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Art World Roundup: a bowl bought for $35 sells at Sotheby’s for $721k, London galleries look forward to first gallery weekend, and more

In this week’s Art World Roundup, the National Portrait Gallery in London has pledged to increase the number of women represented in their permanent collection while a small bowl found at a yard sale for $35 turned out to the a 15th century treasure. Also, an Italian court has evicted a school established by Steve […]

Art World Roundup: museums in England to remain closed through May, rare van Gogh heads to auction, Precious Okoyomon wins Frieze Artist Award, and more

In this week’s Art World Roundup, England announces measures for ending lockdown meaning museums will remain closed until May, Creative Capital names Christine Kuan as its new President and Executive Director, and a rare landscape by Vincent van Gogh heads to the auction block next month. Also, Frieze announces Precious Okoyomon as the recipient of […]

Art World Roundup: “Starry Night” gets the Lego treatment, Black Rock Senegal announces its newest group of Artists-in-Residence, the Uffizi’s new Endless artwork, and more

In this week’s Art World Roundup, we bring you a sculpture made of broken glass is installed in DC honouring Vice President Kamala Harris and a new Lego kit featuring Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night. Also, Black Rock Senegal has announced its 2021 cohort of Artists-in-Residence, Sotheby’s offers up a unique pair of Hyperdunks paying […]

Sotheby’s buffeted by the public health crisis—and various legal challenges

Sotheby’s is making rapid inroads into the digital sphere and has continuously one-upped rival Christie’s throughout 2020. The famous auction house, however, is facing significant risks concerning a potential credit rating downgrade, as well as the various scandals and legal proceedings which have tarnished its image this year. Will Sotheby’s manage to sail smoothly through […]

Sotheby’s, Christie’s release preliminary 2020 sales reports

Just before the end of the year, both Sotheby’s and Christie’s have released preliminary end of year totals, showing the impact of COVID-19, but a better than expected year on the whole. 2020 has been a difficult year, but both of the major auction houses did their best to adapt and for the first year […]

London court upholds ruling concerning forged Frans Hals painting

In London, a court of appeals has upheld a 2019 ruling stating that Fairlight Art Ventures would replay millions to Sotheby’s. This week’s ruling is the latest, and possibly the final straw, for a years-long court battle between the auction house and the investment company concerning an allegedly forged painting by Frans Hals. Owned by […]

NY State Attorney General files lawsuit against Sotheby’s citing millions in unpaid taxes

Sotheby’s has been hit with a lawsuit from the New York State Attorney General alleging that the auction house “defrauding the state of New York and its taxpayers out of millions of dollars in unpaid sales tax.” The case hinges on an unnamed collector who was purportedly treated as a collector during a transaction, which […]