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Prices for Charles Rennie Mackintosh Work Soar Following Glasgow School of Art Fire

Scotland Now / December 29th, 2014

The value of work by Charles Rennie Mackintosh is set to soar in price after the fire at the Glasgow School of Art, according to auction experts. Sellers were “amazed” at the rocketing value of...

Winston Churchill's Belongings, Paintings Under the Hammer

Guardian / December 15th, 2014

An auction of Winston Churchill's personal possessions is set for Dec. 17 at Sotheby's in London. A preview is underway of the items left by his last surviving child, Lady Mary Soames, who died last June, aged 91. A gallery of Churchill's own paintings, regarded as the most important group ever ...

Putin Presents Hermitage Museum with £9m Fabergé Egg

ArtfixDaily / December 11th, 2014

A 250th anniversary celebration for the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, has generated fanfare and controversy. President Vladimir Putin was on hand for the museum’s jubilee reception December 7 when he presented the museum with a duo of dazzling gifts: a 19th-century clock made ...

Paris Museums Accelerate Initiatives with Crowd-Funding

New York Times / October 7th, 2014

Budget cuts from state aid are forcing cultural institutions in Paris to ask the public to raise thousands, sometimes millions, in micro-donations. Crowd-funding is taking off...

Britain's Wedgwood Collection Saved by Speedy Fundraiser

ArtfixDaily / October 4th, 2014

More than 7,000 people donated to a month-long campaign to save the Wedgwood collection in the U.K. from being sold off.

Detroit Hit With a $4 Billion Proposal for City's Art

New York Times / August 27th, 2014

New York-based Art Capital has offered Detroit a loan of up to $4 billion in a new proposal that leaves the city's museum intact with its art used as collateral.

Connecticut Collector Alleges Fraud Over Sculpture Sale

CT Post / August 24th, 2014

A Greenwich, CT., art collector is again taking legal action against a Manhattan art dealer with new claims of fraud and charges of racketeering.

Watchmaker Breguet Helps Reopen Louvre's 18th c. Decorative Arts Galleries

Forbes / August 18th, 2014

Swiss watchmaker Breguet has funded a lavish new display of 18th-century French decorative arts in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Prince’s Palace of Monaco to Sell Off Contents of Napoleon Museum

Agence France-Presse / July 2nd, 2014

The Prince’s Palace of Monaco will auction the contents of its museum dedicated to Napoleon this November in what experts describe as the “sale of the century” for fans of the period.

Monet to Sargent Masterworks Among Treasures to be Sold From Clark Estate

ArtfixDaily / February 3rd, 2014

Christie's revealed some of the highlights in sales this spring of works from the estate of copper heiress Huguette Clark. Four masterworks by Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir...

Fabergé Attic Discovery Soars to Record Price at Stair Galleries

ArtfixDaily / October 29th, 2013

An attic treasure soared to a record price in 15 minutes during intense bidding in a packed sales room in Hudson, New York, on October 26th. The rare Fabergé Imperial figure ultimately sold to a phone bidder for $5.2 million (hammer price; $5,980,000 with fees) against a pre-sale auction ...

Museum Exhibition Celebrates Royal Babies

ArtfixDaily / July 24th, 2013

Timed to celebrate the birth this week of HRH Prince George of Cambridge, the Museum of London exhibition "A Royal Arrival" showcases royal baby items through the ages.

At Home with Antiques: Diana and Mark Jacoby of Philip Colleck Ltd.

New York Social Diary / April 2nd, 2012

Purveyors of fine English furniture and objects, Diana and Mark Jacoby reside in a pre-Civil War period brick building on Manhattan's East 58th Street. Their personal belongings are intermingled with the inventory of Philip Colleck Ltd.

£5 Million Worth of Stolen Antiques Found in England

Daily Mail / September 25th, 2011

British police have recovered a haul of antiques worth £5 million hidden in the garages of gang members. The loot came from raids on England’s stately homes, and included a £1.3 million porcelain collection and a £500,000 Chippendale table.

Fairs, online sales boost art dealers' outlook

ArtfixDaily / July 29th, 2011

A new report sponsored by the non-profit dealer association CINOA finds that fairs and online business are poised to become the main source of revenue for the art and antiques trade. E-retail is expected to surpass traditional offline sales by 2020. Dr. Clare McAndrew's CINOA study reports...

Summer exhibitions at Britain's Bowes Museum

ArtfixDaily / July 5th, 2011

The Bowes Museum of Barnard Castle, an English treasure house built in the French chateau-style by 19th-century art collectors John and Josephine Bowes, has drawn a record number of visitors to its trio of summer exhibitions featuring high-style fashion, ancient Egyptian art, and 19th-century ...

Wayside Inn Antiques Show shines in second year

Antiques and the Arts / May 24th, 2011

Forty-six dealers assembled a fresh and inviting display of art and antiques, particularly strong in Americana and New England paintings, for the second annual Wayside Inn Antiques Show in Sudbury, Mass., from May 13 to 15. Guy Leblanc, the historic inn's Director of Marketing, cheerfully ...

Yale debuts free online collection database

ArtfixDaily / May 13th, 2011

Yale University has launched a massive online database with records on over 250,000 objects from its museums, archives and libraries. Providing unprecedented, unlimited access to the Ivy League school's varied collections, including a tantalizing peek at artwork in storage, the digitization ...

Spring Show attracts fresh crowd, steady sales

Art Newspaper / May 3rd, 2011

The inaugural Spring Show, organized by the Art and Antiques Dealers League of America, had a promising first-run at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. About 1,495 attendees, including a contingent of designers, celebrities, and collectors, enjoyed the opening night party on April 27. Over the ...

Choice European antiques as investments

Wall Street Journal / April 24th, 2011

There are bargains to be had in most areas of antique European furniture," New York antiques dealer James Sansum says in the Wall Street Journal, "with English Georgian and German Biedermeier offering style and quality for the buck."