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    STOLEN MASTERPIECES RECOVERED FROM NAPLES MAFIA

    Friday, September 30th, 2016

    Italian police have recovered two Van Gogh paintings stolen during a dramatic raid on the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam museum in December, 2002. They were in the possession of   the Naples mafia.  The theft from the walls in the main exhibition hall was baffling because guards were on patrol and infra red security systems were in operation.  This led to criticism of security at the world’s most important art museums.The two works had been on loan to the museum from the Dutch government.  Neither was insured.  They are valued at around $100 million.

    Vincent van Gogh - View of the Sea at Scheveningen.

    Vincent van Gogh – View of the Sea at Scheveningen.

    Vincent van Gogh - Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, 1884

    Vincent van Gogh – Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, 1884

    VAN GOGH, MONET LEAD SOTHEBY’S $368 MILLION SALE

    Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
    Vincent van Gogh, L'Allee des Alyscamps

    Vincent van Gogh, L’Allee des Alyscamps

    Vincent van Gogh’s vibrant L’Allee des Alyscamps  made $66.3 million at Sotheby’s in New York last year. It was the top lot in an Impressionist and Modern evening art auction that brought in $368.3 million over a pre-sale high estimate of $351 million.  Five bidders competed for the work, which had been estimated at in excess of $40 million.  It was sold to an Asian private collector.  Three of the top five lots of the night went to Asia.

    Monet’s Nympheas (Water Lillies) from 1905 was the second highest lot of the evening. It was sold to an American private collector for $54 million.  Five works by Monet totalled $115.4 million.

    All eleven pieces from the estate of Chicago businessman and philanthropist Jerome H. Stone found buyers, amounting to a total of $57.8 million. Alberto Giacometti’s Femme de Venise VI – the tallest from his standing female nude series – was held in the Stone collection for more than 20 years and sold for $16.2 million.

    Pablo Picasso’s Femme au chignon dans un fauteuil, which had remained in the Goldwyn Collection since 1956, made $29.9 million.  It set a record for a portrait by Picasso of his lover Francoise Gilot.  It was purchased by a major figure in the Chinese film industry: Wang Zhongjun, Chairman and co-founder of entertainment giant Huayi Brothers Media Group. Wang Zhongjun said: “I first fell in love with the painting and then I fell in love with its story. The Goldwyn family is legendary in our industry and in this one work, I can see not only Pablo Picasso’s genius, but also Samuel Goldwyn Sr.’s creative vision.”

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for March 19, April 13 and April 29, 2015).

    ROTHKO AND VAN GOGH TO HIGHLIGHT SOTHEBY’S AUCTIONS

    Monday, April 13th, 2015
    Untitled (Yellow and Blue) by Mark Rothko.

    Untitled (Yellow and Blue) by Mark Rothko.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $46,450,000

    Mark Rothko’s Untitled (Yellow and Blue) is a major highlight at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening sale in New York on May 12. Dating from 1954, the year he created a number of his most celebrated canvasses, the distinguished provenance includes the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. The work is over eight feet tall and is estimated at $40-60 million.  No less than seven of the 20 paintings Rothko created in 1954 are in the permanent collections of prominent museums around the world.

    Vincent van Gogh - L’allée des Alyscamps

    Vincent van Gogh – L’allée des Alyscamps  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $66,330,000

    Meantime a major painting from Van Gogh’s Arles period will highlight Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in New York on May 5.  L’allée des Alyscamps marks a moment of fantastic creative output for Van Gogh. It was painted in 1888 when Van Gogh was at the height of his powers and working easel-by-easel with his artistic sparring partner Paul Gauguin. Many of his greatest masterpieces, including Sunflowers, Self-Portrait, L’Arlesienne and the Night Café, date from that same year. November 1888 also marks a famous turning point in the artist’s personal life: just one month after this work was completed, violent disagreements with his erstwhile treasured friend Gauguin culminated in the famous slicing off of his ear. Soon after, he admitted himself to the the asylum in Saint-Remy. He died two years later, just as Gauguin was leaving for Tahiti.   L’allée des Alyscamps is estimated in excess of $40 million.

    Sotheby’s New York sales will include six works by Claude Monet, Roy Lichtenstein’s The Ring (Engagement), a 1948 depiction of Francoise Gilot by Picasso, Matisse’s Anemones et Grenades and important works by Richter, Polke, Giacometti, Miro, Leger,  Warhol and Pollock.