The Kiowa Tribe is urging Bonhams to halt the sale of the books, which they believe “may have been wrongfully acquired.”
There’s No Place Like Court! “Dorothy Dress” at Center of Ownership Suit
Bonhams paused the sale of the rare garment, which was expected to fetch $1.2 million.
Thought Lost, Judy Garland’s Iconic “Wizard of Oz” Dress Heads to Auction
The Dorothy dress, one of only four known to remain in existence, could fetch up to $1.2 million.
Moon Dust From 1969 Landing Sells for Half a Million Dollars at Auction
NASA claims all ownership over lunar material, but a bizarre story of fraud, theft, and legal loopholes landed the moon dust in private hands.
Whimsical Georgia O’Keeffe and Andy Warhol Ephemera Sell at Auction
The top lot in Bonhams’ Fine Books & Manuscripts sale was an artist’s cat book by Warhol, which sold for $106,562.
Works by Yayoi Kusama, Gifted to Her Doctor in the 1960s, Expected to Fetch Up to $14M
Dr. Teruo Hirose had a reputation for providing treatment to Japanese immigrants for reduced prices or even pro bono.
Abraaj Group, Best Known for Supporting Contemporary Art in the Gulf, “Liquidates” 200 Works at Auction
Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Group is selling its collection of Arab, Iranian, and South Asian art, with estimated prices far below their original price.
Two Max Ernst Paintings Go to Auction, Including One Never Shown Before
Two works by Max Ernst from the collection of his widow, the artist Dorothea Tanning, are going under the hammer.
How Andrew Wyeth’s Cast Bronze Hands Inspired a Morbid Self-Portrait
Andrew Wyeth was not fond of self-portraits, and they rarely appear in his long career in 20th-century realism.
18th-Century Odes to a Cat that Drowned in a Goldfish Bowl
A cat that fell into a goldfish bowl in 1747 and subsequently drowned from her pyrrhic hunt inspired an unlikely series of artworks in the 18th century.
Rare Shunga Scroll of Gay Erotic Scenes Goes to Auction
Shunga, the Japanese term for erotic art, was highly popular during the Edo Period, with artists still creating to fill demand even after the government banned the explicit illustrations in 1722.
A Skull Carved from a Meteorite Lands on the Auction Block
The skull is a universal symbol of mortality, appearing in artworks by everyone from Hans Holbein the Younger and Albrecht Dürer to Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.