NOMA’s Art In Bloom a budding social event, March 24-28

Many of New Orleans’ finest restaurants participate in the Art In Bloom event. Image courtesy New Orleans Museum of Art.
Many of New Orleans’ finest restaurants participate in the Art In Bloom event. Image courtesy New Orleans Museum of Art.
Many of New Orleans’ finest restaurants participate in the Art In Bloom event. Image courtesy New Orleans Museum of Art.

NEW ORLEANS — Art In Bloom 2010, an annual springtime celebration featuring floral arrangements, educational programs and social events, is set for March 24-28 at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Taking as its theme A Green Orleans, this year’s 22nd annual event will highlight eco-friendly practices for businesses, homes and lifestyles.

The Art In Bloom Patron Party, one of the spring’s premier social events in New Orleans, and the Preview Party, will be held Wednesday, March 24. The popular Art In Bloom lecture series and the annual Art In Bloom luncheon are scheduled for the following day, Thursday, March 25.

The lecture and demonstration features Spruce Eco-Studio presenting Green Intervention: A Discussion on Design Ideas to Green Your Lifestyle. The event will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 25. To purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.noma.org/AIBtickets.html

Additional Thursday events will include the following:

Remco Van Vliet, lecture and demonstration, 10:45 a.m. – Van Vliet & Trap is an event design company founded in 1997 by Van Vliet and his brother Cas Trap. Born in Holland and raised in the flower industry, Van Vliet is a third-generation floral designers trained as a master florist.

Luncheon at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters features fashions and jewelry by Saks Fifth Avenue, 12:30 p.m. – Saks Fifth Avenue presents the best of spring 2010 fashions for men and women including the latest jewelry collection of IPPOLITA.

Art In Bloom kicks off with the Patron and Preview Party on Wednesday from 7 to 10 p.m. Opening night festivities include music by ck3 and a Saks Fifth Avenue presentation of the latest jewelry collection of IPPOLITA. More than 1,200 guests are expected to attend this early viewing of the floral fantasies and talent that make Art In Bloom a springtime must-see in New Orleans.

The silent auction, with approximately 60 items up for bid, features an original painting by Nicole Charbonnet titled After Durer (For Eugenie). Cuisine and libations will be provided by dozens of area businesses.

Art In Bloom will remain on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art through Sunday.

A special rate is available at the Sheraton New Orleans for any night during the Art In Bloom event, March 24-28. Mention the rate code “NOMA” to reserve a room at the special $169/night rate from the official host hotel for Art In Bloom. For reservations, call (504) 525-2500 or book online at www.sheratonneworleans.com

Tickets can be purchased the day of the event or in advance here: http://www.noma.org/AIBtickets.html or call (504) 658-4121.

The Art In Bloom is a joint project of the Museum and the Garden Study Club of New Orleans. Chaired by Karen Gundlach and Elly Lane, this five-day fête showcases more than 100 exhibitors of creative floral designs, sculptures and scenes, and benefits educational projects and exhibitions at NOMA and projects of the Garden Study Club. Beneficiaries include the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, the New Orleans Botanical Gardens at City Park, the Restoration of the Gardens of Project Lazarus, Beauregard-Keyes House, Parkway Partners, Longue Vue House and Gardens and the Hermann-Grima Gallier Houses.

The New Orleans Museum of Art, founded in 1910 by Isaac Delgado, houses more than 30,000 art objects encompassing 4,000 years of world art. Works from the permanent collection, along with continuously changing temporary exhibitions, are on view in the museum’s 46 galleries Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Thursdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission to the adjacent Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, featuring work by 58 artists, including several of the 20th century’s great master sculptors, is always free during public hours. The Sculpture Garden will reopen on March 20 after an extensive renovation.

For details call (504) 658-4100 or visit www.noma.org

Premiere Props assembles star-studded lineup for March 13 auction

Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, wore this custom-designed jumpsuit. Image courtesy Premiere Props.

Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, wore this custom-designed jumpsuit. Image courtesy Premiere Props.
Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, wore this custom-designed jumpsuit. Image courtesy Premiere Props.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.– Movie props and costumes from the hottest Hollywood stars of yesterday and today will be made available to collectors at Premiere Props’ Extravaganza Auction on March 13. LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding.

Elvis Presley’s “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” custom designed jumpsuit and his initialed bracelets and rings will be on the auction block. Fans of the Beatles can bid on a rare 1965 Fan Club postcard autographed by each of the Fab Four from their second U.S. tour.

As Sandra Bullock waits in anticipation for Oscar night, fans can get their hands on her costumes from her Academy Award nominated turn in The Blind Side. A signed program by Judy Garland from her last film ever, I Could Go On Singing, is also up for bid.

