Interesting Auction Videos

10 Mar 2012, by

Art Theft News Clip

Robert Wittman of Podcast # 102 video

Robert Wittman- Founder of the FBI Art Crime Team-The Today Show

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Every time I have seen anything to do with Picasso painting, he is shirtless. I guess it worked for him.. look at the speed he moves in.

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This a great video. The gentleman gets choked up because he had no idea of the value and the importance of “This American Treasure”. His family in the past that obtained this piece was very poor.

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The Guennol Lioness is a 5,000-year-old Mesopotamian statue found near Baghdad, Iraq. It sold for $57.2 million at Sotheby’s auction house on December 5, 2007 to a private collector.

The Guennol Lioness – Sotheby's Auctions

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May 18th, 2008 Fairfield Auction established a world record for a Native American object with a final sales price of $2.185 million for this very early and rare helmet. The Tlingit people reside along the Northwest Coast of North America and their art is considered among the finest of all tribal cultures. This particular helmet probably dates to the 18th century and is possibly the best example extant.

Gallery owner Jack DeStories discovered the helmet during a regular appraisal event. The owner, who brought the carved spruce helmet “just to find out what it was” had it on a shelf for some thirty years, never knowing its importance, was understandably astonished at the results. The sale was reported by several television stations and over sixty newspapers world-wide and placed Fairfield Auction along with Sotheby’s, Christies and Bonhams as the only auction houses in North America to surpass $2 million on a single antique object.

www. million Tlingit Helmet Sold for World Record Price at Fairfield Auction

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A recently discovered Faberge egg has been sold to a mysterious Russian collector at Christie’s Auction house in London for a whopping $US 18.5 million — a world record. It’s thought the egg is one of only three in the world with a clock and mechanically operated cockerel.

Faberge Egg fetches record $US18.5 MLN

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