What ironic timing to the last article! The elephants are next to go extinct!

http://www.king5.com/news/editors-pick/6-tons-of-seized-ivory-being-crushed-in-Denver-231828871.html

They killed at least 32,000 African elephants last year, with only about 500,000 knows to exist in the wild any more. At that rate, they all may be dead in under 16 years, that means there may be no wild elephants by 2029!

We really need to put our trillions of war dollars into making the lives of people in Africa and other poaching countries acceptable, this would be easy, just with a quarter of the US military budget! And, we would still have the strongest military in the world and would still be spending more on it that the rest of the world combined! It can be done, but greed continues to kill people, animals, morals and entire societies!

This is part of the Asian arts and antiques industry and we have a responsibility in it too, including prevention!

The image below is from the King 5 News article.

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Shame on all humans! Western Black Rhino has been declared extinct!

Shame on all humans! Western Black Rhino has been declared extinct!

Oh man! Please read the story in the link above! It is really, really terrible. My heart has sunk when I read it! What a loss to the entire history of life on earth, as there was absolutely no natural reasons for this to happen at this time other than ignorance, stupidity, selfishness and insatiable greed! So, fools, where are you going to earn your money now? I am very sorry for the human race’s inexcusable actions against all of my Black Rhino relatives… The main driving force behind this atrocity is the Chinese medicine industry’s ignorance and lack of desire to simply educate people and find a real solution to offer! In the US, we call this a snake oil sale man, and Doctors who do this are called quacks! Shame on any one saying they are a Healing Doctor who prescribed this, or anyone who preached this path to “health”! Also, the greatest of shame on all Governments  including my own and especially China (who would have had the greatest impact on stopping this from happening – if they could end foot binding, they could just as easily change the people’s perceptions of the use of Rhino horn as medicine!), who do not enforce international laws and CITIES on such critical issues! So, so sad!

The image from this article, below, is sadly of a now dead animal that was only recently one of the last living Black Rhinos on earth! We need to start to care and pay attention people, we have become blind to Mother Nature and her vital importance to our long-term survival!  We killed  off the Steller’s Sea Cow by 1768, only 27 years from first contact in 1741! The Elephants ARE next! Do we really want to kill off the largest living land animals? 

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What every Asian art and antiques collector should know BEFORE buying!

What every Asian art and antiques collector should know BEFORE buying!

Hello everyone, I have been on hiatus for a while for an expedition/research trip, travel and personal reasons, you know life IS busy!  But I am back and will start to post again until the next major interruption takes my attention elsewhere.

Today I want to just let you read this article on the truth of the Asian art and antiques business and market. If you have ever bought, are thinking of buying again, or want to start buying, if you are experienced, a novice, and especially if you think you know it all, I urge you to tough out this long article and read it from start to finish. It will be well worth your time for the education you will get on the truth of this industry, especially in China. It is also a good way for me to promote my consulting services to be frank, because I can save you tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars if you just spend a bit with me consulting before you buy! I have done it before and will do it again! I could have saved one lawyer well over $300,000.00 if he would have just set his ego aside and called me before he bought! However, instead, he called me to appraise the pieces he had already bought and I had to tell him ALL of his monumental “ivory” pieces were not only fakes, but either bone (1) or resin (3)! I am here to help stop the you from getting cheated, but you must ask for the help, or I will only be around to break your hearts later, telling you that you got ripped off! If you are willing to spend thousands, let alone millions, wouldn’t it be a wise investment to hire me for a small percentage of that price to make sure? Buy the way, just in case you were wondering, this does not just happen in China, but every country in the world to one degree or another! Caveat Emptor is the key phrase in the art and antiques industry at every level from sellers, dealers, appraisers and experts!

Have a nice read: http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/china-art-fraud/

Sincerely, Greg C. Brown, M.S., ISA, CAGA.

President, Greg C. Brown & Associates, Inc.

Minnesota Sub-Chapter Chairman, The Explorers Club.

1-888-815-9430

Info@asianappraisals.com

Greg Brown portrait. Photo by Andrew Collings.

“Integrity has no need of rules.”
:Albert Camus

 

Fantasitc reenactment of Rembrandt painting to attract new patrons!

Fantastic! The Rijksmuseum Holland had an idea: Let’s bring the art to the people and then, hopefully, they will come to see more – at the museum. They took one Rembrandt painting from 1642 , Guards of the Night, brought to life the characters in it, placed them in a busy mall – and the rest you can see for yourself! Fantastic!

The image below of the actual painting can be found at:

http://www.michaeloart.com/10-most-famous-paintings-ever/

Enjoy, Greg C. Brown, MS, ISA, CAGA.

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Rare Lawrence of Arabia photo found and goes to auction.

