BOSTON (AP) – Twenty-five years after the famed art heist at Boston’s Gardner museum, officials have released new surveillance video showing an unauthorized visitor entering the museum 24 hours before the robbery. Read more
NEW YORK – Swedish artist Hanna Liden had never experienced the joys of a bagel until arriving in New York in 1998. As she told Women’s Wear Daily in a recent interview, “It took only a cream cheese-filled in a West Village park, however, for the iconic carbohydrate to make a deep impression on her. Seventeen years after that fateful bite, Liden is honoring the bagel with her new sculpture series Everything.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – October marks the 50th anniversary of St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, and organizers have announced plans to celebrate the occasion, including a fireworks display and a chance to meet construction workers who built the structure.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Renowned violinist Roman Totenberg left his beloved Stradivarius in his office while greeting well-wishers after a concert in 1980. When he returned, it was gone.
DOUGLASS, Kan. – Woody Auction has saved the best for last with Part 2 of the lifetime collections of Dr. Harold and Audrey Eklund of Iowa, whose many fine antiques will be sold at public auction on Saturday, Aug. 29. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding. Read more
NEW YORK (AP) – Designer Arnold Scaasi, whose bright, flamboyant creations adorned first ladies from Mamie Eisenhower to Laura Bush and film stars from Elizabeth Taylor to Barbra Streisand, has died. He was 85.
LONDON – I’ve already written reams about the Arts & Crafts, and so have others all more learned and erudite than me, so there’s no point in rearranging the words. Encyclopaedia Britannica describes it as “aesthetic movement of the second half of the 19th century that represented the beginning of a new appreciation of the decorative arts throughout Europe.”
DALLAS – Mickey Mantle proved himself the undisputed king of postwar baseball memorabilia on July 30 as a PSA-graded 8 example of his Topps 1952 #311 rookie card (below left) realized $382,400 and a 1966 game-worn New York Yankees road jersey (below right) hit $322,650 to lead Heritage Auctions’ $6.1 million Platinum Night Sports offerings at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.
WASHINGTON – A rare early portrait by Mary Cassatt (1844–1926), a self-portrait by Jan Miense Molenaer (1610–1668), a groundbreaking work by Arshile Gorky (1904–1948), and a remarkable photograph of Alice and Lorina Liddell by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832–1898), better known as Lewis Carroll, are among the works recently acquired by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.