$450.3 Million Leonardo Da Vinci Painting Shatters Auction Records

  • November 15, 2017 20:51
'Salvator Mundi' or ‘Saviour of the World’ by Leonardo da Vinci

The $100 million estimate was apparently pretty conservative. Leonardo da Vinci's painting 'Salvator Mundi' or ‘Savior of the World’ broke all records for art at auction when it soared to $450.3 million (with fees) at Christie's on Wednesday night in New York. The mind-blowing price far exceeds ...

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$1.6 Billion Auction Week Underway with a Leading Leonardo

  • New York Times
  • November 14, 2017 22:14
Vincent van Gogh's Laboruer dans un champ (1889)

New York's auction gigaweek has begun with several marquee lots in this anticipated annual series. Much talked about so far have been the auctions lots that were not offered, and the superstar---a Jesus Christ painting by Leonardo da Vinci---in the Wednesday evening sale at Christie's. Sales of ...

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Alec Baldwin Settles with Art Dealer Over Painting

  • New Yorker
  • November 13, 2017 20:53
The two versions of Ross Bleckner's 'Sea and Mirror.'

Actor Alec Baldwin settled last week with New York art dealer Mary Boone after a lengthy and bitter legal dispute over a painting. The feud was over a Ross Bleckner painting titled "Sea and Mirror" from 1996 that Baldwin thought he was buying from Boone for $190,000. A smell of fresh paint, a ...

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Holt Printing of Declaration of Independence Fetches Record Price at Auction

  • Watertown Daily Times
  • November 12, 2017 16:41
Copy of the Declaration of Independence, printed by John Holt, July 9, 1776.

One of five known 1776 copies of the Declaration of Independence printed in New York by John Holt sold for a record price to a California collector at auction on Saturday. Blanchard's in Potsdam, New York, sold the newly-discovered document for $1.5 million, setting a world record for any New ...

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Benjamin Genocchio Removed as Armory Show Director Amid Sex Harassment Allegations

  • New York Times
  • November 09, 2017 13:09
Benjamin Genocchio

Influential art world figure and former Artnet editor Benjamin Genocchio has been ousted as executive director of the Armory Show in New York City after the New York Times reported multiple sexual harassment allegations against him.  Prior to heading the Armory Show, which is one of the world's ...

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Lord Mayor of London Returns Nazi Looted Old Master Painting

  • The Art Newspaper
  • November 07, 2017 11:35
 Jacob Ochtervelt’s The Oyster Meal (around 1664-65) Jacob Ochtervelt’s The Oyster Meal (around 1664-65).

A Dutch Old Master painting that was looted from the Netherlands during World War II was returned by the Lord Mayor of London to an heir of the owner on Monday. "The Oyster Meal" by Jacob Ochtervelt (around 1664-65) hung at Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor, for 30 years. ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed for Maintenance, Nov. 6-7

  • November 05, 2017 21:55
Installation of "Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire" at the de Young Museum, San Francisco, through February 11, 2018.

ARTFIXdaily is closed for maintenance, Nov. 6-7. E-newsletter service will resume on Wednesday, Nov. 8. ArtGuild members may continue to add content to the ArtWire and Calendar during the closure.

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Court Delays Auction of Berkshire Museum Art

  • November 02, 2017 19:35
"The Last Arrow," by Thomas Moran, slated for sale by the Berkshire Museum.

Updated 11/12/17: The Massachusetts Attorney General secured a 30-day pause for the sale of artworks from the Berkshire Museum that was scheduled to take place at Sotheby's on Monday, Nov. 13. The museum and lawyers for opponents of the sale will meet again, this time in Boston, at the ...

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Court Date Looming, Attorney General Files to Stop Berkshire Museum Art Sales

  • Berkshire Eagle
  • October 31, 2017 12:27
"La Fete," by Raoul Dufy, is slated for sale by the Berkshire Museum.

The Massachusetts attorney general on Monday joined in to halt the sale of multimillions in artwork that the Berkshire Museum planned to send to the auction block next month. A 26-page filing from Attorney General Maura Healey sides with motions from two other groups, one of which includes ...

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Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona Sets Auction Record at $17.8 Million

  • October 30, 2017 22:38
The record-setting Paul Newman Daytona wristwatch fetched $17,752,500 at Philips.

