An edition of the iconic woodblock print broke records when it sold for $2.8M this week.
Lunar Bead Necklace and Asteroid “Emoji” Head to Auction
Christie’s bizarre sale features other space rocks propped up on stands like sculptures.
Turkey Waited Too Long to Repatriate Marble Idol, Court Rules
The 6,000-year-old “Stargazer,” which Turkey alleges was looted, once belonged to disgraced antiquities collector Michael Steinhardt.
Historic Railroad Spike Fetches $2M at Auction
The steel spike clad in gold and silver commemorated the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869.
Christie’s Tasteless “Art Handler” Shirts Removed After Criticism
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.
Dinosaur That Inspired Jurassic Park’s Raptor Sells For $12.4M
But some paleontologists think dinosaur specimens should be in public institutions, not private hands.
Warhol’s “Blue Marilyn” Breaks Records With $195M Sale
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.
The “Witch” Who Shot Andy Warhol’s Marilyns
Dorothy Podber should at least be acknowledged as the co-author of Warhol’s multi-million dollar Shot Marilyns series.
Iconic Warhol Marilyn Could Fetch $200 Million, Set Records for 20th-Century Art
Christie’s says the sale will benefit a foundation “dedicated to improving the lives of children.”
MFA Houston Acquires Rediscovered Diego Rivera Painting for $4M
The work has not been viewed by the public for nearly 100 years.
Wikipedia Auctions Off Some Of its History
The auction offered a 2000 strawberry iMac that Wales used to develop Wikipedia, and an NFT of the first Wikipedia edit, made in 2001.
After Disappearing for Decades, a van Gogh Watercolor Sold Under Duress and Then Stolen by Nazis May Fetch $30M
The heirs of two Jewish collectors, one who sold the work to fund his escape from Germany, and another who had the artwork stolen by the Nazis, will receive financial restitution from the Christie’s sale.