Sotheby’s buffeted by the public health crisis—and various legal challenges

Sotheby’s is making rapid inroads into the digital sphere and has continuously one-upped rival Christie’s throughout 2020. The famous auction house, however, is facing significant risks concerning a potential credit rating downgrade, as well as the various scandals and legal proceedings which have tarnished its image this year. Will Sotheby’s manage to sail smoothly through […]

Sotheby’s, Christie’s release preliminary 2020 sales reports

Just before the end of the year, both Sotheby’s and Christie’s have released preliminary end of year totals, showing the impact of COVID-19, but a better than expected year on the whole. 2020 has been a difficult year, but both of the major auction houses did their best to adapt and for the first year […]

Josef O’Connor on “Going, Going, Gone”: his work in the RA Summer Exhibition that does more than take up wall space

An aptly named print hangs in the Royal Academy’s Winter Exhibition – this year’s rescheduled edition of the RA’s famed Summer Exhibition. Going, Going, Gone. (Lot 44 – The Atlantic Rainforest, Brazil) by British artist Josef O’Connor is as much about conservation as it is about working together. Art Critique had the chance to (virtually) […]

London court upholds ruling concerning forged Frans Hals painting

In London, a court of appeals has upheld a 2019 ruling stating that Fairlight Art Ventures would replay millions to Sotheby’s. This week’s ruling is the latest, and possibly the final straw, for a years-long court battle between the auction house and the investment company concerning an allegedly forged painting by Frans Hals. Owned by […]

1,638 police carried out raids in Berlin arresting three in relation to Dresden Green Vault heist

A major police raid has led to arrests and the seizure of items related to the Dresden Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault) heist that occurred almost exactly a year ago. While the treasures taken in the robbery have yet to be recovered, three have been arrested in relation to the heist and it is hoped that […]

NY State Attorney General files lawsuit against Sotheby’s citing millions in unpaid taxes

Sotheby’s has been hit with a lawsuit from the New York State Attorney General alleging that the auction house “defrauding the state of New York and its taxpayers out of millions of dollars in unpaid sales tax.” The case hinges on an unnamed collector who was purportedly treated as a collector during a transaction, which […]

French Senate approves the return of 27 African cultural objects to Benin and Senegal

The return of African cultural objects from French institutions has been a much-discussed topic in recent years that has, at times, gained momentum only to then cool off and slow once again. Now, three years after President Emmanuel Macron pledged to send artefacts back to their home countries, the French Senate has unanimously voted to […]