Collectors can own movie costumes and props used by Harrison Ford, Denzel Washington, Milla Jovovich, Keri Russell and Charlize Theron or from movies such as Blade Runner, The Book of Eli, Extraordinary Measures, The Road and more.

The live auction will take place on Saturday, March 13, at Premiere Props’ warehouse at 128 Sierra St. in El Segundo. There will be a preview from 9 a.m. to the start of the sale at 11 a.m. The Extravaganza Auction can be seen on Premiere Props’ live broadcast show online.

“The March Extravaganza Auction combines items from classic Hollywood and the blockbusters of today,” said Dan Levin, vice president of marketing for Premiere Props. “This is an amazing opportunity for all collectors, whether you are a fan of the Hollywood new school or the old.”

The Extravaganza Auction will feature movie collectibles and props including:

Elvis Presley custom designed Nudie Cohen jumpsuit – Dijon mustard jumpsuit with eagle embroideries on the front shoulders, back and at the ankles, outlined by rhinestone. Includes tags from official Nudie’s of Hollywood label and another that reads, “Name: Elvis Presley;”

Elvis Presley – three gold bracelets with diamond initials, EAP for Elvis Aaron Presley, EP for Elvis Presley and G for Elvis’ Circle G ranch;

Elvis Presley – 4-carat tourmaline stone ring with 4 1/2 carats in diamonds ring worn during his performances;

Beatles autographed fan club postcard – black and white glossy postcard signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison from their Shea Stadium performance in 1965;

Official 1965 Beatles backstage tour pass – issued to Rampart Record Manager Eddie L. Davis;

Sammy Davis Jr. custom designed Nat Wise shirt – red “Nat Wise” long sleeve button-down dress shirt worn by Sammy Davis Jr.;

I Could Go On Singing – Judy Garland and Dirk Bogarde signed program;

The Blind Side – Leigh Anne Touhy’s (Sandra Bullock) screen-worn navy with brown plastic detail “Gucci” top and navy “Elie Tahar” skirt. Includes wardrobe tag;

The Road – The Man’s (Viggo Mortensen) hero aged tan puffy jacket, heather grey hoodie, very aged and distressed Levis jeans;

The Road – The Woman’s (Charlize Theron) hero distressed olive parka jacket, brown gloves, aged Levis jeans and tan beanie;

The Book of Eli – motorcycle with two tube like gas tank, small leather seat, armor covering the engine, armor over and around both tires, electric start, gear shifts pedals, broken speed limit sign covering the handle bars, and spoke front wheel;

Blade Runner – storyboards owned by Sherman Labby, the production illustrator;

Extraordinary Measures – Dr. Stonehill’s (Harrison Ford) gray “Mod-O-Doc” t-shirt and blue Wrangler denim jeans. Includes wardrobe tag;

Whip It – Smashley Simpson’s (Drew Barrymore) screen worn orange dress with “Smashley Simpson” writing on the back;

Armored – Black with neon paint art “Met Custom Truck Bodies” custom-made armored truck, features a 6-cylindar diesel engine.

Premiere Props is the leading marketing memorabilia company to market, authenticate, package, and distribute exclusive movie memorabilia. Since 2001, Premiere Props has represented more than 300 movies to date and continues to grow. Premiere Props works with some of the largest motion picture studios and independent distributors in the world, such as Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Miramax, MGM, The Weinstein Company, Sony Screen Gems, Lionsgate, TriStar, Spyglass Entertainment, Summit Entertainment, Alcon and many more.

Created in 1942 by Hollywood heavyweights Samuel Goldwyn, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney and the Warner brothers, the Entertainment Industry Foundation (formerly Permanent Charities Committee) was established on the belief that the entertainment industry was in a unique position to truly help others. The Entertainment Industry Foundation harnesses the collective power of the entertainment industry to raise awareness and funds for critical health, educational and social issues to make a positive impact in local communities and throughout the nation.

For details call 310-322-PROP or 888-761-PROP or visit the Web site www.premiereprops.com

View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet during the sale at www.LiveAuctioneers.com

Click here to view Premiere Props’ complete catalog.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


It took about three months to customize this Harley Davidson into the armored motorcycle used in ‘The Book of Eli.’ Image courtesy Premiere Props.
It took about three months to customize this Harley Davidson into the armored motorcycle used in ‘The Book of Eli.’ Image courtesy Premiere Props.

Denzel Washington’s character wielded this 26-inch-long sword in the hit movie ‘The Book of Eli.’ Image courtesy Premiere Props.
Denzel Washington’s character wielded this 26-inch-long sword in the hit movie ‘The Book of Eli.’ Image courtesy Premiere Props.

