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Many More Recoveries
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Many More Recoveries

In 2017, an investigation was launched when a state archaeology lab in Apulia, Italy made a discovery in a European arts catalogue… they noticed ‘decorative elements’ from a Daunian funerary stele that was in the hands of a “wealthy Belgian … More…

Hekking’s Mona Lisa Sells – Stupidity At Its Finest
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Hekking’s Mona Lisa Sells – Stupidity At Its Finest

I think many will agree that this week’s result from Christie’s sale of a 17th-century copy of the Mona Lisa, called the Hekking Mona Lisa, illustrates how crazy the art world has become — not to mention that some people … More…

Huge Art Theft Uncovered
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Huge Art Theft Uncovered

When Architettura, a work by Italian artist Ottone Rosai, fell from the wall of Italian broadcasting company Rai, an art heist hidden in the shadows for decades was brought to light. According to reports, upon inspection, it was determined that … More…

Tom Brady Scores In The Off Season
2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket card, with Brady's autograph, received a Mint 9 grade, with a perfect 10 for the signature

Tom Brady Scores In The Off Season

Well, it was less than two months ago that I wrote about the record-breaking Tom Brady rookie card, and it did not take long for that record of $2.25M to be sacked. A similar card as the one that sold … More…

A Long Overdue App For The Artworld
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A Long Overdue App For The Artworld

In May, Interpol launched a free app called ID-Art to help law enforcement and the general public identify stolen art. The database has over 52,000 items listed, and you can search with an image or specific criteria (artist’s name, etc.). … More…

The Big Gamble
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The Big Gamble

While the general NFT market has been heading south, the upper end still seems to be heading north.  On Thursday, Sotheby’s London auctioned off “Covid Alien,” CryptoPunk 7523 for an astounding $11.8M.  The buyer definitely knows something about gambling, it … More…

A Childhood Dream Fulfilled
United States Double Eagle twenty dollar gold coin minted in 1933

A Childhood Dream Fulfilled

Stuart Weitzman (the iconic shoe designer) started collecting stamps and coins in his childhood; as a young boy, he had a dream to one day own the rarest of the rare and saved a blank space in his books for … More…

A Happy Ending For A Couple Of Paintings
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A Happy Ending For A Couple Of Paintings

One of the big stories behind last month’s auction was all the works being deaccessioned from museums.  Yesterday afternoon we received an email from Chairman and Trustee of The Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation (who read one … More…

Disappointing End For Another Nazi-Looted Artwork
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Disappointing End For Another Nazi-Looted Artwork

A final update on the work by Camille Pissarro – La Bergere Rentrant des Moutons. Leone-Noelle Meyer, a Holocaust survivor herself, has renounced her rights to the artwork in a decades-long legal struggle. Meyer lost multiple family members at Auschwitz, including … More…

Lovis Corinth Still Life Restituted
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Lovis Corinth Still Life Restituted

The heirs of Gustav and Emma Mayer will be receiving one of many items that the Nazis stole during the war. The painting, Blumenstilleben, has been in the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels, along with approximately … More…

And You Think NFTs Are Crazy
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And You Think NFTs Are Crazy

News broke that Salvatore Garau, an Italian artist, recently sold one of his sculptures for $18,000. I know, what’s the big deal? Why is a sculpture priced at $18,000 something to even write about? Well, the sculpture does not exist … More…

Basketball’s Record-Breaking Action This Season
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Basketball’s Record-Breaking Action This Season

As the 2021 Basketball Playoffs have begun, many will be eagerly watching the record-breaking action on the court, but there was also record-breaking action in the auction room. Two fan favorites, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, just scored new records. … More…

Stolen Treasure
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Stolen Treasure

The Daily Mail recently reported that thieves broke into Arundel Castle and stole more than £1M worth of gold and silver treasures. Among the items stolen are the gold rosary beads that Mary Queen of Scots had with her when … More…

The American Art Auctions – And The Winner Was?
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The American Art Auctions – And The Winner Was?

This week both Christie’s and Sotheby’s held their American Art auctions in New York, and you will have to decide who was the overall winner of the American market this season. All sale prices mentioned below include the buyer’s premium. … More…

A Real Difficult One – Sotheby’s 19th Century European Sale
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A Real Difficult One – Sotheby’s 19th Century European Sale

I will begin by saying that when I first saw the offerings for this sale, other than a handful of works, I was not very impressed. Supply seems very limited, and what is coming to the market are either not … More…

Saved The Best For Last – Christie’s 20th Century Evening
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Saved The Best For Last – Christie’s 20th Century Evening

Finishing off the week of big Spring sales was Christie’s 20th Century, which featured an impressive lineup; offerings included works by Monet, Rothko, Giacometti, Warhol, Picasso, Mondrian, and a slew of other big names. As you can see 20th Century … More…

The Marathon’s Final Leg – Impressionist & Modern
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The Marathon’s Final Leg – Impressionist & Modern

There was a short break after the Contemporary sale, and by about 9:20 pm, the final leg of their marathon event started – those UK staff members must have been drinking a lot of coffee! The auctioneer began by announcing … More…

Part 2 Of The Sotheby’s Marathon – Contemporary
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Part 2 Of The Sotheby’s Marathon – Contemporary

When the Marion sale ended, they moved on to the Contemporary Evening Sale, which started at about 7 pm and went on until 9 pm, with only 32 lots. This one just dragged on with the bidders from across the … More…

Sotheby’s Marathon – Part 1 – The Collection Of Mrs. John L. Marion
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Sotheby’s Marathon – Part 1 – The Collection Of Mrs. John L. Marion

Sotheby’s began their May 12th marathon with a group of paintings from the collection of Mrs. John Marion (Anne Windfohr Marion). After looking at the works up for sale (most of which were very large), I wondered about the size … More…

Contemporary Art… Wait No, 21st Century Art At Christie’s… Uhh, Except The Basquiats (And Others)
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Contemporary Art… Wait No, 21st Century Art At Christie’s… Uhh, Except The Basquiats (And Others)

The spring auction season is upon us, with the big houses holding their Impressionist & Modern and Post-War & Contemporary sales. Christie’s being the annoying entity they are, decided to change the structure of their sales; now they feature a … More…

While Drawing Protests, Deaccessioning Continues
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While Drawing Protests, Deaccessioning Continues

Throughout the pandemic, we have read stories about museums in financial trouble and how some have resorted to selling works to cover costs. Hopefully, we are getting closer to allowing them to open fully; however, some are still looking to … More…

Kardashian Learns a Lesson on Looted Artifacts… Maybe?
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Kardashian Learns a Lesson on Looted Artifacts… Maybe?

Just last week, the U.S. Government filed a suit seeking the forfeiture of an “illegally imported” statue, which is currently being held by U.S. Customs and Border Protection; it has been in their possession since it was imported to the … More…

Kanye West Has A New Record
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Kanye West Has A New Record

Kayne West breaks a record, and this one was not vinyl. Kayne West is best known as an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer, but he also has a love of fashion and has had his hand at designing. For … More…

More On The da Vinci Saga
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More On The da Vinci Saga

Martin Kemp, one of the leading experts on da Vinci’s work, has penned an article for The Art Newspaper about the controversy surrounding the $450 million painting.  Will this ever end? I doubt it, but in the end, does it … More…