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600 stolen books returned to University and Regional Library of Bonn

More than 70 years after they went missing, over 600 books were returned to the University and Regional Library of Bonn (ULB) on April 11th. The books, which include various historical works, 11 medieval manuscripts, and rare prints from the 16th century, have been missing from the university since World War II. The ULB held […]

KAWS painting sets artist record at $14.8 million

On April 1st, an artwork by the notorious street artist cum fine arts craze Brain Donnelly, better known as KAWS, set an artist record when his work THE KAWS ALBUM (2005) sold for HK$115.9 million ($14.8 million) and it was no April Fool’s joke. The artwork was one of 33 lots sold at Sotheby’s Hong […]

Sotheby’s will offer two Rothkos in May sale

Sotheby’s recently announced that they will be selling a set of paintings by Mark Rothko from the collection of Blema and H. Arnold Steinberg in May. The set of Rothkos will be only two of the paintings sold from the couple’s collection over the course of the year. The two paintings will come to the […]

Just before its anniversary, Sotheby’s releases its numbers for 2018

Marking Sotheby’s 275th anniversary, the auction house recently reported its final numbers for 2018. On February 28th, Sotheby’s, a publicly traded company, posted a press release with their fourth quarter earnings and overall numbers for 2018. For 2018, Sotheby’s net income came in right at $108.6 million, about $10 million below 2017’s income of $118.8 […]

Record setting sales during Sotheby’s ‘The Female Triumphant’

At the end of January, Sotheby’s utilized the power of 90s girl band Spice Girls to promote their new exhibition and auction focusing on female artists titled ‘The Female Triumphant’. Fashion designer Victoria Beckham, formerly known to teens everywhere as Posh Spice, appeared at the auction house’s pre-sale event after selected works from the auction […]

248 Supreme skate decks set to sale for as much as $1.2 million

Come January 25th, Sotheby’s will be close an online auction on a slightly unusual collection at their New York auction house. An entire set of Supreme brand skate decks collected by skateboard enthusiast Ryan Fuller over the past 13 years is estimated to garner between $800,000 and $1.2 million (which will not include a buyer’s […]

Conservator finds UV images in Jean-Michel Basquiat painting

When researching or working with an artwork, conservators are accustomed to finding unusual parts of it that often get overlooked or are invisible to the naked eye. Sometimes, underpaintings are found that alter the meaning or give a bit more history to the canvas. However, when New York-based conservator Emily MacDonald-Korth began working on a […]