El Greco painted several versions of "Christ Driving the Merchants from the Temple," and in the process set the OK standards for generations of artists to re-visit the same theme or image over and over in their work.
"You are not seeing double. Sotheby’s and Christie’s both have mystical gray-and-black paintings by Mark Rothko, executed the same year and painted on the same size (60 by 68 inches) canvas. The sellers of Sotheby’s version, the Iowa collectors John and Mary Pappajohn, bought it at Christie’s for $800,000 in 1996. Christie’s Rothko was purchased from the John Weber Gallery by an unidentified collector. Why Sotheby’s Rothko is supposedly worth $2 million to $3 million more is anyone’s guess."NYT's Carol Vogel discusses the fall auction season's star offerings as the millions continue to pour into the secondary art market. Read it here.