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A nude painting just sold in New York for a record-breaking $157 million — here are the 15 most expensive paintings ever sold

This week, Sotheby's New York broke its own sales record, selling Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani's "Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)" for a record-breaking $157.2 million. This sale breaks the top 15 most expensive paintings ever sold via auction or private sale.

Russell Crowe is auctioning off a $35,000 dinosaur skull that he bought from Leonardo DiCaprio

Russell Crowe is auctioning off a dinosaur skull that he bought from Leonardo DiCaprio, which has an estimated worth between $35,000 and $40,000.

A BMW sports car once owned by Steve Jobs is going up for auction — and it’s expected to sell for up to $400,000

Steve Jobs bought the BMW Z8 roadster in 2000 after being named permanent CEO of Apple. The car will be put up for auction in December.

Millions of dollars’ worth of Apollo moon-landing gear is up for auction on eBay

A bag that astronauts stuffed full of the first lunar soil samples could be yours for $2 million — just in time for the Apollo 11 mission's 48th anniversary.

A ‘paradox’ is plaguing the art market

There's still demand from collectors, but sellers do not think that this is the best market environment for them.

The world’s rich are in ‘wait and see mode’

Asian clients are buying less art, but they're buying such expensive art that it's becoming a bigger share of all art sold.

This week was a disaster for Sotheby’s

A whale died; a sale failed.

A Ferrari that split in half in a high-speed crash has been completely restored and sold at auction for $1.7 million

The Ferrari Enzo was split in half in a 2006 crash along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California.

ANALYST: This has become a ‘trust us’ story

The CFO of auction house Sotheby's, Patrick McClymont, has resigned from the company effective January 1.