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David Rockefeller Estate to Sell Extensive Art, Furniture Collection

Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern Art

Daved Rockefeller and Family

Susan Rockefeller, David Rockefeller Sr., and Ariana Rockefeller attended the 2016 Museum of Modern Art Party in the Garden in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

David Rockefeller, banker, philanthropist and avid collector died in March at the age of 101, prompting the sale of more than 2,000 items from his estate, including art works, furniture and decorative objects, according to Christie’s.

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Muhammad Ali Memorabilia Auction Expected to Draw High Rollers

Famed Boxing Gloves, Championship Belt for Sale

Muhammad Ali squares off against Jimmy Young in 1976. Ali's memorabilia is expected to draw high rollers when it goes up for auction Sept. 10. (Photo by Keith Girard)

Muhammad Ali squares off against Jimmy Young in 1976. Ali’s memorabilia is expected to draw high rollers when it goes up for auction Sept. 10. (Photo by Keith Girard)

Muhammad Ali, easily one of the largest sports icons of the 20th Century, is expected to be a major draw when many of his personal items go up for auction in one of the most significant sports memorabilia auctions in recent memory.

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Joan Rivers Jewelry, Personal Items, Furniture Hit Christie's Auction Block

Melissa Rivers: Items Suit Every Taste, Budget

Melissa Rivers pictured with he mom Joan Rivers, who died in 2014. Her estate is being liquidated in an auction this month. (Photo: Getty)

Melissa Rivers pictured with he mom Joan Rivers, who died in 2014. Her estate is being liquidated in an auction this month. (Photo: Getty)

Joan Rivers’ lavish jewelry, fine French furniture, exclusive Bob Mackie gowns, paintings and other object reflecting her eclectic lifestyle will hit the auction block in New York City later this month, with items ranging in price from $500 to $200,000, according to Christie’s.

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Bernard Boutet de Monvel's Art, Estate Heading for Sotheby's Paris Auction

Included Are Self-Portraits, Art Deco Furniture

Bernard Boutet de Monvel painted this self-portrait In 1932 for  an exhibition at the Reinhardt Galleries in New York. It's valued in the range of half a million dollars, (€200,000 to €300,000).

Bernard Boutet de Monvel painted this self-portrait In 1932 for an exhibition at the Reinhardt Galleries in New York. It’s valued in the range of half a million dollars (€200,000 to €300,000).

Bernard Boutet de Movel, a darling of early 20th century Parisian Cafe Society, was a noted painter, engraver, sculptor, decorator and illustrator. Although he died in 1949, his collected works, plus furniture from his Paris residence will be up for sale for the first time next month at Sotheby’s Paris.

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Luke Skywalker Blaster Used in Star Wars Movie Can Be Yours... For a Price

Han Solo Blaster Sold for $200k in 2013

Luke Skywalker is shown with his blaster from a movie still. A move prop is up for action with a minimum asking price of $200k. (Photo: Composit)

Luke Skywalker is shown with his blaster from a movie still. A move prop is up for action with a minimum asking price of $200k. (Photo: Composite)

Luke Skywalker was pretty handy with a DL-44 Blaster in movies like “The Empire Strikes Back,” and now you can own one of the guns he used, if you’re willing to part with at least $200,000. That’s the pre-bid auction estimate. So who’s biting?

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George Reeves' Superman Costume Sells for $216k at Movie Prop Auction

Topped Only by Model From 1977 Star Wars Film

George Reeves' superman costume from the iconic '50s era television show sold for $216,000 at auction. (Photo: Studio)

George Reeves’ superman costume from the iconic ’50s era television show sold for $216,000 at auction. (Photo: Studio)

George Reeves’ Superman costume from his iconic 1950s era television show sold for more than $200,000 at a Hollywood memorabilia auction. It was topped only by a space ship model from the original 1977 “Star Wars” movie.

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Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol Expected to Drive Sotheby's London Sale (video)

Poised to be 'Biggest Sale' in London History

Francis Bacon's 'Study of a Pope 1' is expected to be one of the stars of Sotheby's contempoary art sale in London next month. (Photo: Sotheby's)

Francis Bacon’s ‘Study of a Pope 1’ is expected to be one of the stars of Sotheby’s contempoary art sale in London next month. (Photo: Sotheby’s)

Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol are expected to be the stars of the latest auction of contemporary art in London, according to Sotheby’s, which will stage the sale, conservatively estimated to yield $328.9 million.

