US Department of Justice opens case to find owner of painting by Jean Dubuffet

Last Wednesday, Geoffrey S. Berman, a US attorney for the Southern District of New York, filed a civil lawsuit, known as an interpleader, to begin the search for the owner of a painting by Jean Dubuffet. The painting in question, titled Site avec 5 personnages, was last known to be in the hands of Michel […]

When an art dealer single-handedly earns more money than an auction house

Is it possible for an individual art dealer to earn more money than an auction house that’s been in business for 300 years? The answer should be no. Yet Yves Bouvier and Sotheby’s have managed to refute this popular belief. Indeed, the huge income the Swiss art dealer apparently generated has raised eyebrows around the […]

Italian court halts loan of the Vitruvian Man ahead of blockbuster da Vinci exhibition at the Louvre

Just two weeks ago, Italy and France signed a deal that reinstated a 2017 deal that would green light a number of works by Leonardo da Vinci to be loaned to the Louvre for their upcoming blockbuster exhibition. It seemed that the saga, which played out over the last year, was finally put to rest. […]

‘Devolved Parliament’ sells for nearly £10 million

A 2009 work by Banksy just made its biggest splash, yet, last night. Prior to the sale at Sotheby’s London, some were concerned that alterations to the work made by Banksy might deter bidders who thought the original painting might have a copy. However, when the gavel fell on the painting, it far exceeded its […]

Has KAWS reached peak market? Sotheby’s to sell 25 works from the collection of Ryan Brant

Sotheby’s recently announced that it will be selling a total of 25 works by the artist, whose real name is Brian Donnelly, from the collection of the late video game entrepreneur Ryan Brant. The collection of works will be offered across a series of sales at Sotheby’s around the world from Sept. 26 to spring […]

Italy and France to loan works by Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, deal to be signed today

After two years of going back and forth, it seems Italy and France have finally reached an agreement concerning the loans of by of the most well-known Renaissance artists of all time: Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. Today, the countries are expected to sign an agreement in Paris that will put the will-they-won’t-they dispute behind […]

Despite please from Mexico, sale of pre-Columbian works goes ahead and brings in €1.2 million

Despite attempts by Mexico to halt an auction of pre-Columbian artefacts, the sale by Alexandre Millon went ahead on September 18th at Drouot in Paris. The artefacts that have caused a stir were presented for sale by collectors Manichak and Jean Aurance and as late as Tuesday, Central American countries were calling for the return […]