Chinese Vase Sells for 10,000 Times Estimate in Swiss Auction

  • swissinfo
  • September 24, 2017 18:51

Two bidders competed to send a Chinese vase to a record 5 million Swiss francs in Geneva. The pre-sale estimate for the piece was 500 to 800 Swiss francs. "Including the commission, the vase will cost the Asian buyer CHF6.08 million ($6.1 million)," auctioneer Olivier Fichot told the AFP news ...

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From Trump Plates to Chippendale Chairs, A Range of Works in Antiques Week 2017

  • Antiques and the Arts Weekly
  • January 18, 2017 22:40
Justin Rothshank, Donald Trump Tableware Set, 2016 earthenware, glaze, ceramic decals 9" H x 20" W x 6" D.  At Ferrin Contemporary's exhibition Know Justice: Justin and Brooke Rothshank, on view at the NY Ceramics & Glass Fair.

Americana collectors and "best of the best" object seekers will head to events during Antiques Week 2017 underway now in New York City. Antiques and the Arts Weekly (aka "The Bee") has published this guide to the week's events, exhibitions, shows, lectures, auctions and more. (The action ...

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Chinese Authorities Destroy Fake Terracotta Army at Bogus Attraction

  • Xinhua
  • January 17, 2017 20:37
The real terracotta army

A site with 40 copies of the famed terracotta warriors was demolished by Chinese authorities in a raid on Wednesday, according to reports. Tourists were confused, with one posting an online complaint, when they were duped into visiting the underwhelming, copycat attraction in the Lintong ...

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Chinese Company Becomes Major Shareholder in Sotheby's

  • New York Times
  • August 01, 2016 14:33
Chen Dongsheng

China's Taikang Life Insurance disclosed last Wednesday that it had become Sotheby's biggest shareholder, with a 13.52% stake. Taikang is run by Chinese tycoon Chen Dongsheng, who helped found China Guardian Auction Co. Chen is an established power player in the Chinese art market. He modeled ...

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T Magazine Uncovers The Lost Frescoes of Rajasthan

  • T Magazine - New York Times
  • May 09, 2016 13:47
Built in the 1840s, Sone-Chandi ki Dukan in the village of Mahansar is brilliantly painted with scenes from Hindu mythology, including the lives of Rama and Krishna.

In the desert, painted onto once-great — and now, mostly abandoned — houses, is dazzling proof of the Indian state's opulent history. Aatish Taseer writes of this extraordinary past in T Magazine's upcoming May 22 Travel issue:  The pale hard land surrounding Delhi runs west into the ...

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Japanese Dealer Arrested for Offering Stolen Antiquity in New York

  • NY Post
  • March 22, 2016 21:37
"Footprints of Buddha" sculpture

A second-century sculpture called “Footprints of Buddha,” set to be shown in New York by Japanese antiquities dealer Tatsuzo Kaku, was allegedly stolen in 1989, according to authorities. Kaku was arrested on March 14 at the Mark Hotel on East 77th Street for smuggling in the $1.1 million relic, ...

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Gang Members Found Guilty in $79 Million U.K. Museum Thefts

  • BBC
  • February 29, 2016 15:10
Jade artifacts worth about £15m were stolen from Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum in April 2012

After a four-year investigation, members of an international organized crime gang have been found guilty in the thefts of artifacts worth up to £57m ($79m). Fourteen men will be sentenced in April for the raids on museums and an auction house in the U.K. Chinese jade and rhino horn were among ...

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Man Goes Missing In Search of Art Dealer's Hidden Treasure

  • Outside
  • February 02, 2016 12:46
View of the Rio Grande from Overlook Park, White Rock, New Mexico

Santa Fe art and antiques dealer Forrest Fenn, 85, wrote a memoir in 2010 with a mysterious poem containing clues about where he hid a $3 million treasure trove. An estimated 65,000 people have gone searching in the Rocky Mountains for Fenn's 12th-century bronze chest supposedly filled with gold ...

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Art Institute of Chicago Receives Its Largest Cash Gift Ever

  • Chicago Tribune
  • January 27, 2016 11:55
Edward Kemeys's lion statue outside the Art Institute of Chicago

Massachusetts collector Dorothy Braude Edinburg, who died in Jan. 2015, has donated $35 million in her will to the Art Insitute of Chicago. The gift is earmarked for new art purchases and the final amount of money is yet to be determined. A supporter of the museum for 25 years, Edinburg ...

