(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — The J Paul Getty Museum is returning a two-thousand-year-old piece of art back to Italy. The decision was made by the Italian Supreme Court following a decades-long battle of its ownership.
The Guardian reports that the Victorious Youth bronze statue was made by Greek sculptor Lysippos between 300 and 100 B-C, and was discovered off the Adriatic coast in 1964. It was eventually sold to the Getty for four-million dollars in 1977, but Italy claims it was smuggled out of the country and sold illegally. The statue, also known as the Getty Bronze, is one of the most popular works at the museum.
(New York, NY-AP) — A painting celebrating the independence of women in 1929 is breaking the bank and selling for nearly 92-million dollars. Edward Hopper’s “Chop Suey” was auctioned off today in New York and brought in the most of any painting by the American.
The painting shows two modern women eating at a restaurant at a time when women rarely socialized without men. The auction featured other paintings by leading American artists, including Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. The entire auction brought in more than 317-million dollars.
(New York, NY) – Kerry James Marshall’s artwork is worth a lot of money. A painting by the black Chicago artist titled “Past Times” was sold by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority for just over 21-million-dollars in an auction Wednesday night at Sotheby’s New York.
The sale price was the most ever paid for the work of a living African-American artist. “Past Times” had been on display at McCormick Place for years.
Marshall’s New York dealer, Jack Shainman, told the New York Times that P. Diddy, whose real name is Sean Combs, is the work’s buyer.
(SL) – Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke are guilty of plagiarism. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted this week to uphold the verdict in the artists’ copyright infringement case involving the estate of singer Marvin Gaye.
They were found guilty in 2015 of plagiarizing his 1977 song, “Got to Give It Up” to create their track, “Blurred Lines.” The court ruled that there was not a total absence of evidence of similarities between the two songs. A judge also chose to uphold that the Gaye family will receive half off all future royalties from “Blurred Lines.”
(CNN Money) – Christie’s said the painting “caused a scandal” when Modigliani exhibited it nearly 100 years ago at his “first and only” one-man show in Paris.
“Outraged by the content of the show — which had caused a crowd to form outside the gallery window where one of Modigliani’s nudes was openly on display — the police demanded the immediate closure of the exhibition,” said Christie’s.
Modigliani was an Italian libertine who died poor, at age 35, but not before he painted a lot of nudes.
Christie’s broke a record when it sold a Picasso for $179 million in May. The auction house had expected to get $140 million for the painting, “Les femmes d’Alger.”
The prior record was $142 million for Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” which was sold in 2013. The current record for a Modigliani is a sculpture that sold for $70.7 million last year.
Christie’s is now hoping to have another putting the Modigliani on the auction block November 9 in New York. The painting,“Reclining Nude,” dates from 1917 and 1918, the final years of World War I.
And it just might get it, considering the nine-digit prices that Modern Art masterpieces have been getting.