$450.3 Million Leonardo Da Vinci Painting Shatters Auction Records

  • November 15, 2017 20:51
'Salvator Mundi' or ‘Saviour of the World’ by Leonardo da Vinci

The $100 million estimate was apparently pretty conservative. Leonardo da Vinci's painting 'Salvator Mundi' or ‘Savior of the World’ broke all records for art at auction when it soared to $450.3 million (with fees) at Christie's on Wednesday night in New York. The mind-blowing price far exceeds ...

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$1.6 Billion Auction Week Underway with a Leading Leonardo

  • New York Times
  • November 14, 2017 22:14
Vincent van Gogh's Laboruer dans un champ (1889)

New York's auction gigaweek has begun with several marquee lots in this anticipated annual series. Much talked about so far have been the auctions lots that were not offered, and the superstar---a Jesus Christ painting by Leonardo da Vinci---in the Wednesday evening sale at Christie's. Sales of ...

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Lord Mayor of London Returns Nazi Looted Old Master Painting

  • The Art Newspaper
  • November 07, 2017 11:35
 Jacob Ochtervelt’s The Oyster Meal (around 1664-65) Jacob Ochtervelt’s The Oyster Meal (around 1664-65).

A Dutch Old Master painting that was looted from the Netherlands during World War II was returned by the Lord Mayor of London to an heir of the owner on Monday. "The Oyster Meal" by Jacob Ochtervelt (around 1664-65) hung at Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor, for 30 years. ...

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Missing Rubens Portrait Discovered in Glasgow

  • Guardian
  • September 24, 2017 17:36
The Rubens portrait after restoration.

A painting by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens has been found in Glasgow after it was thought to have been lost for 400 years. The portrait was considered a copy of an original depicting George Villiers, the first Duke of Buckingham, who was believed to have been James VI and I’s lover. It was ...

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New York Man Believes He Owns a Missing Michelangelo

  • AP
  • July 20, 2017 12:19
Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Ceiling, 1508-12.

A man in New York state thinks he has a painting by Michelangelo that hung for years in his living room. Martin Kober has moved the painting to secure storage while he works on getting the 9-by-25-inch (48-by-64-centimeter) painting of Jesus with the Virgin Mary authenticated.  Kober's ...

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$600 Million Historical Art Collection Heads to a Contemporary Art Museum

  • New York Times
  • July 17, 2017 13:29

Near Turin, Italy, a private art collection with notable works spanning the 13th-to-20th centuries, and valued at $600 million, will radically transform a contemporary art museum, reports the New York Times. In a statement, the Fondazione Francesco Federico Cerruti per l’Arte, Castello di ...

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Sotheby's Sues Dealer Mark Weiss Over Alleged Fake Old Master Painting

  • Financial Times
  • February 07, 2017 13:55
'Unknown Man' portrait, said to be by Frans Hals

Sotheby's will head to court in London with dealer Mark Weiss and Mark Weiss Ltd. over an alleged fake Old Master painting that was sold in a private sale. Sotheby's later reimbursed the American buyer for the picture and is demanding that Weiss, who supplied the work to Sotheby's client, repay ...

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From Trump Plates to Chippendale Chairs, A Range of Works in Antiques Week 2017

  • Antiques and the Arts Weekly
  • January 18, 2017 22:40
Justin Rothshank, Donald Trump Tableware Set, 2016 earthenware, glaze, ceramic decals 9" H x 20" W x 6" D.  At Ferrin Contemporary's exhibition Know Justice: Justin and Brooke Rothshank, on view at the NY Ceramics & Glass Fair.

Americana collectors and "best of the best" object seekers will head to events during Antiques Week 2017 underway now in New York City. Antiques and the Arts Weekly (aka "The Bee") has published this guide to the week's events, exhibitions, shows, lectures, auctions and more. (The action ...

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Legal Fray Continues Over Disputed Resale of $127.5 Million Leonardo

  • Bloomberg
  • November 29, 2016 22:42
Leonardo da Vinci's “Christ as Salvator Mundi”

Sotheby's has asked a federal judge to clear it of any wrongdoing in a long-fought case over the private sale of Leonardo da Vinci's “Christ as Salvator Mundi” to embattled "freeport king" Yves Bouvier. Bouvier later sold the work to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev who is engaged in an ...

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Trove of Old Master Paintings May Be Fakes in 'Biggest Art Scandal in a Century'

  • Daily Mail
  • October 04, 2016 15:05
'Unknown Man' portrait, said to be by Frans Hals

A list of some 25 allegedly fake Old Master paintings worth around £200 million ($255 million) could soon be released after a judge ordered an investigation in the UK, reports the Daily Mail. Among the works caught up in the controversy is an £8.4 million ‘Frans Hals’ that Sotheby's was forced ...

