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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 ...

Frans Hals Spotlighted in Elizabeth Taylor Estate, Toledo Museum

Toledo Blade / October 5th, 2011

Unbeknownst to her, late actress Elizabeth Taylor owned an old master. The same artist, Frans Hals, is also an important recent acquisition for the Toledo Museum of Art. Christie's, which is handling Taylor's estate, discovered...

A Peek Inside Mayor Bloomberg's "Baronial" Homes

New York Times / September 20th, 2011

Philanthropist, businessman and billionaire mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg has kept his personal life relatively quiet. But his two homes' lavish interiors and pricey art collections slipped into the spotlight momentarily when...

Stolen Rembrandt recovered in church

NBC / August 16th, 2011

A thief has quickly returned an Old Master drawing that was swiped from a Ritz-Carlton Hotel exhibit in Marina del Rey, Calif., on Saturday night. On Monday night, police got a tip...

Heir receives $1.43 million for Nazi-looted art

Bloomberg / August 15th, 2011

The daughter-in-law of noted Jewish art dealer Jacques Goudstikker was awarded 1 million euros ($1.43 million) for a fragment of a painting looted by Hermann Goering.

Rembrandt drawing nabbed from hotel art exhibit

LA Times / August 14th, 2011

A Rembrandt drawing was stolen from an exhibit at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey, CA., on Saturday night, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators. Hotel surveillance video shows...

Sotheby's tallies record $3.4 billion first half sales

ArtfixDaily / August 3rd, 2011

Competitive bidding for high value works combined with commissions from booming private transactions pushed Sotheby's consolidated sales to a record $3.4 billion in the first half of 2011. Sotheby's private sales were up 114% in the first half.

Record prices for Stubbs, Gainsborough in $80m London sale

Bloomberg / July 5th, 2011

A George Stubbs painting brought an artist record price of 22.4 million pounds ($36 million) and a Thomas Gainsborough fetched 6.5 million pounds ($10.4 million) in a $80 million Christie’s sale, making it the second-highest total for...

The Real Deal: 'Finding Van Dyke' exhibition unfolds at Philip Mould

ArtfixDaily / May 31st, 2011

Philip Mould has an eye for authenticity. As one of the world’s leading specialists in Old Master paintings and an authority on British portraiture, Mould is sharing his expertise in an innovative and revealing exhibition opening this June in London. Located in the heart of fashionable Mayfair, ...

Philanthropist gives £15 million to save unseen art

Telegraph / March 31st, 2011

British hedge fund manager Jonathan Ruffer has donated £15 million to keep a series of paintings on public view in the U.K. He has never seen the 13 paintings of Jacob and his sons by the Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbarán. Church commissioners were set to auction the 17th century ...

Old Masters invited to British royal wedding reception

The Scotsman / March 30th, 2011

Buckingham Palace will be bedecked with its best art and accoutrements for the April 29 reception celebrating the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. In the Palace's Picture Gallery -- where the multi-tiered fruity wedding cake will reside --  works by Old Masters like ...

Sales surge at TEFAF Maastricht

Guardian / March 22nd, 2011

This week's rarefied bazaar of art and antiquities at TEFAF in Maastricht is truly an international affair that has proven the upper-end of the market remains strong in many categories, from antiquities to contemporary art.  Early on, a group of Chinese buyers snapped up Japanese art from ...

Private collection of Dutch Golden Age art on view at Peabody Essex Museum

Salem News / February 24th, 2011

On Feb. 26, the Peabody Essex Museum, in Salem, Mass., will open a new exhibit, "Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection," which includes 67 works by important Old Masters such as a Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Jan Steen, as well as lesser known ...

Cleveland Museum of Art to auction off old masters

Plain Dealer / January 18th, 2011

Beginning on Jan. 27, the Cleveland Museum of Art will offer 30 European old master paintings from its collection in a series of sales at Sotheby's in New York. Mostly by minor masters, three-quarters of the paintings to be sold were gifts to the museum. The auction total is estimated at a ...

Louvre appeals to public for €4m acquisition

ArtfixDaily / November 16th, 2010

The Louvre museum in Paris is quite specific when seeking the public's help to achieve fundraising goals. The current appeal is for one million euros to complete the 4 million euros needed to buy Lucas Cranach the Elders's "The Three Graces."

Diamond brooch portrayed in Sargent painting at auction

Telegraph / November 8th, 2010

From the collection of the Dukes of Portland comes a gorgeous 1870 diamond and natural pearl brooch once belonging to Winifred, Duchess of Portland (1863-1954). The great beauty, a leading society figure in her time, wore the exquisite brooch, featuring large and desirable natural pearl ...

A confluence of international exhibitions points to intensifying interest in Old Master sculpture

ArtfixDaily / October 5th, 2010

With the launch of their first collaborative exhibit Body and Soul: Masterpieces of Renaissance and Baroque Sculpture at Moretti Fine Art, 24 East 80th Street, from October 21 to November 19, Andrew Butterfield and Fabrizio Moretti will join a growing number of important galleries and museums ...

Hidden secrets of Old Masters & an American Icon

ArtfixDaily / July 19th, 2010

Longstanding knowledge of a few major artists and artworks may be altered. The Vatican believes it has uncovered a 'new' Caravaggio; French experts have scientifically analyzed da Vinci's painting style; and Thomas Eakins' iconic "The Gross Clinic," perhaps the most important American painting of ...