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You dug through your attic and found what looks like a Picasso painting that has you breathing fast and wondering where you should vacation thanks to this newfound treasure.  Be still your beating heart. That masterpiece painting may be a forgery. In this week's blog post we'll divulge what the experts know about art fraud and how you can spot a fake. We used the Picasso example by choice, not randomly, because we learned from Noah Charney, author of The Art of Forgery, that Picasso was the most stolen and most forged artist. "In the pre-modern period, the most frequently forged...

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A large painting from one of Willem de Kooning's most productive periods sold for $66.3 million at Christie's auction of contemporary art. Untitled XXV set a new auction record for a work by the abstract expressionist artist at its sale Tuesday evening in New York. When the painting was auctioned in 2006, it sold for $27.1 million, then a record for any work of post-war and contemporary art. Another major work at the auction was a painting by the German artist Gerhard Richter now owned by British singer-songwriter Eric Clapton. Christie's said Abstract Painting fetched just over $20 million. De...

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More than 200 items from the Titanic, including a locker key and letters, are to be auctioned later. The key to a life-jacket cupboard was used by a steward to save lives as the liner sank in 1912. It could fetch up to £50,000, according to estimates. A letter to be sold reveals a senior officer had a "queer feeling" about his posting to the ship. Saturday's auction in Devizes is one of the biggest involving Titanic memorabilia for many years. Image copyrightAP The Titanic was the largest liner of its time and was said to be "unsinkable" RMS Titanic...

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NEW YORK—A painting from Claude Monet’s acclaimed “Grainstack” series is heading to auction next month and Christie’s says it could realize around $45 million ($59 million Cdn.). The 1891 painting, shimmering with hues of reds, pinks, blues and yellow, depicts a close-up of a single cone-shaped stack after harvest. Monet’s “Grainstack” series — 25 in all — was painted just steps from his home outside a farmer’s field in the French village of Giverny. The one at Christie’s Nov. 16 impressionist and modern art evening sale is one of a few still in private hands. Prior to the New York...

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The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow has made one of the finest finds in its nearly 40-year run while filming in Harrogate, England. The item discovered is a long-lost painting by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, considered one of the most significant artists of the Victorian period. The show’s pictures expert, Rupert Maas, referred to the sensational discovery as one of the “best pictures we have ever seen on the Roadshow in its entire history.” It was valued at between €230,000 and €350,000 ($300,000 – $450,000). The painting is a portrait of the artist’s friend and colleague, the etcher Leopold Löwenstam in his studio,...

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