One Woman’s Trash is Another’s Renoir

A flea market find in West Virginia fuels the rest of us to continue to search for the elusive treasure.  Read more

Nov. 15, 2012 update: Update! Now the Renoir is in custody of the FBI having been allegedly stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art in the 1960s. Read more

Picasso and Petrus. This thief has good taste.


Blouin Art Info
by Kyle Chayka

Sommelier-turned-art-thief Mark Lugo became infamous after he strolled out of San Francisco’s Weinstein Gallery with a $200,000 Picasso drawing, and was later found to be harboring a stash of stolen art at his Jersey apartment (his “collection,” valued at more than $430,000 included works by artists ranging from Basquiat to Yoshitomo Nara.) Yesterday, he at last pleaded guilty to art theft in New York. Read more…

Real of Fake?

Can you tell if this work is by Jackson Pollock? It sold for $17 million so one would assume everyone on both sides of the sale did their homework. However, according to paint analysis (pigments used in this work were not invented until years after it was allegedly painted) it’s a fake.

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Cezanne sets record at $250M

Paul Cezanne’s “The Card Players” was purchased for $250 million by the Qatari royal family from the collection of the late Greek shipping magnate George Embiricos. The staggering price is almost double the previous record for a work of art.

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