Paul Allen’s masterpiece collection sells for record-breaking $1.6 billion (£1.34 million) at Christie’s

Paul Allen’s (1953-2018) spectacular collection has achieved an unprecedented $1.6 billion (£1.34 million) over two sales at Christie’s, becoming the most valuable private collection of all time. The first sale alone of 60 works fetched £1.5 billion (£1.26 billion) – the highest total ever recorded at a single auction. Allen’s estate will donate all proceeds from the landmark sales to philanthropic causes.

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Rembrandt sketch long thought to be a copy upgraded to an original

In 1921, Dutch art historian and Rembrandt expert Abraham Bredius purchased an oil sketch of The Raising of the Cross, which he believed to be by Dutch Golden Age artist Rembrandt. The sketch entered the collection of the Bredius Museum in The Hague, but art experts have never taken the attribution to Rembrandt seriously, considering the work to be a mere copy, or a “crude imitation”, of a painting by the Dutch master.

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Abstract art confusion: Experts realise Mondrian painting has been hung upside down for 75 years

A curator working on the exhibition Mondrian. Evolution, which opened at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen museum in Germany, has discovered that one of the highlights of the exhibition has been hanging upside down for 75 years. In fact, it seems that it has been displayed this way since leaving the artist’s studio and has never been seen the correct way round by the public.

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Climate activists throw soup at iconic Van Gogh painting

Two climate activists from the group ‘Just Stop Oil’ have been arrested after throwing what appeared to be cans of soup at Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers last Friday at the National Gallery, before gluing themselves to the wall. The activists are part of the ‘Just Stop Oil’ climate change group who have targeted numerous museums recently with similar acts, including the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Manchester City Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts. This is not the first time this year the group have targeted the National Gallery: in July two campaigners superglued their hands to the frame of John Constable’s The Hay Wain.

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