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NEW AQUISITION: M.V. Administrator at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania by John Stobart
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NEW AQUISITION: M.V. Administrator at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania by John Stobart

We recently acquired a new work by John Stobart, M.V. Administrator at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. After completing his service in the Royal Air Force in the early 1950s, Stobart planned to return to school at the Royal Academy. By happenstance, a … More…

Mickey Mantle Card Hits All-Time Record, But…
1952 Mickey Mantle baseball card

Mickey Mantle Card Hits All-Time Record, But…

Heritage’s recent Summer Platinum Night Sports auction was all over the news for just one lot. The Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps baseball card set an amazing new record for sports memorabilia, but what about the rest of the sale? Did … More…

New York City Streets Mourn The Queen
The royal cypher of Queen Elizabeth II

New York City Streets Mourn The Queen

Until last week, most of us had not known a world without Queen Elizabeth II. Across the globe, people paid tribute to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch in all sorts of ways: flags throughout the world were lowered to half-mast, world leaders … More…

Stolen Some 50 Years Ago, And Still Missing
Corot - stolen in 1972 from the Montreal museum

Stolen Some 50 Years Ago, And Still Missing

In 1972, three men broke into the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and drove out with 39 small objects and 18 paintings. According to reports, it took the armed thieves about an hour and a half to enter the museum … More…

Bonhams New York Ernie Barnes Sale
Solid Rock Congregation by Ernie Barnes, sold at Bonhams New York, commissioned by Margaret Bell-Byars in 1983

Bonhams New York Ernie Barnes Sale

On Friday, September 9th, Bonhams New York held a very special sale, particularly because it was a rather brief affair. There was only a single lot in the catalogue: Solid Rock Congregation by Ernie Barnes. Why Bonhams didn’t just put … More…

Vermeer’s Milkmaid Unveils New Secrets
The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer, kept at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Vermeer’s Milkmaid Unveils New Secrets

Starting on February 10, 2023, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will open an exhibit featuring 27 of the 35 known paintings by the Dutch Golden Age master Johannes Vermeer. It will be the largest Vermeer exhibition to date, reuniting many of … More…

Princess Diana’s Ford Escort Sells At Auction
Princess Diana dancing at the White House

Princess Diana’s Ford Escort Sells At Auction

Even in the best condition, a Ford Escort from the mid-1980s wouldn’t be particularly valuable unless someone rather important owned it. And if royalty isn’t important, I don’t know what is. At the end of August, Silverstone Auto Auctions in … More…

China’s War On Dissident Art
Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party

China’s War On Dissident Art

It all sounds like something out of a spy thriller: A work by an artist exiled from his home country suddenly goes up in flames. Many brushed it off as just an accident, but the artist thinks there’s something more … More…

The New View – At Least For Now
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The New View – At Least For Now

The end of August has arrived, and with that, the end of our lease on 57th Street. In the late 1970s, the gallery moved from a space on Park Avenue South to one on East 63rd Street.  We enjoyed our … More…

Bonhams New York American Art Sale
Nantucket, Massachusetts by Anne Ramsdell Congdon, sold at Bonhams New York, previously owned by David Lloyd

Bonhams New York American Art Sale

Last Wednesday, August 24th, the Bonhams New York showroom hosted its American Art sale, breaking a sort of lull and signaling the coming of larger sales for the rest of the year. It was a modest sale, with only sixty-seven … More…

The Best Is Yet To Come: The Paul Allen Collection
La montagne Saint-Victoire by Paul Cézanne, completed in 1890, currently in the collection of Paul Allen, to be sold at Christie's in November 2022

The Best Is Yet To Come: The Paul Allen Collection

Christie’s announced recently that it had won the consignment for the art collection of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who passed away in 2018. His collection is considered one of the most prominent in the world, with works from the Renaissance … More…

Western Art On Display In Iran
A common silverfish

Western Art On Display In Iran

Having something incredible but not being able to show it off for whatever reason can be an agonizing feeling. It’s like having a secret that you desperately want to blurt out. So one can only imagine the experience of those … More…

