Front Runners: Fair Factor

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When your faith in the financial markets wanes, you can always turn to more tangible investments, ones that, regardless of their value at any given time, you can still hang on the wall or display on an end table. Few entities offer a broader portfolio of such investments than TEFAF Maastricht (www.tefaf.com), the annual European fine-art fair in Maastricht, the Netherlands, which this year will take place March 13 through 22. In November, at least, TEFAF’s executive committee chairman, Ben Janssens, did not expect the worldwide economic downturn to have an adverse effect on the fair. "Quite the reverse," he said. "Rather than equities, many people are preferring to put their money into art and antiques." rel="nofollow"

More than 200 dealers from 15 countries are expected to offer $1 billion worth of artwork at the event. Highlights will include Black Stallion and His Groom by the early-17th-century Dutch artist Roelandt Savery, which is believed to have been painted for the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II and is priced at $752,000. Also on display will be an Egyptian bronze statue of a priestess of Amun (945–715 B.C.) and Black Light Self-Portrait, one of a series of "Fright Wig Self-Portraits" that Andy Warhol made in 1986.

When the air had cleared after the frenzy of New York’s spring art auctions, players and spectators...
This circa-1900 pink-swirl marble is in what Dan Morphy calls “wet mint condition,” or as pristine...
Photo by Bob Tursack
Maya Angelou’s art collection focused on works by African-American masters...
The display is part of a hotel-wide renovation that will be completed by the end of the year...
Heritage Auctions will also offer Mickey Mantle’s rookie card and Mike Ditka’s Super Bowl playbook…
Photo by Cordero Studios⁄corderostudios.com
Charles and Judy Tate assembled a world-class collection of Latin American art—and then gave it all...
Photo by The Strong, Rochester, N.Y.
The American game culture is almost as old as the country itself...
Photograph by Ron Pierson, courtesy of Guernsey's
The bounty from the sunken ship includes 40 tons of silver and gold valued at $450 million…
Photo by Michael Richter
Visitors trekked to Maastricht, the Netherlands, for the March opening day of the European Fine Art...
The 13 new portraits include images of Douglas Cramer, Judy Garland, and Ernesto Esposito…