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60 more works found in German's 'Nazi art trove'

The art hoard of an elderly German recluse suspected to contain Nazi-looted paintings and drawings is bigger than first thought, his spokesman said Tuesday. More than 60 additional works have been discovered in the Austrian home of Cornelius Gurlitt, among them works by masters Picasso, Renoir and Monet, said his spokesman Stephan Holzinger. ran-fz/kjm/mfp

Britain's National Gallery buys its first American painting

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - The National Gallery in London has bought its first ever painting by a U.S. artist, "Men of the Docks" by George Bellows, departing from its previous policy of acquiring only paintings by artists working in Western Europe. The gallery, which houses Britain's national collection of Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th century, acquired the 1912 work depicting the New York waterfront from Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Pissarro painting sells for $32 million as records tumble at several London art auctions

LONDON - A Paris streetscape by Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro has sold for over $32 million — double its top estimate in a week of strong sales of Impressionist and modern art at London auction houses. The high-end art market has rebounded from the global financial crisis of 2008, with new buyers from Russia, China and the Middle East helping to drive prices upward.

Picasso, Miro and Calder works on exhibit at Mexico City's Maco art fair

Mexico City, Feb 6 (EFE).- The 2014 Zona Maco International Contemporary Art Fair is underway in Mexico City, showcasing works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder and scores of other artists. The 11th Zona Maco art fair, which runs until Sunday, is being held at the Centro Banamex and features works by more than 1,500 Ibero-American artists, organizers told Efe.

Picasso, Miro and Calder works on exhibit at Mexico City's Maco art fair

Mexico City, Feb 6 (EFE).- The 2014 Zona Maco International Contemporary Art Fair is underway in Mexico City, showcasing works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder and scores of other artists. The 11th Zona Maco art fair, which runs until Sunday, is being held at the Centro Banamex and features works by more than 1,500 Ibero-American artists, organizers told Efe.

Pissarro and Picasso records broken at London sale

A Paris street scene painted by Camille Pissarro sold for £19.9 million ($32.1 million, 24 million euros) at a London sale on Wednesday, almost five times the previous record for the Impressionist master at auction. The Danish-French painter's "Boulevard Montmartre, Matinee de Printemps", widely considered to be one of the most important Impressionist works to come up for sale in the last decade, went under the hammer at London's Sotheby's auction house.

Fake Chagall painting a 'very bad copy', expert panel rules

A painting that a British businessman thought was by famed artist Marc Chagall is a "very bad copy", an expert Paris-based committee announced, though it ruled out any hasty destruction of the fake. Martin Lang spent £100,000 (121,000 euros, $163,000) on what he believed was an original work by Russian-born artist Chagall in 1992, but learned it was a fake when his painting was tested for a BBC documentary and sent to the Chagall Committee for verification.

Gris, Picasso lead way in record London auction

Paintings by Pablo Picasso, Rene Magritte and Juan Gris have pushed a sale at Christie's to a record for London of nearly £177 million ($288 million, 213 million euros), the auction house said Wednesday. Gris' still-life "Nature Morte a la Nappe a Carreaux" ("The Checked Tablecloth") led the way, selling for £34.8 million to smash the world auction record for the Spanish artist. The 1915 work portrays a pile of objects -- including a bunch of grapes and a newspaper -- on a checked tablecloth.

Auction record smashed for Spanish cubist artist Gris

Juan Gris's Cubist still life "Nature Morte a la Nappe a Carreaux" ("The Checked Tablecloth") sold for £34.8 million at a London sale Tuesday, smashing the auction record for the Spanish artist. The 1915 work portrays a pile of objects -- including a bunch of grapes and a newspaper -- on a checked tablecloth. It smashed pre-sale estimates of £12-18 million, fetching almost double the previous record for a Gris work at auction. That was achieved in 2010 when his 1913 painting of a violin and a guitar sold for $28.6 million in New York.

Portugal clears controversial Miro auction

A Portuguese court on Tuesday cleared the controversial sale of 85 paintings by Spanish master Joan Miro valued at over 36 million euros, just hours before they are due to go up for auction. The decision came in spite of demands from Portugal's opposition Socialist party for a suspension of the sale, according to the Lusa news agency. The artworks are set to go under the hammer at London auction house Christie's, which has valued the works at more than £30 million (over 36 million euros), a much-needed injection of funds for cash-strapped Portugal.
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