Author Archives: Milton Esterow

After The Scream was stolen from the Munch Museum, this reproduction appeared at the Guggenheim—as part of a 2006 campaign launching dark chocolate M&M’s. A reward of 2 million M&M’s was offered for the picture’s recovery.

‘The Scream,’ the Thief, and the 2 Million M&M’s

Stolen masterpieces are priceless and worthless at the same time—they’re too hot to sell, and have limited use as collateral. But one criminal tried to use them to sweeten his sentence. Read More


55,000 Signatures and Counting

Starting with the Old Masters and continuing through the present, John Castagno has documented signatures, monograms, and initials—most of them readable, some of them strange or illegible—and published them in ten books. Read More


The 2007 Top 10 Collectors

‘The Offer-You-Can’t-Refuse Market’ Read More


The 2006 Top 10 Collectors

“Collectors are suffering from cognitive dissonance,” said Stephen A. Wynn, the Las Vegas casino mogul and one of the world’s top art collectors. “They’re struggling intellectually. They know that their paintings are worth more than they paid for them and … Read More


‘Fools, Show-offs, and Trophy Hunters’

The art thieves in western Europe, says one expert, are mainly the Balkan Bandits. Read More


The 2005 Top Ten Collectors

“In the history of art, as in more materialistic matters, money talks vividly,” Alfred H. Barr Jr., the Museum of Modern Art’s founding director, wrote in 1929. “Let us not be ashamed to listen.” “Well said,” Eli Broad, the financier … Read More


The 10 Most Faked Artists

Back in 1940 Newsweek reported that out of 2,500 paintings produced by Corot, 7,800 were in the United States. In 1953 ARTnewsstated that there was a “saying in France that Corot painted 2,000 canvases, 5,000 of which are in America.” … Read More


The 2004 Top Ten Collectors

A top collector should have three things, says a knowledgeable observer of the things top collectors should have: 1. Deep pockets. 2. Big closets. 3. No memory. Deep pockets? Big closets? That’s easy. How come no memory? “Say, for example, … Read More


The Sweetest Pears

A $5 garage-sale find turned out to be the real thing Read More


The 2003 Top Ten Collectors

Our annual list of the world’s top collectors—plus the Top Ten. Read More

“A Legacy of Shame,” published in December 1984, revealed that the Austrian government was storing thousands of artworks looted from Holocaust victims.

Reflections on Three Decades at the Helm of ARTnews

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From Slot Machines to the Sublime

In an unlikely pairing of capitalist innovation and socialist sensibility, the Guggenheim and the Hermitage team up to dazzle the masses in a Las Vegas hotel . In an unlikely pairing of capitalist innovation and socialist sensibility, the Guggenheim and the Hermitage team up to dazzle the masses in a Las Vegas hotel. Read More


From the Editor and Publisher

When William Faulkner was told that he had won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950, he gratefully accepted the prize but said he would not be able to attend the official ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. “I doubt if I … Read More


The ARTnews 200

A preview of our annual list of the world's top collectors—plus the Top Ten. Read More