New York gallery owner David Killen believes he has uncovered six paintings by Dutch-American abstract master Willem de Kooning, which — if verified — could be worth tens of millions of dollars. The works were part of a stash of artworks that languished in a storage locker in New Jersey until the dealer offered $15,000 for the lot. Killen is confident that a painting by legendary Swiss modernist Paul Klee is also among the artistic flotsam. A worthwhile investment A de Kooning canvas, "Untitled XXV" (pictured top), sold for a record $66.3 million (€56.7 million) at Christie's in 2016 , while another sold privately for a reported $300 million in 2015 — as part of a $500 million sale that include a Jackson Pollock painting. Killen estimates the discovered works could sell for between $10,000 and $10 million when they are auctioned late this year and early the next. He is planning to unveil the paintings Tuesday at a party in New York. Willem de Koonings works have … [Read more...] about ‘Junk’ art stash may yield multi-million dollar masterpieces
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A so-called "blank cheque" company set up by a group of financiers is weighing a merger with Lombard International, one of the largest UK-based wealth management groups. Sky News has learnt that Kingswood Acquisition Corp, which listed in New York late last year, is among a number of suitors expected to table bids for Lombard in the coming days. If successful, Kingswood's merger with Lombard would be among the first examples of a UK-based financial services business listing in the US via a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). City sources said that Apollo Global Management was among the other likely bidders for Lombard, which has been owned by Blackstone since 2014. Analysts have suggested that the wealth manager, which had more than €47bn in assets under administration last June, could fetch around €700m. Advertisement One source said Blackstone was expected to proceed towards signing a formal deal later in the spring, with other bidders also … [Read more...] about Kingswood SPAC and Apollo among suitors for Blackstone’s Lombard
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) - the organisation behind the Golden Globes - says it is working on "an action plan" to recruit black members, after being criticised over its lack of diversity. The voting body is made up of just 87 members, none of whom are black, according to a recent report in the Los Angeles Times. The HFPA says it is now acting to address the diversity of the group, saying in a statement provided to Sky News: "We are fully committed to ensuring our membership is reflective of the communities around the world who love film, TV and the artists inspiring and educating them. "We understand that we need to bring in Black members, as well as members from other underrepresented backgrounds, and we will immediately work to implement an action plan to achieve these goals as soon as possible." A spokesperson for the HFPA also told Sky News the group welcomes applications for membership from "all ethnic and cultural backgrounds" and has not ruled … [Read more...] about Golden Globes 2021: Hollywood Foreign Press Association to launch ‘action plan’ to recruit black members after diversity criticism
ELLIE Goulding thrilled fans when she settled down with husband Caspar Jopling. The happy couple have now revealed they are expecting their first baby together . Who is Caspar Jopling? Caspar is an art dealer who works at Sotheby's in strategy and Contemporary Art. He has a degree in art history from Harvard University and he also attended Eton. He lives in New York City but will relocate to England now he's married. Caspar's father is The Hon Nicholas Jopling of Yorkshire and his mother Jayne Warde-Aldam of Yorkshire. What is Caspar Jopling's net worth? Caspar has not done too badly for himself as an art dealer. He has a net worth of £5.6million. Meanwhile his famous wife Ellie has a fortune of £14million. When did Caspar marry Ellie Goulding? Caspar and Ellie tied the knot on August 31, 2019. The power couple rented out Castle Howard, the posh stately home located in Yorkshire, and alongside close pals and family members, Ellie also welcomed … [Read more...] about Who is Ellie Goulding’s husband Caspar Jopling?
A SAVVY couple managed to double the value of their house with a smart renovation - and it’s now worth £2 million. Mum Tracey Gill and her husband bought the house in a small village near East Sussex in 2016, and have been transforming it ever since. Tracey says her husband gave her a fairly wide brief when house-hunting, explaining he said: “Find a house ripe for transformation in the prettiest location. I knew I could change any house we bought so the important factor was the land and location.” The house, which they bought for £1.25million, dates back to 1730 in places and had low ceilings - not great for Tracey's 6ft4ins husband. Describing the state they bought it in, the mum-of-two said: “It was covered in cream pebble dash with concrete roof tiles, a north facing conservatory on the front of the house, modern leaded light windows, low ceilings, dark rooms, artexed walls, cheap fittings, decades old carpets, pink shag pile in the bathroom and an unimaginative … [Read more...] about Couple double the value of their house with stunning renovation and it’s now worth £2million