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When is a fake not a fake? Forgery fiasco involving Prince Charles highlights grey areas of the art world

In the wake of Prince Andrew’s controversial and ill-advised BBC interview, the British royal family has struggled to fend off unwanted media attention over his past and present conduct. The beleaguered prince braved a television appearance in an attempt to stamp out the flames of suspicion surrounding his relationship with disgraced financier and convicted sex […]

Search for ‘America,’ a.k.a. the golden toilet, continues

The search for what is easily the most ‘luxurious loo,’ as one BBC article put it, in the world continues, but three more suspects have been arrested by police. The toilet, entitled America by Italian conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan, was part of an exhibition of works by the artist at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace and […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]