheby's post-war and contemporary-art auction, but it surpassed expectations when bidders drove the price to $23.8 million, including...


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