“Christie’s Auctioneers to raise its buyers premium…”

According to the Arts, Antiques and Luxury Design Blog, Christie’s will be raising their auction buyers premium fees, something that may be a trend in auctions across the land, so get ready to pay a bit more. The short article can ver viewed here: http://art-antiques-design.com/2013/02/24/christies-auctioneers-to-raise-its-buyers-premium/?goback=%2Egde_1078207_member_217327912

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BBC News story about the crisis occurring in the illegal trade of animal parts.

This is an interesting news story about the problems occurring with the illegal trade in animal parts, focused on ivory and rhino horn in this case: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21652437

Interesting artist, Mohsen Hejazi Painter Iran

This is a very interesting Iranian artist, brought to my attention at the Vitrinart blog. I would even venture to say the work is very similar in sytle and feel to the work that was produced in the US, especially around the west/southwest, around the early part of the 20th century! It is worth a look. Mohsen Hejazi Painter Iran.

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This image below come directly from the Vitrinart blog.

Another interesting article on the art collecting market from the New York Times.

Here is another interesting article on the art market from the New York times. There are things to be aware of if you plan to enter into this high-end part of the art market, such as the ghost bidding. I have been given both good and bad comments about why this is legitimate or not from prominent auction house owners and employees here in the US, who I am not going to name for confidentiality sake. However, I think the key here is to be aware that this happens before you go in bidding, as it may change your bidding structure, and it will minimally protect you and inform you of the bidding process.

Enjoy the  read and learn, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/28/arts/design/as-art-market-rise-so-do-questions-of-oversight.html?pagewanted=all.

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