October 20th, 2005

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Seven sales of old photography generate $US 28.9 million

Never have photography sales been so lucrative. New records were recently set at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips. The top lot from the various sales was Edward S. Curtis's portfolios (1868-1952): “The North American Indian” which fetched double its pre-sale high estimate at the incredible amount of USD 1.2 million.

Of the three auction houses, Christie’s generated the highest revenue. From its three sales of photographs (10 to 12 October) – entitled respectively “The Gert Elfering Collection,” “Robert Mapplethorpe Flowers” and “Photographs” – Christie's generated USD 14.5 million. Of the total 409 lots on offer, 85% found buyers. The following major artists set new auction records at the Christie's sales: Richard Avedon (USD 464,000 with buyer premium), Irving Penn (USD 307,200), Robert Mapplethorpe (USD 352,000), Peter Beard (USD 192,000), Horst P. Horst (USD 216,000), as well as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Irving Penn and Brassaï.

These results illustrate the exceptional growth of the modern photography market. According to Artprice data, this segment's price index has risen 88% since October 2001. Collapse )
 
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"It may be that the old astrologers had the truth exactly reversed, when they believed that the stars controlled the destinies of men.

The time may come when men control the destinies of stars."
- Arthur C. Clarke
 
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купил на блошином рынке довольно облезлого уже верблюда (их обычно называют "из верблюжей кожи"), за один (1) условный евр.

это - то, вот во что его превратил ребёнок менее чем за полчаса. ноги у него действительно чёрные, копыта действительно золотые, а зелёный глаз - действительно косит несколько садомазо.

It's funny how one single thing you choose to see
Could change the world
And give mine back to me so much better.
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никто случайно не знает, что это за.... существо? то, что вы видите - примерно с метр размером.

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The Giant of Apennines in Holland

"In the 16th century artist and sculptor Giambologna needed 11 years to cut a sculpture from the boulders in the Medici gardens near Florence – a giant holding the head of a water-spouting monster under the ground using one hand.

The version standing in the Mondo Verde park – 14m high – was created by two Americans over seven month period. The ingredients included an iron frame, 470,000 kg of concrete, and a great deal of courage and imagination."


Это текст с некой сопроводительной таблички, которая там стояла. Я пока ничего не проверял про этого Giambologna, за что купил, про то и запостил.
 


головы обоих монстров крупно - Collapse )

на ночь лучше не смотреть.
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1,000,000 pixels - $US 1,000,000



история как один английский студент стал миллионером (ну, пока пол-миллионером), продавая пикселы. по доллару за штуку.

мне рассказали про него вчера, около 4 вечера. с тех пор он заработал 12 тысяч.

"Monday 17th October 2005
Boom!

Over 100,000 unique visitors today.. in one day. Incredible." - его блог можно издавать как книгу.
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