A witness statement by novelist Émile Zola relates the sword fight between the painter and critic Edmond Duranty after he penned a lukewarm review of Manet’s work.
“No art on a dead planet,” they chanted, demanding an end to fossil fuels.
“I did not expect this decision from Christie’s, as they have previously sold similar works of mine,” artist Ayman Baalbaki told Hyperallergic.
An edition of the iconic woodblock print broke records when it sold for $2.8M this week.
Christie’s bizarre sale features other space rocks propped up on stands like sculptures.
The 6,000-year-old “Stargazer,” which Turkey alleges was looted, once belonged to disgraced antiquities collector Michael Steinhardt.
The steel spike clad in gold and silver commemorated the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869.
The auction house partnered with Highsnobiety to sell “Art Handler” shirts for up to $125, drawing ire from workers in the field who say they’re overworked and underpaid.
But some paleontologists think dinosaur specimens should be in public institutions, not private hands.
The painting, which bears the bullet holes shot by performance artist Dorothy Podber, is now the most expensive 20th-century artwork to sell at auction.
Dorothy Podber should at least be acknowledged as the co-author of Warhol’s multi-million dollar Shot Marilyns series.
Christie’s says the sale will benefit a foundation “dedicated to improving the lives of children.”