Two paintings by Vincent van Gogh were auctioned off by Sotheby's in New York for a total of 11.6 million euros on Wednesday. The paintings both sold for more than the auction house expected.
Herring season is officially underway in the Netherlands. The first barrel of Hollandse Nieuwe herring, a Dutch specialty, was sold on Tuesday and raised 95.5 thousand euros in a charity auction, beating the previous record by 500 euros.
Proceeds from the annual event at the Scheviningen fish market were raised for the non-profit group Mag Ik Dan Bij Jou. The organization provides financial assistance to parents of children with cancer, so the parents can spend more time by their child’s side day or night.
The revolver it is widely believed Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh used to take his own life in 1890, will be going up for auction in Paris on June 19th. Auction house AuctionArt believes the 7 mm Lefaucheux revolver, which it dubbed "the most famous weapon in art history", will be sold for between 40 thousand and 60 thousand euros, Artnet reports.
Henk Laarmans experienced every bargain hunter's dream come true. He bought a painting for 75 euros at a thrift store, and then sold it for over 30 thousand euros on auction on Monday. The painting in question is 'A sunny day in the dunes' by Johan Aarts, RTL Nieuws reports.
After buying the pointillist painting at a thrift store, Laarmans took it to an art expert at Tussen Kunst and Kitsch, who told him he had something valuable in his possession.
Two young Dutch women put their virginity up for auction through German escort site Cinderella. 18-year-old Lola and 20-year-old Monica each want a minimum bid of 20 thousand British pounds, around 27 thousand euros, for their virginity. They approached the German agency, because such an auction is illegal in the Netherlands, the Antwerpen Gazette reports.
About a century after her execution by firing squad in 1917, some of Dutch spy Mata Hari's possessions went up for auction at Amsterdam auction house De Zwaan. The auction included photos, objects, furniture and toys that belonged to her two children. All in all it raised 45 thousand euros on Monday, NOS reports.
A previously unknown painting by Piet Mondriaan turned up at the Amsterdam branch of Christie’s auction house, the firm revealed this week. The watercolor landscape of fields and hills near Arnhem was painted in either 1902 or 1903, the auction house told the Parool.
It is expected to sell for between 120,000 and 180,000 euro when it goes up for auction on Dec. 13. The piece never appeared in a museum gallery, and has never been sold in a publicly-known event.
A handwritten poem by Anne Frank was sold at auction on Wednesday for 140 thousand euros. It is not known who bought it, AT5 reports.
Auction house Bubb Kuyper in Haarlem valued the poem between 30 thosuand and 50 thousand euros. Such a handwritten document by the young Jewish girl very rarely ends up on the market.
The poem is from a poetry album by Christiane van Maarssen, a friend of Anne. The poem is dated 28 March 1942 and addressed to "Dear Cri-Cri", a nickname for Cristiane.
A poem handwritten by Anne Frank on March 28th, 1942 will soon be auctioned offat auction house Bubb Kuper in Haarlem on Wednesday. The starting price is 30 thousand euros, NOS reports.
Anne Frank wrote the poem for a poetery album her friend Christiane van Maarssen was making. Her sister jacqueline van Maarssen - Anne's best friend - put the poem up for sale. The poem consists of eight lines, is addressed to (translated to English) "Dear Cri-Cri" and ends with the words "In memory of Anne Frank."
The Public Prosecutor was too hasty in auctioning off a motorcycle seized from motorcycle gang Bandidos. A court ruled that the motorcycle must be returned, but the bike was already sold for 11.500 euros. Now the Prosecutor may have to pay compensation
Dutch art collector Bert Kreuk bought the first American flag plated on D-Day via a telephonic auction for over 500 thousand dollars
A Zoetermeer family almost lost their cat in an auction. The family's possessions are being auctioned off on Wednesday because they did not pay their debts and the cat was listed as one of their assets. The cat was removed from the auction on Tuesday afternoon for unknown reasons
Almost a century after her executions, famous Dutch spy Mata Hari's few belongings are going up for auction. The auction is scheduled for Friday, April 1st, in De Zwaan auction house in Amsterdam
The Herman Renz circus tent was sold for 80 thousand euros at an auction in Ermelo on Friday. The auction was organized by the tax authorities in an effort to recover debts from the bankrupt circus.
The tax authorities will be auctioning off bankrupt circus Herman Renz's circus tent on Friday afternoon
A very old condom sold on online auction site Catawiki for 600 euros on Sunday. The condom, which comes from the 18th or 19th century and is made of sheep intestine, sold for more than double than what was expected and is now the most expensive condom in the world
The remarkable Zeeland oyster containing 21 pearls sold for 2,600 euros at an auction in the Vendeuhuis in The Hague on Thursday. The amount was somewhat disappointing to the finders, who had hoped to get around 4,600 for the oyster.
The start of the herring season is postponed until June 18, the Dutch Fish Marketing Bureau, known locally as the Nederlands Visbureau, announced earlier on Monday. The Dutch wholesale industry made the decision because the first catch of herring is not of a high enough quality to be processed into the Dutch delicacy.
The American heiress to the Goudstikker family, Marei von Saher, is selling 28 of the 202 paintings that the Dutch government transferred to her nine years ago. The paintings were looted by Nazi officers during the German occupation of the Netherlands in the Second World War, and will go up for bid at Christie's auction house on June 3rd in New York.
A rare ceremonial coin has been donated to Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and is visible to the public from April 22nd onwards, Dutch Central Bank (DNB) reports. The coin was initially bought with the support of the Rembrandt Association at Sotheby's auction for Koninklijk Penningkabinet in Leiden, from where it was transferred to Money Museum (GeldMuseum) and is now part of the National Numismatic Collection managed by DNB.
A number of artworks, including works by Rembrandt, are going up for sale in France, the Art Market Monitor reports.
The Rijksmuseum has bought a bronze sculpture of the Dutchman Adriaen de Vries (1556 - 1626) for $28 million (more than 22.5 million euro). The sculpture is called Bacchic Figure Supporting the Globe.
A late work by Vincent van Gogh has raised more than $60 million at an auction in New York.
A painting by Dutch Golden Age master Johannes Vermeer sold at auction 6.2 million British pounds (€7.8 million) at Christie’s auction house in London on Tuesday. “Sint Praxedis” shows Saint Praxedis, the supposedly virginal daughter of Saint Pudens, a former Roman senator, and sister of Saint Pudentiana, squeezing out a sponge saturated with the blood of a martyr into a chalice.