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Prince Charles Entangled in $136M Art Fraud Case

Forgeries were allegedly loaned to his charity

(Newser) - Prince Charles and his charity have been caught up in a royally big scandal over an alleged art hoax involving paintings supposedly worth $136 million. The Claude Monet, Salvador Dali, and Pablo Picasso paintings were loaned to Dumfries House, the headquarters of the Prince's Foundation, by businessman James Stunt,... More »

As Blaze Rages, Precious Art Remains in 'Fireproof Fortress'

LA's J. Paul Getty Museum has its blaze-protecting fortifications in place

(Newser) - A wildfire is raging on the property of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, but don't fret about its masterpieces being turned to ash. The building is a "fireproof fortress" specifically designed to withstand natural disasters like earthquakes and wildfires, per the Guardian . The art is... More »

Upstate NY Museum 'Upset' to Discover Painting's Origin

A Nazi-looted painting stolen from Jewish family somehow ended up at the Arkell Museum

(Newser) - A painting stolen by the Nazis from a Jewish family in the year Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany has been found hiding in plain sight: on the wall of a museum in upstate New York. US industrialist Bartlett Arkell bought the painting—Winter by American artist Gari Melchers—... More »

Thief Strolls Out of Gallery With $20K Dali Etching

Employee at San Francisco's Dennis Rae Fine Art says it happened in a flash

(Newser) - No dead of night needed for this art heist: A thief sauntered into a San Francisco gallery in the middle of the afternoon, lifted a famous Salvador Dali piece worth $20,000, and walked right back out, all in just over 30 seconds, per KGO . The framed mid-'60s etching... More »

It Was Hanging in Her Kitchen. She Found Out It's Worth Millions

Elderly French woman's 'Christ Mocked' by Renaissance painter Cimabue could go for $6.6M

(Newser) - An elderly French woman had the painting hanging above a hot plate in her kitchen, thinking it was just an old piece of art. When she finally got curious enough to get it appraised, she found out it was indeed old—and extremely valuable. That's because, per an old-masters... More »

Sketch Bought at Thrift Shop Is Worth 6 Figures

It's by expressionist Egon Schiele, and it could fetch up to $200K

(Newser) - A sharp-eyed customer who picked up an unusual sketch at a Habitat for Humanity thrift shop in New York City is going to make a handsome profit. Turns out, the sketch (see it here ) is by a renowned Austrian expressionist named Egon Schiele, and it could fetch up to... More »

Banksy: This Is Me Getting Booted From Venice Exhibit

No permit, no Biennale display

(Newser) - Banksy claims he showed up to "the largest and most prestigious art event in the world" and was abruptly kicked out. An Instagram video shared by the British street artist's account Wednesday shows a man—whose face is never seen—setting up a collage of nine oil paintings... More »

Big Money for Monet at Record-Shattering Auction

French artist's painting goes for $110.7M, a world record for impressionist art

(Newser) - Like a fine wine, this Claude Monet piece just got better with age. Or more valuable, at any rate: An 1890 oil painting from the French artist's "Haystacks" (or "Meules") series sold Tuesday at Sotheby's for $110.7 million—the first time an impressionist painting... More »

Museum: Scream Figure Isn't Actually Screaming

'That's not what is going on,' says curator of British Museum exhibit

(Newser) - Edvard Munch's The Scream may be one of the most recognizable images in art history, but the British Museum thinks most people have got it all wrong. The figure isn't screaming—he's hearing a scream, the curator of a new exhibit tells the Telegraph . This debate has... More »

Nazis Stole It in 1941. Painting Is Finally Going Home

Jan van der Heyden work was stolen from Austrian couple nearly 80 years ago

(Newser) - In 1941, the Gestapo stole more than 160 paintings from a Jewish couple, who'd fled Nazi-annexed Austria. Hitler's photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann, nabbed "View of a Dutch Square" by Jan van der Heyden, but he didn't have long to enjoy it. Retrieved by the Allies after the... More »

