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Christie's Will Auction Art Collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge

Christie's International will auction off the art collection belonging to Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge.

Pierre Berge was business partner of late French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.

In 1958 Pierre Berge met Yves Saint Laurent. They went on to found the Couture House together in 1961.

He was C.E.O. of Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture to the close in 2002. He is now the President of The Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent Foundation.

The auction will be held in association with Pierre Berge & Associates in Paris in February 2009.

The art collection includes works by Picasso, Warhol, Mondrian, Matisse, and Goya. It is rumored to be worth as much as $599 million.

Valentino Talks About His Art Collection

Valentino owns a London house; a New York apartment near the Frick Collection; a 16th-century château outside Paris; a Roman palazzo; and Chalet Gifferhorn in Gstaad as well as a 152ft yacht.

In order to decorate these palatial houses, he and Giammetti have built up a substantial art collection with works by Miró, Balthus, Basquiat, De Kooning, Botero, Warhol, Twombly, Rothko, Hirst, Fontana...

“First I became a collector of houses, then an art collector,” says Valentino.

Over the past decade many of his collections have shown the influence of modern and contemporary art..

“If I was inspired by great artists, it is because I own works by them. I used to draw at night, with my mind full of what I had been contemplating during the day”  [read more... theartnewspaper]

Above Regia Marinho's painting.

Are You Borrowing Against Fine Art?

"Art now is seen as a definite asset class which is traded."

Select banks and Christie's and Sotheby's have offered art financing.

And, more collectors, galleries, trusts, and museums have recently begun to take advantage of it.

The banks structure their lending as term loans, which are due on a specific date, or lines of credit.

The client may take out a loan against one specific artwork or an entire group. The amount generally up to 50 percent of the market value of the collateral.

Sotheby's Financial Services often advances between 50 to 60 percent of the low estimate, depending on risk.

Christie'susually advances between 30 and 50 percent of the low estimate of a consignment. [read more thesun]

Regia Marinho' painting.

Are You Investing in the Primary or Secondary Art Market?

Have you ever thought in investing in the primary art market?

What is the primary art market:

Contemporary art produced in, say, the last 10 years. 

Purchasing primary market works is much riskier although the works are generally less expensive and the potential much greater.

The secondary art market:

Secondary market artworks have a documented track record;

they've been bought and sold over time and are traded at auction and can be a safer buy, but they also tend to be more expensive.

As explained by Mary Hoevler, head of the department of the Citigroup Private Bank in a 2005 article titled "The fine art of investing in an original".

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Debra and Leon Black One of the Most Active Art Collectors in the World

Debra and Leon Black One of the Most Active Art Collectors in the World, ARTnews list.

Leon Black has made his name fixing sick companies.

In his more than three decades on Wall Street, Leon D. Black has played many roles, including wunderkind investment banker and private equity mogul.

New York. Old Masters; Impressionism; modern painting; Chinese sculptures; contemporary art.

[from ARTnews list]


Sarah Jessica Parker Art Competition Reality Show on Bravo

Bravo has just announced the Sarah Jessica Parker’s new show concept, American Artist.
The project is being billed as Project Runway taking on the art world.
The program will pit various artists against one another, as they have to produce pieces of artwork in a different assigned medium each episode, drawing, painting, sculpture, video, and installations which will then be judged by a panel of experts.
Groundbreaking, really. I'm anxious to know more details.
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Who Are the Residents?

It is the Villa Oxygene in Cannes on the French Riviera.

by regia art

Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst the Center for Contemporary Culture Moscow Coordinator

Moscow’s newest art space, the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture Moscow (CCC Moscow), opening on Sept. 17, 2008.

Coordinator of the project is Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst, a curator who has worked in the past for Gagosian Gallery; CCC Moscow is the brainchild of 26-year-old Dasha Zhukova, the girlfriend of Russian oil billionaire and financier Roman Abramovich, the UK’s second richest man. [from artnet]

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Warhols and Lichtensteins Stolen in Sweden

Andy Warhol, Mickey Mouse. One of the works stolen from the Abergs Museum. Image provided by the Abergs Museum.

Early this morning, the 18th of July, burglars broke up a door in Abergs Museum, rushed in and quickly grabbed two Warhols and three Lichtensteins from the Abergs Museum. [from artdaily]

Berlin Opening Museum to Vampires, Monsters, Spooks Art

The latest new museum opening in Berlin is home to Max Ernst's monsters, Goya's spooks, and Dubuffet's fantastic collages.

This permanent exhibition of the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection, on loan to the city of Berlin for 10 years, is housed in a grand old building that was once a Prussian army barracks and stable.

It forms a triangular ensemble with the Schloss Charlottenburg and the Museum Berggruen, another outstanding private collection of 20th-century art focused on Matisse, Picasso, Klee and Giacometti.

[from bloomberg]

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Russia's richest woman buys Fame Academy mansion for £50m

Wealthiest wife in Russia: Elena Baturina is worth £1.3billion

After being sold last year for £32million, the biggest private house in London bar Buckingham Palace has just been bought for £50million - a 56 per cent rise in 12 months.
The house has 40,000 square feet, with a grand reception hall, 25 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and five acres of gardens. [read more on]

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Dutch Painter Faker of Vermeers

"Dutch painter Han van Meegeren skipped the starving artist routine, making $3 million worth of sales in the 1930s and '40s (that would be $30 million today) despite art critics' consensus that he was a no-talent fop, a maker of cloying and derivative images."

