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Saving The Art – They Did It Once … Why Not Again?

Rory Tingle assembled a nice group of photographs in the Daily Mail showing how some of the works of art in the Louvre were packed up and carried off to safe places during WWII — almost 3700 in all. Once … More…

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Doig, Richter & Wool: Sotheby’s Contemporary (London)

This week also saw Sotheby’s London take a crack at the Post-War and Contemporary arena… with 61 works up on the block and a presale estimate of £85.9-118.7M, we knew they were not going to rival the prior night’s showing … More…

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Precious Stones Turn Out To Be Nothing More Than A Bunch Of Rocks

During an inspection of the Czech National Museum’s gem collection a number of fakes were found.  So far, only 400 of the 5000 stones have been checked and a 5-carat diamond acquired by the museum in 1968 has been revealed … More…

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Warhol, Basquiat & Doig: Christie’s Contemporary (London)

Earlier this week, Christie’s London offered up their evening selection of Post-War and Contemporary art… As you may expect, the results were pretty impressive, as evening sale results often are. The sale as a whole was expected to bring between … More…

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Why Are We Just Now Learning About This Theft?

Why is this news just surfacing when the owner discovered, back in August of 2017, that the 6 of his Hudson River School paintings (including works by David Johnson, Thomas Cole, Thomas Moran, and Jasper Francis Cropsey) were missing from … 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.

A Last-Ditch Effort To Save The Collection

Opponents of the Berkshire Museum’s decision to sell 40 works are making a last-ditch effort to stop  the sale.  A few weeks ago the museum, along with the AGO (Maura Healey), presented a proposal to the courts which would allow … More…

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Green + Greed = The Dark Side

Early this month, news broke of a multi-count indictment over a $50 million international securities fraud and money laundering scheme.  Based on a release from the New York Department of Justice, six individuals and four brokerage/management corporations are involved … … More…

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Are Bonfoey Gallery & Neil Morris in Hot Water?

In January, Richard and Becky Hearty, from Cross Plains, Tennessee, filed a lawsuit against the Bonfoey Gallery, of Cleveland, for coercing Richard’s mother into consigning an important painting by George Inness to them.  According to the complaint, Richard is the … More…

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Comments on the Art Market – Volume 207

We just released Volume 207 of our Comments on the Art Market.  This month we cover the Charleston Show, an upcoming gallery exhibition titled Imagine (works from the Ani Art Academies and some special guests), Stocks, Tales from the Dark … More…

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Dali, Dali & Magritte: Sotheby’s Art of the Surreal (London)

Sotheby’s also presented a sale devoted to Surrealist art and it was a compact, carefully curated, one.  Taking first and second place was the master of Surrealism … Salvador Dalí.  His Maison pour erotomane (a tiny work measuring just 5 … More…

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