Old paintings

“Exceptional” group of paintings from the collection of Willem de Kooning’s family to go under the hammer

Three paintings from the collection of the family of Willem de Kooning will appear at auction for the first time and are expected to sell for a total of $50 million. Produced between 1969 and 1987, Sotheby’s have described the upcoming selection of paintings as “one of the most exceptional groups of paintings by Willem de Kooning to ever appear on the market”.

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MoMA works from media tycoon’s collection to sell at Sotheby’s, worth $70 million (£61 million)

A trove of Modernist masterpieces, owned by the late media tycoon William S. Paley (1901-1990), are heading to auction for a staggering $70 million to $100 million (£61 million to £88 million). Once displayed in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the collection will be sold across Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary art auctions held in London and New York.

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AI-generated artwork controversially wins award at US State Fair

Game designer Jason Allen won first place at the Colorado State Fair art competition with a work he made using an artificial intelligence image generator. Allen’s controversial victory has sparked fury online, as human artists yet again fear for the future of their profession. “We’re watching the death of artistry unfold before our eyes,” despaired one Twitter user in reaction to the announcement.

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A “jewel” in the University of Michigan Library’s collection – a Galileo manuscript – proved to be a fake

Last week, the University of Michigan released a surprising statement, saying that one of the highlights of their collection is, in fact, a fake. They have realised that a single manuscript leaf, which entered their collection in 1938 and has been presumed, since then, to be an authentic work by the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), was likely made in the early twentieth century by the infamous and prolific fraudster Tobia Nicotra.

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