$60M Basquiat, Return of Looted Marble Head, and More Fresh News

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1982. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Two blue-chip contemporary artists could beat their own auction records next month in New York. Phillips will offer a Peter Doig landscape estimated at $25 million, while Sotheby’s will auction a Jean-Michel Basquiat skull painting, which could top $60 million. [Read more from Bloomberg]
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art has agreed to transfer an early 1st century A.D. marble head of Drusus Julius Caesar to the Republic of Italy. Apparently the sculpture was looted from a site near Naples during WWII — a fact the Museum did not previously know. [Read more from Artfix Daily]

  • A letter Ernest Hemingway hand-wrote to film star Marlene Dietrich in 1952 reveals in no uncertain terms that they had an eye for each other. It’s headed to auction on May 4 with a high estimate of $30,000. [Read more from The Daily Mail]
  • A bottle of 2006 Macallan Whisky has sold online for an unbelievable $83,000. The winning bidder, who’s from Taiwan, plans to travel to the UK to collect his bottle in person. [Read more from The Express]


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