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Jean-Michel Basquiat Painting Sells for $24 Million via Instagram

Although Instagram undoubtedly has had a huge impact on the art world, the "major sale via Instagram" story has often seemed more myth than reality--with every article citing the time Leonardo DiCaprio made an art fair purchase via Instagram in 2015. However, Bloomberg just published a fascinating article about a $24 million sale of a Basquiat painting of Sugar Ray Robinson stemming directly from a social media post by Brett Gorvy.

Christie's 100 Million Dollar Man Departs for Private Gallery

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Today marks a major shift in the art world ecosystem with the announcement that Brett Gorvy, chairman and international head of postwar and contemporary art at Christie's, is leaving the auction house to join private dealer Dominique Levy. Gorvy has been responsible for a string of recent record sales at Christie's, including Picasso's "Les Femmes d'Alger ($180 million) and Modigliani's "Nu Couche" ($170 million).