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Destruction In Dallas
An exterior photo of the Dallas Museum of Art

Destruction In Dallas

Security at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) called the police last Wednesday night, June 1st, in response to a man who had broken into the facility. Once the 21-year-old man had been arrested and taken away, security surveyed some … More…

A Bad Week For Basquiat
A portrait photograph of Jean-Michel Basquiat

A Bad Week For Basquiat

Police in New York are still on the lookout for a couple who just decided to walk out of a gallery with a Basquiat. On May 14th, a man and a woman walked into Taglialatella Galleries in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. … More…

Sotheby’s New York Old Masters Two-Parter
A winter village scene by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, sold at Sotheby's

Sotheby’s New York Old Masters Two-Parter

On Wednesday and Thursday, May 25th and 26th, Sotheby’s New York location held its two-day Old Masters sale. Wednesday’s auction was the main slate, a live event with fifty-four available lots. This session featured all the high-value pieces, including many … More…

Not Looking Good For Danieli
A fake painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat on sale for $12 million at the Galerie Danieli in Palm Beach, Florida owned by Daniel Elie Bouaziz

Not Looking Good For Danieli

In December, there was quite a bit of commotion when FBI and IRS agents led a raid on the Palm Beach locations of Danieli Fine Art and Galerie Danieli. The agents covered the windows with brown paper and began removing things … More…

Kurt Cobain’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Guitar Sells At Auction
1969 Fender Mustang electric guitar in

Kurt Cobain’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Guitar Sells At Auction

Rock and roll memorabilia is a big business, and guitars used by the biggest rock stars command big prices. According to Rolling Stone, the most expensive guitar ever auctioned was Kurt Cobain’s guitar from his 1993 MTV Unplugged performance. The … More…

Sotheby’s Belle Époque Splendor: The Discerning Eye Of A Collector
portrait of a woman on a sofa

Sotheby’s Belle Époque Splendor: The Discerning Eye Of A Collector

Well, Sotheby’s presented a group of paintings from one collection titled Belle Époque Splendor: The Discerning Eye Of A Collector. I think you will soon agree that “The Discerning Eye” part of the title was very misleading. From the images … More…

Experts Disagree Over Stolen Titian Portrait
Portrait of a Gentleman with a Black Beret, by the Renaissance master Titian, recently recovered by Italian authorities

Experts Disagree Over Stolen Titian Portrait

Italy’s Cultural Heritage Protection Unit has successfully recovered a stolen portrait by a Renaissance master. In 2004, a work by Titian entitled Portrait of a Gentleman with a Black Beret went missing. Created when the master was around 24-years-old, the … More…

Homeward Bound: The Elgin Marbles’ Continuing Story
Examples of statues from the Parthenon in the British Museum's Duveen Galleries

Homeward Bound: The Elgin Marbles’ Continuing Story

I’ve written about the Elgin Marbles multiple times, most recently last August. For those unfamiliar, the Elgin Marbles are a series of sculptures and friezes kept in London’s British Museum that was originally part of the Parthenon in Athens. Lord … More…

Christie’s New York Post-War & Contemporary Sale
Three Ice Cream Cones by Wayne Thiebaud, sold at Christie's

Christie’s New York Post-War & Contemporary Sale

Day two of Christie’s Thursday through Saturday sale streak involved an enormous post-war and contemporary collection. The entire sale took nearly all day Friday, lasting from 9:30 in the morning to around 7:00 at night. Christie’s broke up the several … More…

Christie’s American Art Sale
colorful landscape painting with river and mountains

Christie’s American Art Sale

On May 17th, Christie’s presented their American Art sale featuring 20th-century paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. There were some surprising results, both good and bad, but overall, I am sure Christie’s is more than a little disappointed with how … More…