Rapistan Review

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Sunday Kivo fun , here’s lookin at Ya ? 

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She has the right idea ! 

5/25/20

Tragedy strikes the U.S. again , Minnesota ! 

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Todays sale at A.A.C.in Vienna , Austria just wrapped up and from a purely sold stand point if “Liveauctioneer’s” posted results are accurate this little adventure in rug-land went very, very well for Udo and the A.A.C. rug dept. Out of the total 112 total lots offered it appears only 3 failed to attract biding attention . About as close to perfect as you could expect these days. 
As for the prices fetched in the overall sale some sold over , some under but for the most part the majority were at or near the pre-sale estimates .                                                                                                                                                        That’s not say there weren’t a nice handful of upside pops to add a little excitement to the sale results .
Note lot #’s 5 , 26, 53, 83 and 86 .
Three of which are featured below.                                                                                    

Lot # 24 , Khotan rug . Pre- sale estimate € 3-4,000.00 . Sold for € 8,000.00 + 28%. Not so beautiful or old in my opinion !

Lot # 53 , Bordjalou kazak rug . Pre- sale estimate € 4-6,000.00 . Sold for € 20,000.00 + 28%. Not as much as back in the day but a substantial number for a fairly late example ! 

Lot # 86 , Khotan rug . Pre- sale estimate € 3-4,000.00 . Sold for a well deserved € 17,000.00 + 28%. Certainly one of the better lots in the sale , in my humble opinion ! 

One last thing worth mentioning . The large number of East Turkestan items in the group seemed to produced the best overall returns for the consigners in the entire sale !
This sale’s turn of events certainly deserves a “tip of the hat” to Udo and his gang for a job well done in an evolving and ever changing rug market !       

5/31/20

Via con Dios , The incredible “Christo” , artist extraordinaire . There will never be another like you and of course your partner in life Jeanne-claude ! I saw “The Umbrellas”  in person in 1991 and it was awesome ! 

Christo and Jeanne-Claude , 1991. Viva ! 

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Sold at Bukowski’s Stockholm , Sweden on June 3rd .

Lot # 215 , Turkmen tentband frag , mounted . Pre-sale est. Sek 6-8,000.00 . Sold for Sek 6,000.00 = U.S.$ 633.15 . An unusual example for someone at a very reasonable price ! 

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Sotheby’s London held their “Arts of the Islamic and Indian Worlds” today and from and complete sale standpoint it was moderately successful for them. 
For starters the textile portion of the offering was certainly one of the high points of the production with only 5 of the total 31 lots run across the podium not finding new homes . Indian and Turkish items sold very well . 2 of the sale highlights are featured below .

Lot # 123 , Ottoman Brocade . Pre- sale estimate , £ 3-5,000.00 . Sold for £ 25,000.00 .

Lot # 173 , Ottoman Brocade . Pre- sale estimate £ 1-2,000.00 . Sold for £ 20,000.00 .

As for the rug and carpet group in the sale , out of the 69 items offered 18 failed to attract bidding interest . A sold percentage of right at 75 % . Good , but certainly not something to get overly excited about . 

Where to start !
The Turkish pieces in the sale inventory for the most part faired the best and as it’s been lately mid-age Caucasian examples in good condition are still running cool with the ones that did sell only bringing mid-range prices . Fancy Persian pieces did O K , but some of the room size decorative carpets went unsold . Also nothing really in the way of a noteworthy upside pop either to spark excitment. Just a mediocre return on a modest selection in the end .

A few lots worth a look !

Lot # 261 , Lotto frag . Pre- sale est. £ 8-1,200.00 . Sold for £ 9,375.00 .

Lot # 263 , Ladik . Pre-sale est. £ 18-25,000.00 . Sold for £ 22,500.00 . Found by Me and Clearlight at May’s field in “Brimfield” in the 90’s ! 

Lot# 269, Azerbadjian cpt. Pre- sale est. £ 12-15,000.00 . Sold for £ 17,500.00. My favorite item in the sale ! 

Lot # 280, Shakhrisabz susani . Pre- sale est. £ 25-40,000.00 . Sold for a well deserved  £ 50,000.00 .
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Fathers Day , Kivo and friend ! 

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The highly anticipated “Islamic and India Art” sale at Christie’s , London just wrapped up and from an overall standpoint appears to have done slightly better than the Sotheby’s sale about 2 weeks ago .

To start with out of the small group of 4 textiles and 2 susani’s , 3 textiles sold and one susani. No great shakes but one textile an Indian shawl sold with a decent upside pop for the consigner and is featured below . 
As for the rug and carpet portion of the offering out of the 76 lots passed under the hammer 25 failed to attract any bidder interest. A sold percentage of about 67% , not terrible but certainly nothing to get excited about either.

Like the Sotheby’s sale , room size and dozar size decorative pieces were on the weak side and unfortunately to my eye this overall  sale inventory was just not as interesting as the Sotheby’s selection to arouse the international “Rug Mob” .
One lot that did pop a bit and was in my humble opinion the most interesting item in the sale inventory is posted below .

So in closing the complete sale was fairly successful for Christie’s but the rug , carpet and textile portion maybe  not so much , that said better luck next time ! 

Still  a decent turn of events for Ms Broadhurst and the Christie’s rug and textile dept. ! 

Lot # 91, Jamawar shawl . Pre- sale est. £ 6-8,000.00 . Sold for £ 15,000.00 . 

Lot # 188 . Pashmina cpt. frag. Pre-sale est. £ 25-35,000.00 . Sold for a well deserved £ 62,500.00 .

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6/27/20

Today’s “Rippon Boswell” for all “intents and purposes” signals an end to the convoluted spring / summer rug and carpet auction cycle of 2020 . 

Under way ! 
The auction is just finishing up to moderately positive results .

If the posted “Liveauctioneer’s” numbers hold up , out of the total 298 lots offered up for your bidding excitement approx. 124 failed to garner any attention this time around . A sold percentage of right at 59% . Not a failure but i am sure Mr Maltzahn was shooting for a more positive result . 
Concerning the sale itself the Chinese pieces in the group seemed to be very weak but they were for the most part a little on the late side . Also Persian city type rugs didn’t set the sale on fire either . For a change Caucasians held their own and as it’s been lately Turkmen , Turkish and all the other collectable items in the auction inventory carried the ball .

All in all a modest ending to the twisted auction arena so far this year . What’s gonna transpire this fall , who knows ?  

A few of what inconsidered to be some of the sale highlights are featured below .

Lot # 52 , Tekke chuval . Pre-sale est. € 1,1-1,250.00 . Sold for an expected € 8,000.00 + 29 % comm. 

Lot # 87 , Kashgai cpt. Pre-sale est. € 4,3-4,800.00 . Sold for € 18,000.00+ 29 % comm. Most aggressive upside pop of the offering ! 

Lot Lot # 208 , Ningshia sq. Pre-sale est. € 55-650.00 Sold for € 3,400.00 + 29% comm. Snappy but maybe not quite as early as stated! 

“Chillin” on Sunday with Kivo ! 

6/28/20

The World is your’s , don’t forget it ! , Sheik Frederich , 2020.

Dog o the week !

Got Mask ? 

Shitty movie o the week . A real loser this week . Conan the Barbarian , 2011 . 5 poopsickles out of 5 . The original one was pretty lame but this version is just blatantly stupid from start to finish ! 

Movie o the week , Glass , 2019 . Not a big M.Night Shyamalan fan but i thought was a pretty good supernatural film ! 

Song o the week , Volbeat , Leviathan on Rewind , Replay , Rebound , 2019.

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