The Divan’s whereabouts remained a mystery until last year, when Dutch art crime investigator Arthur Brand — sometimes referred to as “the Indiana Jones of the art world” — tracked it down.
The transaction illuminates the role individuals can play in rectifying Europe’s history of colonial plunder, but it also reveals the inner workings of a system that allows such objects to land in private hands to begin with.
Dutch researchers concluded that blue and red paintings spark nearly 20% higher bids at auctions in the US, China, and the Netherlands.
A cup made from a human skull has an inscription that attributes it to Lord Byron, who was known to drink wine from such a vessel.
Christie’s is auctioning a rare 1692 deposition from the Salem witch trials that helped sentence an elderly widow to death.
An Acoma shield that was removed from a May auction in Paris that included human remains and indigenous sacred objects has yet to be returned.
We’ve heard his music and seen his own artworks, but the personal art collection of David Bowie has remained largely hidden from the public eye.
Despite calls for a halt from US government officials and tribal leaders, EVE (Estimations Ventes aux Enchères) auction house went forward yesterday at Drouot Richelieu in Paris with a sale that included contested indigenous sacred objects and human remains.
Art related to death in the United States evolved from European influences in the colonial era to a distinct language of mourning, guided by widespread grieving for public figures like the country’s presidents.
Before photography, the silhouette was a popular form of portraiture more affordable than oil painting, where the outline of a face in profile was cut in black.
Wednesday morning, Paris’s Drouot auction house proceeded with a contentious sale of objects sacred to the Hopi Tribe of northern Arizona.
As our shuttles have gone into retirement and we look to the future of what space travel will mean for human exploration, there are plenty of artifacts left behind with which to examine the successes and failures of our journeying into beyond our atmosphere.