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Live Streamed on YouTube, One of the world’s leading Leonardo experts, Martin Kemp, who helped authenticate the $450 million Salvator Mundi talks about what it was like behind the scenes exploring the authenticity, the depth of the work, emotional quality and more. He later discusses the ongoing speculation of the buyer, (the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia?) where it may end up (possibly the Louvre Abu Dhabi) as well as other aspects of Leonardo’s work. He will be writing a book on this particular work soon, which you will find on his website: www.martinjkemp.com He said that he knew immediately upon first viewing the restored painting that it was the work of Leonardo: “It’s got that kind of uncanny vortex, as if the hair is a living, moving substance, or like water, which is what Leonardo said hair was like. However skilled Leonardo’s followers and imitators might have been, none of them reached out into such realms of “philosophical and subtle speculation”. We cannot reasonably doubt that here, we are in the presence of the painter from Vinci. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvator_Mundi_(Leonardo)

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It has been awhile, glad to be back! Martin talks live streaming with Dan Meader at John McInnis Auctioneers in Amesbury, MA. about a hidden and unknown Andy Warhol work find in a New England family attic. “I’m trudging along, it’s 150 degrees in the attic, I’m on my hands and knees going through this box that was just stuff, I can see this bubble wrap in this box that’s falling apart. … I flipped it over and I see the inscription on the back and I started shaking.” Source Auction results will be posted.

PRICES REALIZED of a few highlights, including the 23% buyer’s premium: Lot 40. Andy Warhol broken canvas, “Abstraction – Gift to Jon Gould” sculpture: $369,000; Lot 44. Andy Warhol, ‘NY Post’ crumpled sculpture: $43,050; Lot 48. Andy Warhol charcoal drawing, “Body Builder”: $43,050 and Lot 52. Andy Warhol stitched photo collage “Jon Gould”: $61,500 plus so much more.

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LisaKroeseAn interesting interview with Lisa Kroese, who was looking to keep herself busy in a new location. A great story of how an estate sale business was born and growing. Lisa helps out with her ideas through books and more. Check out her website expertestates.com and her helpful blog/website: estatefusion.com

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musuemCurator Karen E. Haas  discusses how Peter J. Cohen has amassed a collection of some 50,000 vernacular photographs. He recently gave more than 1,000 of them to the Museum of Fine Arts. On display are roughly 300 for “Unfinished Stories: Snapshots From the Peter J. Cohen Collection.” The photographs, most of which are in black and white, span the first three-quarters of the last century. The show runs through Feb. 21, 2016.

 

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World-record-clock-190x300Former podcast host, Phyllis Kao joins us with Dr Arne Sildatke from Auctionata’s  Berlin headquarters and discuss the recent sale of a late 18th century Chinese automaton clock that sold for a record $3.7 million, and further talk about Auctionata’s unique way of running auctions.

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