The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century'' is published by Harper by Edward Dolnick.

Another book about van Meegeren, "The Man Who Made Vermeers'' by Jonathan Lopez, will be published by Harcourt on Aug. 21.

[read more at bloomberg]

Norman Kleeblatt on Action / Abstraction Art

Norman Kleeblatt, chief curator at the Jewish Museum.
Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940–1976,” at the Jewish Museum through September 21 in New York.

Norman Kleeblatt, chief curator at the Jewish Museum, talk with ARTINFO about the show.

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How to Say ‘Richistan’ in Portuguese

Richistan” becomes Riquistão in Portuguese.

Brazil has some bilionaires (about 20) and thousands of milionaires. Last two years Brazilian number of milionaires has increased over the medium (9% last year).

Riquistão – a terra virtual em que vivem os novos ricos americanos.

Supermilionários vivem no 'Riquistão', um país sem contato com pobres, onde o medo dos germes é obsessão e o horizonte vai até onde o dinheiro compra.


Todos a bordo dos seus megaiates. Novo destino: Riquistão.

Habitado exclusivamente por milionários, este novo país tem uma população maior que a da Bélgica e a da Dinamarca, distribuída por quase dez milhões de residências.

Os riquistaneses possuem iates de 400 pés, pinturas caras, casas de 3.000 m2, equipes com mais de cem empregados domésticos e usam relógios de até US$ 600.000.

Riquistão é o guia perfeito para um tour no país das megamansões, repleto de histórias curiosas contadas magistralmente por Robert Frank, colaborador espe…

For the Rich Art Collector - Portrait of Sergei Lavrov

Portrait of SERGEI LAVROV 1998/9 New York acrylic on canvas Artist: Regia Marinho
This picture shows Mr. Sergei Lavrov along with other member of the Security Council at the United Nations Press Club. It's a huge portrait of the Russian Foreign Minister Mr. Lavrov created by artist Regia Marinho in 1998/9. He was the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation and the President of the Security Council of the United Nations in New York. Contact for more info.

Philippe Vergne Bring Hope to Dia Art Foundation

Philippe Vergne

Photo: Cameron Wittig

Art: Regia Marinho

Among Mr. Vergne’s biggest challenges, as the Dia's new director, Mr. Vergne, 42, will be responsible for helping the foundation find and develop a permanent exhibition space in New York City.

Mr. Vergne is a highly respected museum professional in the world of contemporary art.

He's a prominent contemporary-art curator who began his career at the Walker in 1997, has curated several high-profile exhibitions. Mr. Vergne is scheduled to begin his new role September 15.

Art And Fashion - Part of the Mix

Serpentine Co-Director Hans Ulrich Obrist attributes the growing synergies to the fact that "all of a sudden contemporary art has more of an impact on the world."

In our current culture and in our moment, contemporary art has become a lead discipline, and it really inspires many other fields," says Obrist. It is, he says, less a case of blurred boundaries and slipping standards than of shared skill sets and of "going beyond this fear of pooling knowledge." [from bloomberg]

The Swiss curator HANS ULRICH OBRIST joined the Serpentine Gallery as Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects in April 2006. Prior to this he was Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris since 2000, as well as curator of museum in progress, Vienna, from 1993-2000.

Rich Investors Turn to Art

"There's no confidence in stock markets at the moment,'' said London dealer Alan Hobart, of Pyms Gallery. "People have realized there's money to be made out of art.'' [via bloomberg]

Iphone 3G Art Here

Apple New York iPhone 3G Lines Start


Billionaire Art Collector Governor Resigns in Russia

Roman A. Abramovich is a billionaire Russian investor, a soccer club owner and a yachtsman.

Mr. Abramovich, an investor, an avid art collector resigned as governor of Chukotka, a region in Russia a 15-hour flight and nine time zones east of here.

For now, Mr. Abramovich will keep busy with his investment projects and philanthropy in the arts and sports.

[ read more here...from nytimes]

Abstract Art by Regia Marinho

IPHONE 3G for your wall - Regia Art Show

iPhone 3G Regia Art set for 11 p.m. end bids on July 11 on eBay
iphone 3G will not to be shipped in PaperFoam tray...go to

Mr Hess an Avid Art Collector

Donald Hess is an avid art collector."I collect about 20 artists at a time and I have about 15 to 30 works by each."
Mr Hess displays works from his 1,000-piece collection at three of his five wineries including the Estancia Colomé.
Mr Hess, also owns Peter Lehmann Wines in Australia and Artezin Wines in the Napa Valley. [from theartnewspaper]

BLOOD HELL IPHONE Painting Regia Art

MacGregor British Museum Director Said No to the Metropolitan Museum

British Museum Director Neil MacGregor was approached to be the next head of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, and has preferred to keep his London job for another five years, the British Museum said.

[read more here...]

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