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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 […]

Dmitry Rybolovlev, seller of Leonardo’s ‘Salvator Mundi’, detained in Monaco

On the morning of Tuesday, 6 November, Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev was detained for questioning at the request of a Monaco investigative judge. On November 7, Monaco’s chief prosecutor declared Rybolovlev a “formal suspect” in the graft probe. According to early reports, the detention and questioning of Rybolovlev was based on allegations of corruption, trafficking […]

Ancient Assyrian Sculpture Sells for $31m, But Should It Have Ever Left the Region?

An Iraqi artifact that dates back three millennia was sold at Christie’s New York for $30.1m and sparked debate around the ethics of its sale. The Iraqi government called for the sale to be stopped and even contacted UNESCO to help demand the repatriation of the ancient panel. A spokesperson for Iraq’s cultural ministry spoke […]