In 1946, brothers Ambrogio and Egidio Perfetti took over their father’s small candy workshop in Lainate, Italy. One of the their earliest products was the country’s first brand of chewing gum, Brooklyn, which featured the iconic New York City bridge on the wrapper.
High-value paintings by Gustav Klimt and Salvador Dali failed to sell at a $124.7 million auction in London tonight as wealthy buyers of Impressionist and modern art balked at over-ambitious estimates.
The art collectors Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch gave the city of Berlin 150 paintings, drawings and sculptures by artists including Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte with an estimated value of 120 million euros ($160 million).
Aliaksei Yafimau shudders at the memory of the burly thug who threatened to kill his relatives. Yafimau, who installs satellite television systems in Babrujsk, Belarus, answered an advertisement in 2010 offering easy money to anyone willing to sell a kidney.
The first auction of western art in India by a Mumbai-based company fetched $1.2 million, trailing forecasts, as fewer than half the works found buyers and a Vincent Van Gogh painting sold below its estimated price.