The ‘Prince of Chintz’ comes to auction: late designer Mario Buatta brings in $7.6m at Sotheby’s

Flip through an interior design magazine and the most colour you’ll find might be in a pop amid the greys and beiges most popular today. That, however, was not the case for designer Mario Buatta who was also known as the ‘Prince of Chintz.’ His eccentric style created a lot of interest in Sotheby’s recent […]

The Long Game: how Wolfgang Beltracchi conned the art world

Former art forger John Myatt—who in the 1980s forged hundreds of “masterworks” and fenced them to institutions as venerable as London’s Tate Gallery—recently told reporters that in his opinion, pulling off such a scheme is “just as easy today”. Recent events would seem to prove Myatt’s point. In late 2019, Prince Charles’s charitable foundation was […]

Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Phillips battle it out to sell $700m Macklowe collection

In the midst of a very public and nasty divorce, Harry and Linda Macklowe have been court ordered to sell off 65 works from their extensive art collection. With that news, Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Phillips are all now competing for the chance to sell the Macklowe collection later this year. In 1959, the couple, now […]

Art world awash with artifice, forgery and deceit – by design?

An Italian gardener made global headlines last month after stumbling across what appears to be the second most sought-after piece of stolen artwork in the world. The unassuming groundskeeper made the incredible find while maintaining the estate surrounding the Ricci Oddi modern art gallery in the northern Italian city of Piacenza, where the painting – […]

Export ban blocks £8m Thomas Gainsborough painting from leaving the UK

Thomas Gainsborough is one of England’s iconic artists. His work, much like JMW Turner’s, seems to be synonymous with the country having captured the English countryside with many of his works. Now, in an effort to keep a work that was sold over the summer by Gainsborough in the UK, a temporary export ban has […]

‘The Olympic Manifesto’ sells at Sotheby’s for $8.8m

Just before a decade of intense auctions that brought in millions and millions wraps up, Sotheby’s New York saw another saleroom record. Just a week before Christmas, a 12-minute bidding battle ensued over a lot with a particularly interesting place in history. Lot 173 of the Fine Books and Manuscripts action was an original manifesto […]

Unseen for 70 years, LS Lowry painting heads to auction

In 1916, artist British artist LS Lowry (1887-1976) looked out at the Acme Spinning Company’s Pendlebury mill and unexpectedly found inspiration. From that scene, Lowry painted The Mill, Pendlebury in 1943. It went on to hang in the Oxford rooms of Leonard D Hamilton, who played a key part in the discovery of the DNA […]