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Michelangelo Sketch Sells for $24 Million in Paris

May 19th, 2022

A recently unearthed Michelangelo sketch, considered to be the artist’s first nude, has sold  at Christie’s Paris for a record 23 million euros ($24 million). “Michelangelo has decided to make the figure into something that corresponded more to his aesthetic by making him much more robust and monumental, while at the same time keeping the fragility of the figure, who is exposed and shivering” as he awaits baptism,” says Christie’s Old Masters expert Stijn Alsteens.
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Basquiat Work Sells for $85 Million at Phillips $224.9 Million Night

May 19th, 2022

The Jean-Michel Basquiat work from the collection of Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa had a strong return to auction last night at Phillips, where it achieved $85 Million, part of a total sale of  $224.9 million, the highest in the company’s history. 
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Independent Art Fair to Launch New Fair Around 20th Century Work

May 17th, 2022

The Independent Art Fair will launch a new fair in September this year that will focus on 20th Century Works. “Over the years, there has been a shift, with next-generation dealers showing a more diverse group of artists and territories, geographically, socially, politically,” says Independent director Elizabeth Dee. “They are looking forward and looking back, saying, ‘We need to have a canon that looks like our program.’”
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Peter Brant

Collector’s Birthdate: NA

Brant, an art dealer based out of Connecticut, is the Chairman and CEO of Brant-Allen Industries, Inc. and is owner of Brant Publications, Inc. specializing in art-related publications.

He has collected with his wife, supermodel Stephanie Seymour for many years. He engages in other creative projects, such as film production, credited in the 1996 film Basquiat and 2000’s Pollock as well as the 2006 documentary Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film. He is the owner/breeder of Thoroughbred racehorses, including the winner of the 1984 Kentucky Derby. He is also the owner of Greenwich Polo Club. He has accumulated numerous works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince and Christopher Wool. Notable pieces include Warhol’s “Thirty Are Better Than One” a collage of thirty Mona Lisas and Koon’s “Pink Panther”.

In regards to negative reviews, Brant explained, “I pay attention: if people are critically against somebody, that’s a sign to me that there’s some interest there, that there’s an interesting statement there. IF I hear that somebody’s getting really bad reviews, that sometimes attracts me because historically, many great artists have gotten very bad reviews.”

Lindemann, Adam. Collecting Contemporary: Los Angeles, Taschen GmbH 2006.

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