Art market sales are surging worldwide thanks to interest from buyers in China and Russia. In just the first six months of 2006, Christie’s reports they made 2.1 billion dollars. Notable sales include the highest ever price paid for a painting, a Gustav Klimt portrait selling for $135 million. This recent JMW Turner watercolor on paper sold for nearly 11 million, a record price for a painting on paper.
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The legendary silent film comedian’s trademark bowler hat and cane went for $139,250 at an auction June 25th. Other interesting items sold at the entertainment memorablia auction, at Bonham’s and Butterfields auction house in Los Angeles, included the two headed llama from the original 1967 Dr. Dolittle film with Rex Harrison. Here’s hoping both these items find their way to a museum to be enjoyed by classic film buffs.