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Sotheby’s Schmit Collection, Part II
A peasant woman hauls a bundle of kindling on her back, trudging through the snow accompanied by her young daughter and a goat that she’s pulling on a rope

Sotheby’s Schmit Collection, Part II

This Thursday, Sotheby’s Paris saw the second half of Robert and Nadine Schmit’s collection come across the block. (w/p = with buyer’s premium) The first half was already featured at a sale back in early December. Robert Schmit was a … More…

Christie’s Modern British And Irish Evening Sale
A minimalist acrylic on canvas painting by Bridget Riley

Christie’s Modern British And Irish Evening Sale

This Tuesday, Christie’s London hosted a short, hour-long auction for their Modern British and Irish evening sale. It was a very strong day for Christie’s, with nearly all the lots either hitting or exceeding their estimates. Of the thirty-one lots … More…

Deflategate 2.2
NFL football thrown by Tom Brady in playoff game in january 2022

Deflategate 2.2

Tom Brady has found a new way to deflate a football – this time, the controversy doesn’t have Brady allegedly ordering the physical deflation of footballs used in games, like in 2014 against the Indianapolis Colts. In this case, Brady … More…

Discovering More At Notre Dame
The western facade of Notre-Dame de Paris

Discovering More At Notre Dame

In December, I wrote about the state of Notre Dame Cathedral’s restoration following its devastating 2019 fire. And now, this week, workers have made a fascinating discovery at the site. While workers were testing the ground’s stability to prepare to rebuild the … More…

A Passion For Collecting Antique Toys
colorful toy motorcyle with mickey and minnie mouse

A Passion For Collecting Antique Toys

The excitement a new toy brings to a child’s face can be magical. International model and art gallery owner Monique Knowlton grew to love antique toys after seeing some incorporated into art installations, and collecting toys became a passion for … More…

Florentine Reunion: The New Donatello Exhibition
A Renaissance bronze relief executed by Donatello showing the head of John the Baptist presented to King Herod

Florentine Reunion: The New Donatello Exhibition

Two of Florence’s major cultural institutions will be joining forces to put on an exhibition dedicated to one of the city’s greatest artistic icons. Between March 19th and July 30th, the Palazzo Strozzi and the Museo Bargello will assemble around one … More…

Mickey Mantle Hits Another Home Run
Mickey Mantle's NY Yankee jersey

Mickey Mantle Hits Another Home Run

Two recent sales demonstrate how baseball icon Mickey Mantle (1931- 1995) has remained an all-star. Mantle played for the New York Yankees his entire career and is considered one of the greatest players, especially the greatest switch hitter, in baseball … More…

British and European Painting Sale Hits The Mark
several people playing tennis - Josef Oppenheimer’s The Tennis Match

British and European Painting Sale Hits The Mark

On March 9th, Bonhams, London, presented their British and European Painting sale — a selection of more affordable 19th and 20th-century paintings – you know, works carrying estimates like £800-1.2K, £2-3K, and £10-15K. It was a bit of a mixed … More…

Getting a Literal Bird’s-Eye View
A sulphur-crested cockatoo

Getting a Literal Bird’s-Eye View

If a badger can get credit as an archaeologist, a cockatoo can undoubtedly be a judge in an art contest, right? Well, one art competition in Australia certainly thinks so. The Archibald Prize is awarded by the Art Museum of … More…

Ukraine’s Latest Loss
A naive-style painting of bears collecting honey from an apiary

Ukraine’s Latest Loss

A video circulating on social media shows a museum on fire due to the current conflict in Ukraine. According to locals, within the first days of the invasion, Russian troops set fire to the Ivankiv Museum, about 50 miles north … More…

Par For The Course: Sotheby’s Modern & Contemporary Evening Sale
A suburban house among trees with a lamppost in the dark with a blue, cloudy, midday sky above

Par For The Course: Sotheby’s Modern & Contemporary Evening Sale

Wednesday’s Modern & Contemporary evening sale at Sotheby’s London showroom saw fifty-four works from some of the most recognizable names in the visual arts come up to the auction block. But while an auction like this typically has the wealthy … More…

