Sculpture with possible ties to Leonardo da Vinci heads to auction, could sale for $50 million

In just a week, Guernsey’s auction house in New York City will bring a small, 11-inch bronze sculpture that is believed to be, at least by some, associated with Leonardo da Vinci. Titled Horse and Rider, the sculpture holds a pre-sale estimate of $30 million to $50 million, which is no small feat considering only […]

First Keith Haring mural to hit the auction block

Next month, a mural by Keith Haring will hit the auction block at Bonhams. The mural is quintessentially Haring and in the early 1980s, the artist painted it in one night on the walls of a New York convent’s youth centre named Grace House. Haring’s murals rarely began with a sketch or any preparatory work. […]

Oxford professor allegedly stole items that are now at the Museum of the Bible

Just a year ago, the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC discovered that five fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls in its collection were, in fact, forgeries. Making up about a third of the scroll fragments housed by the museum, the discovery was, as it would be for any museum, a bit of a blow. […]

Man steals $20,000 Salvador Dalí from San Fran gallery

Sunday was not a good day for a San Francisco gallery. In just a matter of minutes, a man walked into Dennis Rae Fine Art and walked out with one of the galleries most-prized works: an etching by Salvador Dalí selling for $20,000. The event, on the whole, had none of the usual markings of […]

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. […]