In his monumental painting "The Way [Procession] to Calvary" (1564, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna), Pieter Bruegel the Elder lodged a protest against the Holy Roman Empire's annexing of the Spanish Netherlands by transposing Christ's Passion (and the Roman...
The long odyssey of a painting by Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens that was stolen from a Belgian museum ten years ago is finally coming to an end. Two people have been arrested in Greece and charged with possession of stolen property after the...
Vincenzo Peruggia breathed in heavily the scent of his sweat as he waited, barely willing to exhale, in the tight, dark closet beside the Salle des Sept Martres gallery in the Louvre. He listened for the footfalls of the guards. They gradually grew louder in...
The latest data coming out of the art market continues to defy belief. Fresh on the back of Christie's announcement that it made $5 billion in sales in 2010, marking the single biggest year in the company's 245-year history (with Sotheby's, meanwhile, posting...
If there is still any skepticism about the continuing rise of the Chinese art market, one dramatic new indicator might put that doubt to rest: according to a new study by the British Art Market Federation, China has outpaced the United Kingdom to become the...
Wine is up. Old Masters are down. Hong Kong is rising. But New York is still number one.Such are the details about the auction business that can be gleaned from a statement Christie's has released about its 2010 performance, which breaks down the house's...
ARTINFO China, Madeleine O’Dea
Amid a global recession, 2010 was the year that mainland Chinese collectors really began to make their presence felt in auction houses around the world. The prices they were willing to pay for prized symbols of their patrimony — not incidentally showing off...
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