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Former London, Miami art dealer sentenced to seven years for fraud

Photo of Lady Justice by Dev Kulshrestha, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

Photo of Lady Justice by Dev Kulshrestha, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

NEW YORK (AP) – A former London and Miami art dealer who pleaded guilty to defrauding art buyers and others of more than $86 million was sentenced May 23 to seven years in prison. Inigo Philbrick, 34, a U.S. citizen who previously lived in London, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by Judge Sidney H. Stein. He also was ordered to forfeit $86 million.

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Michelangelo Buonarotti, ‘A nude young man (after Masaccio) surrounded by two figures,’ $24.3 million. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

Christie’s auctions Michelangelo nude work on paper for record $24.3M

Michelangelo Buonarotti, ‘A nude young man (after Masaccio) surrounded by two figures,’ $24.3 million. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

Michelangelo Buonarotti, ‘A nude young man (after Masaccio) surrounded by two figures,’ $24.3 million. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

PARIS – Christie’s Paris Old Masters auction, held Wednesday, May 18, began with the momentous sale of A nude young man (after Masaccio) surrounded by two figures by Michelangelo. It achieved €23,162,000 / £19,645,462 / $24,380,019, establishing it as the most expensive work by the artist to have ever sold; the highest price ever achieved for a work on paper offered on the European continent; and the third highest price for an Old Master drawing at auction.

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The second offering from the Macklowe collection appeared at Sotheby’s New York on the evening of May 16. Together with the total from the November sale, the collection reached $922.2 million to become the most valuable collection ever auctioned. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

At $922.2M, Macklowe collection sets world auction record

The second offering from the Macklowe collection appeared at Sotheby’s New York on the evening of May 16. Together with the total from the November sale, the collection reached $922.2 million to become the most valuable collection ever auctioned. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

The second offering from the Macklowe collection appeared at Sotheby’s New York on the evening of May 16. Together with the total from the November sale, the collection reached $922.2 million to become the most valuable collection ever auctioned. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

NEW YORK – In a historic moment for the art market, the Macklowe collection became the most valuable collection ever sold in auction history. The May 16 offering of 30 works from the celebrated collection realized $246.1 million, bringing the combined total for the November and May auctions to $922.2 million, with an average lot value of $14.2 million – a record for a collection at Sotheby’s. Together, the 65 works outstripped their combined estimate ($607-$855 million), with every one of the works offered finding a new home.

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Goodwill find in Texas turns out to be Ancient Roman bust

 Taking home the Portrait of a man after purchasing the bust at the Goodwill in Austin. Image courtesy of Laura Young


Taking home the Portrait of a man after purchasing the bust at the Goodwill in Austin. Image courtesy of Laura Young

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — When Austin, Texas-based art collector Laura Young purchased a marble bust at a local Goodwill store in 2018, she didn’t know that she had accidentally stumbled upon a centuries-old sculpture that once belonged in the collection of King Ludwig I of Bavaria. The work, which was initially identified by Sotheby’s consultant Jorg Deterling and further authenticated by the Bavarian Administration of State-Owned Palaces, Gardens, and Lakes, is now on view at the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) through May 2023.

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From left to right: Nimrod Dix, Christopher Webb and Pierce Noonan, the directors of Noonans, formerly Dix Noonan Webb. Image courtesy of Noonans

Dix Noonan Webb changes its name to Noonans

From left to right: Nimrod Dix, Christopher Webb and Pierce Noonan, the directors of Noonans, formerly Dix Noonan Webb. Image courtesy of Noonans

From left to right: Nimrod Dix, Christopher Webb and Pierce Noonan, the directors of Noonans, formerly Dix Noonan Webb. Image courtesy of Noonans

LONDON – As of the end of April 2022, auction house Dix Noonan Webb (DNW) became known as Noonans. The internationally renowned auction house, which has specialized in medals and coins for many years, and since 2015, banknotes and jewelry, will continue to be based at its Mayfair saleroom in London.

