28 October 2019

Europe

‘Kitchen Cimabue’ sells for €24.1m: A 13th century painting of the Mocking of Christ, found in an elderly woman’s kitchen and attributed to the Florentine artist Cenni di Pepo (known as Cimabue, active 1272-1302), has sold today in France for €19.5m (€24.1m with fees).

27.10.2019, The Art Newspaper: ‘Kitchen Cimabue’ sells for €24.1m 

Record total for Orientalist auction as Najd collection raises £33.5m at Sotheby’s: The sale of 40 select paintings from the Najd collection achieved individual records for some of the biggest names in the category including Jean-Léon Gérôme, Ludwig Deutsch and Gustav Bauernfeind.

25.10.2019, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Record total for Orientalist auction as Najd collection raises £33.5m at Sotheby’s

Arrested and released for health reasons, German Dealer Michael Schultz is accused of having deceived clients with false documentation: Michael Schultz was arrested by Germany’s State Criminal Police Office or Landeskriminalamt (LKA) on October 17, 2019.  Standing accused of fraud, Shultz who was arrested at home, was released pending trial by the German magistrate due to his poor state of health. 

25.10.2019, ARCA: Arrested and released for health reasons, German Dealer Michael Schultz is accused of having deceived clients with false documentation.

22.10.2019, Art News: Noted Berlin Art Dealer Arrested After Allegedly Selling Fake Painting: Report 

“Fair and just?” The German arts and rare book trade discuss provenance and restitution: On 14 October 2019, more than 120 art dealers, gallery owners, lawyers, collectors and antiquarians met at the Munich auction house Karl & Faber to shed light on the historically and legally complex topic of Nazi looted art from the point of view of the market players.

24.10.2019, ILAB: “Fair and just?” The German arts and rare book trade discuss provenance and restitution 

‘Close to Raphael’ Madonna sells for €1.27m at Vienna’s Dorotheum: A painting of the Madonna and child with the attribution “close to Raphael” sold for a hammer price of €1.27m at Vienna’s Dorotheum, more than three times the high estimate, after a leading Italian art historian suggested it is the work of the artist in collaboration with associates.

23.10.2019, The Art Newspaper: ‘Close to Raphael’ Madonna sells for €1.27m at Vienna’s Dorotheum 

Maltese Priest sentenced for the theft of sacred church art: Fr. Deo Debono, the suspended priest from the Provincial Parish church of the Augustinians in Malta, has pled guilty during his arraignment to charges stemming from the theft of sacred art.  Asked by Magistrate Ian Farrugia if he was certain he wanted to enter a plea of guilty, Fr. Debono spoke briefly with his attorney and then affirmed his guilty plea in the theft of paintings and religious objects for services. Magistrate Farrugia then handed down a two-year jail term suspended for four years and ordered Debano to pay €9,500 to the third-party victim of fraud who had purchased the paintings in good faith, unaware that they had been stolen. 

22.10.2019, ARCA: Maltese Priest sentenced for the theft of sacred church art

Three Suspects In Gold Toilet Heist Arrested By Police: British police have made three more arrests in connection with the theft of an artwork by Maurizio Cattelan. Titled America, the solid eighteen-karat gold toilet, which is valued at approximately $5 million, was stolen from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England, in the early-morning hours of September 14.

22.10.2019, Artforum: Three Suspects In Gold Toilet Heist Arrested By Police

Ivory Act: expect result of court review next month: The Friends of Antique Cultural Treasures Ltd (FACT), who last week brought a judicial review of the Ivory Act 2018 must wait until November for judgment on the case. At the hearing, Mr Justice Robert Hay reminded the court that “the democratic process has reached a conclusion” on the act’s substance but that both counsels had given him “a lot to think about” before he produces a final judgment.

21.10.2019, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Ivory Act: expect result of court review next month 

Philharmonie de Paris architect sues over fines for late opening: The architect behind the Philharmonie de Paris, one of the world’s most expensive concert halls, is suing the body that manages it over fines issued against him when the building opened over-budget and behind schedule.21.10.2019, The Guardian: Philharmonie de Paris architect sues over fines for late opening

United States

US House of Representatives passes an anti-money laundering bill that could affect art and antiquities dealers: An anti-money laundering (AML) bill that could affect art and antiquities dealers passed unanimously in the US House of Representatives on Tuesday. HR 2514, better known as the Coordinating Oversight, Upgrading and Innovating Technology, and Examiner Reform Act (Counter Act), was introduced in March. It is the latest piece of legislation to come before Congress that intends to crack down on shell companies, fight money laundering and prevent terrorist financing. Proposed by Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, the bill was quietly passed as a rider on another corporate transparency act, proposed by New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, that had wide-spread support.

25.10.2019, The Art Newspaper: US House of Representatives passes an anti-money laundering bill that could affect art and antiquities dealers

FBI recovers painting suspected as Nazi loot from US museum: The US Federal Bureau of Investigations last month recovered a painting from the Arkell Museum in the state of New York after establishing that it was looted by the Nazis from the family of a Jewish media mogul before the Second World War.

24.10.2019, The Art Newspaper: FBI recovers painting suspected as Nazi loot from US museum 

24.10.2019, CNN Style: Painting stolen by the Nazis before WWII recovered from a New York museum 

The Army Is Looking for a Few Good Art Experts: A new reserve group, inspired by the Monuments Men of the World War II era, will aim to protect antiquities and important cultural sites in war zones.

21.10.2019, The New York Times: The Army Is Looking for a Few Good Art Experts

22.10.2019, Artforum: Us Army Creates Cultural Heritage Task Force 

Powerful Art Galleries Are Mega-Sizing Into Mini Museums: When Hauser & Wirth opens its 36,000-square-foot flagship art gallery on West 22nd Street in New York next spring, it will be larger than the Parrish Art Museum’s new home in the Hamptons, widely considered one of the most gracious museums of the past decade. The David Zwirner gallery already has 30,000 square feet on West 20th Street, but it’s building an additional 50,000 square feet of exhibition space nearby—the same as the Whitney Museum of American Art a few blocks away. Gagosian’s 24th Street space just expanded to 33,900 square feet.21.10.2019, Bloomberg: Powerful Art Galleries Are Mega-Sizing Into Mini Museums

World

Nearly three-hundred artists and academics call for boycott of turkish cultural institutions: Following Turkey’s offensive military operation in Syria earlier this month, two-hundred and ninety-nine artists, educators, and writers have endorsed a statement calling for a boycott of academic and cultural institutions, projects, and other events sponsored by the Turkish government. Among those who have signed the document are artists Sherko Abbas, Alice Creischer, Simon Denny, Hiwa K, David Schein, Jonas Staal, and Forensic Architecture founder Eyal Weizman.

25.10.2019, Artforum: Nearly Three-Hundred Artists And Academics Call For Boycott Of Turkish Cultural Institutions

Artcurial to start holding auctions in Morocco: Paris auction house Artcurial is opening an office in Morocco. Launching a permanent subsidiary in Marrakesh, the firm will now start holding regular sales at the famous La Mamounia hotel in the city from December this year.

24.10.2019, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Artcurial to start holding auctions in Morocco 

Saudi Arabia Joins The Gulf’s Culture Race With Plans For Modern Art Museum: Saudi Arabia is to build a modern art museum on the outskirts of the capital Riyadh, in the latest stage of the race among Gulf states to develop cultural icons to burnish their image on the international stage.22.10.2019, Forbes: Saudi Arabia Joins The Gulf’s Culture Race With Plans For Modern Art Museum

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