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Judge Rules For Norton Simon Museum To Keep Cranach Paintings

  • Pasadena Now
  • August 18, 2016 16:30
Detail of Lucas Cranach the Elder's Eve (circa 1530).  Image: Norton Simon Museum

A U.S. District Court judge ruled this week that Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum legally owns Lucas Cranach’s “Adam and Eve,” a pair of masterpieces painted around 1530, when he dismissed the claim by an heir to a former owner in a case that has dragged on for a decade. Judge John Walter ruled ...

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Italy Seeks Foreigners to Head Cultural Sites

  • Telegraph
  • May 30, 2016 23:00
Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus.  Uffizzi Gallery.

Italy has launched a global hunt for new directors to run high-profile museums and archaeological sites, in the latest bid to revive the country's moribund cultural heritage sector. Last year, Italian managers of world-class museums and art galleries, including the Uffizi in Florence, were ...

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Rediscovered Rembrandt Goes From New Jersey Basement to Getty Exhibition

  • Los Angeles Times
  • May 07, 2016 16:41
As found by Nye & Co., "The Unconscious Patient (An Allegory of the Sense of Smell)," 1624, by Rembrandt van Rijn.

A tiny, discolored painting found by auctioneer John Nye of Nye & Co. in the basement of New Jersey home turned out to be worth far more than its $500 - $800 estimate. Art blogger Bendor Grosvenor first noted the possible significance of the work up for sale. Reports the Los Angeles Times, ...

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FBI Again Searches Home of Suspect in Gardner Museum Heist

  • FOX
  • May 02, 2016 13:54
Missing from the Gardner Museum are Vermeer’s "The Concert" (1658–1660), Rembrandt’s only seascape, "Storm on the Sea of Galilee (1633), and Edouard Manet’s "Chez Tortoni" (1878–1880.

The FBI is for a third time conducting a search of the Manchester, Conn., property of elderly mobster Robert Gentile, according to The Boston Globe. A convicted felon, Gentile has long been suspected of knowing details about the 1990 heist of a half-billion dollars worth of art from Boston's ...

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Ukraine Recovers Four Paintings Stolen From Dutch Museum

  • BBC
  • April 17, 2016 15:39
One of the recovered artworks to be returned to the Westfries Museum.

Four paintings out of 24 artworks stolen from a Dutch museum more than ten years ago have been recovered in Ukraine. The works were "in the possession of criminal groups", Ukraine's foreign minister said, as reported by the BBC. The four recovered paintings, from the 16th-17th centuries, are ...

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Experts Divided Over Caravaggio Found in Attic

  • Guardian
  • April 13, 2016 12:36
Judith Beheading Holofernes, a possible Caravaggio found in Toulouse.

Two years ago, the owners of an old house near Toulouse found a dusty painting behind a locked door in their attic. After a cleaning, the work began to resemble a Caravaggio. The rediscovery of a possible lost work by the Old Master, thought to be a second version of his famous Judith Beheading ...

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Possible Lost Caravaggio Discovered in France

  • TheLocal.it
  • April 06, 2016 12:44
Caravaggio, Judith Beheading Holofernes 1598–1599.  Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome.

Experts have yet to weigh in on the discovery of a possible second version of Caravaggio's Judith and Holofernes. The work is thought to be a lost version of the early 17th-century masterpiece at the National Gallery of Ancient Art in Rome and was discovered in a private collection in France. It ...

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Arrests Made in $16 Million Art Heist From Verona Museum

  • New York Times
  • March 16, 2016 15:33
Andrea Mantegna, sacra famiglia con una santa.

Thirteen suspects have been arrested in connection to the brazen heist last November of 17 Old Master paintings worth €15 million ($16 million) from Verona's Castelvecchio Museum. Verona police worked with the branch of the Italian military police that handles cultural property to identify and ...

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U.S. Prosecutors to Join Probe of Art Dealing 'Freeport King' Yves Bouvier

  • Bloomberg
  • March 09, 2016 14:32
Yves Bouvier

U.S. federal prosecutors will investigate criminal allegations against Yves Bouvier, Luxembourg's former "Freeport King," who sold billions of dollars worth of art to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, and other clients, according to Keri Geiger for BloombergBusiness. Accused of fraud, ...

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Prado Withdraws Two Loans From Bosch Retrospective

  • Art Newspaper
  • February 15, 2016 22:09
Bosch, The Cure of Folly

Just a few days before the opening of the unprecedented exhibition of Hieronymus Bosch in the Netherlands, the Museo del Prado in Madrid cancelled two loans from its collection. A dispute over attribution caused the withdrawal. Noordbrabants Museum in ‘s-Hertogenbosch is presenting the ...

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