Cool, Lawrence of Arabia photo found and going to auction! As a member of the historic Explorers Club, I must say, this guy is one of my Exploration heroes! The photo below is directly from this article.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9924656/Previously-unknown-Lawrence-of-Arabia-photograph-goes-on-sale.html

Enjoy the read. Greg C. Brown, MS, ISA, CAGA.

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My real focus is the crocodile skulls, but what an interesting woman.

The link below for this article is focused on a very early (rare) woman who was a self-taught Paleontologist about 200 years ago. She had all of the advantages anyone would ever want in life, let alone buying a large estate that was near to the very fossiliferous cliffs that would capture her curiosity and made her famous in her day – that always helps a lot! However, at the same time, she was brave and self-confident enough in a time when this was not only rare but often frowned upon. We can all learn something from her bravery and willingness to live life to it’s fullest. She was clearly very passionate and skilled.

My real point of this posting though, has to do with the HUGE fossil skull in the image. This beast was about 10 meters long, and could have easily eaten a human whole in one bit! The largest crocs today are about 5-6 meters, or about 1/2 of the size of this fossil crocodile specimen!  An average modern croc skull is what you see inside of the jaw of this giant. It was HUGE! Enjoy the read. The Image below comes directly from the article, which is found at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/dinosaurs/7829705/Barbara-Hastings-the-first-lady-of-fossils.html.

Sincerely, Greg C. Brown, MS, ISA.

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Amazing donation to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts!

Here is an article by Mary Abbe from the Minneapolis Star Tribune news paper about an extremely generous donation given by Libby and Bill Clark. They have donated their $25+ Million dollar Japanese art collection to the Minneapolis Instuitute of Arts! WOW! http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/stageandarts/210139451.html

Here is a link to The Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture as well, http://www.ccjac.org/aboutus/interview.html

Enjoy, Greg C. Brown, MS, ISA.

Susan Fox, An interesting artist who is near and dear to my heart with her work

I have just had the pleasure of finding out about and meeting an interesting American artist from Oregon, Susan Fox, who is a fellow member of the Explorers Club with me. She creates wildlife art, but more interesting she loves oil painting wildlife art in Mongolia, one of my favorite places on earth, as well as other wondrous places as Kenya, the Sea of Cortez and North America! Susan captures a part of this with her use of natural soft lighting and gentle colors. Enjoy checking out her work. The images below come directly from Susan’s web site, found at: http://foxstudio.biz.

Enjoy, Greg C. Brown, MS, ISA, CAGA, MN ’09.

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Lost Sri Lankan Buddhist antiquity used as door step! Amazing!

Great story! A 1,400 year old Sri Lankan Buddhist temple step removed from Sri Lanka in the British Colonial era, brought back to England and passed down generations, and eventually was once again used as a step, how apropos. This piece was rediscovered as the important piece that it is after being rejected by Sothebys and the UK Antiques Roadshow! It sold at Bonhams for over $840,000.00 USD, after Sothebys discounted it and the Roadshow was not interested, so, even despite their great stature, this proves that a cursory look at things is not definitive, even by the most famous and “best” groups/people in the world! The key is care and attention to detail, something the can generally not be done with a mail in inquiry to the auction houses.

Items are missed all the time this way, and then discounted and then forgotten to time once again. This kind of thing is not unusual around the world. What is unusual is for it to be identified properly for what it is by careful unbiased examination by someone who was allowed to take enough time to do so. It is not inexpensive extra work to under take, but the payoffs clearly can be incredible. Would it have been worth your investment of some thousands of dollars to make an $840,000 profit? I bet your answer is yes! This BLOWS nearly even investment cost in the world away relative to the return!

This is exactly what I do, make sure that what we have is what we have, if it is authentic or not! It is my specialty.

This article is a fun read. Enjoy. The two images below come directly from the article found on the Dailymail website, at:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2313725/1-300-year-old-Buddhist-temple-stone-used-family-doorstep-sells-500-000-auction-BBCs-Antiques-Roadshow-Sotherbys-turned-away.html

Sincerely, Greg C. Brown, MS, ISA, CAGA, MN ’09.

President, Greg C. Brown & Associates, Inc. Fine art and antique appraisals, identifications, authentications, consulting and brokering.

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This is EXACTLY why elephant poaching continues!

There could not be a more corrupt or disgusting answer than this by the Kenyan government, who sits in the middle of the elephant poaching/enforcement crisis and is a signator to CITES! The only words I can think are pretty bad, so I will hold my tongue, as this is a public forum! I have always wanted to travel to Kenya, one of the cradles of human evolution, I even have a special 25th anniversary flag from their country, but will not until this changes profoundly. For their $350 fine, they will loose thousands, and more likely tens-of-tousands of my dollars in business in the future by me not traveling there now, let alone other disgusted travelers that hear about this. Click the link below to read the article.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201303280098.html.