Seeing it through: artist Amy Sherald orchestrates legacy of her Breonna Taylor portrait

Last September, Amy Sherald’s portrait of Breonna Taylor appeared on the front cover of a special Vanity Fair magazine dedicated to activism. Although commissioned by Vanity Fair guest editor Ta-Nehisi Coates, Sherald said she made the portrait for Taylor’s family to keep her “alive forever.” Now, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and […]

“I Want To Report A Theft”: Activist Mwazulu Diyabanza tells his own story in new episode of Resistance

A year ago, you might not have been aware of a man by the name of Mwazulu Diyabanza. But that all changed last summer when Diyabanza made a name for himself as a repatriation activist with one singular protest. By now, you’re probably familiar with the story. On June 12th, 2020, Diyabanza and four friends […]

“The Blue Lotus” from The Adventures of Tintin sells for €2.6 million

Time and time again, we see just how much value nostalgia can give to the price of an item. Artwork connected to a childhood property can drive auction bids through the roof, whether they be storybooks, TV shows, or comic books. While it’s no surprise that well-preserved comics can go for astronomical prices among collectors, […]

San Fran Art Institute considers sale of Diego Rivera mural

The future of a beloved mural by Mexican artist Diego Rivera at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) is up in the air as the school’s board looks for ways to secure the longevity of the institute, which has faced financial turmoil in recent years. The mural, valued at around $50 million, would offer much-needed […]

Congress overrides Trump with legislation that will tighten guidelines on the antiquities market

Just before US Congress concluded on January 3rd, both the Senate and House of Representatives voted to override President Trump’s veto of the annual defence spending bill, the first such override during Trump’s time in office. Within the bill were provisions that will see stricter regulations implemented on the antiquities market, which has long been […]

Sotheby’s buffeted by the public health crisis—and various legal challenges

Sotheby’s is making rapid inroads into the digital sphere and has continuously one-upped rival Christie’s throughout 2020. The famous auction house, however, is facing significant risks concerning a potential credit rating downgrade, as well as the various scandals and legal proceedings which have tarnished its image this year. Will Sotheby’s manage to sail smoothly through […]

Sotheby’s, Christie’s release preliminary 2020 sales reports

Just before the end of the year, both Sotheby’s and Christie’s have released preliminary end of year totals, showing the impact of COVID-19, but a better than expected year on the whole. 2020 has been a difficult year, but both of the major auction houses did their best to adapt and for the first year […]