April 20, 2015

Auctionata Guarantee is a Guaranteed Risk

by & Robert Grunder

Hyperbole, documentation errors, mistakes, accepted norm at Auctionata.

Analysis of statements, interviews, press releases by Auctionata CEO Alexander Zacke and International Managing Director Ben Hartley, coupled with a review of the Terms & Conditions exclusions that void the 25 year Auctionata Guarantee demonstrate hyperbole, exaggeration, errors and omissions are routine at Auctionata. It appears the majority of Auctionata communication is simply regurgitated, becoming in essence, journalistic propaganda, accepted without equivocation by the American Press, including: Forbes, Skates, The New York Times, Luxury Daily, e-commerce bytes.

February 26, 2015

Skate's Online Art Market Analysis Narrow, Lacks Substantiation

Actual 2014 Online Art Market Estimate by Joseph K. Levene, The Fine Art Blog
Actual 2014 Online Art Market Estimate by Joseph K. Levene, The Fine Art Blog

Skates overlooks at least $1 billion Online Art volume at eBay and Christie's

Based on recent data regarding 2014 sales released by Christie's and Auctionata, Skate's February 2015 analysis erroneously proclaims Auctionata leader of 2014 Online Art trading volume and overlooks $178 million generated by Christie's LIVE online bidders. Skate's overlooks estimates for Online Art sales volume generated by eBay and Sotheby's, yet provides estimates for artnet and Paddle8 even though published results won't be available until March.

January 13, 2015

Richard Pettibone Auction Prices Go Up Dramatically

Richard Pettibone Roy Lichtenstein, The Artist's Studio: The Dance, 1975
+70% vs last time at auction
Richard Pettibone Roy Lichtenstein, The Artist's Studio: The Dance, 1975
Sold $56,250. Christie's 11/13/2014

An Appropriation pioneer, Richard Pettibone laid the groundwork for many Appropriation Artists including Sherrie Levine, Louise Lawler, Vik Muniz, Eric Doeringer, Richard Prince and Elaine Sturtevant. Ken Johnson, The New York Times observes: Richard Pettibone has devoted his career to making small reproductions of works by Brancusi, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Stella and other artists whose fame far exceeded his.

The recent Museum of Modern Art Exhibition of Elaine Sturtevant, an Appropriation Artist who was a contemporary of Richard Pettibone, caused a spike in auction prices. Sturtevant's Appropriation of Roy Lichtenstein Crying Girl fetched $3.4 million at Christie's, 11/12/14; the same painting sold for $710.K at Phillips three years earlier.

July 30, 2014

4 Lithographs Not Created by Calder You Should Never Buy

4 Lithographs Calder Did Not Create and are Counterfeit
The Alexander Calder Foundation presents Color Lithographs misattributed to Alexander Calder often sold by auction houses and art sellers. Put another way, these four misappropriated works are Counterfeit and have no value. Because the Works are overt counterfeits, we would encourage any buyer who has been duped to demand a refund if the Counterfeit Work was purchased within the last four years from a United States Seller.

Color Lithographs Deceptively Sold as Works by Alexander Calder
Color Lithographs Deceptively Sold as Works by Alexander Calder
Violations of the Intellectual Property Rights of Alexander Calder

June 19, 2014

Auctionata erroneously documents €120K Flower Painting

Counterfeit Andy Warhol at Auctionata
Painting included in Auction No. 72,  June 20, 2014

Auctionata deceptively attributes 1977 painting with flowers to Andy Warhol in June 20, 2014 Post-War & Contemporary Art online Auction.

The Auctionata description for lot 101 erroneously states the Work is an Andy Warhol even though Andy Warhol did not create nor authorize the Painting offered with a staggering 120K estimate. 
Threre is no reference to any 1977 painting resembling the Auctionata Lot in Volume Two of the Andy Warhol Catalogue RaisonnĂ©, none with Red & Blue Flowers. In addition, the purported lot not only claims a creation date of 1977, it measures a scant 13.78 x 13.78 inches (35 x 35 cm)

August 23, 2013

Why You Shouldn't Buy Art from Amazon

Amazon Art is shockingly sloppy, dated, lacks professionalism & financially risky
Amazon.com/art is shockingly sloppy, dated, lacks professionalism and financially risky
Amazon Art is Shockingly Sloppy, Dated, Lacks Professionalism & Vastly Overpriced
Amazon, the experienced online e-commerce site well known for selling books, dvd's, pots & pans, and recently, even wine, launched a beta art site in August 2013. The site features art at a broad spectrum of price points, from $10. for an Untitled dollar bill by Ryan Humphrey to a Norman Rockwell Painting offered for $4.85 million. 