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Chinese Vase Soars Ten Times Above Estimate in UK Auction

  • itv
  • December 17, 2015 11:09
A Chinese famille rose vase, Qianlong mark and of the period (1736-1795), sold for 300,000 pounds.

A Chinese famille rose vase provoked a bidding battle at the UK auction house Hansons this week. Described as bearing a Qianlong mark and of the period (1736-1795), the ovoid form vase had six telephone bidders pursuing it for seven minutes. An anonymous UK buyer prevailed, sending the lot with ...

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Collector Files for Federal Court to Decide Honolulu Museum of Art's Provenance Case

  • Pcaific Business News
  • September 13, 2015 22:43
Honolulu Museum of Art

An 80-year-old California art collector facing an $880k lawsuit from the Honolulu Museum of Art has filed for the case to be moved to federal court from 1st Circuit Court. The museum sued Joel Alexander Greene in August over alleged holes in provenance on five Southeast Asian objects he had ...

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Art Dealer Robert Ellsworth Left Waitresses a Hefty Tip

  • NYPost
  • May 11, 2015 23:17
Robert H.  Ellsworth at home

Renowned Asian art dealer and collector Robert "King of Ming" Ellsworth left two of his favorite waitresses massive tips in his will. Ellsworth, who died at 85 last August after a fall, gave $50,000 each to Maureen Donohue-Peters, 53, and her niece Maureen Barrie, 28. The pair served Ellsworth ...

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NYC Prosecutors Seek Custody of $100M in Artifacts

  • Telegraph
  • April 16, 2015 15:30
Artifacts seized from Subhash Kapoor.

New York City prpsecutors are asking a judge for custody of a trove of 2,622 Hindu and Buddhist treasures plundered from South Asia and seized by U.S. authorities. New York storage facilities were raided from 2012 to 2014 to recover the relics as part of the investigation of art dealer Subhash ...

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'Chicken Cup' Buyer Sends Tibetan Thangka to Auction Record

  • Bloomberg
  • November 27, 2014 15:39
A 15th.-c Tibetan Thangka brought $45 million in Hong Kong.

Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian dropped HK$348 million ($45 million) on a 15th-century Tibetan tapestry at a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong on Wed. The price surpassed the HK$214 million he paid last spring for a Chengua-era ceramic cup -- a piece called the Chicken Cup in reference to its ...

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Family Feud Sends Masterpieces Missing from C.C. Wang Collection of Chinese Art

  • New York Times
  • October 20, 2014 00:23
Chen Jiayan, Chinese, 1539-1623 or later.  One Hundred Flowers, dated 1629.  Color on silk, 10 x 10 3/8in.  (25.4 x 26.4cm).  Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the C.  C.  Wang Family Collection, 1997.185.18

One of the most important collections of Chinese art ever assembled has been the center of a long-running legal battle between family members. Now some of the most historically-significant pieces from the estate of C.C. Wang are missing.

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Architect Jean Nouvel Reveals Big Plans for National Art Museum of China

  • September 22, 2014 21:23
Jean Nouvel, design for NAMOC, north view

Spanning 1,399,308 square feet, more than double the size of the Louvre, a new National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) has been conceived by French architect Jean Nouvel.

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Detroit Hit With a $4 Billion Proposal for City's Art

  • New York Times
  • August 27, 2014 23:38
Selene and Endymion by Nicolas Poussin.

New York-based Art Capital has offered Detroit a loan of up to $4 billion in a new proposal that leaves the city's museum intact with its art used as collateral.

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Florida Collector of Asian Art Sues Ringling Museum

  • Herald Tribune
  • July 31, 2014 14:10
Rendering of the Helga Wall-Apelt Center for Asian Art under construction at The Ringling.

A new building at the Ringling museum in Florida might open as scheduled in January 2016 without the $30 million collection meant to go inside.

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Chinese Collector Ruffles Feathers After Drinking from "Chicken Cup"

  • Examiner
  • July 28, 2014 18:00
The $36.6 million Chicken Cup.

When billionaire art collector Liu Yiqian was photographed sipping tea from a $36.6 million cup, he sparked a wave of controversy.

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Rijksmuseum Scores Early Landscape of America; $9.5 Million Antique Chest Once Used as TV Stand

  • July 14, 2013 20:15
Jan Mostaert’s “Discovery of America,” or “Episode From the Conquest of America.”

The Rijksmuseum has made two major recent acquisitions: one of the earliest known landscapes of America and an important 1640s lacquered chest that had recently been used as a TV stand. The Dutch museum paid $9.5 million, the second highest price ever for...

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