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Seized Business Records Uncover Looted Indian Antiquities
8th-century sandstone panel depicting an equestrian deity

Seized Business Records Uncover Looted Indian Antiquities

$1.15 million worth of looted antiques from India are to be returned after they were recovery by the antiques trafficking unit in New York City. In total, the objects include ten antiquities that were recovered during a series of raids … More…

Of Little Value – Easy To Return
Nicolas Rousseau - detail

Of Little Value – Easy To Return

It was recently reported that Peter Forner, the son of a German soldier who, during WWII, was ordered to take a painting by Nicolas Rousseau, has returned it to France.  The painting is now on display at the World Centre … More…

Pissarro Can Stay
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Pissarro Can Stay

Well, this case was finally settled.  Back in 2000, the heirs of Lilly Cassirer sued Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, over Pissarro’s Rue Saint-Honoré, dans l’après-midi. Effet de pluie (1897).  The painting was taken by the Nazi’s in 1939, and in 1976 … More…

Bouvier / Rybolovlev – A Never Ending Saga
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Bouvier / Rybolovlev – A Never Ending Saga

According to an article written by Anna Brady and Vincent Noce, for The Art Newspaper, it appears that the Swiss government’s investigation into Yves Bouvier for unpaid taxes, which began in 2017, is still ongoing.  The government is alleging that … More…

When Will The Stupidity End?
Canova Damage

When Will The Stupidity End?

Video surveillance (click the source link below) shows a 50 year old Austrian tourist sitting on the original plaster cast model of Antonio Canova’s Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix, and breaking off three of the figure’s toes.  You might wonder … More…

British & European Art – Christie’s, London
Grimshaw’s Stapleton Park, Near Pontefract

British & European Art – Christie’s, London

Christie’s just completed another online auction, this one featured British and European Art, and once again, there were not a lot of great works presented.  Christie’s promoted the featured works from this sale on their site, amounting to 11 of … More…

LeBron James Breaks Another Record
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LeBron James Breaks Another Record

It did not take long to break the auction record for a modern-day trading card… I am referring to a card that was produced after 1980. In June, I wrote about a Mike Trout rookie card that made $922K… well, … More…

Rembrandt To Richter – 500 Centuries Of Art
Joan Miro’s Peinture (Femme au Chapeau Rouge)

Rembrandt To Richter – 500 Centuries Of Art

The onslaught continues, and this week, Sotheby’s presented their Rembrandt to Richter sale … a mash-up of pricier works from Old Master to Contemporary.  I, for one, have never been a fan of this type of sale, especially when you … More…

Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Evening – Online pt 3
Pablo Picasso - Tete de Femme Endormie

Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Evening – Online pt 3

Wrapping up the three-part evening, Sotheby’s offered up a modest selection of Impressionist & Modern works; we were expecting 32 lots to be offered, but only 26 materialized, as 6 lots were withdrawn – that’s nearly 20% of the sale! … More…

Nahmad vs. Phillips – More Legal Matters
Tales from the dark side

Nahmad vs. Phillips – More Legal Matters

The Nahmad family is back in the news, this time, with the youngest of the art dealing clan, Joseph Nahmad. According to a complaint filed on June 9th in New York, Joseph Nahmad is suing Phillips auction house after a … More…