WBEZ | Christie's http://www.wbez.org/tags/christies Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A photo worth a thousand words — and $4.3 million http://www.wbez.org/story/photo-worth-thousand-words-%E2%80%94-and-43-million-93969 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-11/AP111110048746.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>NEW YORK — A 1999 photograph of the Rhine river by German artist Andreas Gursky has sold for $4.3 million in New York City, setting a record for any photograph sold at auction.</p><p>Titled "Rhein II," the chromogenic color print face-mounted to acrylic glass, had a pre-sale estimate of $2.5 million to $3.5 million.</p><p>It sold Tuesday at Christie's. The buyer was not disclosed.</p><p>The previous record for any photography sold at auction was Cindy Sherman's "Untitled," which fetched $3.8 million at Christie's in May.</p><p>Gursky's panoramic image of the Rhine is one of an edition of six photographs. Four are in major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London.</p></p> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 18:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/photo-worth-thousand-words-%E2%80%94-and-43-million-93969 Gangster Capone’s gun up for auction http://www.wbez.org/story/gangster-capone%E2%80%99s-gun-auction-88116 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-21/capone.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A handgun once owned by notorious gangster Al Capone is going up for sale in London this week.</p><p>Christie's auction house says the Colt .38 revolver is expected to garner between 50,000 and 70,000 pounds. (Or, between $80,899 and $113,258.)</p><p>Christie’s said Monday the gun is being sold by a private collector. The gun was manufactured in 1929, the year of Chicago's St. Valentine's Day Massacre, when seven people were slain during clashes between Capone's gang and a rival gang led by mobster Bugs Moran.</p><p>The pistol will be sold along with an original letter from Madeleine Capone Morichetti, the widow of Capone's brother Ralph, confirming the gun "previously belonged to and was only used by Al Capone while he was alive."</p><p>The gun will go under the hammer on Wednesday.</p></p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 14:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/gangster-capone%E2%80%99s-gun-auction-88116