Photo on top: This picture taken on October 13, 2017, shows a man (R, wearing blue tie) identified by local Hong Kong media as former CIA agent Jerry Chun Shing Lee standing in front of a member of security at the unveiling of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ painting at the Christie’s showroom in Hong Kong. The former CIA agent arrested in the United States earlier this week on suspicion of helping Chinese spies was a security guard at Christie’s in Hong Kong, the auction house said January 18. Hong Kong resident Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a naturalised US citizen also known as Zhen Cheng Li, was arrested late Monday after he arrived at JFK International Airport in New York. Anthony WALLACE / AFP.

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Photo on top: Joseph-Marie Vien, Women In Classical Dress Attending A Young Bride, 1777. Oil on canvas, 39 3/8 by 53 1/8 in. Estimate: $400/600,000. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s will offer nearly 30 European paintings from the extraordinary private collection of J.E. Safra in the Evening and Day auctions of Master Paintings on 1 & 2 February. Offering a wide range of styles, spanning from the 17th through the 19th centuries, the collection is highlighted by significant works from female artist Fede Galizia, Vanvitelli and Jan Wijnants, among others.

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Photo on top: The Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi, by Francesco Guardi.

LONDON.- Arts Minister John Glen has placed a temporary export bar on the Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi by Francesco Guardi to provide an opportunity to keep it in the country.

The extraordinary painting is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £26,796,000 (including VAT of £591,000).

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Photo on top: These two luminaries are the subject of the exhibition Between Worlds: Raden Saleh and Juan Luna at National Gallery Singapore.

SINGAPORE.- During the height of colonial rule in Southeast Asia in the 19th century, two young men from Indonesia and the Philippines sailed across the ocean to Europe, to train under great painters of their time. They steadily earned their place within European art worlds, and their successes there made them national heroes in their respective homelands.

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Photo on top: Jan Brueghel the Elder, A Wooded River Landscape With A Landing Stage, Boats, Various Figures And A Village Beyond, signed and dated lower left: BRVEGHEL 1614, oil on copper, 10 1/4 by 14 5/8 in.; 25.9 by 37 cm. Estimate $2.5/3.5 million. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

NEW YORK, NY.- An exceptional selection of European paintings, spanning from the 14th to the 19th centuries will be offered in Sotheby’s Evening Sale of Master Paintings on 1 February 2018 in New York. Highlighting the annual Masters Week sale series, the Evening Sale exhibition will be on public view in Sotheby’s New York galleries beginning 26 January.

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Photo on top: J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851), Harbour View, about 1826. Bodycolour on blue paper, 13.9 x 18.9 cm. Collection: Scottish National Gallery, Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900.

EDINBURGH.- 2018 will begin at the National Galleries of Scotland, as it does every year, with a wonderful tradition: the opening of Turner in January, an exhibition of the outstanding collection of Turner watercolours bequeathed in 1900 by Henry Vaughan (1809-1899) and supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery for the sixth year.

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Photo on top: Meister von Meßkirch, The Adoration of the Magi, c. 1535/38, detail from the middle panel of the former high altar of St. Martin in Meßkirch, Meßkirch, parish church of St. Martin, © Archbishopric Friborg i. Br.

STUTTGART.- The mystery of the Messkirch Master’s identity has been capturing imaginations for more than a century. Yet even that fascination is outstripped by the captivating quality of his works. It comes as no surprise that the Swabian painter is considered one of the most prominent artists of the German Renaissance.

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Photo on top: Saint Jerome, about 1605-6. Caravaggio (Italian, 1571-1610). Oil on canvas. Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo–Galleria Borghese.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The J. Paul Getty Museum is presenting a rare exhibition of three celebrated works by the great Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610), on loan from the Galleria Borghese in Rome, home to the largest collection of Caravaggio’s paintings in the world. Caravaggio: Masterpieces from the Galleria Borghese is on view at the Getty Center from November 21, 2017 through February 18, 2018.

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Photo on top: “After months of following an authentication process the… conclusion is: it’s an original from the hand of Adolf Hitler,” the NIOD said in a statement at the time, putting the work by a young Hitler between 1909 and 1913. Photo: NIOD institute.

THE HAGUE (AFP).- Two researchers in the Netherlands have raised doubts about a rare watercolour painting signed by Adolf Hitler, saying it appears more likely to be the work of a forger, a Dutch newspaper reported Wednesday.

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