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The Art World ‘Mystery Buyers’ Who Spend Big and Stay Secret

The contemporary art market has kicked into overdrive over the last couple of decades, with fresh innovations warping the playing field every five minutes. But since the art market as we know it first came to be, one phenomenon has endured as common practice: buyer anonymity. This week, Christie’s made headlines when the auction house …

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Ernie Barnes’s ‘Sugar Shack’ Painting Brings Big Price at Auction

Ernie Barnes’s most famous painting, “The Sugar Shack,” an exultant dancing scene that was featured on the cover of Marvin Gaye’s album “I Want You” and during the closing credits of the TV sitcom “Good Times,” sold for a whopping $15.3 million at Christie’s 20th Century auction on Thursday evening to the energy trader Bill …

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Archibald prize 2022: the small Sydney studio breaking big ground

Do not be fooled by the cheerfully chaotic atmosphere of Studio A. In the heart of Crows Nest on Sydney’s lower north shore, this is a place where serious art is being made for serious money. And with four finalists showing in the 2022 Archibald prize, Sydney’s only group studio for artists living with intellectual …

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