Modern Art At Hadrian’s Wall
Hadrian's Wall

Modern Art At Hadrian’s Wall

While London may be the place to go for foreign tourists in Britain, people are being drawn to the northern English countryside to see a recent addition to one of the country’s oldest structures. Hadrian’s Wall is an ancient Roman … More…

Label Your Loot: The New Law For New York Museums
A portrait of the Austrian actress Tilla Durieux by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, sold under duress and now hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

Label Your Loot: The New Law For New York Museums

Since the end of the Second World War, cultural institutions worldwide have tried to deal with how to approach art stolen or appropriated by the Nazis. Some museums have been very open about acknowledging the problematic provenance of some of … More…

Modigliani Coming To The Big Screen
Nu couché by Amedeo Modigliani, sold at Christie's New York in 2015

Modigliani Coming To The Big Screen

Johnny Depp was all anyone could talk about a few months ago. The defamation trial involving him and his ex-wife Amber Heard was consistently one of the top stories between mid-April and early June of this year. And we all … More…

Vintage Leica Camera Smashes Record
vintage camera from Leica Company

Vintage Leica Camera Smashes Record

A vintage Leica camera smashed the auction record when it sold at the 40th Leitz Photographica auction. The Leitz Photographica auction takes place twice a year and is the world’s largest auction for vintage cameras and optical and photography lenses. … More…

Stealing Paintings Using… Psychics?
Sol Poente by the modernist Brazilian painter Tarsila do Amaral, confiscated from an alleged psychic involved in the conspiracy to defraud the collector Genevieve Boghici

Stealing Paintings Using… Psychics?

I’m incredibly skeptical and often outright dismissive of the paranormal, especially when people use it to try to provide a service. This means ghost-hunters, psychics, mediums, astrologers, palm-readers, all that stuff. If you want to try to make sense of … More…

The Process Has Begun: Demolition
Demoed space

The Process Has Begun: Demolition

I am pleased to report that the initial phase of our new space at 20 West 55th Street has begun … demolition! Alyssa and I went to the space the other day for a meeting with the building’s architect to … More…

Progress Up North: Artists’ Resale Rights In Canada
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Progress Up North: Artists’ Resale Rights In Canada

One of the main selling points of NFTs is that the blockchain provides a digital ledger documenting previous owners and how often the work has been resold. Ether, the main form of cryptocurrency that backs up most NFTs, has “smart … More…

Putin’s Architect: Who Is Lanfranco Cirillo?
President of Russia Vladimir Putin

Putin’s Architect: Who Is Lanfranco Cirillo?

Last week, Italian authorities led a raid on a villa outside the northern Italian town of Brescia, about 50 miles from Milan. The Guardia di Finanza, a police force in the service of Italy’s Economy and Finance Ministry, has confiscated … More…

A Glass For How Much?
A public domain image of whisky or whiskey being poured into a lowball glass with ice

A Glass For How Much?

As a whisky-drinker, I’m very aware of how much some people are willing to pay for a bottle of the good stuff. And sometimes, I can be weak-willed myself. I go into a store fully intending to just spend $40 … More…

We Are Now Closed … But Only For A Few Months
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We Are Now Closed … But Only For A Few Months

I am pleased to report that our transition to the storage facility in Long Island City is moving along quickly. Over the past few weeks, our fine art movers have made four trips to UOVO with most of our artwork, … More…

Reframing Picton: Slavery And Colonialism At A Welsh Museum
A portrait of Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Picton by Sir Martin Archer Shee around 1812, now at the National Museum Cardiff as part of the Reframing Picton exhibition

Reframing Picton: Slavery And Colonialism At A Welsh Museum

For the past several years, museums and other cultural institutions have been reevaluating their collections to curate exhibitions through a number of different lenses. Looking at a piece or several pieces within the context of colonialism or imperialism can drastically … More…

Shooting For The Moon From The Auction Block
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Shooting For The Moon From The Auction Block

You might expect a nice jacket from the late 1960s to be worth a little money. But it all changes once you know who it was worn by. Sotheby’s New York auctioned off a series of items from the personal … More…