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John Jacob Astor’s Timepiece Sets Titanic Record
Engraved gold pocket watch belonged to John Jacob Astor

John Jacob Astor’s Timepiece Sets Titanic Record

John Jacob Astor’s pocket watch, which he was wearing when his body was found, is now the most expensive Titanic memorabilia purchased at auction. John Jacob Astor, an American self-made millionaire, was a multifaceted individual who excelled as a businessman, … More…

Sotheby’s New York Contemporary Evening Sale
An abstract painting of a nude man crouching down on a board.

Sotheby’s New York Contemporary Evening Sale

This month’s sales at New York’s auction houses had a decent start last night at Sotheby’s with back-to-back contemporary sales. Things started at 6:30 pm with a short sale called The Now, featuring established giants and the best new artists … More…

Mothers In The Arts
A seventeenth-century portrait of a woman holding a panel with sketches of two young boys.

Mothers In The Arts

Until 1974, an American bank could refuse to issue a credit card to a woman in her own name. And if they approved her, many required a man to cosign for it. Some major universities did not accept female undergraduate students … More…

AI Spots Fakes Online
A photo of a landscape painting

AI Spots Fakes Online

A story has been making the rounds in the arts and culture sections of many respectable publications about the latest wonder pulled off by an artificial intelligence program. The Swiss company Art Recognition announced that one of its AIs identified … More…

Formerly Forgotten Caravaggio At The Prado
A Baroque Italian painting of Jesus wearing the crown of thorns.

Formerly Forgotten Caravaggio At The Prado

How did a seemingly second-rate Old Master painting end up being declared a lost masterpiece set to go on display at the Prado Museum in Madrid? In April 2021, a sale at Ansorena, a Madrid auction house, featured a seventeenth-century … More…

The New Old Frame
A fifteenth-century double portrait by Jan van Eyck

The New Old Frame

London’s National Gallery has recently stirred up a storm in the art world by replacing the frame for one of its main attractions, Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Wedding. This seemingly innocuous act has unexpectedly sparked a heated debate, leaving part of … More…

Monet & Auerbach Changing Hands
Bord de Mer by Claude Monet

Monet & Auerbach Changing Hands

This week saw two confiscated paintings make the news: in the United States, a Monet pastel drawing stolen by the Nazis may be returned to its owners’ descendants. Meanwhile, Britain’s National Crime Agency will auction off an Auerbach painting taken from a … More…

Bonhams New York American Art Sale
A landscape painting showing the New Mexico desert with hills and storm clouds in the background.

Bonhams New York American Art Sale

On Wednesday, May 1st, Bonhams’ New York location hosted its first American art sale of the year, featuring ninety-four paintings and sculptures primarily by twentieth-century American artists like Guy Carleton Wiggins, Theodore Earl Butler, and Reginald Marsh. The auction’s top … More…

Possible Heir Claims Klimt Portrait
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Possible Heir Claims Klimt Portrait

A significant Gustav Klimt portrait has become the subject of an ownership dispute after a German man said it was his. Portrait of Fräulein Lieser by Gustav Klimt sold at the Vienna auction house im Kinsky last week for €30 million / … More…

Pope Visits The Venice Biennale
A photograph of Pope Francis in his white robes

Pope Visits The Venice Biennale

The 2024 Venice Biennale has been one of the most memorable events in the art world this year thus far. Some of the highlights have included Archie Moore, an Aboriginal Australian artist, winning the Golden Lion award for the exhibition’s best film; … More…

Art Institute Refuses To Give Up Nazi Loot
A drawing of a young, mustachioed man in uniform

Art Institute Refuses To Give Up Nazi Loot

The Art Institute of Chicago is putting up a fight regarding an Egon Schiele drawing that the Nazis possibly looted. The museum has been one of the targets of the Manhattan DA’s office for some time now. The Art Institute, … More…

Lost Klimt Sells In Vienna
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Lost Klimt Sells In Vienna

On Wednesday, there was some auction news out of Austria. The country’s second-largest auction house, im Kinsky, had the art world’s eyes fixed upon it as it hosted a small sale that included several works by the Viennese fin de siècle … More…

Prison Time For Peter Max Faker
A photograph of the artist Peter Max

Prison Time For Peter Max Faker

Last week, a Connecticut court sentenced a man to prison for selling fake paintings being passed off as originals by the American pop artist Peter Max. 29-year-old Nicholas Hatch of Wilton, Connecticut, was arrested in May 2023 for selling one … More…

Christie’s New York Modern American Sale
A landscape painting by Thomas Hart Benton of rural Utah, featuring a white horse at a fence in the foreground.

Christie’s New York Modern American Sale

On Thursday, April 18, Christie’s New York hosted its modern American art sale, the first major auction dedicated to American art since January. The sale primarily featured paintings and sculptures by twentieth-century American artists like Milton Avery and Andrew Wyeth. … More…

“Filthy” Churchill Portrait Goes To Auction
A black-and-white photographic portrait of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill

“Filthy” Churchill Portrait Goes To Auction

A preliminary study of Winston Churchill’s least favorite painting will go to auction at Sotheby’s later this year. When we think of famous portraits of Winston Churchill, the first one that comes to mind is the 1941 photograph by Yousuf … More…

The Allure Of Steve Jobs And The Apple Computer
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The Allure Of Steve Jobs And The Apple Computer

The recent auction hosted by Boston-based RR Auction, titled Steve Jobs and the Apple Computer Revolution, showcased the enduring allure and value associated with items linked to Apple’s iconic co-founder, Steve Jobs, and the groundbreaking company he helped build. Despite … More…