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Vienna Contemporary here to stay with decade-long venue booking

The contemporary art fair, now in its third year, made its mark at Vienna's Marx Halle

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Object Lessons: from a polaroid of Basquiat to a Ming dynasty bodhisattvas

Our pick from this week's fairs and auctions

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Beirut Art Fair gives helping hand to embattled Egyptian galleries

Lebanese event cuts 'special offer' to help Egypt's galleries exhibit abroad and invests $100,000 in outreach to encourage collectors from further afield

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Young pop-up The Auction Collective claims bidding on art is as easy as buying a book on Amazon

No buyer's premium and bidding paddles on your phone, but founder still believes holding physical auctions is key

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Sotheby's cancels Viel Castel sale after entire collection is bought by a US collector, source says

The 61 lot sale of art, antiques and works of art was cancelled two and a half hours after its supposed start time following private deal

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Millennials in mind: Unseen Amsterdam photography event tempts younger collectors

The burgeoning platform for emerging artists includes a 53-dealer fair, special projects, awards and a section for collectives with a conscience

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In the frame

Art Mallorca: when Love Island meets the art world

Event aims to become the Mediterranean’s premier art fair, against stiff competition

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Salvator Mundi’s patchwork provenance now includes a 50-year stop in Louisiana

The work was bought by a Baton Rouge family for about $120 while travelling in London in 1958, the Wall Street Journal reports

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Lebanon’s history revealed in photo show at Beirut Art Fair

Across Boundaries is an exhibition of around 100 works of Lebanese photography from 30 collections

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How two missing legs helped the restitution of an Italian secrétaire worth €2m

The Italian state has a permanent right to confiscate illegally exported work

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Chinese art and antiquities spared from Trump’s tariffs

Auction houses and art dealers express ‘relief’ even as the US-China trade war escalates

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Obituaries

Josh Roth, Hollywood deal-maker who was the head of UTA's fine arts division, has died, aged 40

His death comes just weeks after the opening of the agency's new gallery in Beverly Hills, designed by the artist Ai Weiwei

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Object Lessons: from Barbara Hepworth's St Ives bronze to Grant Wood's censored lithograph

Our pick from this week's auctions and fairs

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Red tape is stifling German auctions

Stringent cultural heritage laws and bureaucracy are making consignments much harder to find

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Auctions

A work by Hopper, promised as gift, heads to the auction block instead

Christie's to sell $70m painting once pledged to the Seattle Art Museum

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Sotheby’s to offer landmark paintings by Marsden Hartley and Ludwig Meidner in November

The auction house hopes the works will surpass previous records by several million

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Embattled private equity firm Abraaj Group fails to renew Art Dubai sponsorship

Plans to lend the Abraaj Group Art Prize collection to the Jameel Art Centre are also on hold

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Christie's to offer $80m 'holy grail' Hockney painting in New York this November

Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) could become the most valuable work by a living artist sold at auction

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Exhibitions

Rembrandt the master printmaker—and shrewd market manipulator

Denver Art Museum's exhibition of the Old Master's prints looks at how he “intentionally made rarities” for his collectors

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Hollywood stars and art world A-listers come out in support of Frieze Los Angeles

Salma Hayek, Tobey Maguire and Serena Williams are among those on the fair’s host committee, while Gagosian, Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth and Ropac will exhibit

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New Lapada chief on the challenges facing middle market antiques dealers

Freya Simms speaks ahead of the tenth Lapada Art & Antiques Fair in London

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Brigitte Macron cheers up dealers at a smaller La Biennale Paris

One stand is closed down in a vetting crackdown at the French art fair, which organisers say can return to its former glory if "dealers would stop bickering"

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Private View: our pick of September gallery shows

New exhibitions at commercial galleries, from Joan Mitchell's last show at Cheim & Read, to Francesca Woodman's haunting photographs in Venice

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Artoon

Artoon by Pablo Helguera, September 2018

"Art fairs and auction houses are for beginner collectors—the Russian version of eBay is the big league!"

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Object Lessons: from a Venetian glass bowl to an ancient Chinese ritual vessel

Our pick from this week's auctions and exhibitions

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Cryptocurrencies: a moving target for regulators

"Blockchain participants have had little guidance from regulators as to how they plan to shape the law so as to protect against criminal activity"

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Blockchain: Hot stuff or hot air?

