Antiquities Dealers Arrested in Hobby Lobby Probe

  • PBS
  • August 03, 2017 18:17
One of the objects seized during Sunday's arrest of antiquities dealers in Jerusalem.

On Sunday, Israeli authorities arrested 5 Palestinian antiquities dealers in Jerusalem. Officials contend that the dealers are connected to the illegal sales of antiquities to Hobby Lobby, the U.S. arts and crafts supply chain that has been acquiring thousands of ancient objects. Israeli ...

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Met Museum Hands Over Two Ancient Objects to Authorities

  • AD
  • August 03, 2017 18:17
Marble Head of a Bull, ca.  500–460 B.C.  Greek.  H.  13 in.  (33 cm).  Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Last week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art gave up a large painted terracotta vase that had been illegally excavated from an ancient burial ground in Italy to the district attorney. The ancient Greek vessel, a krater, shows Dionysus, god of the grape harvest, riding in a cart. In a second ...

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Thieves Steal Neil Armstrong's Solid Gold Cartier-Made Lunar Lander Model

  • Smithsonian
  • August 01, 2017 16:52
One of the three Cartier solid gold replicas of the Lunar Excursion Module.

On Friday, thieves targeted the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the hometown of Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon. Missing is a five-inch tall solid-gold replica of the Lunar Excursion Module, along with award medals and presentation coins in the same ...

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Instagram Drives Sales in Vintage Watch Market

  • New York Times
  • August 01, 2017 16:52
A 1969 Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona Reference 6241, sold via Instagram for $175,000.00

Facebook's Instagram, with its 700 million users worldwide, is the popular image-centric platform that is now catapulting sales of vintage watches, reports the New York Times. In one recent case, Hodinkee posted a photo of a 1969 Rolex "Paul Newman" Daytona Reference 6241 on Instagram. Amidst a ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed for Maintenance, July 24-28

  • July 23, 2017 23:06
Gustav Klimt, "The Arts, Paradise Choir, and The Embrace (detail of Beethoven Frieze)," 1902.  Casein paint, chalk, graphite, applied plaster, and various appliqué materials, 84.7 x 189.4 in.  (215 x 481 cm).  Oesterreichische Galerie im Belvedere, Vienna, Austria © Belvedere, Vienna

ARTFIXdaily will be closed from July 24 to 28, and the subscriber e-newsletter service will resume on July 31. ArtGuild members may continue to add press releases and events. View the ArtWire for the latest news from our members. The images are from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco ...

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3 Stolen Francis Bacon Paintings Recovered by Police in Spain

  • Daily Star
  • July 20, 2017 13:08
Image of stolen Francis Bacon works.

Spanish police announced the recovery of three of five stolen paintings by Francis Bacon on Thursday. Five Bacon paintings valued at more than 25 million euros ($29 million) along with a safe with jewels and coins were taken from a Madrid residence in July 2015. The works were stolen from a ...

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New York Man Believes He Owns a Missing Michelangelo

  • AP
  • July 20, 2017 12:19
Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Ceiling, 1508-12.

A man in New York state thinks he has a painting by Michelangelo that hung for years in his living room. Martin Kober has moved the painting to secure storage while he works on getting the 9-by-25-inch (48-by-64-centimeter) painting of Jesus with the Virgin Mary authenticated.  Kober's ...

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Antiquities Dealer Sues Wall Street Journal Over Article on ISIS Link

  • Courthouse News Service
  • July 18, 2017 12:44
Odysseus hiding under a ram to escape from the cave of Polyphemus, part of the Torlonia Collection.

An antiquities dealer has sued the Wall Street Journal over an article linking his family-run art gallery to ISIS, reports Courthouse New Service. It is the second major lawsuit instigated by the gallery this year. Hicham Aboutaam, head of the Manhattan-based Electrum, the agent for Phoenix ...

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Asian Art Museum Clinches Guinness World Record for Largest Human Flower Art

  • July 17, 2017 14:33
Humans form a record- sized lotus flower on July 15, 2017, in Lotus Live organized by the Asian Art Museum, SF.

A Guinness World Record was set Saturday when the Asian Art Museum organized 2,405 people at San Francisco's Civic Center to form a huge green and pink lotus flower together.  Dubbed Lotus Live, the event created the largest recorded human flower art and was meant to mark the 50th anniversary ...

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$600 Million Historical Art Collection Heads to a Contemporary Art Museum

  • New York Times
  • July 17, 2017 13:29

Near Turin, Italy, a private art collection with notable works spanning the 13th-to-20th centuries, and valued at $600 million, will radically transform a contemporary art museum, reports the New York Times. In a statement, the Fondazione Francesco Federico Cerruti per l’Arte, Castello di ...

