World’s Most Expensive Painting (NOT!) – Art News Roundup

From news about the world’s most expensive painting to George Lucas’s Museum Of Narrative Arts. Read on to catch up with the art news this week!


There’s always something going on in the art world. Every Sunday, Agora starts the new week by looking back at what happened the week before. Here are our top art news stories from June 25th, 2017 – July 1st, 2017.

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Source: Wikimedia Commons

World’s Most Expensive Painting (NOT!)

In 2015, a Paul Gauguin painting, Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) was sold to art world impresario, Simon de Pury for a booming $300 million. However, a lengthy legal battle in the UK High Court has revealed a completely different story. Apparently, the actual sale price was only about $210 million, almost $90 million less than the amount initially reported. This means Paul Cezanne’s The Card Players sold to Qatar for more that $250 million as the most expensive artwork ever sold. Full Story Here →

Mexico City Swim Club Gets A Makeover

An abandoned historic pool in Mexico City has been taken over by artists and turned into a pop-up art gallery. Formerly known as Club Condesa, the pool opened in 1940 to house Mexico City’s first women’s-only swim club. The club was closed in 2015 and is now in the process of being demolished and turned into a mixed development. Full Story Here →

Kurt Cobain’s Artworks To Be Shown At The Seattle Art Fair

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Source: Los Angeles Daily News

A couple of never seen before paintings by Nirvana lead singer, Kurt Cobain are all set to be at the front and center of the Seattle Art Fair opening in the first week of August this year. The paintings will be presented by the fine arts division of the United Talent Agency. The presentation will feature two original works by Cobain (neither of which will be for sale) alongside work by other rebel artists from the past 30 years. Full Story Here →

The Museum Of ‘Myths’ Approved

George Lucas’s Museum of Narrative Art that has been making headlines since the beginning of the year has finally been unanimously approved by the Los Angeles City Council. The proposed museum will focus on the art of storytelling and is slated to showcase the Star Wars and Indiana Jones director’s extensive collection of paintings, illustrations, and movie memorabilia, according to Los Angeles Daily News. Full Story Here →


These are just some of the many news stories that caught our eye this past week. For more stories as-they-happen, be sure to also follow our Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up for our newsletter for news about Agora Gallery, our exhibitions, and our artists!

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