Stored inside a laptop at FBI headquarters are photos of thousands of paintings, sculptures and artifacts, works by Vincent Van Gogh and Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Paul Cezanne -- international treasures worth millions of dollars each. All are missing.
The Helly Nahmad Gallery in Manhattan reopened a week after it was raided by U.S. agents, and will continue to operate as the owner faces charges he ran a high-stakes gambling ring that catered to celebrities and the very wealthy, his lawyer said.
On February 17, 1901, a young Spanish poet and close friend of Pablo Picasso’s named Carles Casagemas invited several people to a Paris restaurant. After dinner he pulled out a gun, fired at one of his guests -- a model with whom he was in love -- then, having missed her, shot himself.
A Pablo Picasso painting valued at 50 million pounds ($77 million) has been sold privately by Christie’s International after U.K. institutions failed to raise the necessary funds to keep it in the country.
“The most important painting of the twentieth century.” This was said of Pablo Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” before the century was even half over. It remains one of the most original and disturbing works in the history of art.
A German government panel said a museum in Cologne should return a portrait by Oskar Kokoschka valued at 3 million euros ($3.9 million) to the heirs of Alfred Flechtheim, a Jewish art dealer persecuted by the Nazis.