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At Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Evening sale last night, David Hockney’s 1972 Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) became the most expensive painting ever sold by a living artist. Selling for $90,312,500, the Hockney work far exceeded the previous record, set by Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog (Orange) in 2013, when it sold at Christie's for $58,405,000.
This week in Geneva, Sotheby’s auction of the Bourbon Parma family collection of royal jewels made auction history. Containing one hundred pieces, the auction realized $53.1 million, over seven times the pre-sale high estimate of $7 million. Among the collection were pieces that belonged to Queen Marie Antoinette. This auction of historic jewels broke the $50.3 million record established by the 1987 sale of jewels of the Duchess of Windsor.
Old Dominion University’s Barry Art Museum opened to the public on Wednesday, November 14. Located on the corner of Hampton Boulevard and 43rd Street in Norfolk, Va., the 24,000-square-foot museum was made possible by a gift of funds and art valued at more than $37 million from Richard and Carolyn Barry-the largest in the Old Dominion’s history.
Around the world museums are upping the ante by offering a full experience to their visitors—one that includes a dining experience that is as carefully curated as its collections. Click through these ten opportunities to indulge all your senses at great museums.
Davis discusses what it took to write her first art-historical fiction novel and the fascinating inspiration for the story.

NEW YORK – August Uribe, Head of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department in New York, commented: “Tonight we witnessed a healthy and intelligent market responding with enthusiasm to a sale unlike any we have assembled in recent memory. The offering was characterized by originality as well as rarity, bringing together the best examples remaining in private hands by artists not typically seen at auction, alongside important works by the leading Modernists.

The exceptionally surprising and thought-provoking exhibition Painting Is My Everything—Art from India’s Mithila Region is on view at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco until December 30, 2018. Thirty large-scale works from various artists, predominantly women, transport the visitors into a colorful and deeply meaningful world.
In the first Andy Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. institution since 1989, the Whitney Museum of American Art offers a new perspective on one of the world's most recognizable artists.
Today, like so many other historical works, Albrecht Dürer's "Self-Portrait" from 1500 is taken for granted as a masterpiece. That, however, was not always the case. This podcast episode explores the story behind Dürer's iconic "Self-Portrait."
The organizers of ArtPalmBeach 2019 announce their 22nd edition! Erich Weiss will be this year’s guest curator of the fair’s new pavilions for art video, design and art performances. Over 75 international galleries will be exhibiting fine art from over 2,000 artists throughout the five-day fair held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center which kicks off with a special Collector’s Private Preview by invitation only on January 16 at 6 to 10 pm.