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Dina Brown Art Appraisals Celebrates 10 Years

Wayne Thiebaud, Around the Cake, 1962, 22 x 28 inches, Spencer Museum of Art (University of Kansas), Lawrence, KS

This month marks the 10-year anniversary of Dina Brown Art Appraisals! Over the last decade, DBAA has provided hundreds of appraisals to private individuals, institutions, attorneys, corporations and insurance providers totaling over 600M in personal property. It's been a privilege to appraise objects which have ranged from Queen Elizabeth II coronation scarves to an Andy Warhol Double Elvis and everything in between, including works by Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, KAWS, Julie Mehretu, Ed Ruscha, Kehinde Wiley and Jonas Wood to name a few. Having recently concluded a 3-year term on the International Society of Appraisers Board of Directors, I'd also like to also say thank you to my colleagues I served with and to all my colleagues who are brilliant and inspiring. Collaborating on projects with other appraisers is always a great pleasure. A sincere thank you to all who have utilized my services. I look forward to working with you again and am grateful for your clientship. Please reach out if you think you may be in need of an update.


Last month, a patron of the Art Wynwood Miami art fair accidentally broke a $42,000 Jeff Koons Blue Balloon Dog. "The collector never intended to break the sculpture," said a spokesperson for Bel-Air Fine Art. "That's why the artwork was covered by insurance." Fragile items like ceramics should always be insured and, when possible, held in place with QuakeHOLD! museum putty or a similar material.


Keith Haring, Untitled (Angel) from Pop Shop IV, 1989, screenprint, 13.5 x 16.5 inches, edition of 200, framed as shown, $45,000.

Beginning May 27, The Broad will present the first-ever museum exhibition in Los Angeles of Keith Haring's work and will feature over 120 artworks and archival materials. Ten galleries will feature the various mediums Haring worked within, including video, sculpture, drawing, painting and graphic works. Following it's debut at The Broad, Keith Haring: Art is for Everybody will travel to the Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto and then to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.


Monica Rizzolli, Fragments of an Infinite Field #923, Summer, 2021, .JPG delivered as an NFT, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, promised gift of The Cozomo de' Medici Collection

From The Art Newspaper: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art revealed last month a promised gift of 22 artworks minted on the blockchain—a collection that it says is the "first and largest" of its kind to enter an American art museum. The acquisition is courtesy of the collector who goes by the alias Cozomo de’ Medici and is allegedly the rapper Snoop Dogg, a longtime proponent of crypto and Web3.

Works by 13 artists from around the world make up the gift and purchase, and together tell a “representative history of the cryptoart movement”, according to the museum’s announcement. They include artificial intelligence (AI) art by Claire Silver; NFT (non-fungible token) photography by Justin Aversano; and the first major decentralised book minted to the Ethereum blockchain, Neil Strauss’s Survive All Apocalypses (2021). Lacma will also receive works by artists including Cai Guo-Qiang, the digital illustrator Yam Karkai, and John Watkinson and Matt Hall’s CryptoPunks—the popular pixel-art avatars that were among the earliest examples of NFT art. The collection is named after its donor’s pseudonym, Cozomo de’ Medici, a nod to the Italian banker and major Florentine Renaissance patron Cosimo de’ Medici. The self-described “grand patron of the digital arts” first emerged on the crypto scene in August 2021 and built a collection of NFTs worth more than $17m. After gaining a following on Twitter while operating anonymously for a month, the user promised to dox themself, and the identity was soon claimed by Snoop Dogg, who simply tweeted from his own account: “I am @CozomoMedici.” While many believe that the rapper—whose blockchain projects include NFT art collections and his NFT record label—is the famed NFT trader, others remain sceptical of the claim. LACMA did not respond to inquiries about the donor's identity.

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