Modern Collectables

Celebrating Batman’s birthday – Detective Comics reaches a collectable Issue 1,000

With the current popularity of movies based on comic-book superheroes, it’s no surprise that rare and collectable comics are appreciating in value. If you own a classic such as Action Comics 1 (1938), featuring the first appearance of Superman and worth $3,200,000; or Detective Comics 27 (1939), the first appearance of Batman and worth $2,230,000; you wouldn’t just read it then throw it under your bed. No modern comic will reach anything like that value...

London Art Fair 2019 showcases exceptional contemporary and modern art

Held at the Islington Business Design Centre last week, the 31st London Art Fair showcased exceptional modern and contemporary art from all over the UK and beyond. An opportunity to engage with new art, to view and buy the works of upcoming artists and to learn about the art world, the Fair attracted 20,000 international visitors and over 130 leading galleries from 16 countries in its run from 16-20 January. Sarah Monk, Director of the...

Balancing the Visual Diet: M&C Saatchi, MTArt Agency and Rankin address unhealthy social media images

Agency M&C Saatchi is hosting Visual Diet, a panel discussion and exhibition on the subject of social media, visual images and mental health, featuring the work of five inspiring artists. At a time of year when everyone is talking about healthy dieting, a challenging art project is asking what’s on your visual diet – images that are positive and healthy, or ones that are narcissistic, addictive, sexualised, retouched? A panel and exhibition to be hosted...

Wild things romp in James Mortimer’s disturbing mythical landscapes

James Mortimer’s work features in an exhibition at the James Freeman Gallery in Islington, London, opening Friday 8 February. Provocative new exhibition Land of Mortimer features mystical landscapes populated by naked figures and exotic beasts revelling in macabre scenarios. Among seemingly serene settings of soft blue and green landscapes, the viewer is confronted, upon closer examination, with the disturbing realisation that characters are drowning and mauling one another. The works in Land of Mortimer present...
Bespoke Personalisation

Modern CollectablesBespoke Personalisation

Personalisation may feel more commonplace than ever these days—everyone seems to have an embossed iPhone case or Goyard tote, and meddle with another’s Spotify or Netflix playlist at their own peril. Watches too, are now objects of self-expression, with engraved case backs now giving way to personalised internal bridges and mainplates. For the London-based high jewellery watchmaker Backes & Strauss, however, bespoke has always meant something more rarefied and unique. As the world’s oldest diamond...
David Hockney Painting Makes Auction Record for Living Artist

Modern CollectablesDavid Hockney Painting Makes Auction Record for Living Artist

Celebrated British artist David Hockney has set a new auction record after Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) (1972) sold for $90.3 million at Christie’s auction house in New York. After more than nine minutes of bidding, one of Hockney’s most iconic images set a new world record price for a living artist, helping Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Evening Sale to realise $357.6 million on 15 November. Applause is said to have...
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