May 10, 2013

Why Has Counterfeit Calder Sculpture Sold 75 Times At Auction?

Art fraud affects art collectors at all levels, from buyers who spend a few thousand dollars to art collectors and investors who buy multi-million dollar art. Unfortunately, many art buyers find out the truth long after they were duped by a dishonest seller, and rarely receive a refund.
To con artists, Counterfeit Art is an appealing business with a low cost of goods.  Patricia Cohen, The New York Times, stated "between 1996 and 2008, Knoedler earned approximately $60 million on fraudulent artworks and cleared $40 million in profits".
Tweet This Counterfeit Alexander Calder Sculpture has more aliases than Al Capone2 Sculptures Misattributed to Alexander Calder sold over 75 times at auction

April 14, 2013

Metropolitan Museum buys $840 Jacques-Louis David Masterpiece

$840 Jacques-Louis David Bought by The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Jacques-Louis David purchased for $840.
Lot 228 As Described in Swann Galleries Auction Catalogue January 29, 2013 
A post in the Swann Galleries Blog stated the highest priced lot in the Old Master Drawings Auction was $42,000, fetched for a watercolor attributed to Turner. Not surprisingly, Swann Galleries did not mention the $840, with buyer's premium, fetched for Lot 228, incorrectly documented as a "French School" Work "After the painting by J-L David", created "Early Nineteeth Centrury".

February 21, 2013

Will George W. Bush Presidential Museum Exhibit Self Portraits by 43rd President?

George W. Bush Self Portrait Painting
George W. Bush Self-Portrait Portrait Painting
Recently discovered Self Portrait paintings by George W. Bush, the 43rd President, have won praise from Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith, husband and wife Art Critics, for Vulture/New York Magazine and The New York Times, respectively. Given the positive reception of the Self-Portraits, will the $200 million George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, scheduled to open May 1, 2013, Exhibit these Works?  

August 13, 2012

Billions Don't Impress Artnet!

artnet AG (ART:GR) 30 Day stock price
On August 8, 2012, artnet convened its annual shareholder meeting which lasted 13 hours, delayed from July 11, 2012. 
Hans Neuendorf, former CEO and now consultant, along with Jacob Pabst, the new artnet CEO and Mr. Neuendorf's son, successfully implemented limits to shareholders rights, meaning in the future, changes to the company statute will require the backing of stock-owners representing three-quarters of the company’s capital. This plan thwarted Redline Capital's takeover attempt of arnet AG.

August 7, 2012

Artnet Takeover Tug Of War



Recently, artnet has been the subject of numerous News Stories: 
  • Hans Neuendorf, artnet CEO resigns and is replaced by Jacob Pabst, Mr. Neurendorf's son. 

April 25, 2012

Cindy Sherman radically changed Contemporary Art


          Cindy Sherman Retrospective The Museum of Modern Art, New York
    Cindy Sherman Retrospective The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Cindy Sherman currently has a Career Retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art until June 11, 2012, which has received unanimous praise along with reassessment from Art Critics around the world. 

Credit Cindy Sherman for changing the definition of Contemporary Art. For decades, Contemporary Art Collectors, Galleries and Auction Houses viewed Photography as if it was "not as important" as Contemporary Painting and Sculpture.

February 12, 2012

Will Barnet receives Medal from President Obama!

Will Barnet The Blue Robe, 1962, Oil on canvas
Private Collection, New York
Will Barnet, American Painter, Printmaker, Teacher and good friend received the 2011 National Medal of Arts Award from President Obama on February 13, 2012 in a White House Ceremony in the East Room; the First Lady was also in attendance.

December 23, 2011

Facebook Gives Everyone 15 Minutes of Andy Warhol Fame!


Anyone who has provided a Facebook "like" and/or provided positive comments will appear in a 2012 Facebook ad campaign called Sponsored Stories.   

How will specific Sponsored Stories be chosen?
Whether or not you see a specific Sponsored Stories depends on whether or not a friend has connected with a business that would like to promote that Story. 

Who coined the expression "15 minutes of fame"?
Andy Warhol is responsible for creating "the 15 minutes of fame expression", which is paraphrased from Andy Warhol's 1968 Moderna Museet, Stockholm Exhibition Catalogue in which Warhol stated "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." In his 1979 Andy Warhol "Exposures" Book, Warhol was so bored by his now famous phrase that he chose to modify it to"In fifteen minutes everybody will be famous."

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