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Ukraine: An Arts Update
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Ukraine: An Arts Update

It’s been a while since I’ve written about Ukraine. The last time I mentioned the conflict was in my coverage of a Christie sale in London back in July featuring a large Jeff Koons sculpture. The sculpture’s seller, the Ukrainian billionaire … More…

Burn, Frida, Burn
Frida Kahlo, in a photograph taken by her father Guillermo

Burn, Frida, Burn

The destruction of art is never something to celebrate or look forward to. Whether it’s a militant organization destroying cultural heritage or some kid at a museum accidentally tripping and putting his hand through a Picasso canvas, it always makes … More…

Betty White’s White Glove Sale
three catalogs with picture of betty white on each of them

Betty White’s White Glove Sale

Early in September, a fairly heavy box showed up at our house, and to our surprise, it contained three beautiful hardcover books titled The Life and Career of Betty White. They were the Betty White auction catalogs for a sale … More…

Bonhams 19th Century & British Impressionist Sale
The Last Sight of Fiammetta by Marie Spartali Stillman, sold at Bonhams New Bond Street

Bonhams 19th Century & British Impressionist Sale

On Wednesday, September 21, Bonhams’ New Bond Street location in London hosted their 19th Century and British Impressionist art sale, with a total of seventy-five lots crossing the block. While several impressive lots sold that day, the sale as a … More…

The William Paley Collection Coming To Sotheby’s
Three Studies for Portrait of Henrietta Moraes by Francis Bacon

The William Paley Collection Coming To Sotheby’s

Besides being the president of CBS, William Paley was also known as an art collector, favoring works by the great nineteenth- and twentieth-century masters. His collection is currently owned by his namesake foundation, but much of it is on long-term … More…

Recovered de Kooning: The Good & The Bad News
recovered de Kooning painting

Recovered de Kooning: The Good & The Bad News

In 1985 a couple walked into The University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson, Arizona, and quickly walked out with Willem de Kooning’s Woman-Ochre (1955). According to Olivia Miller, the museum’s curator, the thieves came in just as the museum was … More…

Phillips London Evening & Day Editions
Water Lilies with Willows by Roy Lichtenstein, sold at Phillips London

Phillips London Evening & Day Editions

On September 14th and 15th, Phillips London hosted their Evening and Day Edition sales. Over two sales spanning seven hours total, 233 lots crossed the block, resulting in exceptional results for Phillips. The Evening Edition sale on September 14th featured … More…

Phillips London David Hockney Sale
The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 - 30 May by David Hockney, sold at Phillips London

Phillips London David Hockney Sale

On Tuesday, September 13th, Phillips London held an entire sale consisting of the works of the British artist David Hockney. The seventy-eight available lots, mainly prints and digital works, did as well as one might expect for a collection by … More…

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
two dogs

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…