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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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]