NRA settles lawsuit with ‘The Bean’ artist Anish Kapoor

Sir Anish Kapoor’s ‘The Cloud Gate’ copyrighted sculpture,   a k a ‘The Bean,’ in Millennium Park in Chicago. Fair use of low-resolution image, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 style license

CHICAGO (AP) _ The National Rifle Association will remove an image of Chicago’s famous bean-shaped sculpture from a video advertisement, ending a legal dispute that began after the artist sued for copyright infringement, according to statements from both sides.

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Spanish museum, California litigant in court over disputed Nazi art

Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903), Rue Saint-Honoré in the Afternoon. Effect of Rain, 1897. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Collection

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Seventy-nine years ago, a Jewish woman named Lilly Cassirer surrendered her family’s priceless Camille Pissarro painting to the Nazis in exchange for safe passage out of Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.

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Die konservative Erscheinung des Dorotheum. Foto von Heidi Lux.

Report: Man walks off with Renoir ahead of Austria auction

Die konservative Erscheinung des Dorotheum. Foto von Heidi Lux.

The Dorotheum, Vienna, Austria. Photo by Heidi Lux

BERLIN (AP) – Austrian public broadcaster ORF is reporting that a painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir has been stolen from an auction house in Vienna.

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Judge tells lighthouse lens collector to give up the glass

Howard Schafer oil-on-canvas depicting a lighthouse. Associate Auction image

DETROIT (AP) – A judge has ordered a Michigan man to surrender two antique lighthouse lenses worth at least $600,000, months after the collector lost a court battle with the federal government.

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FBI: Sotheby’s defrauded of $5 million in auction scheme

Antonio DiMarco in court at a bond hearing in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. Image courtesy of Broward County Courts

NEW YORK — A fine art consultant in New York and an interior designer in Florida stole an elderly woman’s identity and used it to bid millions of dollars on famous paintings and defraud the renowned Sotheby’s auction house, federal prosecutors allege in court filings.

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Los Angeles dealer gets probation for selling illegal ivory

Image of a narwhal and, directly above it, a beluga, the narwhal’s closest living relative. Public domain image

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A Los Angeles antiques dealer has been sentenced to three years of probation after being convicted of selling ivory tusks in violation of state law.

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French court rules Pissarro painting belongs to Jewish heirs

‘Cueillette des Pois’ by Camille Pissarro from the Simon Bauer collection stolen during World War II. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

PARIS (AP) – A Paris appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ruling ordering an American couple to return a Camille Pissarro painting to the descendants of a Jewish family that owned the art work before it was seized during World War II. Read more

Copy of ‘Lady Chatterley’ used at obscenity trial for sale

Image courtesy of Mid-Hudson Auction Galleries and LiveAuctioneers

LONDON (AP) – A paperback copy of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” used by the judge in the U.K. obscenity trial of the novel’s publisher is expected to sell at auction for up to 15,000 pounds ($20,000),auctioneerSotheby’s said Wednesday.

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Ruling: national monuments lawsuits to stay in Washington

The Sixshooter Peaks in Bears Ears National Monument, San Juan County, Utah. U.S. Bureau of Land Management public domain image

WASHINGTON — Today a federal judge ruled that the lawsuits to decide the fate of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments will be heard in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. This is the venue in which they were originally filed by the Native American Tribes for whom Bears Ears is sacred, as well as conservation, outdoor recreation, and paleontology groups fighting to defend the monuments. On December 4, 2017, President Trump slashed Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, stripping nearly 2 million acres of lands of Antiquities Act protections.

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Untangling pop artist Robert Indiana’s estate may take years

Robert Indiana (American, b. 1928), ‘LOVE,’ 1966, oil on canvas, 71-7/8 × 71-7/8 × 2-1/2 in. Indianapolis Museum of Art, James E. Roberts Fund, 67.8 © 2016 Morgan Art Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) – Pop artist Robert Indiana had a simple wish: He wanted to transform his island home into a museum to preserve and show his art collection to the public. The reality is far more complicated.

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