New EU Proposal Aims to Halt the Trafficking of Antiquities That Fund Terrorism

New regulations proposed by the European Commission seek to clamp down on the illegal import of cultural goods used to finance terrorism. Recent years have seen an influx to the EU of illicit antiquities looted from archaeological and cultural sites in Iraq and Syria. The practice made headlines again earlier this month when the arts and crafts […]


Christie’s Must Name Bidder for a ‘Stolen’ $14.5 Million Turkish Idol, Judge Rules

Turkey still wants names even though the winning bidder walked away. In what can only be described as a highly unusual art law case, a Manhattan federal judge has ordered Christie’s auction house to identify the winning—yet ultimately unsuccessful—bidder of a 5,000-year-old artifact that Turkey is claiming as stolen cultural property. The bizarre part? The troubled […]


Spanish Billionaire Jaime Botín Faces Prison for Allegedly Trying to Smuggle a Picasso on His Yacht

The prosecutor is also seeking a €100 million fine for the banker. In the ongoing legal case against Spanish billionaire Jaime Botín, who’s accused of smuggling a Picasso out of Spain, the prosecutor has requested a four-year prison sentence and a €100 million fine against the heir and collector, a member of Spain’s most successful banking family. […]


Forget His Paintings, Raphael’s Drawings Reveal His True Genius

Raphael is unquestionably one of the greatest artists in history, but his paintings have, at times, been described as a little unimaginative due to their strict formalist design. In contrast, the Renaissance master’s drawings are deemed highly expressive, eloquent, and exemplary of the artist’s sheer talent. “We often think of Raphael as an artist who’s quite idealizing and graceful, and […]


Ai Weiwei Embraces Amsterdam Light Festival

(Netherlands) – World-renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei makes light object that connects all artworks. World-renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei will make a special debut at the upcoming Amsterdam Light Festival with a light object that connects all the artworks with each other. This artwork, titled Red Line, is the linking thread that connects […]


Chinese Vase Valued at $500 Sells at Online Auction for $812,000

The owners of the cloissoné piece, which had a missing lid and some wear and tear, did not believe it was worth much. A Chinese cloisonné vase, originally valued at a bargain price of $400 to $600, sold for 2,000 times its estimate last week, realizing $812,500 in an online auction. Consigned by a family in […]


Mummy mania makes comeback in Liverpool

The UK’s largest ancient Egyptian collection outside the British Museum goes back on show today (28 April) at Liverpool’s World Museum after an 18-month, £1.8m refurbishment. The renewed displays trace 5,000 years of Egyptian antiquity, as well as the history of the collection, which was founded by a local jeweller, Joseph Mayer, at the height […]