Elvis Presley gave this bracelet to a member of his entourage in 1974. The bracelet with Presley’s initials diamonds has a $100,000-$150,000 estimate. Image courtesy Premiere Props.
Elvis Presley gave this bracelet to a member of his entourage in 1974. The bracelet with Presley’s initials diamonds has a $100,000-$150,000 estimate. Image courtesy Premiere Props.

This custom-made armored truck seen in the movie ‘Armored’ was tricked out after filming for promotional purposes. Powered by a six-cylinder diesel engine, the truck has a $50,000-$75,000 estimate. Image courtesy Premiere Props.
This custom-made armored truck seen in the movie ‘Armored’ was tricked out after filming for promotional purposes. Powered by a six-cylinder diesel engine, the truck has a $50,000-$75,000 estimate. Image courtesy Premiere Props.

U.S. returns Czar’s stolen medallion to Russia

Czar Peter I of Russia, Peter the Great, reigned May 7, 1682 - Feb. 8, 1725. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Czar Peter I of Russia, Peter the Great, reigned May 7, 1682 - Feb. 8, 1725. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
Czar Peter I of Russia, Peter the Great, reigned May 7, 1682 – Feb. 8, 1725. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

MOSCOW (AP) – The U.S. Ambassador to Russia returned a stolen silver medallion that belonged to the last Russian czar to Moscow Thursday after it was recovered from an online auction by U.S. investigators.

Ambassador John Beyrle said that the recovery of the rare artifact signaled increasing trust between Moscow and Washington.

“This detective story is a wonderful example of successful cooperation, which allows us to improve relations between Russia and the United States,” Beyrle said during a ceremony at his official residence.

The medallion, which bears a portrait of Czar Peter the Great, once belonged to the family of Russia’s last Czar, Nicholas II. It was stolen from the State Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg.

A 2006 check showed that some 200 exhibits, including jewelry and icons worth $5 million, were stolen from Russia’s largest museum. Only 35 have been recovered.

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FBI submits DNA samples, hopes to crack Gardner Museum theft case

The Concert, c.1658-1660, Johannes Vermeer. Stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on March 18, 1990.
The Concert, c.1658-1660, Johannes Vermeer. Stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on March 18, 1990.
The Concert, c.1658-1660, Johannes Vermeer. Stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on March 18, 1990.

BOSTON (AP) – The FBI is hoping advances in DNA technology can help solve the 20-year-old heist of 13 masterpieces from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

A spokeswoman for the FBI’s Boston office told The Boston Globe the lead agent in the case is resubmitting evidence taken from the scene for DNA analysis at the agency’s scientific laboratory in Virginia.

Agent Geoffrey Kelly said he could not disclose what evidence would be reviewed, but experts familiar with the case said it would probably include duct tape used to bind two museum security guards.

In one of the world’s biggest art thefts, two men disguised as police officers talked their way into the museum shortly after midnight on the morning of March 18, 1990, subdued and handcuffed the two on-duty security guards, then stole 13 works of art valued at more than $500 million. The stolen paintings included The Concert, one of Johannes Vermeer’s 35 known paintings, and three works by Rembrandt van Rijn, including his only seascape, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, and a small self-portrait print.

Also stolen were a series of drawings by Edgar Degas and additional works by Édouard Manet and Govaert Flinck, as well as two objects: a Chinese Ku, or beaker, and a finial from a Napoleonic flag. It is considered the biggest art theft—and property theft—in history. The museum still displays the paintings’ empty frames in their original locations according to the strict provisions of Gardner’s will, which instructed that the collection be maintained without change.

In late 2005, as part of a concerted effort to enhance security, the museum hired a former Homeland Security official who helped to rebuild security at Logan Airport after the events of September 11, 2001. MAC Systems and General Electric also conducted a large-scale and comprehensive upgrade to the facility’s access control system. More upgrades are in the works to ensure that the events of March 18, 1990 are never repeated.

A reward of $5 million is offered for information leading to the return of the works of art in good condition.

The theft is the subject of a 2005 documentary called Stolen, which, in a slightly different version, had earlier appeared previously on Court TV.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe; and www.wikipedia.org.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, 1633, Rembrandt van Rijn. Stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on March 18, 1990.
The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, 1633, Rembrandt van Rijn. Stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on March 18, 1990.

Landscape with an Obelisk, 1638, Govaert Flinck, until recently attributed to Rembrandt. Stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on March 18, 1990.
Landscape with an Obelisk, 1638, Govaert Flinck, until recently attributed to Rembrandt. Stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on March 18, 1990.