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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Josef O’Connor on “Going, Going, Gone”: his work in the RA Summer Exhibition that does more than take up wall space

An aptly named print hangs in the Royal Academy’s Winter Exhibition – this year’s rescheduled edition of the RA’s famed Summer Exhibition. Going, Going, Gone. (Lot 44 – The Atlantic […]

London court upholds ruling concerning forged Frans Hals painting

In London, a court of appeals has upheld a 2019 ruling stating that Fairlight Art Ventures would replay millions to Sotheby’s. This week’s ruling is the latest, and possibly the […]

NY State Attorney General files lawsuit against Sotheby’s citing millions in unpaid taxes

Sotheby’s has been hit with a lawsuit from the New York State Attorney General alleging that the auction house “defrauding the state of New York and its taxpayers out of […]

French Senate approves the return of 27 African cultural objects to Benin and Senegal

The return of African cultural objects from French institutions has been a much-discussed topic in recent years that has, at times, gained momentum only to then cool off and slow […]