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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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Nagy Loses In Court

Back in 2015, two Nazi looted drawings by Egon Schiele turned up in London dealer Richard Nagy’s booth at a New York show (estimated value was about $5M).  Papers were filed on November 16, 2015 to recover the works.  After … More…

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It’s Finally Over – They Can Sell

Justice David Lowy has ruled that the Berkshire Museum can move forward with the planned sale of up to 40 works of art.  Norman Rockwell’s “Shuffleton’s Barbershop” will be sold to another museum and then the Berkshire can sell additional … More…

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Leonardo or Boltraffio? Guess The National Gallery (London) Did Not Care, They Just Wanted It.

Here is a troubling story. According to Martin Bailey’s article in The Art Newspaper: A leading Leonardo da Vinci scholar, Martin Kemp, has stated that London’s National Gallery altered the attribution of a “Leonardo” it was borrowing, in order to … More…

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Regardless Of Its Value, It’s A Nice Find!

When I first read this story I thought … WOW, someone hit it big!  Then I started to do a little research and discovered that the value might be a little bit over the top.  Regardless of what it is … More…

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Comments on the Art Market – Volume 208

Our most recent edition has just been released.  In this month’s edition we cover A Collector’s Passion For The 19th Century, our upcoming exhibit “Imagine” opens on the 28th, Stocks, The Dark Side of the Art World, Really (interesting stories … More…

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My 2 Cents On Museum Deaccessions

The decisions by the Berkshire Museum and La Salle University to sell off most of their major works of art for financial reasons has caused a real uproar. While I am a firm believer that museums should not sell their … More…

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A Yacht For a Painting … The $450M Deal

We all knew two rich people were battling it out for Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ … what we did not know is that the two people (Mohammed Bin Zayed and Mohammed Bin Salman) are friends and each mistakenly thought … More…

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A Collector’s Passion For The 19th Century

American Fine Art Magazine recently featured one of our client’s collections.  Here is an opportunity to see one of the many collections of 19th & 20th century art we helped build and how it is now displayed. Among the artists … More…

IN GALLERY EXHIBITION -- IMAGINE -- OPENING APRIL 28TH