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Charles Gitnick stops by the LA Art Show

I have to say, one of the greatest aspects of working in the art world is the opportunity I have to meet amazing people. Last week, I was working our booth (Rehs Galleries) at the LA Art show and saw a number of actors, musicians, and other celebrities but if I am being completely honest, … Continue reading

Italy seeks return of about 700 looted ancient objects from UK

Robin Symes is a former well known and successful antiquities dealer in London who was sent to prison after being accused of illegally trading looted antiquities to western museums.  After declaring bankruptcy in 2003, his collection of ancient objects was liquidized by British audit and tax firm, BDO, as an effort to recover taxes owed … Continue reading

Sights of relief may be heading Detroits way

Falling into a debt of $18 billion, the city of Detroit has set their focus on the Detroit Institute of Arts as an opportunity to help climb their way out of the deficit.  With Christie’s valuing the collection between $452 million and $866 million, the city believes selling off the art will give them a … Continue reading

Stolen Renoir heads back to the Baltimore Museum of Art

After Marcia “Martha” Fuqua, of Lovettsville, Va., claimed to have bought a Renoir (unknown at the time) for $7 at a flea market in 2009, the art world dialed in on her story; questioning how did a 19th century masters work end up there in the first place?  Well, according to the court ruling made … Continue reading

Russian experts publish first encyclopedias of its avant-garde

After twelve years of research and writing, leading experts in the avant-garde movement, Andrey Sarabyanov and Vasily Rakitin, have published the first two-of-three encyclopedias on the period.  With help from almost 170 art experts, museums, archives, collectors and galleries, the first two volumes cover more than 600 biographies of artists and cultural figures important to … Continue reading

new Consumer Contract Regulations threaten the art market in UK

Under the British EU laws, purchases made via the internet or outside the seller’s business grounds permit buyers to return goods within a 14-day window due to the inability to personally inspect the goods before the sale. This law excluded the returns of purchases made at auction as it may encourage irresponsible bidding leaving the … Continue reading