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Shocking … More Than Half Are No Good!

I am blown away by this one.  According to recent reports, more than half of the paintings in the Terrus Museum, a state-owned French museum in Elne, are fake. Now, maybe I could understand if one or two forgeries slipped … More…

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The 19th Century Middle East – Hot, Hot Hot!

This week Sotheby’s presented a small selection of 19th century Orientalist works, and the results were impressive.  Taking the top spot was Edwin Lord Weeks’s Rabat (The Red Gate) which brought £573K ($799K – est. £200-300K). In second was Paul … More…

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Drama At The Upper Levels Of The Art Market

According to a number of recent articles, contemporary art collector Steve Tananbaum has filed suit against Gagosian Gallery and Jeff Koons for failing to deliver 3 of the artist’s sculptures.  As of now, Tananbaum has ponied up about $13 million … More…

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Christie’s 19th Century – A Slight Improvement

The auction action in New York started this week with the 19th century sale at Christie’s … so let’s jump in. Taking the top two spots were works by William Bouguereau.  His Admiration maternelle – le bain carried an $800-$1.2M … More…

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More Museum Works Hit The Market

There have been many recent articles about the Berkshire’s and La Salle University’s decision to sell works for the wrong reasons.  Well, the Baltimore Museum of Art’s recent press release highlights one of the right reasons … to strengthen a … More…

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Judy Tucker – Art Restorer & Angry Racist Old Fart

While this is not really an ‘art related’ story, it is something that still plagues our society … racism … and in this instance, it does have an ‘art’ connection.  It appears (I say appears because all I have read … More…

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How To Burn Your Money In The Art World

A number of years ago, close friends called and ask if Amy & I could come over and help them hang the “original” painting they just purchased while on their holiday cruise.  We hung up the phone and all I … More…

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), "Shuffleton's Barbershop," 1950. Oil on canvas, 31" x 33". Cover illustration for "The Saturday Evening Post," April 29, 1950. Collection of the Berkshire Museum. Norman Rockwell Museum Digital Collections. ©SEPS: Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN.

George Lucas,  Norman Rockwell & The Berkshire Museum

When it was first announced that the Berkshire Museum’s ‘‘Shuffleton’s Barbershop’’ (by Norman Rockwell) was going to be sold to another museum many people, including myself, figured it might be heading for Crystal Bridges.  Well, today we found out that … More…

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Sad News

We received a phone call, early this morning, informing us that the victim of the fire at Trump Tower, Todd Brassner, was the brother of Howard Brassner – a friend and fellow art dealer.  Our thoughts and prayers go out … More…

Ultraviolet light exposes otherwise invisible markings on a ring sold as Navajo made by Gallery 8, in Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico. Special Agent Russell Stanford marked the ring when he intercepted a UPS shipment full of jewelry imported from Fashion Accessories 4 U in the Philippines. 
PHOTOGRAPH BY U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, AP

It Is Time To Take A Tough Stand

The Indian Arts and Crafts Act, first passed in 1935 and revised in 1990, made misrepresenting retail arts and craft items as Native American, when in fact they were not a federal crime. For a first time violation of the … More…

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