New Record Price For Pokémon Illustrator Card
Pokémon picachu illustrator card

New Record Price For Pokémon Illustrator Card

Is inflation that bad, or has the world gone mad?? A new record auction price was achieved in the world of Pokémon this week when a 1998 Pokémon Illustrator card went under the hammer. In November of 2019, you may … More…

Christie’s Evening Sales – 20th/21st Century & The Art Of The Surreal
2 foxes in an abstract background - Franz Marc

Christie’s Evening Sales – 20th/21st Century & The Art Of The Surreal

On March 1st, Christie’s offered a set of three auctions between Shanghai and London, which lasted some 5 hours. (Prices shown are with the buyer’s premium) The first auction took place in Shanghai and featured 20 lots, with the top … More…

A Deal Too Good To Be True
Instagram screen shot noting fake email address and phone number

A Deal Too Good To Be True

News broke about a German collector who thought he was getting the deal of a lifetime in early February. It appears that Gallery T293, based in Rome and offering works by several in-demand artists, had been hacked. Cybercriminals accessed their … More…

Saving A City One Painting At A Time
A Baroque arch with paintings of saints

Saving A City One Painting At A Time

Save Venice is a US-based nonprofit that works to preserve and educate about Venetian cultural patrimony. The organization raises money to fund the restoration of paintings, sculptures, and public monuments in Venice that have deteriorated over the centuries. In one of … More…

CryptoPunk NFT Sale – A No Go
images of the CryptoPunks

CryptoPunk NFT Sale – A No Go

Over the past few weeks, there has been much publicity surrounding the single lot CryptoPunk sale at Sotheby’s. In a tweet, they stated: “CryptoPunks get the Sotheby’s treatment. Our next #SothebysMetaverse sale ‘Punk It! 104 CryptoPunks. 1 Lot.’ will be … More…

This Month’s Great British Break-Up
Stone exterior facade

This Month’s Great British Break-Up

British Petroleum (BP) has sponsored an annual portrait competition awarded by London’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) for the past thirty years. But after December 2022, that partnership will come to an end. While the Turner Prize is often considered the … More…

Man Ray’s Record-Setting Violin
A black-and-white photo of the nude back of a woman with a violin's f-holes

Man Ray’s Record-Setting Violin

I took an art history elective in high school, and that’s where I saw Man Ray’s work for the first time. It was his 1921 readymade sculpture The Gift, consisting of thumbtacks glued to the bottom of a flatiron. I … More…

Museums Betting Big
A young girl in a blue dress

Museums Betting Big

This past weekend, Cincinnati and Los Angeles got all the attention as their respective football teams faced off in the Super Bowl. Millions of dollars are lost and gained in betting on the Super Bowl every year, and it seems … More…

A Million Dollar Mistake
Three featureless faces on a blank background

A Million Dollar Mistake

We all do stupid things at work from time to time. Sometimes it’s something harmless like online shopping or listening to podcasts, only serving to relieve some boredom. But in other instances, the way you kill time can be inconceivably … More…

Nike ‘Air Force 1’ Sneakers Fly By Estimate
nike louis vuitton sneakers on orange case

Nike ‘Air Force 1’ Sneakers Fly By Estimate

Virgil Abloh was an American fashion designer, and in 2018 he became the artistic director for Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection. He was a rising star, and Time Magazine named him one of the most influential people in 2018. Tragically, in … More…

China’s Dissident Artist Who Built The Beijing Olympic Stadium
An evening image of the stadium with all its lights on

China’s Dissident Artist Who Built The Beijing Olympic Stadium

I first saw the work of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei years ago at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) when I saw parts of his Study of Perspective series. A few black-and-white photographs of different world landmarks hung … More…

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Personal Library Smashes Estimates
photo of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on sheet music for I'll Fight from the movie RBG

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Personal Library Smashes Estimates

Ruth Bader Ginsburg may have been petite, but she was a powerhouse. Ginsburg confronted many obstacles in both her personal and professional life yet worked to overcome them. She passed away in September 2020, and recently many items from her … More…

US Treasury Report: Nothing To See Here, Folks
The facade of the US Treasury building

US Treasury Report: Nothing To See Here, Folks

A report compiled by the US Treasury Department highlights some of the art world’s most significant flaws exploited by criminals. Congress initially commissioned the report as part of anti-money laundering legislation from 2020. It states, “the high-dollar values of single … More…