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1. News of the WeekA worn out copy of 'The Old Man and the Sea' by Ernest Hemingway sold for $10,000, and the author wasn't the only reason for the high sale price. The book once belonged to Kobe Bryant, who apparently signed the book when he was in high school.
2. Favorite Video of the WeekWe all talk about auctions, but what about the Auctioneer? Did you know there's an Auctioneer Champion? Check out these speed talkers, and get a few pointers for your next sale.
3. Deal of the WeekCarter Vintage Exchange features a ton of old Gibson guitars for sale. Here's a 1950s J-45 Gibson Sunburst, nicely worn for $2,500.
4. Random Thought of the WeekGordon Moore, the founder of Intel, and inventor of Moore's Law, passed away this week. He was one of the fathers of the transistor and integrated circuit that would change the world forever. In 2017, the first-ever microchip built by Jack Kilby sold for $600,000.
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Top 10 Most Valuable Paintings

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RankTitleArtistDate SoldFactsBuyer & SellerImageValue
1Salvator MundiLeonardo da Vinci15002017Leonardo's painting shows Christ making the sign of the cross and holding a 'celestial sphere' of the heavens. The painting might be hanging on a yacht owned by Mohammed bin Salman, or it could be stored in Switzerland.Sold at a Christie's auction in New York by Dmitry Rybolovlev to Prince Badr bin Abdullah Al Saud, on behalf of Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism. Later, it was rumored to be Mohammed bin Salman behind the purchase.salvator mundi$450 million
2InterchangeWillem de Kooning19552015 Williem de Kooning was a Dutch-American painter, and part of the early abstract expressionism movement.David Geffen sold the famous Kooning painting to hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin. The painting was originally sold for $4,000 in 1955 to architect Edgar Kaufmann.Interchange$300 million
3The Card PlayersPaul Cezanne18922011 The French Post-Impressionist Paul Cezanne painted 'The Card Players' as part of a five painting series. The royal family of Qatar bought the painting from George Embiricos, a Greek shipping magnate.the card players$250 million
4Nafea Faa IpoipoPaul Gauguin18922015The title of the painting 'Nafea Faa Ipoipo' is Tahitian for 'When Will You Marry?' Paul Gauguin painted several pictures of native women on his trip to Tahiti, but his hope find "an edenic paradise" was not what he found when he arrived. After the painting spent 50 years on loan to the Kunstmuseum in Basel, Switzerland, it was sold by Rudolf Staechelin to Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani in 2015.Nafea Faa Ipoipo$210 million
5Number 17AJackson Pollock19482015Pollock created 'Number 17A' on fiberboard by dripping and splashing oil paint on a horizontal canvas. After 'Life' magazine featured the piece in August of 1949, Pollock quickly became a celebrity artist.The painting was one of two works purchased by hedge fund manager Ken Griffin from David Geffen for a total of $500 million.number 17A$200 million
6The Standard BearerRembrandt16362022The self-portrait was painted when Rembrandt moved to Amsterdam from Leiden and is considered an important early work from the artist.Sold by the Elie de Rothschild collection to the Rijksmuseum and the Dutch government after the Louvre unsuccessfully tried to raise money to buy the painting. the standard bearer$198 million
7No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red)Mark Rothko19512014Latvian abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko was known for works with large expanses of color, delineated by hazy, uneven shades.In a rather brazen move by the Swiss art dealer, Yves Bouvier, he bought the painting from Paiker H.B. for 80 million euros, then selling it to Dmitry Rybolovlev for 140 million euros, when Rybolovlev was under the impression Bouvier was simply acting as his dealer in the transaction.no. 6 mark rothko$186 million
8Wasserschlangen IIGustav Klimt19072013Also known as "Water Serpents II" the painting was a follow up to Klimt's "Water Serpents I."Originally commissioned by Jenny Steiner, a daughter of a Viennese family, the painting was later stolen by the Nazis during World War II. Then, it was part of another sale between Yves Bouvier and Dmitry Rybolovlev, where Bouvier misrepresented himself as an art dealer, pocketing over $75 million in the sale. It's rumored to have been sold by Rybolovlev to a Qatari Princess.water serpents II$183 million
9Pendant portraits of Maerten SoolmansRembrandt16342016The full-length wedding painting by Rembrandt for the wedding of Oopjen Coppit and Marten Soolmans in 1634. Once owned by the Rothschild family, later they were owned by the Louvre and the Rijksmuseum after each contributing half the purchase price.Pendant portraits of Maerten Soolmans$180 million
10Les Femmes d'AlgerPablo Picasso19552015Also known as the "Women of Algiers," the works are a series of 15 paintings and drawings. The series by Picasso is a tribute to artists he admired. The painting, "Version O" is the final painting in the series. Sold in 1997 for $31 million, then again in 2015 to Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, the Qatari prime minister. Les Femmes d'Alger picasso$179 million





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