A print by Dalí becomes a major thrift store find in North Carolina

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. It’s the motto that second hand, consignment, antique, and thrift shops thrive off. Most often, one finds trinkets, items with sentimental attachments, or bits and bobs, but in one North Carolina thrift shop, a print turned out to be a major treasure. Priced between just $10 and $50, […]

Van Gogh painting stolen, on the artist’s birthday, from museum closed due to coronavirus

Around the world, museums have been shuttered as more than 3 billion people have gone into lockdown amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The Singer Laren museum, some 20 miles southwest of Amsterdam, was no exception–a fact which thieves took advantage of in the early hours of Monday, March 30th, when they stole Van Gogh’s Parsonage Garden at […]

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 […]

Two men arrested for stealing stones from Notre Dame

For those following the restoration of Notre Dame, March looked to be a promising month. This was when the forecourt and crypt of the Parisian cathedral, devastated by a fire in April 2019, were set to reopen marking a first victory in the restoration. However, as COVID-19 has tightened its grip on France, restoration efforts […]

The Enduring Challenges of Authenticating Art

When the Allentown Art Museum sent their oil-on-oak painting Portrait of a Young Woman to specialists at New York University to be cleaned, they expected to get it back without the layers of overpainting and thick varnish which had obscured the portrait’s delicate brushwork. Since they weren’t immediately looking for any proof of authentication, they […]

California man pleads guilty to art and tax fraud, faces up to 25 years in prison

After pleading guilty to selling millions in fake artworks, Philip Righter (43), a man living in California, could face up to 25 years in prison. Righter was charged with wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and tax fraud in a Los Angeles court Tuesday but also faces similar charges in Florida. Righter, a self-proclaimed Emmy, Grammy, […]

Sotheby’s nears $1 billion in private sales during 2019

For the second year running, Sotheby’s has hovered around the $1 billion mark in private sales. While the auction house isn’t a stranger to making billions, it’s usually for their major auctions that can bring in millions in a given night. As reported this week, Sotheby’s private sales weren’t quite as high as they were […]