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Caroline Ashleigh Appraisers & Auctioneers

Caroline Ashleigh Appraisers & Auctioneers is an appraisal, auction, and consulting firm that provides services for private and corporate collectors, museums, galleries, law firms, insurance companies, and auction houses throughout the United States                                                                             Our Distinguished Clients: Celebrity Clients: Diana, Princess of Wales  Debby Reynolds American Actress Anna Moffo American Opera Singer Betty Buckley American Broadway Actress/Singer Nudie Cohn Celebrity Tailor Al Capone Estate - American Gangster James Dean Memorabilia Wynton Marsalis Jazz Musician Corporate Clients: Forbes Corporation Art Collection Kellogg Corporation Art Collection Dominos Corporation Art Collection Libby Glass Corporation Art and Glass Collection Fetzer Foundation Art, Antiques, and Sports Memorabilia Collection Kmart Corporation Art Collection Levi Strauss Corporation Dupont Museum Clients: Hollywood Motion Picture Museum - Los Angeles, C

Kudos to our friend, former FBI Special Agent Wittman, who helped a family recover their heritage

  A Margaret Keane 'Big Eyes' painting stolen in 1972 has been returned to the family that owned it thanks to our friend and colleagues, former FBI Art Crime Team special agent Robert Wittman, and Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas. When interviewed by CNN, Wittman commented that it's common for stolen art to be rediscovered when someone tries to sell it. "That's why art theft is such a ridiculous crime because at some point, it's going to come back to the market. Even the 'Mona Lisa' was stolen, in 1911, and that was recovered within two years."

What Are the World's Most Expensive Sneakers Worth?

Kanye West's high-top Nike Air Yeezy 1s are now the world's most expensive sneakers which the rapper wore during his performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards A new world record was set in the collectible sneaker category, a market segment that has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, gaining the same collectible status as art or jewelry. The sneakers were purchased by RARES, an online sneaker investment marketplace. RARES’ users can buy shares of a pair of shoes in the same way that investors purchase shares of a company. Brahm Wachter, head of streetwear and collectibles at Sotheby's, claims the shoes’ price "speaks volumes of Kanye's legacy as one of the most influential clothing and sneaker designers of our time, and of the Yeezy franchise he has built which has become an industry titan". Still guessing what these sneakers recently brought at auction? Fasten your seatbelt - a whopping $1.8 million!

This is a Robbery: The World's Biggest Art Heist

  Picture provided by the FBI showing the empty frames of missing paintings after the theft at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Netflix’s latest true crime documentary will revisit the infamous heist at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum , an unsolved robbery in which a pair of thieves posing as policemen tied up a night watchmen and made off with 13 masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and Manet, collectively worth an estimated $500 million. There is still a $10 million reward for information leading to the paintings’ return, and it remains the most expensive art theft in US history. No one has ever been arrested or tried in connection with the case, leading to any number of theories about what really happened and where the paintings are. Both the Italian mafia and the Irish mob are suspected of being involved, and efforts to recover the works have spanned continents. This Is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist , comes out on April 7.

Happy Valentine's Day!

  Der Kuss (The Kiss), 1907-1908 Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862–1918) Oil and gold leaf on canvas Belvedere Museum, Austria #valentinesday #gustavklimt #belvederemuseum

The 10 Most Famous Works of Art and Where to Find Them

  From Michelangelo's 'David' to Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' here are the locations of the world's most famous artistic masterpieces: Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus (circa 1485/86), Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence Michelangelo Buonarroti, David (1501-04), Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa (1503-06), Musée du Louvre, Paris Michelangelo Buonarroti, The Creation of Adam (1508-12), Sistine Chapel, Vatican Diego Velázquez, Las Meninas (1656), Museo del Prado, Madrid Jan Vermeer, The Girl with the Pearl Earring (1665), Mauritshuis, The Hague Vincent van Gogh, Starry Night (1889), Museum of Modern Art, New York City Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907), Museum of Modern Art, New York City Gustav Klimt, The Kiss (1908), Austrian Gallery Belvedere, Vienna Edvard Munch, The Scream (1893/1910), Norwegian National Gallery, Oslo / Munch Museum, Oslo

Looking at Chess in Art - A Game of Beautiful Problems

  A Chess Background Story for Anyone Binging "The Queen's Gambit" Chess is believed to have developed from an Indian board game called  chaturanga , which rose to popularity by the 6th century. Like modern chess, all the pieces (king, minister, elephants, cavalry, chariots, and foot soldiers—the  elements of an Indian army ) had different powers and winning the game depended on defeating one piece (the opponent’s king).  As the game spread into Europe over the following centuries, regional variations led to the creation of new rules and pieces that reflected the social dynamics of the time and place. You can see medieval European society reflected in the pawns, bishops, knights, and castles, who serve to protect the king and queen. Their powers evolved as their real-life counterparts evolved; for example, the queen replaced the “minister” and grew the ability to move any number of spaces in any direction, as opposed to a single space,  as queens became more powerful acro

Time For Something Whimsical

  “Mickey Mouse: The Band Concert Production Cel Animation Art: Walt Disney, 1935." There is more than monetary value in these early Disney works--This is from one of the most important Mickey Mouse cartoons in existence. The Band Concert was the first color cartoon to feature Mickey and his gang. The cartoon is an intensely funny short featuring Mickey’s ragtag orchestra and Donald Duck playing dueling "Turkey in the Straw" and the "The William Tell Overture." The music just keeps playing amidst the slapstick antics. This cel from the short, is a top selling Disney cel which sold at a Heritage auction in 2011 for $44,812.50. The cartoon will make your laugh and relieve some stress! #mickeymouse #heritageauctions #disneyclassics #donaldduck #cartoon #cartooncollections