Nov 232014

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) has come under fire by the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) and an Oklahoma lawmaker over their lack of action in the ongoing restitution dispute over a Camille Pissarro painting held by the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.

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Nov 212014

Crimes in art


Come DISCOVER SECRETS revealed about Albrecht DÜRER’S ART never revealed before on the Radio show Creatively Speaking ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2014, with host Vesa Peltonen.


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Nov 202014

Paul Cezanne, The Card Players.

1. Paul Cézanne, The Card Players, $250 million
This masterpiece is supposedly the most expensive work ever sold.


2. MARK ROTHKO,White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender), $72.8 million
This “Rockefeller Rothko” was reportedly purchased by the Al-Thani family at a Sotheby’s auction in May 2007.

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Nov 192014


An anonymous caller has cracked open an organized crime syndicate that stole up to 302 works of art from Turkey’s State Art and Sculpture Museum, located in the capital, Ankara. Three individuals from the group have been arrested thus far. Fifteen remain on the run.

The arrests came courtesy of an anonymous phone tip to the Turkish culture minister Ertuğrul Günay. The witness, said to be an antiques dealer himself and referred to by the pseudonym “Daylight,” has revealed extensive details about the operation. Ahmet Sarı, allegedly the group’s le Read more..

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Nov 182014

Sheikh Saud Al-Thani, 2002 Photo: B. Pietro Filardo via Wikimedia Commons



The watch of Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed Al-Thani, the man once considered the world’s biggest art collector and who died at his London home on November 9,2014,  has just sold at Sotheby’s Geneva for $24 million. The estimate on the wa Read more..

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Nov 172014

Sotheby's experts say Alberto Giacometti's Chariot, which was conceived in 1950 and cast in 1951–2, could bring more than $100 million. Photo: Courtesy Sotheby's.

Sotheby’s opened the fall series of New York auctions tonight with an Impressionist and modern evening sale that realized $422 million, brushing up against the high end of the overall presale expectations of  $316.5–424.9 million and bec Read more..

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Nov 162014

A group of six former high-ranking Spanish politicians have been implicated in a suspected money-laundering scheme involving the government’s purchase of two Francisco Goya canvases and other artworks, for around €14 million ($17.5 million).

That figure is roughly twice the market price for the works, and it is unclear where the money actually went. The six are currently under investigation. The purchase of the paintings, which took place between 2006 and 2010, was overseen by husband and wife team Carlos Eso and Eva Almunia, a former cabinet member in Aragones, and educat Read more..

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Nov 152014

Cristina Acidini Photo via: Artribune

The superintendent of Florence’s museums, Cristina Acidini, and her predecessor, Antonio Paolucci, now director of the Vatican Museums, are being investigated by the Guardia di Finanza. Both are accused of not carrying out the required tendering process when initiating an insurance contract for the transport of artworks abroad, which would have allowed other firms to bid for the business.

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Nov 142014

The head of the Vatican Museums, Antonio Paolucci, has been put under investigation for alleged abuse of office over contracts awarded while he ran Florence’s top museums, including the world-famous Uffizi Gallery.


The investigation focuses on a 2006 deal to insure works of art which were sent abroad for international exhibitions.

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