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Van Gogh Painting Kicks Off Spring Auctions in NYC with $66.3M Sale Price

Escalating Prices Driven by Asian Collectors

Claude Monet’s water lilies (top) sold for $54 million, while van Gogh's L’allée Des Alyscamps fetched $66.3 million, kicking off spring auctions in New York City.

Claude Monet’s water lilies (top) sold for $54 million, while van Gogh’s L’allée Des Alyscamps fetched $66.3 million, kicking off spring auctions in New York City.

Sotheby’s kicked off the Spring art auctions with the sale of a Van Gogh painting for $66.3 million, the highest price paid for a work by the Dutch artist since 1998, the auction house said. Claude Monet’s water lilies also sold for $54 million.

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Tad Smith Goes From Hoops to Loupes as New Sotheby's Auction House CEO

Activist Investors Pressuring For Change

Tad Smith has jumped ship from Madison Square Garden to take the reins at Sotheby's, which is under pressure from activist investors to increase its performance. (Photo: MSG)

Tad Smith has jumped ship from Madison Square Garden to take the reins at Sotheby’s, which is under pressure from activist investors to increase its performance. (Photo: MSG)

Tad Smith, who spent the past year as a sports and entertainment executive at Madison Square Garden, made a dramatic shift to the art world yesterday (Mar. 16) with his appointment as Chief Executive of Sotheby’s auction house in New York City.

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Joan Fontaine 'Suspicion' Oscar Auction Stymied by Academy

Invokes Policy Against Sale; Threatens to Sue

Joan Fontaine and Carey Grant starred in the 1941 Hitchcock classic 'Suspicion," for which she won an Oscar. The Academy has blocked its sale.

Joan Fontaine and Carey Grant starred in the 1941 Hitchcock classic ‘Suspicion,” for which she won an Oscar. The Academy has blocked its sale.

Joan Fontaine’s historic best actress Oscar for her role in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “Suspicion,” won’t got to the auction block, because of a threatened lawsuit by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Francis Bacon's Dyer Triptych Shatters Auction Record in London

Heated Bidding for Small-Format Work

Francis Bacon in his studio. (Photo: Sotheby's)

Francis Bacon in his studio. (Photo: Sotheby’s)

Francis Bacon painted his lover George Dyer with great passion, which may help explain the extraordinary price of a small format Bacon triptych of Dyer that just sold in London for $45 million.

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John Lennon's Doodles, Cartoons, Poems Heading for Auction in NYC

Beatle Also Wrote, Illustrated Books

John Lennon posed for this photo in 1971 in Cannes, France after the Beatles breakup. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

John Lennon posed for this photo in 1971 in Cannes, France after the Beatles breakup. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

John Lennon best known as a world-class musician with The Beatles. was also a world-class doodler and writer. Now some of his non-musical works, including nonsense poems and comic drawings, are heading for auction in New York City.

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Wallace Hartley's Titanic Violin Fetches $1.5M at London Auction

Found Strapped to His Back in Travel Case

Wallace Henry Hartley and the violin and case found strapped to his body after the Titanic sank in 1912.

Wallace Henry Hartley and the violin and case found strapped to his body after the Titanic sank in 1912.

Wallace Hartley, a second-class passenger on the Titanic, went down with the ship, but the violin he was playing on the night the liner stuck an iceberg survived and was sold at auction over the weekend for a surprisingly titanic sum, $1.5 million.

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Princess Diana's Well-Traveled Dresses Face Auction Again

Socialite Maureen Dunkel Force by Bankruptcy to Sell

Princess Diana wearing one of the dresses up for auction in March.

Princess Diana wearing one of the dresses up for auction in March.

Ten of Princess Diana’s most iconic dresses, once owned by Florida socialite Maureen Dunkel, are up for auction to satisfy creditors in her bankruptcy case, creating a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of fashion history.

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Picasso Painting of Mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter Sells for $45M

Called His Golden Muse During Highly Productive Period

"Woman sitting near a window" is of Picasso's young mistress.

“Woman sitting near a window” is of Picasso’s young mistress.

