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Rare Books Auction Nets Heritage Auctions $736K

Feb 21, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Allan Poe, Salvador Dali, Willa Cather, and Maurice Sendak led the way among top performers whose pieces sold well at Heritage Auctions’ Rare Books Event in Beverly Hills, California, earlier this month.... Read More

The Collectible Works and An Interview With Painter Tomasz Rut

Feb 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Stefanie Payne  |  1 Comment

This signature, of Tomasz Rut, will enfold the greatest walls of visual beauty on earth for the remainder of days... This is a bold prediction, of course, and I’ll venture to be bold. Because you don’t see art like his at First Friday, but among the greatest displays of fine art on Earth.... Read More

Tchaikovsky On The Road Through the Eyes of Director Bertrand Normand

Feb 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Slavica Monczka

The conductor, much like a mad scientist, a bold and stern middle-aged Russian, instantly stops the entire orchestra to a complete silence, and zeros in for the attention from one. He looks directly into the eyes of a cellist during a frustrating rehearsal and demands “inspire the orchestra!”... Read More

The Complete Collection of Elizabeth Taylor at Christies Fetches $183.5 Million

Feb 9, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  3 Comments

The complete Collection of Elizabeth Taylor at Christies sold for a total of $183.5 million. The overwhelmingly successful three-part event sold out 100 percent, with seven lots selling at more than $5 million and 30 lots bringing in more than $1 million. Many of the items auctioned sold for significantly more than the pre-auction estimates.... Read More

Walking Wolf Productions Moves Indie Films to the Web

Feb 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

As the world of entertainment moves onto the Web, Walking Wolf Productions is preparing to follow suit. Founded by industry insiders Frank Battiston and Rene Fornari, Walking Wolf Productions has recently added Kevin Walton to its roster, making it a trifecta of talent that perfectly matches the company's mantra to educate/elevate/entertain in every production.... Read More

An Exclusive Look at 'The Book' with First Time Filmmaker Richard Weiss

Feb 6, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Filmmaker Richard Weiss (also known as Ř) has just released his first feature film, The Book, a sci-fi fantasy with a message to share. While sci-fi films have become dark and disturbing images of a world without hope or a future, Richard Weiss has crafted a more optimistic outlook, with plenty of influence from directors such as Kubrick, Fellini, Hitchcock, Polanski, Chaplin and Leni Riefenstahl.... Read More

Christie's Reports $5.7 Billion in 2011 Sales

Feb 1, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

World-renowned auction house Christie’s announced total sales in 2011 of $5.7 billion. Sales are up 14 percent over 2010. While the auctioneer reported growth for all art categories, the Post-War and Contemporary, at $1.2 billion in sales, was the top category. Asian Art was the second highest group at $890.1 million. Private sales also posted $808.6 million for the year ending, showing a 50-percent increase over the previous year.... Read More

Photographer & Film Director Amber Gray on Her Distinct Point of View

Feb 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Slavica Monczka

When it was recommended we ask photographer and film director Amber Gray to direct our lifestyle show in Paris last year, my reaction was, “only in my dreams!” I’ve been a fan of this young talent’s work for years, favoring mostly her dreamy and alluring images, so soft and seductive. Gray has been behind the camera for numerous luxury products from top brands such as Gucci, YSL and Sony, so when I had the honor to work with her recently in Paris, (yes, my wish was granted) I came to admire her even more.... Read More

 
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