Murals Are the Must-Have Accessory for New Seattle Hotels

After years of room shortages in high season, Seattle’s recent boom has brought a half-dozen major new hotels to the city since last summer, alleviating the competition for space–at least a little. But the glut also pushes hotels to go above and beyond to impress locals and visitors, and that’s adding some color and art […]

Jeff Koons’ ‘Rabbit’ Could Break Artist’s $58.4 Million Auction Record

Christie’s may beat Jeff Koons‘ $58.4 million auction record this spring with its sale of works from the collection of publishing magnate S.I. Newhouse, including the artist’s iconic “Rabbit” sculpture, Art Net reports. “Si personified the rare combination of a great intuitive eye and great intellectual curiosity,” Tobias Meyer, adviser to the Newhouse family said […]

National Portrait Gallery Rejects Donation From Purdue Pharma’s Sackler Family

A British art gallery has decided it won’t take 1 million pound ($1.3 million) pledge from a charitable organization run by Purdue Pharma’s Sackler family. In a statement on Wednesday, the National Portrait Gallery said that “recent reporting of allegations made against Sackler family members may cause this new donation to deflect the National Portrait […]

A Small Italian Town Tricked Thieves Into Stealing a Fake $3.4 Million Painting From Its Church

Here’s an art heist that won’t inspire any Ocean’s Eleven sequels, but might make for a feel-good family comedy. Italian police announced Wednesday that thieves who thought they stole a EUR3 million ($3.4 million) painting by 17th-century Flemish master Pieter Brueghel the Younger–and from a church, no less–actually took off with a forgery during a […]

Brexit Is Turning Auction Houses and Art Collectors Into Currency Traders

With a parade of Monets, Picassos, and Basquiats heading to the auction block in London during the next two weeks, art collectors are keeping a keen eye on the daily drama over Brexit and currencies. Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Phillips are offering as much as 700 million pounds ($927 million) of Impressionist, modern, postwar, and contemporary […]