The mechanism that cut apart the $1.4 million “Girl With Balloon” jammed, the artist revealed in a video. The work was meant to be completely destroyed.
The artist’s remotely shredded “Girl With Balloon” was meant to poke fun at excesses of the auction world. Yet now his prices look set to soar.
The British street artist Banksy appeared to pull off one of his most spectacular pranks on Friday night, with a frame that shredded his “Girl With Balloon” after it sold.
A search for a lost masterpiece uncovered a woman’s harrowing account of escaping deportation, and possibly death, while spying on a Nazi at close range.
While live online bidding has certain advantages for collectors, auctioneers have had to find new ways to connect with them.
Fall is traditionally the marquee season for wine auctions, with the best bottles on offer. Spirits are also getting a moment in the spotlight.
Sales of estates from a single owner, à la Rockefeller, and event sales crafted to benefit a cause are part of an “acceleration” in charity auctions.
Offerings this season include British and German paintings, African photography and a bottle of something special.
Banksy, Gus Van Sant, Martin Mull and “Hook” — the eclectic collection of Robin and Marsha Williams goes on the auction block at Sotheby’s.