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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.

Dallas Museum of Art Denied da Vinci Acquisition

Dallas News / December 18th, 2012

Officials from the Dallas Museum of Art have revealed that their efforts in fundraising tens of millions of dollars for a rediscovered work by Leonardo da Vinci were fruitless. The owners have...

Frieze Masters Combines Best of Old & New

Telegraph / October 2nd, 2012

Frieze Masters debuts next week in London, with about 100 galleries, presenting works from the pre-Christian era to the late 20th century.

Art World Divided Over Second Mona Lisa

Businessweek / September 27th, 2012

Tucked away in a Swiss vault for 40 years, a painting promoted as an earlier version of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece "Mona Lisa" was unveiled in Geneva.

Getty Museum Appoints New Director Who Will "Think Big"

ArtfixDaily / February 19th, 2012

As of September 1, the Getty Museum will have a new director, a position that has been empty since the departure of Michael Brand over two years ago. The incoming director will be...

Mona Lisa Double Reveals New Discoveries

Telegraph / February 1st, 2012

A recent cleaning of a painting in Madrid's Prado has unveiled some of the mystery surrounding Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa (ca. 1503-06). Previously thought to be a later and inferior copy, the restored painting has been determined to be the earliest copy of da Vinci's masterpiece, and importantly, created by a key pupil at the same time as the original.

Old Masters with Staying Power Buoy Auction Series to $122 Million

Telegraph / January 31st, 2012

Falling below expectations, the Old Masters auction sales in New York brought in a combined total of $122 million last week. About one-third of offered lots went unsold. Buyers were choosy and works with conservative estimates sold well, along with enduringly-popular...

Record Prices for Old Masters in London Auctions

ArtfixDaily / December 8th, 2011

Several artists achieved world record prices at the series of Old Masters paintings sales in London this week. A work by Pieter Brueghel the Younger sold for an artist auction record price of £6.9 million ($10.7 million) at Christie's in London to lead its $37.6 million Old Master & ...

Newly Discovered Velazquez, Goya Headline Old Master Sales in London

ArtfixDaily / November 30th, 2011

A previously unknown Velazquez portrait is the center of the Old Master Paintings auction to be held on December 7 at Bonhams in London. The bust-length portrait of an unknown sitter is expected to sell for 2,000,000 to 3,000,000 pounds. The painting was one of a group acquired from the estate of ...

The Story Behind Leonardo's Lost Painting

CNN / October 31st, 2011

Perhaps 15 paintings by Leonardo da Vinci survive today, including the iconic ‘Mona Lisa’ and ‘The Last Supper.’ A newly-authenticated work by the Renaissance master  – known as 'Salvator Mundi ' or ‘Saviour of the World’ – has caused a sensation in the art world. It depicts the head ...