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Visitors can now see the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel like never before…if you’ve got money to spend

Navigating your way around the highlights of the Vatican are not for the faint of heart…or those who can’t stand a crowd. Each day, around 30,000 people (totalling up to about six million per year) mill through the halls of the Vatican Museum to take in all the treasures it holds. Seeing the Sistine Chapel […]

Panel by Cimabue sells for €24.2 million, shattering pre-sale estimates

In a packed-out auction house of around 900 people on Sunday in the French town of Senlis, a panel painting believed to be by Cimabue busted its pre-sale estimate when it sold for €24.2 million, with fees. The small tempera painting, which has been called The Mocking of Christ, is one of only a dozen […]

When an art dealer single-handedly earns more money than an auction house

Is it possible for an individual art dealer to earn more money than an auction house that’s been in business for 300 years? The answer should be no. Yet Yves Bouvier and Sotheby’s have managed to refute this popular belief. Indeed, the huge income the Swiss art dealer apparently generated has raised eyebrows around the […]

Has KAWS reached peak market? Sotheby’s to sell 25 works from the collection of Ryan Brant

Sotheby’s recently announced that it will be selling a total of 25 works by the artist, whose real name is Brian Donnelly, from the collection of the late video game entrepreneur Ryan Brant. The collection of works will be offered across a series of sales at Sotheby’s around the world from Sept. 26 to spring […]

Italy and France to loan works by Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, deal to be signed today

After two years of going back and forth, it seems Italy and France have finally reached an agreement concerning the loans of by of the most well-known Renaissance artists of all time: Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. Today, the countries are expected to sign an agreement in Paris that will put the will-they-won’t-they dispute behind […]

The beloved collection of I.M. and Eileen Pei heads to auction, estimated to bring in $25 million

I.M. Pei is easily one of the most important architects of the past 50 years, if not the last century. At 102, he passed away earlier this year in May just after his iconic glass pyramid at the Louvre turned 30. Pei was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Eileen, who passed […]

Porsche’s Type 64 Nazi car failed to sell due to an auction error

It was intended to be the star lot in a classic care sale for RM Sotheby’s in Monterey Beach, California. Hailed as the “first” Porsche, the Type 64 car from 1939 was the only surviving one of three that were ever build. RM Sotheby’s had estimated that it would fetch upwards of $22 million, but […]