ARTFIXdaily News Feed - Breaking News from the Art World

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 ...

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 ...