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The Bouvier Affair: The Art of Deception?

The art world most commonly makes front-page news when there’s a daring heist, such as the stunning theft this week of up to a billion euros of treasures from Dresden’s Grüne Gewölbe, or the spiriting away of the Mona Lisa in 1911 which made it the most famous painting in the world. These Ocean’s Eleven-style […]

Artemisia Gentileschi cements her place among the Old Masters boys’ club with latest record-breaking auction sale

A recently discovered work by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1654) sold last week for a price of €4 million, or €4.7 million with fees, breaking the Baroque master’s auction record by almost double. The piece, Lucretia (1630’s), was being auctioned at the Artcurial auction house in Paris with an estimate of €600,000 to €800,000, but competition between […]

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 […]