Stacks on (hay)stacks: Monet’s ‘Meules’ priced at $55 million

On May 14th, one of Claude Monet’s inimitable ‘Haystack’ paintings will come to auction at Sotheby’s New York. Meules (1890), from the ‘Haystack’ series, is one of only eight works from the series that remains in private hands. In total, there are 25 canvases in the series and the other 17 reside in the collections […]

New French task force to hone in on Nazi-looted art

In the coming weeks, a new French task force will be researching and returning artworks looted during the Nazi occupation of France to their rightful owners or their heirs. The task force, which was announced last year, is a new office within France’s ministry of culture. The five-person staff, headed by culture ministry official David […]

600 stolen books returned to University and Regional Library of Bonn

More than 70 years after they went missing, over 600 books were returned to the University and Regional Library of Bonn (ULB) on April 11th. The books, which include various historical works, 11 medieval manuscripts, and rare prints from the 16th century, have been missing from the university since World War II. The ULB held […]

A Night Less Starry- The Auction of Van Gogh’s Gun

On June 9th, 2019, the rusted husk of a 7mm Lefaucheux revolver will go up for auction. This weathered skeleton sat untouched and unseen in a field in the French village of Auvers-sur-Oise for approximately seven decades, from the 1890s to the 1960s, only being plucked from its home in the soil when a farmer […]

Recently restitued by the Guggenheim, a painting by Ernst Kirchner to be loaned to the National Museum of Norway thanks to a bank

In October of last year, Das Soldatenbad (Artillerymen), a 1915 artwork by German artist Ernst Kirchner, was returned to the family of German Jewish art dealer Alfred Flechtheim. The Guggenheim, which had had Artillerymen in their collection since they received it in 1988, restituted the painting after an intensive examination of its provenance showed its […]

Cottingley Fairies photographs – a 20th century hoax – to be sold

The ‘Cottingley Fairies’ photography series were one of the 20th century’s biggest photographic hoaxes. The black and white photos appear to show fairies floating around a little girl and in natural settings. Tomorrow, a set of photos, six of which are directly from the daughter of one of the women who created the photos, is […]

KAWS painting sets artist record at $14.8 million

On April 1st, an artwork by the notorious street artist cum fine arts craze Brain Donnelly, better known as KAWS, set an artist record when his work THE KAWS ALBUM (2005) sold for HK$115.9 million ($14.8 million) and it was no April Fool’s joke. The artwork was one of 33 lots sold at Sotheby’s Hong […]