Showing posts from February, 2008

Where Art Lovers Go Top Museums

#1 Louvre - Paris

The top 20 most popular art museums in the world compiled by Art Newspaper.

Attendance 2007 - Museum - City

8,300,000 - Louvre - Paris
5,509,425 - Centre Pompidou - Paris
5,191,840 - Tate Modern - London
4,837,878 - British Museum - London
4,547,353 - Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York
4,518,413 - National Gallery of Art - Washington
4,310,083 - Vatican Museums - Vatican City
4,159,485 - National Gallery - London
3,166,509 - Musée d’Orsay - Paris
2,652,924 - Museo Nacional del Prado - Madrid
2,650,551 - National Palace Museum - Taipei
2,435,300 - Victoria and Albert Museum - London
2,395,075 - State Hermitage Museum - St Petersburg
2,232,475 - Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum - Glasgow
2,219,554 - Museum of Modern Art - New York
2,133,149 - Field Museum - Chicago
1,772,255 - Tokyo National Museum - Tokyo
1,674,607 - CaxiaForum Barcelona - Barcelona
1,650,000 - Moscow Kremlin Museums - Moscow
1,649,969 - Museum of Fine Arts - Houston

Anthony d'Offay's Big Art Collection Gift

The art dealer Anthony d'Offay has sold his £125 million collection of modern paintings, sculptures and drawings to the nation - for the £26.5 million he paid for them.
Sheffield-born Anthony d'Offay, 67, will be paid only his cost price for the 725 pieces.

By giving these pictures to the nation, he will educate future generations by allowing them to enter into the imaginations of these artists, to understand how their minds work, and how over time they changed styles and developed ideas.

It is the most important thing that has happened in the art world in this country in my lifetime. said Richard Dorment, Telegraph Art Critic.

Sir Nicholas Serota, the director of the Tate galleries, said: "This is one of the largest gifts ever made to museums in this country." read more

Francis Bacon Painting Sold in London for 39.7 million

Lot Sold. Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 19,956,500 GBP
198 by 147.5cm.
alternate measurements
78 by 58in.
signed, titled and dated 1969 on the reverse
oil on canvas

In tonight's Sotheby's sale, a Francis Bacon painting of a female nude sold for 20 million pounds ($39.7 million), including auction-house fees, tonight at Sotheby's in London. from bloomberg

Chanel on Roof Top in Hong Kong

TOP fashion brand Chanel unveiled a global art exhibition in Hong Kong on Tuesday, choosing the distinctly unglamourous setting of a car park roof.

REGIA SHOW CHANEL + Regia Art fastest draw NY Times

Artnet New Online Art Auctions

Joan Miró, Une Telle et Son Petit Mari.

Artnet online auction, a new service of was launched today.
Visit auctions here.

from the artnet auction site...Become an artnet Seller

If you are a gallery owner or serious collector and regularly have works of art that you would like to sell via artnet Online Auctions, please fill out the artnet seller application. After your application is reviewed by artnet, you will, if approved, be offered the opportunity to sell via artnet Online Auctions.
But Why not ART direct from ARTISTS studios?

Marinho Regia painting at

Most Expensive License Plate in the World

In Abu Dhabi, monthly auctions of worthy numbers, (typically 1-10 and 11-99 are the most popular), bring high bidders and license plate collectors forward to spend millions on that perfect number. The most expensive to date was the recent sale of plate No. 1 which sold for a whopping $14.3 million sold to businessman Saeed Abdul Ghafour Khouri. read more at abcnews

Car that Drives on Land and Drives through Water

A car that drives on land and drives through water
will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.
# can plow through water at 30 feet depth and is powered electrically
# Car has open top, meaning that two passengers are exposed to elements
see video...via CNN

Tips for Regia's Fine Art Buyers

The art market is full of myth. But when you come and see it, it’s transparent.
You put up a decent picture, ask How much do you want to pay for it? and off you go.

Tips for Regia Art Buyers

1- Don’t think you have to be a millionaire.

2- Research a painting and the artist.
You can research any Regia Art online via

3- Never be afraid to ask questions.
I'm always on hand to answer anything – about the item, its condition, its estimated price, the market in general.

4- Most of all, buy with your heart.
More and more people look at art as an asset class. We don’t really encourage buying for investment. You should buy art that you love and that you want to live with.

Three-minute thieves take four Impressionist Paintings

It took masked men only three minutes to steal four paintings from a private museum in Zurich. They burst into the building on Sunday afternoon and ripped the four paintings from the walls so quickly that 15 visitors upstairs were not even aware that a robbery was taking place until the alarms started to howl.

Cézanne’s The Boy in a Red Vest (1890)

Degas’s Viscount Lepic and his Daughters (1871)

Monet’s Poppies Near Vetheuil (1880)

Van Gogh’s Blossoming Chestnut Branches (1890)

Art Stolen in Zurich Worth More Than $150 Million

Blossoming Chestnut Branches" (1890), by Vincent van Gogh.