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Berkshire Museum to Sell $50 Million in Art to Fund "Reinvention Plan"

  • Berkshire Museum
  • July 16, 2017 16:53
Rendering for a new exhibit space at Berkshire Museum.

On Wednesday, July 12, 2017, the Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts announced a $60 million "reinvention plan" that includes deaccessiong two artworks by Norman Rockwell, among 40 pieces from its 40,000-object permanent collection slated to be sold at auction. The plan is for a renovation that ...

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Italian Authorities Seize 21 Paintings from Modigliani Exhibition

  • Telegraph
  • July 16, 2017 16:53
Palazzo Ducale, Genoa

Some 21 paintings in an exhibition of works by famed modernist Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) were seized by Italian authorities as part of an investigation into their authenticity. Displayed at the historic Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) in Genoa, the works were first called into question by ...

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Pablo Escobar Mansion Reborn as Art-Filled Boutique Hotel

  • Cool Hunting
  • July 10, 2017 21:55
Casa Malca

Art lovers, serenity seekers, and fans of the Netflix series Narcos might be among those visiting Tulum, Mexico, to occupy a residence of the notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Escobar's estate there has been slowly developed into an eco-friendly 35-room boutique hotel by New ...

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UK Antiques Dealer's Murder Linked to First Edition of The Wind in the Willows

  • Huffington Post
  • July 10, 2017 21:55

A new documentary reveals the mystery behind a vicious crime that took the life of UK historian and antiquarian book dealer Adrian Greenwood last April. Greenwood's body was found in his Oxford home with 30 stab wounds by his house cleaner. Missing from his book inventory was a £50,000 first ...

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Gems Worth $3.9 Million Stolen From Masterpiece Art Fair

  • Telegraph
  • July 09, 2017 20:48
Arriving on the red carpet of Masterpiece London.  Photography by Andy Barnham

Gems reportedly worth 3 million pounds, or $3.9 million, were mysteriously swiped from the Masterpiece art fair in London last week. Even with high security, the crime went undetected at the stand of Swiss jeweller Boghossian. Staff discovered the gems were missing early on Wednesday morning. ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed for Holiday, July 3-7

  • July 02, 2017 23:30
Ralph Griffin (1952-1992), "Noah's Ark," ca.  1980.  Found wood, nails, paint, 18.75 x 68.75 x 14.5 in.Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, museum purchase, American Art Trust Fund, and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S.  Arnett Collection.  Artwork: © Estate of Ralph Griffin.

ARTFIXdaily will be closed from July 3 to 7, and the subscriber e-newsletter service will resume on July 10. ArtGuild members may continue to add press releases and events. View the ArtWire for the latest news from our members. The image shown is from Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco ...

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Supreme Court to Decide Case on Seizing Iranian Artifacts

  • CNS
  • June 29, 2017 22:41

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide whether Americans injured in a 1997 Hamas suicide bombing can seize Iranian artifacts from the University of Chicago to satisfy a $71 million judgment, reports Courthouse New Service. Injured Americans in the Hamas attack on a Jerusalem mall were ...

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Los Angeles City Council Approves $1.5 Billion Lucas Museum

  • Variety
  • June 28, 2017 12:31

Star Wars creator and art collector George Lucas will finally get his museum built after years of delay when San Francisco and Chicago could not accomodate his plans. Los Angeles City Council voted to approve the $1.5 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on Tuesday. Lucas and his wife, Mellody ...

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Jimmy Carter Painting Brings Over Half Million Dollars at Auction

  • AJC
  • June 27, 2017 13:38
Former U.S.  President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter shaking hands with children during the Indonesian elections June 5-9, 1999.

A painting by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, age 92, fetched $525,000 at auction last week. It was the top lot in a benefit sale that brought in more than $2.7 million for the Carter Center. Carter's oil “Monarchs and Milkweed” went to an unidentified buyer during the silent and live ...

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First-Ever Exhibitions of Gurlitt Art Trove Planned For This Fall

  • DW
  • June 27, 2017 13:00
Franz Marc's Pferde in Landschaft, one of the artworks discovered in the Gurlitt collection (probably 1911, gouache on coloured paper).

Bonn's Bundeskunsthalle and the Museum of Fine Arts Bern will finally exhibit works from the infamous stash of artworks known as the Gurlitt hoard more than five years after its astonishing discovery. Parts of the collection of Cornelius Gurlitt, son of the Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, ...

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