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Maurizio Cattelan's Gold Toilet Artwork 'America' Is Stolen From Blenheim Palace Exhibit

NBC / September 14th, 2019

On Saturday morning, the interactive artwork that is an 18-karat solid gold toilet titled America -- part of a Maurizio Cattelan exhibition at Blenheim Palace in the UK -- disappeared. The burglary took place at the 18th-century palace, known as the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and ...

After Auctioneer's Tip, Los Angeles Police Seek Owners of Art Trove Stolen in the '90s

Los Angeles Times / September 4th, 2019

A Southern California auctioneer alerted police when stolen items were brought in for valuation this summer. The Los Angeles Police Department is now searching for the original owners of over 100 paintings, antiques, documents, antique firearms and collectibles that were taken in the 1990s from ...

After France Agrees to Artifact Exchange, Greece Drafts Loan Proposal for British Museum's Parthenon Marbles

Ta Nea / September 3rd, 2019

On Tuesday, Greece's Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said her ministry is preparing a draft proposal for a loan of contested Parthenon sculptures from the British Museum, reported the Washington Post. Details of the request have not been disclosed. The move comes after France agreed to ...

Banksy Brexit-Themed Mural Disappears From UK Wall

BBC / August 27th, 2019

A famous mural created by street artist Banksy in 2017 mysteriously was removed from a building in seaside Dover, UK, over the weekend. Popular with tourists and locals alike, the wall depicted a workman chipping away a star from the EU flag, in reference to the  United Kingdom's decision ...

Auction Faux Pas Stalls Bidding on $20 Million Porsche

CNN / August 20th, 2019

An unusual slip up could be behind an early Porsche not becoming the most expensive car from the luxury maker ever sold at auction. The Type 64 was created by Ferdinand Porsche in 1930s Nazi Germany. Considered the precursor to the iconic Porsche 911 and other models, the ...

Renamed Fall Show, San Francisco's Destination Event Will Mix It Up With Art, Antiques and Design

ArtfixDaily / August 20th, 2019

Since 1981, the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show has been a key west coast event in the antiques category. Now in its 38th year, the popular show has rebranded itself as the Fall Show, dropping "Antiques" from its name to emphasize a scope of varied fine art, folk art, design and antiques. ...

Apple and New Museum Launch App-Enabled [AR]T Initiative

ArtfixDaily / August 15th, 2019

Apple invited the New Museum to collaborate on a new Augmented Reality initiative to create a series of experiential AR works that would be free to the public. The New Museum selected a distinguished group of artists: Nick Cave, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, Cao Fei, John ...

Trump Imposes 10 Percent Tariff on Chinese Art and Antiques Starting September 1

ArtfixDaily / August 15th, 2019

U.S. President Trump deepened his trade war with China by imposing a new 10% tariff on Chinese art, antiques and antiquities, among other goods. On Tuesday, the US Trade Representative (USTR) published a list of $300 billion worth of items subject to the tariff starting from September 1. ...

Crime Ring Used Social Media For Multi-million Dollar Art Thefts Around Houston

Houston Chronicle (slideshow includes images of stolen artwork) / July 25th, 2019

Burglars used social media to monitor victims' activities, scout their homes, and steal millions in artwork and other property, say Houston police. Seven people have been arrested in connection to the crimes. Among the victims was attorney Tony Buzbee, who is running for Houston mayor. He ...

After Warren Kanders Resigns From Whitney Museum Board, Several Boycotting Artists Decide to Stay in Biennial

Hyperallergic / July 25th, 2019

Warren Kanders has resigned as vice chairman of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s board of trustees, first reported the New York Times on Thursday. The embattled trustee, who collects blue-chip art with his wife Allison, was under fire for months from art critics, artists and ...

Extreme Heat Further Threatens Notre Dame, Architect Says

CNN / July 25th, 2019

A heat wave that has embroiled Europe all week could cause the fire-damaged parts of Notre Dame to collapse, according to Chief Architect Philippe Villeneuve. "I am very worried about the heat wave because, as you know, the Cathedral suffered from the fire, the beams coming down, but also ...

Shareholder Seeks Class Action Suit to Block Sotheby's Sale to Drahi

artsy / July 24th, 2019

Days after Sotheby's shareholders Eli Goffman and Shiva Stein filed separate lawsuits in federal court in Manhattan against the sale of the auction house to BidFair USA, another lawsuit has been filed by Michael Kent, also a shareholder. Legal actions claim “incomplete and misleading disclosures” ...

Portland Museum of Art Awarded $4.6 Million In Battle Over Contested Will

Press Herald / July 23rd, 2019

A jury sided with the Portland Museum of Art in Maine on Monday in a lawsuit over a benefactor's will that was changed shortly before her death, withdrawing the museum from promised gifts. In the lawsuit, the museum contended that the woman's caretaker coerced her into changing her estate plan ...

Artist Leo Villareal Lights Up London With 'Illuminated River' Across Thames Bridges

ArtfixDaily / July 18th, 2019

Heads of traitors on spikes, bustling industry, quiet moonlit scenes by artists from Grimshaw to Whistler, the River Thames and its bridges have figured large in the lore of London. Now the public will see the historic waterway in a whole new light. Artist Leo Villareal – in collaboration with ...

UNESCO Adds 8 Frank Lloyd Wright Sites to World Heritage List

New York Times / July 16th, 2019

Eight major buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright have been added to UNESCO's World Heritage List, the lauded list of international sites deemed worthy of conservation. The designation brings increased recognition and can boost tourism, among other benefits. From NYT:  The designation ...

ARTFIXdaily Closed for Independence Day - Enjoy Landscapes of the Early American Republic at PAFA, Moon-centric Momentos at Christie's

ArtfixDaily / July 1st, 2019

ARTFIXdaily will be closed and subscriber e-newsletter service will resume July 15. Happy Independence Day! This July, lunar mission artifacts are offered in New York to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Christie's sale on July 18 has important space exploration ...

'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 ...

Gloria Vanderbilt, Iconic Designer and Artist, Remembered

NPR / June 17th, 2019

Artist, fashion designer, actress, writer, model and philanthropist Gloria Vanderbilt died on Monday at age 95. Born in 1924, she was an heir to the vast fortune descended from shipping and railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt. A highly publicized custody battle for Gloria led her to being ...

Sotheby's Sold For $3.7 Billion to French Telecom Entrepreneur

New York Times / June 17th, 2019

French-Israeli telecommunications entrepreneur Patrick Drahi purchased Sotheby's in a $3.7 billion deal. Announced on Monday, Drahi's company BidFair USA will now make Sotheby's privately owned, like rival Christie's, after it was publicly traded for 31 years on the New York Stock Exchange. ...

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 ...