Four paintings by Cezanne, Degas, van Gogh (picture above) and Monet worth $163.2 million from a Zurich museum was stole over the weekend by three armed men in ski masks. Read more...

Art Auctions Houses Strong Sales

The portrait of a girl with a bow done by Alexej von Jawlensky in 1911 at the end of his Expressionist phase, galvanized Christie's sale into action. At £2.93 million, it matched the high estimate. (Alexej Jawlensky, "Mädchen mit roter Schleife," 1911. Estimate: £1,800,000-2,500,000; sold: £2,932,500)

Triptych by Francis Bacon Sold For $51.7 Million

Oil, pastel and letraset on canvas. Each 78 x 58 ⅛in. (198 x 147.5cm.). Executed in 1974, the central panel was reworked in 1977.

Highest Post-War Work Sold In Europe. Triptych 1974-77 by Francis Bacon (1909-1992) sold for £26.3 million ($51.7 million/€35.2 million), becoming the most expensive work of art ever sold at Christie’s in London and the most valuable Post-War and Contemporary work sold in Europe. Christie’s Post War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale realised a total of £72,930,500 ($143,089,641/€97,581,009).

Who is the rich art buyer of this triptych?
The Bacon sold to an unidentified male bidder, standing on the edge of the crowded auction room, who left immediately after the hammer fell.
It was a mystery buyer. A young man with long hair who was carrying a leather jacket and spoke English.

The Power of the Art Market

£7m price for Picasso delights art market

London yesterday's Impressionism and Modernism auction results are indication of art market recession resistant. It's not just contemporary art that's still hot and in demand.

A portrait by Pablo Picasso of Dora Maar (picture above), his wartime mistress, sold at Sotheby's on Tuesday night for £7.4 million.

In the same sale, Weidende Pferde III (Grazing Horses III), 1910 by the German expressionist Franz Marc fetched £12.3 million - double its pre-sale low estimate - and Renoir's La Loge sold for £7.4 million, three times the low estimate.

Picasso Sells for $11.3 Million in London without RegiaArt

'Femme au Chapeau', 1938, by Pablo Picasso, plus RegiaArt.

Art sales begin in robust form.
A Picasso painting of his mistress Dora Maar fetched 5.7 million pounds ($11.3 million) at a Christie's International auction last night in London as dealers said demand held up in the year's first test of the impressionist and modern art market.

According to the auction tracker Artnet, ``Femme au Chapeau'' had failed to sell at Sotheby's New York in November 2002 when it carried an estimate of $4 million to $6 million.
Christie's said it had been offered by a Swiss company and sold to a European buyer in the room.

Christie's Auction of Impressionist & Modern Art Realizes $207.4 Million

Christie's said 83 percent of the lots were bought by European buyers, including Russians. Fifteen percent were bought by buyers in the Americas, with 2 percent going to Asian bidders. [from bloomberg]

£530m of Art Works Auction in London

Sale 7562, Lot 41
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Homme assis au fusil
signed 'Picasso' (lower right); dated and numbered '17.9.69. II' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
57 1/2 x 44 7/8 in. (146 x 114 cm.)
Painted in September 1969
Estimate: £5,000,000-7,000,000
Christie's Impressionist + Modern Art Evening Sale, London

The most expensive month of art sales in London kicks off on Monday.
Christie's and Sotheby's - paintings with an estimated value of £530 million go under the hammer.

Simon Shaw of Sotheby's said turbulence in the financial markets had historically corresponded with periods of great strength in the art market.

How Many Picassos Yahoo Yang and Filo Can Buy With the Microsoft Deal?

Jerry Yang (Yahoo)
David Filo (Yahoo)
They got rich today.
Now they can buy whatever ART they want.
801 Warhols, 1386 Picassos, 100,000 the line engineer's drawings, RegiaArt, All my paintings...or as many as they want blank canvas.

Congrats to David & Jerry! What a deal!

If Microsoft’s $44.6 billion offer for Yahoo results in a deal, Messrs. Filo and Yang — Yahoo’s co-founders and biggest inside shareholders — will see their wealth jump by more than 50%. According to SEC filings, Mr. Filo has 78.2 million shares of Yahoo, while Mr. Yang has 52.8 million shares. They also have millions of options and indirect shares. Yahoo shares soared 45%. [from wsj]

A Microsoft afirmou nesta sexta-feira que fez uma oferta de compra ao Yahoo envolvendo ações e dinheiro, com valor total de US$ 44,6 bilhões.
Microsoft oferece US$ 44,6 bi para compra do Yahoo! Yang and Filo estao muito mais ricos hoje.
Eles agora podem comprar 1386 pinturas de Picasso, 801 Warhols, 100,000 desenhos de "the line …

Do You Collect Coins? Rare Coins To Dream About

1894-S Dime
It was recently bought by an anonymous collector, this coin traveled cross-country to its new home in the pocket of a guy wearing flip flops.

The Double Eagle
Minted in 1933 and considered by experts to be one of the rarest and most valuable coins in the world, the last Double Eagle known to be in private hands sold in 2002 for $7.9 million.

Rare Coins To Dream About. They are cool!