Author Archives: Chris

The day and night job

I try not to think about work all the time, but I’ve given in and decided to write about it because often there is nothing else in my head. Luckily for me, my job is pretty special –it’s to give … Continue reading

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Car Boot Christie’s Lot no. 3

Glasgow docks; Liverpool Customs House, Looking South; Liverpool Docks and Customs House, by John Atkinson Grimshaw Auction: £300,500 each Car Boot £2.50 each John Atkinson Grimshaw is one of those painters that teeters on the edge of taste.  His work … Continue reading

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For the love of Gaudi

I have a poor memory. But I always remember my first visit to Barcelona, 22 years ago, to visit my friend Meg. As soon as I dropped my rucksack in her surprisingly freezing flat, I was whisked out of the … Continue reading

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Car Boot Christie’s Lot no.2

The Hay Wain by John Constable, 1821 Auction valuation estimate minimum $50,000,000 Car Boot £5 Here is one of those images so reproduced that we don’t really see it anymore, which is a shame. Constable was a ground-breaking artist, with … Continue reading

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The day I discovered Che Guevara in the lift

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Mrs Gibson was my art teacher.  The art rooms were on the top floor of a tower block in the middle of the school. Half of the tower block was the boy’s side, with its own doors and staircase, the … Continue reading

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‘That’s not Art – that’s Michelle Réage!’

The Tepidarium by Lawrence Alma-Tadema As an 8 or 9 year old kid I couldn’t read big words on tiny labels, so I called this painting ‘Intrepidarium’. I was also mistaken in thinking that it was of Cleopatra because she … Continue reading

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Car Boot Christie’s Lot no.1

The Birth of Venus By Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, called Sandro Botticelli Auction valuation: £ Squillions. Car Boot:  £4   o.n.o. (inc frame.) Botticelli’s work is rare and exceedingly beautiful, and mostly in national museums. Museums don’t sell their … Continue reading

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Stars in their skies

Things can remind you of other things, whether they’re supposed to or not. The Origin of the Milky Way, by Tintoretto, 1575 Lady GaGa, by Lady Ga Ga, 2010 Super Mario Galaxy, by Shigeru Miyamoto, 2006 Just to start with … Continue reading

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