Showing posts from September, 2007

The SeaFair’s Grand Luxe is a new yacht selling fine art

The opening-night party aboard the Grand Luxe yacht in Greenwich, Conn. [from NYTimes online]
The SeaFair’s Grand Luxe is a new yacht selling fine art, antiques and jewelry. It is the mobile luxury shopping venue, the $40 million, 228-foot ship has 28 commercial galleries.
100 people attended a black-tie gala, the yacht’s debut event, on Tuesday at a dock by the Delamar Hotel here, down the hill from the Bruce Museum.

Art Pieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ed Ruscha will be on Auction

Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1960-1988
Untitled (Head)
Estimated at $5,013,650 - $7,019,110

I'm anxiously waiting for the results but, I don't expect to see a big drop in auction buyers at a time when many top-spending collectors are based in Russia, Asia and the Middle East.

Bag by Hermès, sold for £31,200 at Christie’s

Louise MacBain’s Rouge "H" Crocodile Kelly Bag by Hermès, sold for £31,200 at Christie’s London on Sept. 12, 2007 [from]

Compare two handbags.
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Russian Billionaire Buys Entire Auction

Sotheby's Images
Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin, 1876-1942, The Hunt, 1929, oil on canvas.

Alisher Usmanov, the 18th richest man in Russia, is a mining and metals magnate and Arsenal Football Club investor.

Alisher Usmanov has just paid more than 20 Million Pounds for an art collection owned by late cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, days before it was due to be auctioned.
Sotheby’s has cancelled its London auction, where the items were due to be sold individually later this week. He wanted to preserve the collection in its entirety and also make sure that the collection remained in Russia.

Larry Gagosian and New York Times reporter Carol Vogel at the Damien Hirst fashion show

[Photo by Mary Barone]
Larry Gagosian and New York Times reporter Carol Vogel at the Warhol Factor X Levi's X Damien Hirst fashion show at Gagosian Gallery, Sept. 8

Pop Art Collector Lisa Perry Has A New Pink Dress and Hat

Pop Art collector Lisa Perry Has A Beautiful Pink Dress.
Drawing over by Regia Art.[original from nymag]

Damien Hirst at the Prada Party Featuring the Hours

Yes, Damien Hirst, the smart art guy is very much interested in the Fashion World.
Prada New York Epicenter, NYC
September 7, 2007 (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

The 2007 Great Deitch Art Parade in Soho NYC

I had a lot of fun under a very warm weather in New York.
The picture above from Deitch Art Parade was taken at the corner of West Broadway and Spring Street.

The third annual Deitch Art Parade took place on Saturday September 8, at 4PM in New York City, traveling down West Broadway through SOHO.
The parade was organized by Deitch Projects, Creative Time and Paper Magazine.

Rostropovich Art Collection at Sotheby's in London

Boris Dmitrievich Grigoriev, 1886-1939. Self Portrait
one of the Russian painting part of the Rostropovich art collection. Photograph: Sotheby's
The art collection of 22 pieces, worth about twenty-six million to forty million dollars, is to be sold off September 18 and 19 at Sotheby's in London.

Rostropovich left Russia in 1974 with only a cello and a dog, but amassed a unique collection. [from Guardian]

Documenting The Trumpsanity

Meet the Rich
Donald Trump "You have to be Focus",
and a painting by Regia Marinho.

Outrageous Salvador Dali Requests

Salvador Dali was a regular guest at the Meurice Hotel in Paris, always staying, with his two pet ocelots, in rooms 106 and 107, which face the Tuileries Garden. The rooms have high ceilings, parquet floors and 18th-century, Louis XVI-style furnishings. Dali once asked the hotel’s concierge staff to bring an entire herd of sheep to his rooms, so he could shoot blank bullets at them; on another occasion, he asked the concierges to catch flies for him in the Tuileries, paying them five francs for each bug caught. [from Forbes Traveler]

Paying Rent with a Painting? Bacon Did It. Attention Landlords

Bacon's 'rent cheque' to make £9m at Christie's in London on 14 October.

Francis Bacon painting In the early 1970s, the painter Francis Bacon gave the Royal College of Art in London a painting ("Study from the Human Body, Man Turning on the Light") in lieu of rent owed for studio space. Now the college is auctioning it to help fund a new campus and it's estimated to fetch nine million pounds, reports BBC News. Even with the price of developing property in London that ought to be enough for quite a few spectacular studios! (On an aside, did you know Bacon was a self-taught artist and at one stage worked as an interior designer?),[]

The picture is one of a series of studies of the male nude executed by the artist in the late 1960s and early 1970s. article from BBCnews

Labor Day with Larry Gagosian

Picture of the day. Larry Gagosian and his passions (sports cars and art).
He is the artists dream art dealer.

The Arts of Buddha Sale at Sotheby's

image lot no. 38)
A highly important gilt copper Maitreya inset with silver and semi-precious stones
Tibet, 13th century

Calling Richard Gere and other deep-pocketed Buddhists.

Auction Date: Session 1 | 21 Sep 07, 2:00 PM
Location New York