Nov 282014

Valentin Carron Photo via: elevation1049

Where does appropriation stop and plagiarism begin? The Swiss artist Valentin Carron has been accused of plagiarism for his piece The Dawn, presented by his Zurich gallery Eva Presenhuber at FIAC last month.

The resin sculpture, priced at a reported $67,000, is a replica of a 1977 steel artwork by Francesco Marino di Teana, L’Aube (“dawn” in French), which is displaye Read more..

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Nov 272014



This is the guy the USA Justice Department went after and brought down apparently not far enough

Last Tuesday night, artnet News reported that Giacometti’s Chariot,auctioned at Sotheby’s Impressionist and modern sale, had just one lone bidder. Anonymous at the time, the buyer turns out to be none other than hedge fund billionaire and mega-collector Steve Read more..

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Nov 262014

The painting by George W. Bush, depicting him standing next to his fatherPhoto via: @TODAYshow

The whole world gasped in February 2013 when a Romanian hacker leaked, not any shocking top secret US intelligence, but a cluster of paintings that President George W. Bush had crafted since leaving office, including several self-portraits in the bathtub and shower .

Although initially embarrassed for being exposed as a (dubious) painter, W Read more..

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Nov 252014


Sotheby’s private sales have dropped by 61 percent in 2014’s third quarter, according to a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing, falling from $390.4 million to $153.5 million. This is unwelcome news given that in the first half of the year they tumbled 48 percent.

For consignors, private sales are a discreet alternative to an auction, where an artwork can publicly flop and get tarnished in the marketplace. For Sotheby’s, private sales offer diversification and have been a longtime source of growth.

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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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