Oregon Senator calls for removal of Sackler name at the Smithsonian

Just days after Lonnie G. Bunch III took over as secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, he’d already received a major request concerning the ongoing issues surrounding the Sackler family, their philanthropic giving, and their potential involvement with the opioid crisis. In a letter, US Senator Jeffrey A. Merkley, a democratic representative of Oregon, suggested that […]

Van Gogh’s gun sells for €162,500 at auction

In 1965, a farmer in French village found a rusty old revolver in a field that has since been thought to be the gun that Vincent van Gogh used to shoot himself with. Just yesterday, that very gun was sold to a buyer who phoned into the Auction Art- Rémy Le Fur auction in Paris […]

Christie’s Impressionist and modern art sale in London disappoints

The preview night of Christie’s 31-lot Impressionist and Modern art sale was buzzing with jokes poking fun at Basel and positioning the sale to be the ultimate antidote to the Swiss fairs, the Venice Biennale and the start of a strong “London summer season”. Despite all this, the sale on Tuesday night proved to be […]

A-Rod to part with works by Basquiat and Richard Prince

Going…going…gone! Alex Rodriguez, better known to some as A-Rod, is used to hearing those words. The retired professional baseball player is still ranked fourth for record number of career home runs with a whopping 696. On June 27th, though, Rodriguez will be listening out for that phrase in relation to two paintings he’s selling from […]

Art Basel highlights the art trading which takes place in the shadows

Art Basel—the world’s biggest art fair— kicks off this week, with thousands of art lovers expected to descend on the Swiss city for six days of lavish events and art exhibitions. Attendees will be treated to installations from some 4,000 artists, from young Emirati photographer Farah Al Qasimi to Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno, whose show […]

Matisse’s Odalisque Painting leads at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Sale in London

The female muse has been one of the oldest and most commonly depicted motifs in paintings. While some of these female figures may very well be the artists’ lovers, others simply play an important role in their lives. The upcoming and highly anticipated Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale at Christie’s will be led by […]

Laptop with malware – responsible for $95 billion in damages – sold for $1.3 million

Just a week ago, a laptop more than a decade old sold for a whopping $1.3 million, but this 2008 Samsung NC10 was not just a nostalgic item for bidders. No, the laptop was loaded with six of the world’s most dangerous viruses in existence. The computer cum artwork, titled The Persistence of Chaos, was […]