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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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

Leading auction house Sotheby’s takes legal hit amidst Rybolovlev-Bouvier battle

Just days after the announcement that Sotheby’s is set to be sold for $3.7 billion to a company owned by French media tycoon Patrick Drahi, the company suffered a bruising legal setback in Manhattan courts. This Tuesday, June 25th, Judge Jesse Furman, of the District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), denied […]

Art Basel highlights the art trading which takes place in the shadows

Art Basel—the world’s biggest art fair— kicks off this week, with thousands of art lovers expected to descend on the Swiss city for six days of lavish events and art exhibitions. Attendees will be treated to installations from some 4,000 artists, from young Emirati photographer Farah Al Qasimi to Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno, whose show […]

Italy’s Populist Government Announces Crackdown on Art-related Crimes

Italy’s new populist government announced last week that it will be enforcing new laws for art related crimes, in line with its efforts to preserve its culture as a major part of its nationalistic agenda. The crackdown on preserving cultural heritage lost to illegal smuggling comes after numerous successful repatriations of art and antiquities that […]