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Sculptor Charged With Fraud Years After Public Ridicule
Trajan and the She-Wolf

Sculptor Charged With Fraud Years After Public Ridicule

Charges of fraud have been brought against Ioan Bolborea, a 65-year-old sculptor from Romania nearly ten years after his work was unveiled; and this is not the first time the work has made the news. Bolborea was commissioned to complete … More…

A Crazy Art World Conspiracy Theory
Unconscious Patient (Allegory of Smell)
Rembrandt van Rijn (Leiden 1606 – 1669 Amsterdam)
date ca. 1624–25, medium, oil on panel, inset into an eighteenth-century panel, dimensions 31.75 x 25.4 cm
Courtesy: The Leiden Collection

A Crazy Art World Conspiracy Theory

Jay Rappoport is not happy with his family’s actions and has brought a lawsuit against more than 20 individuals. In 2015, a member of the Rappoport family put an Old Master painting up at Nye & Co (a small auction … More…

Schiele Restitution
nude woman

Schiele Restitution

Recently, there was some good news for the heirs of Heinrich Rieger (a Jewish Viennese dentist who was killed at the Theresienstadt concentration camp located in the Czech Republic).  According to an article in The Art Newspaper, [t]he German government’s … More…

A Big Payday For A Little Work
Portrait of a young man

A Big Payday For A Little Work

A small oil painting that had been in a collection for years, most likely from the early 1950s, possibly even longer, just had a big payday for the owners. The painting, just 12 ¼ x 9 ½ inches, was cataloged … More…

Art Expert, The Key Witness
Tales from the dark side

Art Expert, The Key Witness

Italian art dealer, Gabriele Seno, is appealing a suspended sentence of one year and eight months plus $4,800 in fines after being found guilty of attempting to peddle a forged work by Josef Albers for $387,000.  The painting, Study for … More…

The Booming Card Market
Two Michael Jordan 1986 Fleer Rooikie Cards

The Booming Card Market

I was hoping to find something different to write about, but I could not resist covering the two Michael Jordan 1986 Fleer Rookie Cards that just sold; both had a PSA grading of Mint Gem 10. Jordan’s 1986 Fleer Rookie … More…

Sotheby’s Master Paintings & Sculpture Just Misses
portrati of a man holding a roundel

Sotheby’s Master Paintings & Sculpture Just Misses

On January 28, Sotheby’s offered a small selection of paintings in their Mater Paintings & Sculpture sale.  I always wonder why they have a sale of Old Master works and then throw in a few 19th-century paintings. My personal feeling … More…

Angela Is Now Awaiting Trial
Tales from the dark side

Angela Is Now Awaiting Trial

Back in 2017, Angela Gulbenkian’s criminal activities in the art world surfaced … basically selling works (a Warhol and Kusama) that she did not have the authority to sell. In June of 2019, a UK court issued a warrant for … More…

Art Dealer Pardoned
Tales from the dark side

Art Dealer Pardoned

We all heard that during his final days in office, Trump handed out a large number of pardons.  Among the ‘lucky’ people, New York art dealer Hillel “Helly” Nahmad. You might remember that in 2013, Mr. Nahmad pled guilty to … More…

Tintin And The Auction Adventure
red dragon on black background with chinese blue and white vase

Tintin And The Auction Adventure

Georges Remi (known by the pen name Hergé) (1907-1983) was a Belgian cartoonist best known for creating the Adventures of Tintin, a comic series about a young Belgian reporter whose adventures took him all around the world. The series, which … More…