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  1. If I was already interested in that, the blue wouldn't change that.
  2. Can't find the link right now, but there was something else from Newhouse bought for $1m (iirc) in 1992 that did very well this week ($40m iirc?) Likewise a Warhol and a Rauschenberg bought from primary in the sixties both returned extraordinarily. The point being that "when" is just as important as "what". (I know you already know this Gene!) The Best of the Best model of buying tends to ignore the risk of bad "when". But do both of those right, in combination, you either have to get in early and have the "eye" to pick before the market sees it or...wait for a hard correction and buy deep on blood in the streets. And in both cases, then...HOLD. The extra advantage of that is you get to enjoy the art that much longer! I intentionally challenge myself in a nearly impossible way. When you're playing the art game you're already deep in the risk endzone. Is this news to anyone? It's a physical object (with all the risks there), of zero utility, throws off no income, etc etc. To have a reasonable chance of exceeding* my target 15% annual you have to be very ready to do it not just think about it. *the real goal
  3. Under cold analytical scrutiny, awful return on this bankable star lot: A number of Christie’s specialists from Asia were notably active throughout the evening, bidding for clients via the phone bank. This included feverish bidding for the top lot, which was won by Rebecca Wei, president of Christie’s Asia, for a phone client. The work was a pristine still life by Cézanne, Bouilloire et fruits (1888–90), that was estimated in the region of $40 million. Auctioneer Adrian Meyer opened the bidding at $30 million, drawing roughly half a dozen bids from various Christie’s specialists before it was hammered down to Wei’s client at $52 million. Perhaps in a sign of how determined her buyer was to win the prized painting, Wei’s first bid came after the price had already been driven up to $48 million. Including buyer’s premium, the final price was $59.3 million. The Cézanne was once part of a notorious 1978 robbery from collector Michael Bakwin in the Berkshires in Massachusetts. The work was recovered in 1999, and that same year, S.I. Newhouse bought it for $29.5 million at Sotheby’s London. https://news.artnet.com/market/christies-impressionist-modern-auction-1544419?utm_content=from_&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=News Saturday 5%2F18%2F19&utm_term=artnet News Daily Newsletter USE Twenty years to turn 29.5m 52m (and that's assuming no SP). Ugly. But yeah...buy what you love
  4. I won't pay extra for it, but consider blue pencil under/around inks a visual enhancement. Here's two examples, Romita who famously used it extensively, and now Chris Burnham who seems to as well.
  5. Additional question: "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" Meaning...the material was created by Frazetta, whatever your opinion on that fact, would anything be different if you never knew about it? Would you prefer to have never known? Is ignorance bliss?
  6. Nice new Chaykin! Value of money, whatever benchmark you might use, I use 15% or double every five years. Yesterday's AF1 sale loses against that benchmark ($600 x35yrs = doubled 7 times), and probably for the best buy/sell dates too. Doesn't matter if you want the art, can afford to toss off the scratch, and that's that. Not everybody does it this way, but for four figure+ decisions, that's just how I do it.
  7. PIH pulled the images on last minute legal advice, iirc. Can't remember if the lots were still sold or not, but I think maybe yes...there was some 'discussion' over how odd it was that you'd have to bid on something you couldn't see, blahblah, again iirc. That's the art that still exists. There was other art too.
  8. $600 was a lot 35 years ago when he priced it himself too. Oh the gall! That was probably three 'decent' Kirby panel pages. At least that first sale included a panel page (per mmehdy).
  9. This references what's out there publicly: https://fritzfrazetta.blogspot.com/2015/11/comments-on-frazetta-erotic-images.html The non-public is not mine to share without permission. That's means somebody will be tempted to reply, then it doesn't exist. Okay , but seriously, there is much more to this if you're patient, hang around those closest to the source and keep your ears (and mind) open...ideally non-judgmentally. That last part, doesn't mean you'd agree "all good" but you'd keep that to yourself. It's May. Happens every year. Followed immediately by most gallerists closing up shop and taking the summer off. Unless you're in a coastal town selling coastal art to vacationers with open wallets
  10. $11,400? Two got carried away? https://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/illustrations/bernie-wrightson-batman-illustration-original-art-2007-/a/7209-94453.s?ic2=mytracked-lotspage-lotlinks-12202013&tab=MyTrackedLots-101116
  11. Correct, conjecture and speculation. Wildly so. Disagree with the word "needs" unless you're personally stating that what you'd want to be convinced. Others can choose their own level... Meanwhile... Western Museums Have a Surplus of Art by White Men. Now Some Are Selling It Off to Correct Their Historical Biases
  12. Ya got me. Confirmation was too strong a word. I don't need to see anybody's audited tax returns, bank slips or wire receipts Forgive me in 2019 for not accepting at face value every headline that's clearly aligned with self-interest and promotion. Corroboration by the other party re: BP/guarantee structure would be fine. $900k is a big swing in the world of comps. If the phone bid was a pre-arranged guarantee bid that included BP being paid in full (5.4m), well yes, I would like to see somebody other than HA own up to that exceptional foolishness.
  13. Arguably Los Bros kept Fantagraphics from going under, at least until Eightball and Hate took off a decade later. A world without Fantagraphics..? Sheesh. I'm sure some of those creators (Chris Ware, for example) would have found other ways to get their work in print but it's anyboy's guess what the compromises would have been, how many actual issues would have come out, etc.