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One of the last privately owned Botticelli portraits could fetch $80m at auction

It was during the Early Renaissance years when portraiture first came to be considered high art. Florentine master Sandro Botticelli pioneered this change, by depicting several of his subjects with unprecedented directness and insight, long before Leonardo da Vinci gave us the Mona Lisa. Botticelli was highly celebrated during his time, and was sought out […]

Frieze London and Masters to move online in October

Earlier this year, as the pandemic upended life as we knew it, much of the art world was put on hold. Fairs and auctions moved to online platforms while others were cancelled or postponed, and galleries and museums turned to virtual experiences to make up for closed doors. Frieze was among the fairs that were […]

Special edition works by Simone Leigh to benefit Color Of Change and the fight against racial injustice

Since George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police at the end of May, people and organisations in the US and elsewhere have been speaking up and doing more for the fight against racial injustice. To further the movement, renowned contemporary artist Simone Leigh is debuting a series of limited-edition sculptures that will specifically support Color […]

Ai Weiwei creates poignant mask series in response to pandemic to raise money for humanitarian charities

Face masks are a new staple in life. Gone are the days when they were simply a tool used by people in the medical field. Instead, they have cropped up in the most rural of places, become mandatory in many public spaces, and created a mobile safety blanket of sorts for those going out for […]

Kunstmuseum Basel agrees to settlement involving Nazi era works

More than a decade ago, a restitution claim for 200 works that once belonged to Curt Glaser, a renowned Jewish museum director, and worth an estimated $2 million (£1.6 million) was rejected by the city of Basel. In response to recent findings as well as added pressure to reconsider the case, the city has reversed […]

The year in auctions: biggest sales, to whom and an attempt at why

2019 didn’t exactly go down as the most lucrative year for auctions, especially compared to more recent years when several $50 million lots could have been combined into a single evening sale, but as the year wraps up, reflecting on the auction market of the year reveals big wins, some records and interesting insights. As […]

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 […]