Why Experts Don’t Believe This Is a Rare First Map of America

Why Experts Don’t Believe This Is a Rare First Map of America

Advertisement The map seemed to be an unbelievable find, an unknown fifth original of the rarest of documents, a vision of the world, circa 1507, by the famed German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller. It features 12 so-called globe gores — like...
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A Struggling Historic Library Says It Needs to Sell Its Art

A Struggling Historic Library Says It Needs to Sell Its Art

“We can no longer function as an art gallery,” he said, “and we could no longer provide proper maintenance to an art collection worth over one million dollars.” Photo Martín Rico y Ortega’s “Ponte dell’Angelo.” Credit via Sotheby’s Some ...
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Leonardo da Vinci Painting Sells for $450.3 Million, Shattering Auction Highs

Leonardo da Vinci Painting Sells for $450.3 Million, Shattering Auction Highs

“This was a thumping epic triumph of branding and desire over connoisseurship and reality,” said Todd Levin, a New York art adviser. Photo The painting ‘Salvator Mundi’ by Leonardo da Vinci at Christie’s. Credit Drew Angerer/Getty Images Christie’s...
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Critic’s Notebook: That $450 Million Leonardo? It’s No Mona Lisa.

Critic’s Notebook: That $450 Million Leonardo? It’s No Mona Lisa.

Photo Crowds at Christie’s catching a glimpse of “Salvator Mundi.” Credit Benjamin Norman for The New York Times You can’t put a price on beauty; you can put a price on a name. When the National Gallery in London exhibited...
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Found: Oldest Known Photo of a U.S. President (Socks and All)

Found: Oldest Known Photo of a U.S. President (Socks and All)

Claims of historical precedence tend to come with caveats and asterisks, and it must be noted that the daguerreotype, a so-called half plate measuring about 5 inches by 4 inches, is not, technically, the earliest photographic image of an American...
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When an Artist Calls the Shots: Mark Grotjahn’s Soaring Prices

When an Artist Calls the Shots: Mark Grotjahn’s Soaring Prices

Mr. Grotjahn is represented by four dealers — including the heavyweight Larry Gagosian — without the promise of exclusivity they would obviously prefer. He has direct relationships with his collectors and even occasionally sells to them right out of his...
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