Mellon's Single-Owner Sale Shatters Expectations at Sotheby's

A high-quality mixed bag of mostly 19th- and 20th-century art from the collection of Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, the late and storied philanthropist and horticulturist, achieved a perfect score at Sotheby’s Monday evening, tallying a robust $158,737,250. All of the 43 lots offered sold, making it, in old-fashioned auction terminology, a

Christie's Latest Blockbuster Edges Closer to the $1B Mark

Christie’s yet again set a record for all auctions everywhere on Wednesday evening at its Rockefeller Center headquarters in New York, taking in a mind-boggling $852,887,000 for 75 works of art.The tally surpassed the night's historic high pre-sale expectations of $630.6-836 million. (Estimates reflect hammer price and not the added

Spanish Politicians Face Corruption Probe After Multimillion-Euro Sale of Goya Paintings

Six former high ranking Spanish government officials are being investigated over alleged corruption surrounding the sale of government-owned artworks, including two paintings by the Spanish master Francisco Goya with a total worth of around €14 million, Spanish daily newspaper ABC reported on Friday.Former education secretary Eva Almunia, and her husband

Takashi Murakami Enters His Skull Period at Gagosian

By Ben Davis for Artnet News OnlineWhat's going on with Takashi Murakami? The superstar Japanese artist, best known for his “superflat" spin on anime aesthetics in paintings featuring toothsome mutant characters of his own invention—not to mention for his brand reinvention of Louis Vuitton and BFF status with Kanye West—is