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Russian buyers went on a shopping spree at a London auction last night that raised 84.9 million pounds ($136.6 million).Collectors from the former Soviet Union bid a total of more than 20 million pounds for works by 20th-century artists such…
Posted on Friday, 11 February 2011 02:08
An Iowa lawmaker today offered a creative solution to funding scholarship for art students at the University of Iowa: sell the school's Jackson Pollock masterpiece, which is worth about $140 million.Rep. Scott Raecker, R-Urbandale, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee,…
Posted on Friday, 11 February 2011 02:05
But Egyptian minister of antiquities denies reports of large-scale looting and damageWork has started on the restoration of objects damaged by looters at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, according to Zahi Hawass, the Egyptian minister of antiquities.Hawass, writing on his…
Posted on Thursday, 10 February 2011 02:49
News of a museum's major art acquisition isn't usually accompanied by the question, "Why?" So it's interesting to see it crop up in reports that a huge cache of Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs, plus his archives and youthful mixed-media art, has…
Posted on Thursday, 10 February 2011 02:46
A Pablo Picasso painting of his mistress last night sold for 25.2 million pounds ($40.5 million) as highly valued artworks attracted selective bidding.“La Lecture” was estimated to make 12 million pounds to 18 million pounds at Sotheby’s in London. Ten…
Posted on Thursday, 10 February 2011 02:43
Texans’ claims that they know how to manage a state budget much better than we Californians may be crumbling, but they do retain bragging rights on one impressive count: starting May 22, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston will…
Posted on Thursday, 10 February 2011 02:39
The largest collection of Paul Cezanne's Card Player paintings to ever be exhibited together opens on Wednesday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.It includes three of five of the French master's famous series depicting peasants of the Aix-en-Provence region in…
Posted on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 00:47
A 1932 painting by Picasso estimated to fetch up to $29 million at auction Tuesday, and a Gauguin likely to go for as much as $16 million Wednesday point to a robust market for modern art, say experts.Pablo Picasso's "La…
Posted on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 00:44
Maria Altmann, who escaped Nazi-occupied Vienna as a newlywed and returned to wage a triumphant fight to recover Gustav Klimt's iconic gold portrait of her remarkable aunt, has died. She was 94.Altmann died Monday at her Cheviot Hills home after…
Posted on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 00:40
Last week, Google unveiled a Street View-esque project that brings viewers face to face with some of the greatest art on earth.Known as Google Art Project, the initiative will give users remote access to the priceless paintings, sculptures, and other…
Posted on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 00:36
NEW YORK CITY – We did not need the Dow to hit 12,000 on January 26 tell us that the market for art and antiques has more bounce in its step of late. The anecdotal accounts of more than 440…
Posted on Wednesday, 02 February 2011 01:25
A tiny piece of ancient China is going on show in Wales for the first time.Buddhas and other carvings sculpted in rock at Dazu - now a world heritage site in the south west of China - are being exhibited…
Posted on Thursday, 27 January 2011 04:17
Giving little notice and surprising its board co-chairs, Richard P. Townsend has stepped down as president of the Museum of Latin American Art after less than two years in its top spot, the museum announced Tuesday. It's the third change…
Posted on Thursday, 27 January 2011 04:14
Self-portraits by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat will star in contemporary-art auctions in London set to raise at least 72.5 million pounds ($116 million).A pair of Jeff Koons bear sculptures, a Gerhard Richter abstract and a pile of Ai Weiwei…
Posted on Wednesday, 26 January 2011 04:26
Next week's Old Masters sale in New York includes a Titian, a Rubens, and an unusual portrait of a man with a Hebrew tablet proclaiming the Torah.  Here are some highlights to tickle your checkbook:Until brief appearances this fall on…
Posted on Wednesday, 26 January 2011 04:24
A German foundation rejected Monday an Egyptian request to return the 3,400-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti, a sculpture which draws over one million viewers annually to a Berlin museum.Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) sent the request to the Prussian…
Posted on Wednesday, 26 January 2011 04:20
The VIP Art Fair, the first major online art fair featuring work from blue-chip galleries that opened on Saturday, intended to tap into one of the Internet’s big strengths: its huge audience. Along the way, the fair has also encountered…
Posted on Wednesday, 26 January 2011 04:18
(New York, NY – January 18, 2011) – Keno Auctions’ sale, which took place on January 18th in Wallace Hall at the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola on Park Avenue, achieved $2,600,000 in sales, well within its pre-sale estimate…
Posted on Wednesday, 26 January 2011 04:02
NEW YORK CITY – One tipped his pen. The other tilted his chin. With economy of gesture, antiques dealers Todd Prickett and G.W. Samaha faced off for some of the finest American furniture offered during New York’s Americana Week auctions…
Posted on Wednesday, 26 January 2011 02:45
New York – An 18th century mahogany bureau table carved by Newport’s most celebrated cabinetmaker sold for a stunning $5.7 million at Christie’s New York on Wednesday morning, placing it among the highest auction prices ever realized for an item…
Posted on Tuesday, 25 January 2011 04:27
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