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Nazi Gold Train Finders Claim 'Priceless' Amber Room Could Be Inside

Daily Mail / September 23rd, 2015

Two treasure hunters who say research led them to the site in Poland where a Nazi train supposedly laden with unknown documents and valuables is buried in a tunnel have a new claim. The pair says the long-lost Amber Room stolen from the Russian czars could be on board the ...

Palace of Versailles Moves Forward with Hotel Plans

Independent / August 18th, 2015

Three 17th-century buildings just 100 yards from the main palace of Versailles will be renovated and converted into a luxury hotel. The renovation is expected to cost at least $7 million. Dips in funding for the state-owned Chateau de Versailles has the popular site needing to increase ...

The Vatican Launches App for Crowdfunding Restorations

The Guardian / August 17th, 2015

Not all are in favor of the Vatican Museums' Patrum, a new app designed as a philanthropic crowdfunding venture to support the treasures in the Vatican. The Guardian's Jonathan Jones, for one, thinks the app could lead to restoration projects that are more harmful than good for art and ...

Rijksmuseum Named European Museum of the Year

ArtfixDaily / May 28th, 2015

What is the Rijksmuseum doing right? The European Museum Forum recently named Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum the European Museum of the Year. “This is a great museum, at the height of its powers, providing a rich experience to the public, and a socially aware outreach program for visitors of ...

Detroit Institute of Arts Raises Goal for Grand Bargain

USA Today / January 5th, 2015

In less than a year, the Detroit Institute of Arts has fulfilled its promise to deliver $100 million to the city's $816-million grand bargain debt restructuring plan.

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...