Savior of the world. Leonardo da Vinci. Sold at Christie’s for $ 450,000,000 The first fine arts market was captured by commissioner pioneer former Marine Officer James Christie Sr. Having arranged the first sale in 1766 in London, he soon already owned a room with a specially built auction room for him. Christie owed her heyday to the 1848 revolution, which marked the “era of great sales.” It is believed that it was Christie who turned the trade in antiques into art – the largest auctions of the 18th and 19th centuries were held here. And by the way, none other than James Christie himself acted as an intermediary in a deal to sell the collection of paintings by Sir Robert Walpole to the Russian Empress Catherine II. The purchased collection of works of art became the basis of the future Hermitage Museum.
Sotheby’s founder was book seller Samuel Baker, who held his first auction in London in 1744 and published the first book with a fixed price. In 1754, Baker opened a permanent auction house. For a century, Baker and his successors Continue reading
According to Umberto Eco , pure enjoyment of beauty should not be weighed down by possession. However, rarely is anyone capable of such a “pure” enjoyment. I want to own a beautiful thing, to be able to admire it often, to share this pleasure with those who are nearby, and what to dissemble, I want others to also admire your treasures.
Scientists believe that gathering is one of the genetically determined predispositions of a person, one of his instincts. For millennia, people have collected not only items that had economic and consumer benefits, but also those that had special properties and were not subject to direct material use in order to Continue reading
Nobody can guarantee 100 percent authenticity of certain objects of art today.
Auction house Sotheby’s gives a guarantee on the authenticity of a work of art for two years.
Often, the quality of the fakes exceeds the level of expertise.
A joke is popular among art historians: “… Do you guarantee that this picture is genuine? – Of course. The guarantee is two years …”
Sunflowers Vincent Van Gogh.
The picture of the famous Dutchman “Sunflowers”, sold for almost $ 40 million at Christie’s auction, turned out to be a fake according to the results of an examination of Italian art historians. In their conclusions, the experts relied on the correspondence of Van Gogh with Gauguin and other friends. The fact is that in the period from 1888 to Continue reading