A rare Rolex watch that was owned by the late movie star Paul Newman has sold for nearly $17.8 million, making it the most expensive watch ever auctioned. A telephone bidder secured the watch at a Phillips sale on Thursday. Oscar-winning Newman, who died in 2008 at age 83, wore the watch every ...

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Art World Circulates 'Not Surprised' Open Letter After Artforum Scandal

  • October 30, 2017 13:48
Jenny Holzer, Abuse of Power Comes As No Surprise (1982)

Thousands of people signed an open letter by early Monday against sexual harassment in the art world following numerous allegations that took down Artforum co-publisher Knight Landesman last week.  The letter on the website Not Surprised includes a wide array of international arts professionals ...

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Authorities Seize Ancient Artifact at TEFAF New York

  • New York Times
  • October 29, 2017 17:57
Ruins of the Tachara, Persepolis

Police officers and two prosecutors seized an ancient limestone bas-relief from the booth of a London dealer at The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) New York Fall fair on Friday, reports the New York Times. The prestigious, vetted fair is on view at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. The piece ...

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Teddy Roosevelt Statue Defaced Outside Museum

  • New York Times
  • October 26, 2017 14:56
Base of the Roosevelt Statue, video still

Activists used red paint to deface the base of a bronze Theodore Roosevelt monument at the entrance of the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan early Thursday morning. "Roosevelt was an open white supremacist and imperialist who is still lionized by the museum and the city plaza ...

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Einstein Note on Theory of Happiness Fetches $1.6 Million

  • NPR
  • October 26, 2017 13:49
Albert Einstein, during a lecture in Vienna in 1921.

When Albert Einstein was visiting Tokyo's Imperial Hotel in 1922, he gave a bellboy a handwritten note instead of a tip. Scribbled in German on a piece of hotel stationery, Einstein wrote his theory of happiness: "A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success ...

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Artforum Publisher Knight Landesman Resigns Amid Claims of Sexual Misconduct

  • October 25, 2017 13:02
Cover of Artforum

A lawsuit against Knight Landesman, 67, co-publisher of Artforum magazine, was filed Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court. The suit claims that Landesman sexually harrassed a former employee for years. Nine women have come forward to accuse Landesman of harrassment although only one is named as a ...

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LACMA Curator Receives Mysterious Letter from a Missing Painting

  • Hyperallergic
  • October 25, 2017 11:52
Miguel Cabrera, “3.  From Spaniard and Castiza, Spanish Girl (detail)” (1763), oil on canvas

A mysterious letter penned in a first-person style, as if a painting is speaking, was sent to a curator at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), reported the Los Angeles Times. The painting at the center of the letter is “Española” (Spanish girl), the final, missing work in a set of ...

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Berkshire Museum Withdraws Some Artworks from Nov. 13 Auction

  • Berkshire Eagle
  • October 24, 2017 14:40
George Henry Durrie, Hunter in the Winter Wood, 1860.

Half the artworks consigned by the Berkshire Museum in a Nov. 13 Sotheby's sale have been withdrawn, reports Berkshire Eagle. Seven works remain in the sale, including two Norman Rockwell paintings that the artist's family has filed a lawsuit to oppose the museum's deaccessioning of the works. ...

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Rockwell Family Sues Berkshire Museum

  • New York Times
  • October 22, 2017 23:26
Norman Rockwell, Shuffleton's Barbershop

A group that includes three children of Norman Rockwell is suing the Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts over a controversial planned sale of two works by the famed artist, the New York Times reported. Papers filed with a Massachusetts judge on Friday state that the group seeks to stop the museum ...

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The OxyContin Fortune Bankrolling Museums

  • Esquire
  • October 19, 2017 22:22
The Sackler Courtyard, V&A Exhibition Road Quarter.  Image © Hufton + Crow

Esquire details the little-known connection between a family fortune built on the pain medication, OxyContin, and a substantial legacy of museum philanthropy. The Sackler family name is much associated with museum buildings and higher education, but less so with a $14 billion pharma fortune ...

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Karen Pence Explains Art Therapy for Her Second Lady Platform

  • October 18, 2017 17:15
Karen Pence unveils her initiative: Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART

Second Lady Karen Pence brought 100 pounds of clay with her to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Packed onto Air Force Two, the clay was meant for an art therapist that Pence had heard needed the artistic medium for children on the devastated island. On Wednesday, Pence unveiled details of her ...

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