Sunday, November 22, 2020

Another tragic deaccessioning story

A David Hockney portrait sold by the "financially strapped" London Royal Opera House at Christie's for $17 million last month has ended up ... at the London Royal Opera House. It was bought by the chair of the Opera House's board of trustees. "He also has plans to loan it to the reopening exhibition of London’s National Portrait Gallery, where [he] is a trustee, in 2023." "As the Chairman of the Royal Opera House and the National Portrait Gallery," he says, "I care deeply about the arts being as accessible as possible and their educational value. I decided to participate in the auction to secure the painting for the British public."