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'Rome, from Mount Aventine' by J.M.W. Turner, 1835, brought an artist auction record of $47.4 million at Sotheby's London on Dec. 3, 2014.

Record Set for J.M.W. Turner Painting

Record Set for J.M.W. Turner Painting

J. M. W. Turner now ranks as the most expensive of any pre-20th century British artist. That’s after one of the last great Turner masterpieces remaining in private hands set a world auction record for the artist, selling for $47.4 million at Sotheby’s London recently. Four bidders competed for Rome, from Mount Aventine, driving the

Auction Record Set for Wharton Esherick Work

A record has been set for a work by Pennsylvania artist Wharton Esherick. The sculpture titled “Essie”/”Rebecca” from 1933 brought more than $123,000 at Freeman’s in Philadelphia.  Esherick is best known for his sculptural furniture and furnishings. Image: Freemans Auctions

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O’Keeffe Sets Auction Record

A Georgia O’Keeffe painting sold at Sotheby’s has set a record for an artwork by a female artist. The floral painting of a white blossom,  Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, brought $44.4 million, far surpassing the $11.9 million spent on a work by Joan Mitchell in May. Sotheby’s reported the final price came after an intense bidding

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Appraisal Stories from Kathleen Guzman, 20th Anniversary of Antiques Roadshow

When Antiques Roadshow started, recalled auctioneer Kathleen Guzman during a lecture at Heritage Auctions last night, there might have been 500 people for a show taping. It wasn’t until the taping for first show of the second season, this time in Pittsburgh, when things started to catch on. When they opened the door, they stared

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If Proportion Isn’t Right, So What?

Albert Sack once said about antiques: If the proportion isn’t right, nothing is. The American decorative art from 18th and 19th century, regardless of regional preferences and regional characters, has been well defined with a set of specific visual vocabulary, beyond which authenticity and originality would be cast in doubt. But often, Americana has its

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Rembrandt Peale Portrait Of George Washington Sets Record for a Porthole Portrait

Rembrandt Peale’s iconic portrait of George Washington realized a new world record for a porthole portrait by the artist when it sold for $662,500- a record for a porthole portrait by the artist-to lead Heritage Auctions’ recent American art events in Dallas. Peale’s portrait of Washington was presented with his equally iconic portrait of Martha

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Christie’s to Enter China Auction Market

Bloomberg News reports that Christie’s will hold its first auction in Mainland China this fall. In doing so it will become the first international auction firm to hold its branded events there. The article cites the European Fine Art Foundation which concludes the $13.7 billion market is the second-largest in the world. The move may begin

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Learning to Collect: The Attributes of Art and an Inefficient Market

It wasn’t Texas art that brought Edward Denari to begin a collection. That credit goes to a work by John Singer Sargent and a docent at the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington D.C. It wasn’t early Texas art that he bought when he began that collection, but a work by tonalist master Birge Harrison. But

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