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04.01.15 Bucky Turco

Today at 10am, collectors and hoarders alike will get the chance to bid on New York City memorabilia as upscale auction house Sotheby’s partners with lowbrow online marketplace eBay for its first ever sale on the website. The items include art, signs, and even a 9-foot tall Statue of Liberty that is estimated to fetch […]

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11.25.13 Marina Galperina

Due to trends in sale figures, Sotheby’s Auction House is loftily legitimizing a previously under-Sotheby’ed part of the art market — “Contemporary East.” “The first-ever sale dedicated to contemporary art from Russia and Eastern Europe staged by an international auction house” with art from “both established and young experimental artists from across the Ukraine, the […]

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11.20.13 Marina Galperina

The anonymous buyer who took home Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Mecca at the Sotheby’s auction in Manhattan last week was Jay Z, reports the Post. And because it was the Post that reports it, Mecca is “quirky” and “Jay Z has had a love affair with the late graffiti artist and fellow Brooklyn native for several years.” This must have been a most fulfilling purchase […]

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07.26.13 Marie Calloway

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery is hosting an exhibition called “Beyond the Paper Screen: An Exhibition of Japanese Erotic Prints from the Uragami Collection” which will feature 60 sexual woodblock prints, or “shunga” (“spring pictures.”) The woodblock prints feature scenes such as a naked fisherman’s wife being intimate with an octopus. Also, aristocratic groupsex. Shunga have a long tradition […]

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06.14.13 Julia Dawidowicz

By the tender age of 20, NYC art scene up-and-comer Jean-Michel Basquiat was well aware that it’s who you know — not silly things like experience, education, or fancy resume templates — that counts. With references like Andy Warhol, Blondie,  Tennessee Williams and Dick Tracy (huh?), we can only imagine young SAMO’s amusement as he […]

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04.30.13 Kyle Petreycik

Sotheby’s Inc. posted a Craigslist ad for “a Skilled and dedicated Administrative Assistant” last night and failed. Indeed they do need an administrative assistant, because this one doesn’t know how to ctrl+c ctrl +v. The post contains an entire gchat conversation of Employee 1 attempting to instruct Employee 2 on how to copy and paste text into a document. […]

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11.08.12 Marina Galperina

On November 28th, Sotheby’s London will be auctioning off the personal things, manuscripts, notebooks and letters of one of the most important filmmakers of all time, Andrei Tarkovsky. The director of Solaris, Stalker, Nostalgia was the Soviet Union’s rejected national treasure. Alongside photograph collections of his last years in exile, notes for his great theoretical work Sculpting in Time, director’s […]

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06.01.12 Marina Galperina

The longest lockout in Sotheby’s history is over. After 10 months of cyclical negotiations, the Teamsters Local 814, Sotheby’s and their lawyers have reached an agreement. With the combined support of Occupy Wall Street and the 2,740-strong petition, toting support from Fred Tomaselli, Marilyn Minter, William Powhida, Molly Crabapple and others. Also, internet-wide shame. Art […]

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05.10.12 Marina Galperina

The hot-shot Warhol Double Elvis-Ferus Type failed to stir the Sotheby auction buyers to a greater bid than $37,042,500, only $7 million above the low estimate. “Well, it wasn’t that impressive anyway,” Haunch of Venison’s dealer Emilio Steinberger said. “Did you see it? It was really more like one-and-a-half Elvises.” Because it’s a little blurry, not Elvisy enough. […]

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05.09.12 Marina Galperina

After the ridiculously record-breaking $120 million sale of a pastel Scream and clearing $10 million in commission, Sotheby’s is putting up Andy Warhol’s Double Elvis (Ferus Type) for sale,estimated at $30 million to $50 million. It’s one of 22, but it’s going to get bought. As Jerry Saltz explains, they are “rich people’s currency” and rich people will buy them out […]

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