Why does this image keep resurfacing on social media?
Christie’s will auction the personal Americana collection of William Reese, which carries an estimate of $12 million to $18 million.
“Why would you want to own something that was stolen?” said James H. Clark, who investigators said had been persuaded to buy dozens of looted items by a rogue dealer.
A collector’s passion for Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is on display in “Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects.” But can he solve the case of the pirate signature?
Counterfeiting — filling luxury bottles with cheap liquor — has hit American whiskey hard as sky-high prices raise the payoff for scammers.
It’s awards season, and the big designer brands have some scrappy, pre-owned competition.
The Backstreet Cultural Museum served as an enduring tribute to the city’s Black culture, as the Tremé neighborhood gentrified around it. Then Hurricane Ida destroyed its home.
The Honresfield Library, which includes rarely seen manuscripts by the Brontës, Robert Burns, Walter Scott and Jane Austen, will be acquired for the British public.
A man bought a yellowing picture of the Virgin Mary and Child at an estate sale in Massachusetts. Experts believe it is by the renowned German artist Albrecht Dürer.
The Hagerty brand insures collectible autos — two million of them — and its articles and videos draw crowds. After going public, it has bigger plans.
Officials plan to use evidence from the former looter known as Lion as they seek the return of stolen objects from museums and private collections.
More than 75 years after the Battle of Biak ended, collectors are still finding remnants of the fight, and U.S. authorities are hoping to bring closure to families of soldiers still missing.
Jonathan Pessin has stuffed his apartment with the fruits of his obsessive search for the “best, weirdest version” of seemingly everything.
NFT.NYC, a gathering for nonfungible token enthusiasts, offered a taste of a crypto-filled future.
Their apartment is “a piece of art we created together,” Tom Shivers said. Now the vast collection assembled with his late husband, Neil Zukerman, will help start a museum.
Left for dead in the 1980s, vinyl records are now the music industry’s most popular and highest-grossing physical format. Getting them manufactured, however, is increasingly a challenge.
Illusionists, cardsharps, charlatans and human cannonballs enliven a trove of rare books, posters and ephemera now going to auction at Sotheby’s.
A collector’s keen eye — and willingness to knock on a stranger’s door — led to the rediscovery of a sculpture by a renowned stone carver, William Edmondson.
The fairs, exhibitions and auctions of “Frieze Week” are in-person events once more. But the art world has changed, and so has Britain.
The pursuit of a car wistfully recalled from the writer’s youth begins with an exhaustive online search and ends with an auction victory and a special delivery.
The Kunsthaus Zurich built an extension to display masterpieces from a private Swiss collection. But critics say the works are tainted by the source of their owner’s wealth.
Isolated in their plastic spheres, pint-size reproductions of everyday items feel like a metaphor for Covid-era life.
Volkswagen’s original Beetle, cute and petite, still thrills aficionados.
The Russian Revolution split the Morozov collection, but a colossal diplomatic effort has brought it back together in Paris. This exhibition is legitimately historic.
Hobby Lobby, the craft chain that helped build a collection for the Museum of the Bible, has sued a former Oxford lecturer, asserting he sold it stolen artifacts.
Sid Vicious would never believe how much his old clothes are worth, and the lengths to which counterfeiters will go to fake them.
A century after museum collectors surveyed Colombia’s avian fauna, a new generation of researchers returns to see what remains, and what has changed.
His marquee item in the auction, an Airstream trailer bought in the “Sleepless in Seattle” era, brought in over $200,000.
Daguerreotypes by James P. Ball, Glenalvin Goodridge and Augustus Washington are the centerpiece of a collection that could rewrite the early history of American photography.
A fight over a landscape painting bought for Hitler is focused on the question of whether its sale was voluntary or forced by economic distress the Nazis helped create.
Some former Olympians have resorted to selling their medals because of financial hardships or to raise money for charity.
They are the cars that seemed to be in everyone’s driveways a few decades ago. Now they are hard to find.
Cars with manual transmissions, even late models, are holding their value as the collector market hunts for rarity.
Sotheby’s has agreed to postpone a highly anticipated auction as a consortium tries to raise $21 million to acquire a “lost” private library for the British public.
Over the course of 40 years, Alvin Hall has amassed a trove of blue-chip artists merely by trusting his eye.
Compositions made from the 1960s through the ’80s to soundtrack films and ads have found new homes on hip-hop tracks and compilations. New artists have been inspired, too.
The proceeds from Stuart Weitzman’s “Inverted Jennies,” a 1933 gold piece known as the double eagle and the One-Cent Magenta stamp will go to charitable ventures.
The collapse of the pin trading market will hardly register amid the more than $15 billion cost of the Tokyo Games, but for avid traders, it’s a huge letdown.
Platform, which debuts Thursday, will sell 100 works of art a month online through smaller galleries, for $2,500 to $50,000.
As live auctions resumed at Sotheby’s on Wednesday night, bidders there and at Christie’s the previous night welcomed a shift toward diversity in the contemporary art market.
“Letters to Camondo,” by Edmund de Waal, is addressed to a wealthy fin-de-siècle French Jew whose elegant Parisian home is filled with priceless objets d’art — and memories of the family that once lived there.
These maps reveal patterns of ownership for NFT-based creations.
A rare exhibition, at a museum in Switzerland, brings together works that, despite sharing a common cultural tradition, come from different worlds.
Auction sales show a schism in the market: speculative buyers flock to crypto art while blue-chip collectors hold back, fearing legal gray areas and copyright issues.
A bench trial in Federal District Court in Manhattan concerns an ancient idol held by Christie’s.
The Library of Congress recently added more than 200 sketches of the Rodney King police brutality trial to its collection. “We are drawing history in the making,” one sketch artist said.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is working on what it has named the Hoard of Jazira, more than 2,800 pieces of the region’s history.
As the prices of blockchain-secured works skyrocket and speculators swoop, experts are warning of an unsustainable bubble.
Donna Stein, in her score-settling memoir, reveals how she helped Farah Diba Pahlavi create a museum whose collection is valued at $3 billion today.
Bidders say they had many different motivations, including fun, self-promotion and signaling support for the NFT market.