Remember last fall when Banksy was running around the city, throwing million dollar-paintings up, willy nilly? Of course you do. So you probably also remember that about halfway through his month-long "Better Out Than In" residency--when Banksy mania was at a fever pitch--an old man set up a stall i ... More >>
Banksy's "The Banality of the Banality of Evil" was auctioned off tonight for $615,000.00. Proceeds will benefit New York-based AIDS/HIV nonprofit Housing Works.
Banksy's "The Banality of the Banality of Evil" was sold at auction on Thursday evening for $615,000.00. Proceeds will benefit New York-based AIDS/HIV nonprofit Housing Works.
I was peacefully enjoying the live auction at City Harvest's "Practical Magic" fundraiser at Cipriani 42nd Street last night when a surprise item came up for bidding. John Legend came up from the audience and offered to give a private concert to anyone who had room for a piano in their house! Shock ... More >>
Why the late writer was our most important art critic
We guess we'll have to strike the art professionals who handle some of the world's most expensive items when they head to auction from our list of the "100 Most Powerless New Yorkers." Crain's reported yesterday that auction house Sotheby's and the Teamsters worked out a deal which allows the art h ... More >>
As you may have heard, Sotheby''s had a good day yesterday, auctioning off Edward Munch's "The Scream" for a record $119.9 million dollars. Not having such a good day? The still locked-out art handlers at Sotheby's, who appeared as number 84 on the Voice's list of the "100 Most Powerless New Yorke ... More >>
Seize the frieze
Sotheby's tried to sell a 1,000-year-old Cambodian statue that was pilfered from an important religious site, even though the famed auction house knew it had been stolen, federal prosecutors say. In a story filled with intrigue, spies, temple thieves, and the scent of money, federal prosecutors in ... More >>
The Voice is starting a new feature several times a week. As foreclosures continue unabated across the nation, the Voice will be profiling the foreclosures that happen every week right here in the five boroughs. We'll be looking closely at the properties facing foreclosure, the public auctions where ... More >>
via Heritage AuctionsWe may finally have the answer to the eternal question posed by struggling algebra students everywhere: "When will I use this in real life?" The above image is from Heritage Auctions, and what appears to be a scribbled-in math quiz is actually the work of Apollo 13 Missio ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg's normally reserved companion, Diana Taylor, lashed out at locked out Sotheby's art handlers, who interrupted a planning commission meeting to question her about the stalled negotiations, according to a video of the incident posted on youtube. Union officials called on Gov. Cu ... More >>
Although both Elaine and Elaine's have passed into the Great Beyond, there's still a chance to get a piece of Elaine Kaufman's legendary restaurant, which closed in May following Kaufman's death last December.
P. 460: Carlo GambinoAn old Mafia file found in a black bag in the back of a New York City cab in the early '90s containing mug shots, criminal histories, lists of associates, kids' and wives' names, and the favorite hangouts of 843 Mafia members in the '50s and '60s -- a trove of fascinating ... More >>
Clinging to the zeitgeist, an enterprising eBay salesperson known as "colbymercury," has taken to the online auction house to offer up a fine pair of Anthony Weiner Replica Underwear, starting bid, $0.99. (Buy them now for $499.99!) As for the description of the fairly average-looking gray bo ... More >>
U.S. Marshals Kaczynski's typewriter How would you like to have one of Ted Kaczynski's personal documents? Wait, you wouldn't? Well, why not? Doesn't everyone want to own a treasured item from one of America's most "celebrated" killers? (If you answered any one of these questions with "no," y ... More >>
Bernie's boxers. They're a size 40. (via MSNBC)If "weird and creepy," or, "historically intrigued," or, "needing some new underwear" happen to fit you, you should crack open your piggy banks for Saturday's auction of Bernie (and Ruth) Madoff's duds -- not just boxers but art, furniture, glass ... More >>
The King's crown. This just in: "In a last minute edition to Heritage Auctions' Aug. 14 Ultimate Elvis Auction at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, the auction house has announced that a large quantity of Elvis Presley's hair, cut from his trademark pompadour and originating in the collection of ... More >>
New babies! We love new babies. Especially when they are super-cute baby sea lions born at the New York Aquarium: An as-yet-unnamed female sea lion has been born to mama sea lion Clarice, and is the first sea lion to be born at the Aquarium.
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Good riddance to an ill-fated plane. The Airbus A320 jetliner that lost a battle with birds and then a life-or-death battle with hero pilot Chesley Sullenberger in last year's "Miracle on the Hudson" is finally headed for the auction block and then the scrap heap. Shortly after the one-year anniv ... More >>
Everything must go.Updates in the continuing sagas of two eateries that couldn't be more different in concept but face a curiously similar predicament: Ray's Candy, the Avenue A shop that nearly closed last week after 36 years in business, isn't out of the woods yet. The Villager has penned a ... More >>
Everything must go.Right on the heels of news that Cafe des Artistes is auctioning off everything but its famous murals (the auction closes at 4 p.m. today) comes word from Diner's Journal that Tavern on the Green's possessions will be on the block January 13-14.
To benefit victims of Typhoon Ondoy/Ketsana
Here's a new way a high-roller with a Madonna fetish can spend his or her money: some guy who used to date Madonna is auctioning off her phone messages to him, among other stuff. At the Rock and Roll Pop Art Auction, commencing Monday, you can obtain "two original microcassettes from Jim Albri ... More >>
Christie's Nov. 24 "Pop Culture: Punk/Rock" auction is now available for online inspection. The sale features "a collection of memorabilia from the Ramones to The Clash and The Sex Pistols". The venerable auction house is older than the United States, so this is presumably not their first sale to da ... More >>
Judah Friedlander sells you his primo junk
Danny Meyer has been on our minds lately, as the uptown Shake Shack gets closer and closer to opening. The latest official word is that it will open sometime in the next week and a half, and that they're just waiting for final permits. We caught up with Meyer and ask him our patented, Barbara Walte ... More >>
Bid on original pieces by Thurston and Yoko
Auctionable behavior in the middle of a folk-art fight
Ride it, or hang it
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. June 18, 1958, Vol. III, No. 34 Jules Feiffer, father of "Sick, Sick, Sick," will read off captions from a series of his original chalk cartoons at an open meeting of the Greenwich Village Committee of a Sane Nuclear Policy, which will be h ... More >>
Auctions are like stripteases, relying on the audience being enticed by whats out of reach
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'Ginsberg and Friends' at Sotheby's
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