1) Salvator Mundi: Louvre museum asks owner to loan world’s most expensive painting for Paris exhibition
The Louvre museum in Paris has requested the loan of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ for its major exhibition dedicated to the artist opening in October.
2) Sotheby’s and Phillips raise buyer’s premium with new rates higher than Christie’s
Auction house Sotheby’s has increased its buyer’s premium to a level that goes beyond the recent changes announced by Christie’s.
3) Huge ‘lost’ Meiji vase goes from seafood restaurant to saleroom
A monumental cloisonné vase – the previously missing element to a triptych made for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago – sold for $110,000 (£85,000) in California.
4) Claude Monet view of the Doge’s Palace in Venice sells for £24m at Sotheby’s
A painting of the Doge’s Palace in Venice made by Claude Monet (1840-1926) during his one and only trip to Venice was knocked down at £24m at Sotheby’s latest Impressionist & Modern art auction in London.
5) Five highlights from the upcoming sale of the collection of William H Stokes Antiques
The collection and stock of former Cirencester dealership William H Stokes Antiques will be offered at auction in the Gloucestershire town by London firm The Pedestal.
This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period February 21-27, 2019.