Discovery Sheds Light on Van Gogh's Life

House renovation reveals prayer book and insurance policies

(Newser) - Renovation on a south London house where Vincent van Gogh once lived has unearthed documents that could fill in gaps in the artist's life. The papers include insurance policies and an 1867 prayer book, the Guardian reports. Van Gogh lived in the house for only a bit more than... More »

Banksy's Self-Shredding Painting Is Altered

Germany's Frieder Burda Museum isn't taking any chances

(Newser) - The first museum to display Banksy's partially shredded canvas has deactivated its self-destructing frame to ensure "Love Is in the Bin" isn't actually thrown in the bin. "We opened up the frame and found the shredder machinery, the battery holders, the wires and satisfied ourselves that... More »

Analysis Reveals Da Vinci's Own Edits on Drawing

Artist in youth wasn't quite the master he'd become

(Newser) - The first scientific study of Leonardo's earliest known drawing shows he added details to an earlier sketch, reports the AP . Director of the Uffizi Galleries, Eike Schmidt, says an initial microscopic examination of the 1473 "Landscape Drawing for Santa Maria della Neve" at a Florence restoration lab shows... More »

20 Knew It Was a Suspected Michelangelo. Now It's Gone

16th-century painting was about to be formally studied to see whether it was by the master

(Newser) - An expert was to survey a painting some believe to be a lost work of Michelangelo at a church outside of Brussels on Thursday, though you can now consider the visit canceled. Pastor Jan Van Raemdonck—who had told only 20 people about the possible discovery—reported the painting missing... More »

He Found Hitler's Horses. Now, a New Find for Art World's 'Indiana Jones'

Stolen Byzantine mosaic of St. Mark recovered by Arthur Brand, returned to Cyprus

(Newser) - Cyprus got quite a gift this weekend: a sixth-century mosaic that had been stolen in the '70s from a church about an hour outside the country's capital. The BBC reports that Arthur Brand—an investigator known as "the Indiana Jones of the art world"—recovered the... More »

He Bought the Painting for $180K. It Just Sold for $92M

Seattle Art Museum won't get Edward Hopper's 'Chop Suey' after all

(Newser) - When the gavel came down, an anonymous bidder was out $92 million and the art world was up in confidence. The scene unfolded Tuesday at Christie's in New York as work from the estate of late Seattle-area luxury-travel executive Barney Ebsworth was sold, per the Wall Street Journal . In... More »

Another Selfie Mishap, This One Caught on Video

Artworks by Salvador Dali, Francisco Goya now need fixing in Russia

(Newser) - An artwork by Salvador Dali is in need of repair after a selfie attempt gone wrong in Russia. Some women visiting Yekaterinburg's International Arts Center Main Avenue were reportedly attempting a selfie near a temporary wall showcasing two artworks—an etching by Spanish painter Francisco Goya and Dali's... More »

Da Vinci May Have Had Unique Advantage as Painter

Study suggests the artist had an eye disorder

(Newser) - Whole libraries have been written trying to explain how Leonardo da Vinci produced some of the world's most revered paintings. Now a new study suggests he had a biological edge: an eye disorder that affected his depth perception. In JAMA Ophthalmology , researchers make the case that da Vinci had... More »

Rembrandt Masterpiece to Get Unusual Restoration

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum says years-long effort will be public

(Newser) - Conservators repairing a masterpiece of the Dutch Golden Age will have the added pressure of crowds watching their every move. Beginning in July, Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum will display the restoration of Rembrandt van Rijn's 1642 masterpiece "The Night Watch" from within a specially designed glass chamber in its... More »

Discovery of Da Vinci Work Began With Real-Estate Listing

It was spotted, restored, discovered to be from Leonardo; then it sold for $450M

(Newser) - A long-lost da Vinci sold at auction last year for a record $450.3 million, quite a jump from the $120 price it fetched in 1958, before anyone knew it was a work by the master. The Wall Street Journal has done some detective work to piece together the fascinating... More »

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