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Christie’s is auctioning a rare 1692 deposition from the Salem witch trials that helped sentence an elderly widow to death.
The 54 lots in this Christie’s online auction span from the 15th to the 20th century and demonstrate an array of European attitudes towards death.
The authenticity of recently “discovered” works purported to be by Frans Hals, Lucas Cranach the Elder, and Orazio Gentileschi has been called into question, and they might only be the tip of the iceberg.
The Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts has apologized for hosting an exhibition in which 17 paintings purportedly by four of Vietnam’s most influential 20th-century painters proved inauthentic.
Today, 28 works by the Spanish surrealist Joan Miró were auctioned in London to benefit refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East.
The leaked files pertaining to the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca have helped shed light on dealers and collectors’ pervasive use of shell companies to buy, sell, and hold art.
On this week’s art crime blotter: a trove of taxidermy animals went missing, five Francis Bacons were stolen, and a gang of crooked auction house porters went on trial.
On this week’s art crime blotter: 14 members of a British museum-robbing ring were convicted, Christie’s sued collector Jose Mugrabi for failing to pay for a $37 million Basquiat he won at auction, and the NYPD seized a crate labeled “art” only to find it full of weed.
On Monday, Amadeo Modigliani’s “Nu couché” (Reclining Nude), a 1917 painting of a woman sprawled naked on red bedding, fetched $170.4 million at Christie’s.
What is “chandelier bidding?” How do third-party guarantees work? And what are the “three D’s?”
Some unique artist books are currently on view at Christie’s in New York.