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Howard University sues South Carolina couple over work by Charles White

Works by Charles White, a renowned African-American artist, have experienced somewhat of a renaissance in recent years as more and more collectors and museums have taken interest. The late artist’s market has grown substantially and last year, artist records were set in quick succession at auction, so the time seemed right for a South Carolina […]

Christie’s removes illicitly trafficked antiquities from sale, archaeologist questions their due diligence

Over the past two weeks, Christie’s held seven online auctions as part of their “Classic Week,” which has featured everything from ancient artworks to Old Master painting. One of the auctions, in particular, though, has garnered some unwanted attention. After four Greek and Roman works quietly disappeared from the catalogue of the auction of antiquities, […]

Research wraps on Gurlitt trove leaving “very large gray area”

Eight years ago, Bavarian authorities searched the Munich flat of Cornelius Gurlitt looking for evidence of tax evasion. Instead, officers discovered a vast collection of works by artists like Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Max Liebermann, and Paul Klee. The works recovered from Gurlitt’s Munich and Salzburg homes became the centre of an investigation that many […]

Days after Banksy gifted NHS with painting, someone tried to steal it

Owning a Banksy can be a difficult feat. Purchasing a work by the illusive artist is one thing, but when a Banksy falls into your hands overnight, the path forward is exciting although filled with unique challenges – sometimes even involving theft. That’s what the University Hospital Southampton quickly realized when just days after they […]

INTERPOL sting operation recovers 19,000 illicitly traded artefacts

A sting operation spanning more than 100 countries was carried out by INTERPOL, Europol, and the World Customs Organization (WCO) last year and resulted in the arrest of more than 100 suspects involved in illicit trafficking of artefacts. In a May 6th press release, INTERPOL announced the impact of the operation, called Athena II, which […]

A print by Dalí becomes a major thrift store find in North Carolina

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. It’s the motto that second hand, consignment, antique, and thrift shops thrive off. Most often, one finds trinkets, items with sentimental attachments, or bits and bobs, but in one North Carolina thrift shop, a print turned out to be a major treasure. Priced between just $10 and $50, […]

Van Gogh painting stolen, on the artist’s birthday, from museum closed due to coronavirus

Around the world, museums have been shuttered as more than 3 billion people have gone into lockdown amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The Singer Laren museum, some 20 miles southwest of Amsterdam, was no exception–a fact which thieves took advantage of in the early hours of Monday, March 30th, when they stole Van Gogh’s Parsonage Garden at […]