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Painting stolen in 1989 recently sold for £62,500 but remains in limbo

On 11 July 2018, the auctioneer’s gavel fell selling the ‘recently rediscovered’ Emma Sandys 1874 painting for £62,500 (estimated at £20,000 to £30,000) in Christie’s Victorian Pre-Raphaelite and British Impressionist Art sale. This sale, however, would not prove to be an easy or quick process for neither the anonymous buyer, seller, or auction house. The […]

British Museum Fights Back: “not everything here was acquired by looting.”

The British Museum has launched an initiative to counteract the heavy criticism it has been long receiving for housing artifacts looted by imperialists and colonialists and not returning them to their rightful owners. The program will be in the form of monthly talks entitled “Collected Histories”, which many argue is a direct response to art […]

Are museums filled with forgeries?

Do visitors to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg realize that “at least half the paintings hanging there are copies” and that the origianls have been discreetly sold to foreign collectors when the Soviet Union plunged into crisis?  At least that’s what the famous art dealer Youri Vassilievitch Aleksee, ravaged by cancer and called “the […]