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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…