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Women, gender non-conforming artists dominate Venice Biennale for 1st time

 

Third gender artist Yuki Kihara represents New Zealand with ‘Paradise Camp,’ an installation about the Fa’afafine of Samoa, a group of people who do not accept the genders they were assigned at birth. Photo credit Andrea Avezzu. Courtesy of the Venice Biennale

Third gender artist Yuki Kihara represents New Zealand with ‘Paradise Camp,’ an installation about the Fa’afafine of Samoa, a group of people who do not accept the gender they were assigned at birth. Photo credit Andrea Avezzu. Courtesy of the Venice Biennale

VENICE, Italy (AP) – For the first time in the 127-year history of the Venice Biennale, the world’s oldest and most important contemporary art fair features a majority of female and gender non-conforming artists, under the curatorial direction of Cecilia Alemani. The result is a Biennale that puts the spotlight on artists who have been long overlooked despite prolific careers, while also investigating themes including gender norms, colonialism and climate change.

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On May 18, a vase created for the court of the Qianlong Emperor will be offered with an estimate of £100,000-£150,000.

Colossal Qianlong Imperial Vase in spotlight at Dreweatts’ May 18 auction

 

On May 18, a vase created for the court of the Qianlong Emperor will be offered with an estimate of £100,000-£150,000.

On May 18, a vase created for the court of the Qianlong Emperor will be offered with an estimate of £100,000-£150,000.

LONDON – Dreweatts will feature an exceptionally rare Chinese vase, created in the 18th century for the court of the Qianlong Emperor and estimated at £100,000-£150,000, in its Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art (Part 1) auction on Wednesday, May 18. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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A baseball signed in September 2019 by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is currently up for bid at RR Auction in Boston, with some of the proceeds earmarked for Ukrainian relief efforts. As of Tuesday, May 3, the ball reached the low end of its $15,000-$20,000 estimate. The auction ends on May 11. Image courtesy of RR Auction.

Zelenskyy-signed baseball to be auctioned for Ukraine relief

A baseball signed in September 2019 by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is currently up for bid at RR Auction in Boston, with some of the proceeds earmarked for Ukrainian relief efforts. As of Tuesday, May 3, the ball reached the low end of its $15,000-$20,000 estimate. The auction ends on May 11. Image courtesy of RR Auction.

A baseball signed in September 2019 by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is currently up for bid, with some of the proceeds earmarked for Ukrainian relief efforts. As of Tuesday, May 3, the ball reached the low end of its $15,000-$20,000 estimate. The auction ends on May 11. Image courtesy of RR Auction.

BOSTON – When Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy autographed a baseball for an American collector in 2019, he likely had no idea it would one day be used to help his nation during a time of need. The official Rawlings Major League baseball is being sold by Randy Kaplan, a renowned collector of balls signed by world leaders, with a portion of the proceeds going to war relief efforts in Ukraine, auctioneer RR Auction of Boston said on May 3.

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Exterior of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, which announced plans to add an education gallery to teach visitors about the beloved automotive brand. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, photo credit Jonrev at English Wikipedia, who released it into the public domain.

National Corvette Museum to add 2,000 sq ft education gallery

Exterior of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, which announced plans to add an education gallery to teach visitors about the beloved automotive brand. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, photo credit Jonrev at English Wikipedia, who released it into the public domain.

Exterior of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, which announced plans to add an education gallery to teach visitors about the beloved automotive brand. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, photo credit Jonrev at English Wikipedia, who released it into the public domain.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) – The National Corvette Museum in Kentucky says it’s adding an education gallery that will feature artifacts and interactive technology to share the brand’s story. Construction of the 2,000-square-foot gallery is set to begin in late May, museum officials said. The gallery is scheduled to open late this year or in early 2023 at the Bowling Green-based museum.

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‘Femme nue couchee,’ an exuberant Pablo Picasso nude portrait of his lover Marie-Therese Walter, painted in April 1932, will make its auction debut in May. It could sell for in excess of $60 million. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

1932 Picasso nude to debut at auction in May with $60M+ estimate

‘Femme nue couchee,’ an exuberant Pablo Picasso nude portrait of his lover Marie-Therese Walter, painted in April 1932, will make its auction debut in May. It could sell for in excess of $60 million. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

‘Femme nue couchee,’ an exuberant Pablo Picasso nude depiction of his lover Marie-Therese Walter, painted in April 1932, will make its auction debut in May. It could sell for in excess of $60 million. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

NEW YORK – Painted in April 1932, 90 years ago to the month, Femme nue couchee is one of Pablo Picasso’s most monumental and uninhibitedly sensual portrayals of Marie-Therese Walter. Appearing at auction for the first time, the large-scale painting is poised to achieve in excess of $60 million at Sotheby’s Modern Evening Auction on May 17, making it one of the most valuable portraits of Marie-Therese Walter ever offered at auction.

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