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STAN, an impressive T. rex. skeleton, heads to auction block and could bring in $8m

More than 65 million years ago, a T. rex. now known as STAN, roamed a part of the world we now call the Badlands, which spans the US states of North and South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. During his life, STAN saw a lot, now, his skeletal remains, some of the most complete T. rex. […]

From the basement to the gallery wall: masterworks plucked from obscurity

The small, postcard-sized painting known as Head of a Bearded Man, has once again regained pride of place in Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum after years in storage. The Rembrandt Research Project had branded the work a fake in 1981, but recent dendrochronological analysis found that the portrait of a weary old man had been painted on […]

Promise not to flip! Buyers of works from Christie’s latest exhibition must pledge not to resell them for at least 5 years

Earlier this year, a painting by Amoako Boafo sold (read: flipped), at Phillips in London for $881,432 — over 10 times its estimate, and more than 3,000 percent what the seller had originally paid for it less than a year earlier.  As often the case with speculating and flipping works, the artist did not see […]

Art World Roundup: a £1.1M facemask, the search for the owners of a painting stolen in WWII, and more

As this week comes to a close, we dig into a painting that’s gone on display in France after it was stolen during WWII with the hopes of finding its rightful owners and an auction at Christie’s aiming to support Black artists through an unusual buyer contract. We also check out Magnum Photos reevaluation of […]

Art World Roundup: updates on Stonehenge, the Turner Prize, Christie’s auction of Igbo statues, a Parisian Banksy, and how the new Louvre experience

This week’s Art World Roundup offers updates. Recipients of the 2020 edition of an alternative Turner Prize have been announced, a recovered Banksy stolen from Paris, and the sale of Igbo statues at Christie’s. We also cover how visitor experience will be different (perhaps better?) at the Louvre and new discoveries near Stonehenge.    Tate […]

Inigo Philbrick’s arrest, explained

Inigo Philbrick, the mysterious, shady, young and handsome contemporary art dealer, who disappeared in October last year after being accused of defrauding clients of over $20 million dollars, was arrested last week on the Pacific Island of Vanuatu. The FBI released a statement announcing his arrest and detailing next steps. Philbrick will be transported to […]

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, […]