Pablo Picasso rivaled other modern-era painters with the sale of a 1932 painting of his “golden muse” for a stunning $45 million at Sotheby’s in London. The impressionist and modern art sale also included Monet, Edgar Degas and others.

Morgan Library Fetes First Cultural Iconoclast, Henry David Thoreau

Morgan Library Fetes First Cultural Iconoclast, Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau was America's first cultural iconoclast. Not much is popularly known about him beyond his seminal bo...Read More
J.D. Salinger's 'Catcher in the Rye,' an Icon of Teen Rebellion, Turns 65

J.D. Salinger's 'Catcher in the Rye,' an Icon of Teen Rebellion, Turns 65

‘Tis the season ... for my perennial pilgrimage to Manhattan in New York City, the warren of Holden Caulfield, the disgr...Read More
Linda Bruckheimer Sees Life Through Lens of 'High Concept' Photographer

Linda Bruckheimer Sees Life Through Lens of 'High Concept' Photographer

Linda Bruckheimer is married to movie mogul Jerry Bruckheimer. Normally, that would be the end of the story for a Hollyw...Read More
Muhammad Ali Memorabilia Auction Expected to Draw High Rollers

Muhammad Ali Memorabilia Auction Expected to Draw High Rollers

Muhammad Ali, easily one of the largest sports icons of the 20th Century, is expected to be a major draw when many of hi...Read More
MoMA Party in the Garden Fit for a Rockefeller and a Few Friends (Photos!)

MoMA Party in the Garden Fit for a Rockefeller and a Few Friends (Photos!)

The Museum of Modern Art's (MoMA) Party in the Garden was fit for a Rockefeller, make that two or three Rockefellers. Th...Read More
Joan Rivers Jewelry, Personal Items, Furniture Hit Christie's Auction Block

Joan Rivers Jewelry, Personal Items, Furniture Hit Christie's Auction Block

Joan Rivers' lavish jewelry, fine French furniture, exclusive Bob Mackie gowns, paintings and other object reflecting he...Read More
Arthur Greeno, Bryan Smith Crack Code for Success in 'Breaking Conformity'

Arthur Greeno, Bryan Smith Crack Code for Success in 'Breaking Conformity'

Authors Arthur Greeno and Bryan Smith have penned a new book, "Breaking Conformity," that tells a revealing story that w...Read More
Bernard Boutet de Monvel's Art, Estate Heading for Sotheby's Paris Auction

Bernard Boutet de Monvel's Art, Estate Heading for Sotheby's Paris Auction

Bernard Boutet de Movel, a darling of early 20th century Parisian Cafe Society, was a noted painter, engraver, sculptor,...Read More
Luke Skywalker Blaster Used in Star Wars Movie Can Be Yours... For a Price

Luke Skywalker Blaster Used in Star Wars Movie Can Be Yours... For a Price

Luke Skywalker was pretty handy with a DL-44 Blaster in movies like "The Empire Strikes Back," and now you can own one o...Read More
Pop Art Gets International Perspective at Philadelphia Museum of Art (photos)

Pop Art Gets International Perspective at Philadelphia Museum of Art (photos)

Pop art has long been thought a uniquely American movement led by artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. But Pop...Read More
Mona Lisa May Not Be Who She's Thought to Be; Startling New Discovery

Mona Lisa May Not Be Who She's Thought to Be; Startling New Discovery

Mona Lisa, the enigmatic portrait of a 16th century woman with a wry smile, may not be the person she was thought to be....Read More
Egon Schiele Paintings at Center of Lawsuit Over Plundered Nazi Art

Egon Schiele Paintings at Center of Lawsuit Over Plundered Nazi Art

Egon Schiele paintings are at the center of a legal dispute in Manhattan filed by the heirs of holocaust victim Fritz Gr...Read More
Joaquín Torres-García, Avant-Garde Modernist, Gets MoMa Retrospective

Joaquín Torres-García, Avant-Garde Modernist, Gets MoMa Retrospective

Joaquín Torres-García, a towering figure in modern art, whose influence extended from South America to Europe, will get ...Read More
George Reeves' Superman Costume Sells for $216k at Movie Prop Auction

George Reeves' Superman Costume Sells for $216k at Movie Prop Auction

George Reeves' Superman costume from his iconic 1950s era television show sold for more than $200,000 at a Hollywood mem...Read More

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