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The Colston Four Walk Free
a portrait of Edward Colston

The Colston Four Walk Free

Though Black Lives Matter as a movement was born in the United States in 2013, it became internationalized in 2020 after the murder of George Floyd. This became apparent to many when activists in the British city of Bristol toppled … More…

No Burgers by the Baths!
no burgers by the baths

No Burgers by the Baths!

McDonald’s has about 600 locations in Italy. In a country known worldwide for its famous and well-developed culinary traditions, it may be surprising that there’s a demand for American-style fast food, even if it’s just for the novelty. But McDonald’s … More…

Top 5 Art Crime Posts Of 2021
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Top 5 Art Crime Posts Of 2021

Take a look back at 2021’s most interesting art crime articles: The Serial Swindler – The Inigo Philbrick art scandal (here are a couple of our earlier posts on the matter: Inigo Philbrick – More Art World Greed,  Kenny Schachter … More…

Imperial Yangcai Revolving Vase Sets New Record
Chinese Imperial revolving vase

Imperial Yangcai Revolving Vase Sets New Record

This past year, we covered many items that set auction records when they sold. They included David Drake’s American pottery, an ancient Roman marble statue, a double eagle gold coin, Billy the Kid’s revolver, and of course, the U.S. Constitution.   … More…

Caveat Emptor – Let The Buyer Beware!
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Caveat Emptor – Let The Buyer Beware!

The number of auction sales that include art has skyrocketed through the pandemic. In the good old days, most people who wanted to auction a work of art consigned it to a saleroom in a major city – New York, … More…

NFTs: Newest Scammers’ Tool?
NFTs: Newest Scammers' Tools?

NFTs: Newest Scammers’ Tool?

Well, I’ve given in to the pressure, and I’m writing about NFTs. I wasn’t planning on doing so, but then I saw an article in the Washington Post called “Will NFTs transform the art world?” So now I feel obligated … More…

The Singing Lesson – Arthur John Elsley
Two young girls teaching a parrot to sing A Christmas Carol - Arthur John Elsley - The Singing Lesson

The Singing Lesson – Arthur John Elsley

The Singing Lesson, a long-lost work by Arthur John Elsley, one of the most important British Victorian genre artists, recently surfaced. Elsley was born in London on November 20, 1860, to John and Emily Elsley. John was an amateur artist … More…

Desktop Globe Stuns Seller
small antique globe

Desktop Globe Stuns Seller

A very lucky lady will have a very happy holiday and most likely go on a bit of a spending spree, all thanks to a rare desktop globe she purchased for a mere £150.  The seller watched the online auction … More…

Christie’s, London: British and European Art
three horse and riders - Alfred Munnings’ The Queen's Horses: 'Corporal', 'Biscuit' and 'Aureole' - British and European Art

Christie’s, London: British and European Art

On December 16th, Christie’s, London, presented their wide range of British and European Art. Like the Sotheby’s sale, the estimates spanned a wide range: £1.5-2K to £200-300K; about 95% of the sale was expected to sell for under £100K. Taking … More…

Galerie Danieli Raid
Tales from the dark side

Galerie Danieli Raid

Just this past Wednesday, FBI and IRS agents led a raid on Palm Beach’s Galerie Danieli. Federal agents taped off the entrance to the two Danieli storefronts on Worth Avenue and, throughout the morning, carried cardboard boxes into awaiting trucks. … More…