(A Real Lady) Bunny’s $76 Million Rothko’s + $3 Million Coffee Tables

VIRGINIA: The 10 foot wide Rothko in the library was sold privately for an undisclosed sum, surely in excess of $100 million

Bunny Mellon, who lived to 103, spent her long life collecting whatever she liked and her eye and taste were rewarded (posthumously) at Sotheby’s last night as all 43 master works brought in $158.7 million, topping the high estimate of $121 million. A 1970 canvas by Mark Rothko of brought in nearly $40 million but three paintings –two others by ... See the Rest

Wunderkammer!: Damien Hirst’s “Signification” Is Cabinet Full of Taxidermy & Cleaning Products

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A new sculpture and a corresponding group of works by Damien Hirst in collaboration with Deyrolle, Paris's legendary house of taxidermy and natural sciences is on the auction site, Paddle 8. Hirst has a fascination with natural history, from halved cows, suspended sharks and diamond encrusted skulls, he plays with the relationships between nature ... See the Rest

Instaglam: Warhol’s Fashion Polaroids At Christie’s


"Ladies and gentlemen, Miss. Grace. Jones." Yes, more Warhol Polaroids, with a fashion bent... see them again for the first time. These are going up for auction at Christie's this week. I have some pretty good ones from the 80s that I took that I think I'm going to organize, as well –one of the "Prince of Pop" himself. Stay tuned. ... See the Rest

World Record: Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” Lyric Sheets Sell for $2+ Million


A half million a page. Yes, a draft of Bob Dylan's lyrics for "Like a Rolling Stone" just sold for $2.045 million at auction yesterday. Sotheby's called the sale a world record for a popular music manuscript. Written in pencil on four sheets of hotel stationary this is, "the only known surviving draft of the final lyrics for this transformative ... See the Rest

Warhol 4 Sale: Bob Colacello’s Art, Photographs, and Memorabilia from the Warhol Years

"Bob Colacello, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Murray in Hats." by Paul Weiss; Andy wall screen print by Richard Bernstein

An auction of the Bob Colacello's collection of art, photographs, and memorabilia from the 70s and 80s when Bob was an intimate member of Warhol's social scene and editor of Andy's Interview magazine is happening now. Bob literally wrote the book on the Warhol era: Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up, his memoir of working with the artist – from the ... See the Rest

Warhol 4 Sale: Andy’s Eye Candy At Christie’s

Andy Warhol and Friend, unique gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 in., 1979, est, $6000-8000

Nude Male Model, two unique Polaroid prints, each: 4¼ x 3 3/8 in.,1977, est.: $3,000-$5,000 Christie’s has an auction of more than 100 sexed-up images of Andy's work, directly from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. It provides a glimpse into Warhol’s intimate world. Mot of these images have never been seen in public. (Like the ... See the Rest

Flashback: Debbie Reynold’s Costume Collection Curtain Call


As you may know, Debbie Reynold's had one of THE great costume collections in Hollywood and next month the finale auction of the collection will take place. In anticipation, Debbie is posting pics and tidbits on her new blog, like this entry from yesterday: "These costumes remind me of a great film and a wonderful party given by Paul Allen who ... See the Rest

Unique Picasso Jewelry Smashes Estimates


These one-of-a-kind pieces were given to Françoise Gilot, the mother of two of Picasso's children, Claude and Paloma. Gilot later passed down the pieces to Carole Mallory, the model, actress, and author who was engaged to Claude in the 1960s. In “Life With Picasso,” Gilot describes how Picasso, with the help of Dr. Chatagnier, a dentist, made gold ... See the Rest