The technology offers the promise of a world in which a work of art’s provenance is held on a single database—if it lives up to the hype

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New York's Chelsea galleries hope new storefronts will bring new business

After waves of closures, the pricey West Side art district sees a frenzy of growth this fall

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Russia and Qatar cosy up at Cosmoscow as tensions continue in the Gulf

Moscow contemporary art fair features first Qatari contemporary art exhibition in Russia as the two countries try to foster cultural ties

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The disputes that blight the French antiques market

Do falling exhibitor and visitor numbers at La Biennale Paris signal the beginning of the end for this once world-class art fair?

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Dealer Mary Boone pleads guilty to $1.6m in tax fraud

The art dealer will pay $3m in restitution to the IRS after falsifying returns to hide her use of gallery profits to upgrade her Manhattan home

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Frieze

Frieze Art Fair establishes tiered pricing structure for debut Los Angeles event

As with Art Basel, the aim is for larger dealers to subsidise smaller galleries, with plans to roll out similar models in London and New York

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Rolling with the punches: how the art market bounced back

In 2008, Damien Hirst sold £111m of art as Lehman Brothers collapsed, triggering a financial crisis. A decade on, what has changed?

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Art Basel introduces new booth pricing structure to subsidise younger galleries

Dealers say it is a ‘step in the right direction’ but acknowledge there is a long way to go to redress the balance

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Museums

Salvator Mundi will not go on show at Louvre Abu Dhabi this month, for reasons unknown

$450.3m Leonardo da Vinci painting was due to be unveiled at museum in two weeks but its display has now been delayed

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Sale of $100m collection will make David Teiger’s contemporary art foundation one of the world's largest

American collector's works, from Doig to decoy ducks, are to be offered across ten sales at Sotheby’s over the next eight months

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Swiss prosecutor returns 'Mesopotamian' terracotta animal made by dealer's 11-year-old-daughter—along with 5,000 seized antiquities

A further 6,000 items belonging to Ali Aboutaam of Phoenix Ancient Art are still held by authorities in Geneva

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Asher Edelman’s art lending company Artemus sues Paul Kasmin gallery over ‘false invoices’ in sale of Frank Stella painting

The gallery says it has been “pulled into a dispute regarding a transaction in which it was not involved”

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Sticking the knife into the patriarchy: Artemisia Gentileschi painting to be sold for the first time in Vienna

The female Italian Baroque artist's depiction of Lucretia is thought to have been in European collection since the 19th century

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Art fairs

Zona Maco sister fairs return one year on from Mexico earthquake

Events dedicated to photographs, antiques, crafts and curiosities offer niche disciplines for collectors

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Law

Parviz Tanavoli banned from leaving Iran over legal dispute with former gallery owner

Maryam Goudarzi claims that the artist should return six 1972 sculptures worth $6m to her, but Tanavoli says they were swapped legally for five newer works

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Sotheby’s in deal to sell estate of hip-hop pioneer and graffiti artist Rammellzee

Auction house is enlisting dealers and curators to promote the legacy of the polymath who is believed to have cursed his collection

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Art Berlin moves to historic Tempelhof airport—but will it take off?

With more than 120 galleries, fair's second edition will test the strength of the German capital's under-developed art market

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Sotheby’s earnings take a hit as demanding consignors and guarantors squeeze its commission margin

Just two paintings significantly damaged the auction house's bottom line in the second quarter

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What to see at the Seattle Art Fair, from dystopian tech to the outer reaches of the solar system

The fair's artistic director Nato Thompson explains what sets this "underdog" event apart from the usual art fair frenzy

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David Zwirner appoints curator-cum-Instagram-influencer as its first online sales director—why?

Elena Soboleva to head up the virtual gallery and expand its collector base as galleries embrace selling art digitally as an 'evolution of the walk-in business'

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Leaked document on EU import licensing proposals is deeply concerning, say dealer associations

IADAA and CINOA argue that compromise amendments to contentious new cultural goods regulations are still too stringent and ill-defined

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As big fairs flock to the West Coast, can Seattle Art Fair keep its quirk and still compete?

As new tech wealth pulls in established names, some fear this eclectic market will become homogenised

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Commercial galleries

Radical performance artist Ulay to show rarely seen works in London exhibition

Marina Abramovic’s ex-partner has signed up with Richard Saltoun gallery