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France Says Au Revoir to Rare Rembrandts

Bloomberg / April 7th, 2015

Two portraits by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn may leave France as the cash-strapped state and the Louvre both cite a lack of funds to retain them. Owned by French banker and wine-making baron Eric de Rothschild, the pair of masterworks may be sold abroad for as much as 150 million euros ...

Book Claims New Leads in the $500 Million Gardner Art Heist

NY Daily News / February 17th, 2015

When thieves posed as cops and stole $500 million worth of masterpieces from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990, the world was robbed of the only seacape by Rembrandt, Vermeer's gem "The Concert," and a glistening portrait by Manet, along with 10 other works. A quarter century ...

Five Museum Blockbusters Come to Theaters

ArtfixDaily / January 6th, 2015

Popular recent exhibitions at major museums will be appearing on big screens in the U.S. for single-day virtual guided tours.

Expert Claims Research Reveals Dozens of Newly Authenticated Rembrandts

WSJ / October 9th, 2014

A Dutch art expert says that 70 paintings have been newly attributed to Rembrandt after languishing for decades as by a follower of the master.

New Science Peels Through da Vinci's Process

Guardian / September 30th, 2014

A French scientist has developed a new analytic technique that reveals the working methods of Leonardo da Vinci.

'Sopranos' Actor Discovers Multimillion-Dollar Guercino

NY Post / September 30th, 2014

A 17th-century painting by Guercino worth millions of dollars was discovered in Germany by 'Sopranos' star Federico Castellucio.

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.

Daniel Silva's New Book: "The Heist"

NewsOK / August 24th, 2014

The 14th suspense novel in Daniel Silva's series about an art restorer called Gabriel Allon starts in Lake Como, Italy, where a former British spy and suspected dealer in stolen art is murdered.

Detroit's Art Valued at Up to $4.6 Billion

ArtfixDaily / July 9th, 2014

A new appraisal of the Detroit Institute of Arts' collections places a value of $2.7 billion to $4.6 billion on artworks that some of the city's creditors want sold to settle municipal debts.

Van Dyck Portrait Discovered on Antiques Roadshow Fails at Auction

Guardian / July 8th, 2014

A painting revealed to be a genuine Sir Anthony van Dyck portrait during an episode of the Antiques Roadshow has failed to sell at auction.

Joslyn Art Museum Discovers Original Rembrandt in Storage

ArtfixDaily / April 6th, 2014

A painting long-ago relegated to storage has been newly authenticated as a work by Rembrandt. In the collection of the Josyln Art Museum in Omaha, Neb., for 72 years...

Dutch Landscape Masterpiece Acquired by Kimbell Art Museum

ArtfixDaily / March 9th, 2014

The Kimbell Art Museum, in Fort Worth, Texas, has acquired "Edge of a Forest with a Grainfield," an exceptional work by one of the greatest landscape painters of all time, Jacob van Ruisdael. The circa-1656 painting had been in the collection of...

'Antiques Roadshow' Discovery Turns Out to be a Van Dyck

ArtfixDaily / December 30th, 2013

A painting brought into the British version of "Antiques Roadshow" has been authenticated as a genuine work by 17th century Flemish master Anthony van Dyck. Father Jamie McLeod paid just...

FBI Closes in on Gardner Museum Heist Thieves

ArtfixDaily / December 18th, 2013

After 23 years and thousands of leads, the FBI says that they know who stole 13 masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. New developments...

El Greco Tops Record-Setting Old Masters Sale

ArtfixDaily / July 7th, 2013

A 17th-century painting by El Greco brought an artist auction record of £9.15 million at Sotheby's Old Masters sale in London last week. A Russian telephone bidder reportedly...

Nazi-Seized Old Master Painting Leads New York Auction

ArtfixDaily / June 6th, 2013

A recently restituted painting by 17th-century Dutch master Gerrit van Honthorst was the top lot in a Christie's Old Masters sale on June 5 in New York. Once part of the collections of Catherine the Great's art adviser and Russia's Hermitage Museum, The Duet was confiscated by the Nazis...

Rediscovered Rembrandt Worth $30 Million

ArtfixDaily / March 19th, 2013

A portrait long thought to be by a Rembrandt student has now been deemed to be by the 17th-century Dutch master himself, catapulting the value of the painting to about $30 million.

Stolen Rembrandt Surfaces in Serbia

ArtfixDaily / March 12th, 2013

Earlier this week, the Brooklyn Museum announced that it would be hosting two Rembrandt masterworks from a private collection. Following this news, Serbian police recovered

Rockefeller's Botticelli in Record-Smashing Auction Series

ArtfixDaily / February 3rd, 2013

Old Master and Renaissance art brought record prices totaling $170 million at Sotheby's and Christie's auctions in New York last week.

Columbia's $47 Million Folly a Lesson in Universities Selling Art

The Nation / January 21st, 2013

In 1975, Columbia University sold its 1658 Rembrandt painting, “Man with Arms Akimbo,” to a private collector for $1 million in a secret sale. Fast-forward to today and the work is on the market for $47 million.