Dan Robbins, an artist who created the first paint-by-numbers pictures and helped turn the kits into an American sensation during the 1950s, has died. He was 93. Robbins was working as a package designer for the Palmer Paint Company in Detroit when he came up with the idea for paint-by-numbers in the late 1940s. He said his inspiration came from Leonardo da Vinci. Robbins, whose works were dismissed by some critics but later celebrated by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, died Monday in Sylvania, Ohio, said his son, Larry Robbins.
One of the most recognizable pieces by English street artist Banksy ‘Girl With Balloon’ demolished itself after being sold at an auction for nearly $1.4 million. Shortly after the sale, the piece passed through its frame and was shredded. The auction house commented on the stunt, saying ‘It appears we just got Banksy-ed.’
A new policy change, revealed Thursday, will require those who are not New York State residents to pay a $25 admission fee to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, beginning March 1st. The change, opposed by critics, follows a period of turmoil for the Met, and reflects their attempts to establish a dependable, annual revenue stream.
Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, ‘Salvator Mundi,’ broke world records selling for $450.3 million at a New York auction. The rare work is one of less than twenty authenticated pieces by da Vinci. Presumed lost since the eighteenth century until 1958 when it resurfaced, assumed a copy, it was acquired in 2005, restored, and authenticated.
On Thursday night a 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for a record $110.5 million at an auction for contemporary art; the sixth most expensive work ever to be sold at auction. “Tonight, Jean-Michel Basquiat entered the pantheon of artists whose works have commanded prices over $100 million, including Picasso, Giacometti, Bacon, and Warhol,” said Gregoire Billault, head of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Department in New York. A Japanese art curator purchased the piece which he will showcase in his museum in Chiba after loaning it to institutions and exhibitions around the world.