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Bataclan Banksy Bagged
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Bataclan Banksy Bagged

A mural, attributed to Banksy, was stolen in a swift overnight heist from the exterior of the Bataclan theater in Paris.  According to reports, the work, which was painted on an outside door in 2018, depicts a veiled figure.  The … More…

How To Safely Navigate The Art Market: The Catalogue Raisonné
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How To Safely Navigate The Art Market: The Catalogue Raisonné

Since I touched on expertise last month, I thought it would be appropriate to follow-up with an article about Catalogue Raisonnés (C.R.). I have used this term many times in my career, and occasionally someone stops me to ask — … More…

Getty Museum Acquires an Important 19th-Century Painting by Giovanni Segantini
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Getty Museum Acquires an Important 19th-Century Painting by Giovanni Segantini

The J. Paul Getty Museum announced this week that they have acquired a major work by the 19th-century Italian artist Giovanni Segantini.  The painting was originally commissioned by Toby Rosenthal on behalf of Jacob Stern (1851-1927) – the San Francisco … More…

‘Wow Factor’ Lures Immediate Buyer Of 19th Century French Painting That’s Been Unseen For 118 Years
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‘Wow Factor’ Lures Immediate Buyer Of 19th Century French Painting That’s Been Unseen For 118 Years

Daniel Ridgway Knight’s painting On the Terrace, Rolleboise recently surfaced, after about 118 years in hiding, and quickly found a new home.  Over the past 12 to 18 months, we have seen more and more interest in great academic works … More…

Comments on the Art Market – Volume 217
Comments on the Art Market

Comments on the Art Market – Volume 217

Happy New Year!  We just released Volume 217 of our Comments on the Art Market (the beginning of our 19th year).  Included are links to a couple of articles the gallery was featured in, a schedule of upcoming fairs (with … More…

20th Century Painting Ruled 2018 Art Market, More ‘Rare, Superb Quality Works’ Could Emerge in 2019
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20th Century Painting Ruled 2018 Art Market, More ‘Rare, Superb Quality Works’ Could Emerge in 2019

Below is a link to Natasha Gural’s summary, on Forbes.com, of the top works sold at public auction during 2018.  Will we see more impressive results in 2019?  The auction room machines need to be fed, so if they continue … More…

Hey Dutch Restitution Committee – Are You Serious?
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Hey Dutch Restitution Committee – Are You Serious?

Anne Webber, from the Commission for Looted Art in Europe, and Wesley Fisher, of the Jewish Claims Conference, are calling out the Dutch Restitution Committee (DRC) for establishing a “hierarchy” for dealing with art that was looted by the Nazis. … More…

Sotheby’s London – Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist
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Sotheby’s London – Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist

On the afternoon of December 13th, Sotheby’s offered up a sale of 19th & 20th-century British art — guys and gals, come on … it is time to scale back.  I understand that the auction rooms want to grab as … More…

How To Safely Navigate The Art Market – Expertise
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How To Safely Navigate The Art Market – Expertise

The word ‘expert’ is used (and at times abused) by many people in the art world – “Is he an expert?”, “Who is the expert?”, “Did you show it to the expert?”, “I am an expert!” The real question is … More…

Christie’s, London – Small Works Steal The Show
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Christie’s, London – Small Works Steal The Show

On December 11th, Christie’s presented their offering of British and European Art in London… it’s become the norm for these low-mid level sales to yield high BI-rates along with many works selling for under the estimate… this time around was … More…