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'Lost' Caravaggio Valued at $170M Sells Prior to Auction

Los Angeles Times / June 26th, 2019

A recently attributed Caravaggio painting of Judith decapitating Assyrian general Holofernes sold privately earlier this week before a scheduled auction on Thursday. "Judith and Holofernes" depicts the dramatic Bible story of a Jewish heroine's efforts to save her people from the invading ...

If Only 'Salvator Mundi' Was By Banksy...

Kenny Schachter / June 11th, 2019

This seems safe for a $450 million painting... Art critic Kenny Schachter teased on Instagram last week and then broke the news on Monday that the world's most expensive artwork, the "missing" Leonardo da Vinci portrait of Christ titled 'Salvator Mundi,' is likely cruising on the superyacht of ...

A Painted-Over Cupid Will Reappear in a Beloved Vermeer Work

The Times / May 8th, 2019

One of Johannes Vermeer’s most famous paintings had a whimsical element long-ago painted over, and not by the Dutch master himself. Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window originally included a naked cupid hovering above the female subject. Detected by X-ray four decades ago, the cupid ...

Art Detective Pushes the IRA Theory in Gardner Art Heist

Boston Herald / April 22nd, 2019

Dutch art detective Arthur Brand told the Boston Herald that he's been in touch with the IRA, following up on one theory that 13 priceless paintings stolen in the world's biggest art heist have been hidden in Ireland for 3 decades.  The March 1990 crime left the world without the ...

Where In the World Is 'Salvator Mundi'?

New York Times / March 31st, 2019

Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ painted as 'Savior of the World,' was called a rediscovered masterpiece...and now its location is unknown. This artwork's bizarre saga involves an image of Jesus getting a near-half-billion dollar world record auction price from a Saudi bidder at ...

This Week: A Stolen-Found De Kooning Resurfaces, and Police Fool Thieves With Fake Brueghel

ArtfixDaily / March 14th, 2019

Willem de Kooning's 'Woman-Ochre,' recently rediscovered in an estate sale after being stolen from a museum in 1985, will finally see the light of day. Said to be worth $100 million, the painting was found for sale by a New Mexico antiques dealer in 2017. It had been cut from its frame and ...

Museum Readies to Display Newly Restored Multi-million Dollar Painting Found in Closet

Des Moines Register / January 23rd, 2019

In 2016, an Iowa museum director was looking in a closet for a Civil War-era flag when he found a long-lost painting worth millions. Now with a full restoration completed and a security system in place, "Apollo and Venus," the rediscovered ca. 1600 work by renowned Dutch artist Otto van Veen, ...

Art Expert Says Cat Destroyed His Rare 17th-Century Painting

Telegraph / January 10th, 2019

A cat wrecked a rare 17th-century portrait painting, according to the pet's owner, UK-based art historian and writer Dr. Bendor Grosvenor. Grosvenor says the £5,000 ($6,371) artwork by Scottish artist John Michael Wright was scratched up by his cat, named Padme, after he had applied a warm ...

Jerry Saltz Has A Brutal Theory On Why the World's Most Expensive Painting Is "Missing"

Vice / December 7th, 2018

Critic Jerry Saltz explains "Why the World's Most Expensive Painting Has Gone Missing" in a Vice video here.  While we're assuming "missing" equates to "out of public view," Saltz claims the reason is that the $450 million Leonardo da Vinci titled "Salvator Mundi" is a "made up piece of ...

Russian Art Collector Dmitry Rybolovlev Detained in Monaco

Le Monde / November 8th, 2018

Update 11/9/18: Unspecified charges have been filed, via Bloomberg. Dmitry Rybolovlev, the Russian billionaire art collector who sold Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi for a record-setting price, and recently sued Sotheby's for $380 million, was detained and then released by ...

Louvre Abu Dhabi Delays Display of Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

BBC / September 4th, 2018

In a surprise announcement, Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism says the unveiling of Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi"---the world's most expensive painting---will be indefinitely delayed at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The painting was sold for a record $450.3 million at a ...

Is Another 'New' Rembrandt About to be Revealed?

Dutch News / August 28th, 2018

In November, an exhibition of early works by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn is scheduled to go on view in the artist's hometown of Leiden. A previously unknown work by Rembrandt will debut in the exhibition, says a Dutch curator. Christiaan Vogelaar, curator of old master paintings at the ...

Scholar Claims Leonardo's $450 Million Painting Was Largely Done by Another Artist

CNN / August 8th, 2018

In a newly revised book titled "Leonardo da Vinci," due out next month, a scholar makes his case for the world's most expensive painting to be not solely created by the master himself, but by another hand. From CNN: Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi," the world's most expensive painting, ...

Italy Reopens Investigation Into Missing Caravaggio Masterpiece

Telegraph / June 20th, 2018

Nearly 50 years have passed since a Caravaggio masterpiece was stolen, in a case considered by the FBI as in the top 10 art crimes worldwide. Investigators in Italy are now reopening the case of Caravaggio's missing Nativity with San Lorenzo and San Francesco, which was cut from its ...

20 Pieces for Chippendale’s Tercentenary Plus New Work by Marina Abramović Among Highlights of Masterpiece London 2018

ArtfixDaily / June 6th, 2018

The Masterpiece London 2018 edition, which runs from June 28 - July 4 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, will present an array of art from the 18th-century carved creations of Thomas Chippendale to the debut of new forms of work by famed performance artist Marina Abramović. With Thomas ...

U.S. Investigation into Art Dealer Fizzles After $450 Million Da Vinci Sale

Bloomberg / May 29th, 2018

When Leonardo da Vinci's ethereal "Salvator Mundi" sold for a record-smashing $450 million last fall, a year-long federal investigation into a Swiss art dealer's mark-ups of artworks sold to a Russian billionaire seems to have evaporated. A longstanding dispute between fertilizer magnate ...

Man Busted in Fraud Scam After Offering Gardner Museum's Missing Masterpieces on Craigslist

Boston Herald / May 16th, 2018

A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for offering online two stolen artworks from the Gardner Museum in Boston. Todd Andrew Desper was sentenced by a U.S. District Court judge to time served and three years of supervised release, three months of which will be spent in home ...

Dutch Art Dealer Rediscovers a Rembrandt

Reuters / May 16th, 2018

Dutch art dealer Jan Six says he knew right away that a painting catalogued as by an unknown artist, in the circle of Rembrandt van Rijn, was the work of the master himself. “I saw so many details pointing in Rembrandt’s direction, that I was totally convinced,” he said about ...

Iowa Museum Finds 16th Century Painting Worth Millions in Closet

wsls / April 4th, 2018

In February 2016, a museum director in Iowa was looking for some Civil War flags when a staff member mentioned there was an array of collection items in a little-used storeroom. Robert Warren, director of Hoyt Sherman Place, a Des Moines museum and theater, then noticed a painting wedged ...

The Louvre Displays Nazi-Looted Art in Restitution Effort

CNN / January 31st, 2018

The Louvre Museum has opened an exhibit of artworks that were once seized by the Nazis during their occupation of France. Some 31 French-owned paintings are shown in an effort to reconnect the works of art with the heirs of their rightful owners. Each artwork is documented in ...