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Mao Zedong Scroll Recovered, But Cut In Half
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Mao Zedong Scroll Recovered, But Cut In Half

Three people were arrested in connection to a September 10th burglary in Hong Kong that is said to be the most expensive heist in the region to date.  According to reports, the apartment of Fu Chunxiao, a well-known collector of … More…

Christie’s 20th Century Evening Sale
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Christie’s 20th Century Evening Sale

On October 7th, Christie’s presented their sale of 20th century works of art.  The title is a little misleading since the earliest lot was some 67 million years old, and there were 5 works from the 19th century.  As you … More…

You Said It, Not Me – Banksy Prints Sales at Sotheby’s & Christie’s
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You Said It, Not Me – Banksy Prints Sales at Sotheby’s & Christie’s

Last week, Sotheby’s and Christie’s hosted online sales of works by Banksy through their London locations… they were not originals, but prints; however, given his aura, they made some impressive prices. Before we get into it, I have to say … More…

Amazing What Technology Can Do – Facial Reconstruction
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Amazing What Technology Can Do – Facial Reconstruction

In Greco-Roman times, mummy portraits were all the rage!  These painted portraits were placed over the embalmed face, and since the late 1880s, over 1000 portraits have been discovered. Sadly, only about 10% are still attached to the mummy. One … More…

When I Rains, It Pours – Marlborough Gallery
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When I Rains, It Pours – Marlborough Gallery

Marlborough Gallery is caught up in another legal matter. Prosecutors in France have charged the gallery and their director of Asian arts, Philippe Koutouzis, with bribery.  They are claiming that Jean-Paul Desroches (retired curator from the Guimet Museum) received “compensation” … More…

“Gotta Catch ‘Em All”
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“Gotta Catch ‘Em All”

If the current market for the sale of collectible cards has taught us anything, it’s DO NOT OPEN the boxes or packs…or buy two, one to open, one to save. A Pokémon First Edition Base Card Booster Set, produced in … More…

You Sue Me, I Sue You!
Tales from the dark side

You Sue Me, I Sue You!

It is unfortunate to see how fast things can spiral out of control. Marlborough, one of New York’s top galleries, decided to close its doors in June (Marlborough Gallery, Veteran New York Enterprise, to Close Amid Expansion Effort) after a … More…

Anonymity May Not Be A Good Thing
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Anonymity May Not Be A Good Thing

Banksy’s trademark might be at risk after he lost a case against Full Colour Black (a Gaffiti and Street Art greeting card company that reproduces his work).  According to a couple of recent articles (listed below), “[i]n 2014, Banksy’s representatives, … More…

Spectacles See Far Beyond Estimate
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Spectacles See Far Beyond Estimate

Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948), a lawyer and activist for Indian civil rights, was best known for his leadership of the peaceful resistance movement that lead to India’s independence from British rule. Over the years, some items once belonging to … More…

Dora Maar To Get $450k Face Lift
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Dora Maar To Get $450k Face Lift

20-year-old Spanish architecture student Shakeel Ryan Massey will spend 18 months behind bars for a destructive stunt pulled on December 28th of last year. Massey, while visiting the Tate Modern, punched a hole through the protective glass in front of … More…