Hockney Comes to Market, Clapton Aims for Auction Trifecta, and More Fresh News

David Hockney, 'Woldgate Woods, 24, 25 & 26 October, 2006,' to be auctioned by Sotheby's NYC, Nov. 17, 2016. Image courtesy of Sotheby's

David Hockney, ‘Woldgate Woods, 24, 25 & 26 October, 2006,’ to be auctioned by Sotheby’s NYC, Nov. 17, 2016. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Sotheby’s will auction a monumental David Hockney painting on Nov. 17 in New York. Measuring 11½ feet in in diameter, Hockney’s atmospheric Woldgate Woods, 24, 25 and 26 October, 2006 was inspired by the East Yorkshire landscape. [Read more from the Telegraph & Argus]
  • Eric Clapton is hoping to make it a hat trick when his Gerhard Richter painting valued at around $20 million is auctioned in November at Christie’s. The rock legend paid $3.4 million for a group of three Richters – including the one that’s headed to auction – and resold two of them for a combined $55.2 million. [Read more from Bloomberg News]
  • Batman’s scene-stealing Batpod from The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises has sold for $405,000. The high-tech bike was custom-designed for the films and quickly became an iconic part of the Batman mythology. [Read more from Clutch and Chrome]
  • A 1960s wristwatch made specifically to endure space travel has sold in the UK for $62,000. Reportedly, the rare watch is one of only 50 that were fitted with Omega prototype parts. [Read more from the Glasgow Evening Times]

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Music machines starring in Great Gatsby’s auction Oct. 14-16

Gebruder Bruder fairground organ, circa 1908. Great Gatsby’s Auction Gallery image

Gebruder Bruder fairground organ, circa 1908. Great Gatsby’s Auction Gallery image

 

ATLANTA – An outstanding single-owner mechanical music collection, fine decorative arts and furniture from a Palm Beach, Florida philanthropist, original artworks by noted listed artists and fine antique Asian art and objects will be just part of a big, three-day auction planned for Oct. 14-16 by Great Gatsby’s Auction Gallery.

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Roland Auctions’ campaign of rare political items rolls on Oct. 14

William Henry Harrison sulphide brooch. Estimate: $400-$600. Roland Auctions image

William Henry Harrison sulphide brooch, 1840. Estimate: $400-$600. Roland Auctions image

 

NEW YORK – Just in time for the 2016 presidential election, Roland Auctions NY will present a once-in-a-lifetime auction of political and campaign buttons on Oct. 14. This single-owner sale is the fifth auction dedicated to the collection of the late Dr. Alan York, an optometrist from East Hampton, N.Y.

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Connoisseur Auctions to present fine antiques, collectibles Oct. 9

Factory engraved 1860 Colt Army revolver, .44 caliber. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Connoisseur Auctions image

Factory engraved 1860 Colt Army revolver, .44 caliber. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Connoisseur Auctions image

 

BLUFTON, S.C. – Robb White, founder of the Robb Report magazine, has sold some of the most unusual and rare items in the world. For over four decades, through his stable of luxury magazines and auction companies, White has marketed “the very best the world has to offer” to his affluent global following.

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Seminal de Kooning Returns to Christie’s, Takei Donates Career Archive, and More Fresh News

Willem de Kooning (1904–1997), Untitled XXV, 1977. Signed ‘de Kooning’ (on the reverse). Oil on canvas. 77 x 88 in. (195.7 x 223.5 cm.) This work is offered in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale on 15 November at Christie’s New York. Image courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd. 2016

Willem de Kooning (1904–1997), Untitled XXV, 1977. Signed ‘de Kooning’ (on the reverse). Oil on canvas. 77 x 88 in. (195.7 x 223.5 cm.) This work is offered in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale on 15 November at Christie’s New York. Image courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd. 2016

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Ten years after becoming the most expensive postwar painting ever sold at auction, Willem de Kooning’s seminal work “Untitled XXV” is taking another turn in the spotlight at Christie’s. It’s expected to sell in the vicinity of $40 million. [Read more from Christie’s]
  • Actor and activist George Takei of “Star Trek” fame has donated art and artifacts from his life and career to a Los Angeles museum. [Read more from the Associated Press via The Hollywood Reporter]
  • A groundbreaking exhibition opening Oct. 16 in Fort Worth is the first ever devoted to the young genius of Claude Monet. The exhibition includes 60 paintings Monet created while in his twenties. [Read more from the Kimbell Art Museum]
  • After an outcry from its citizenry, Portugal will be keeping its collection of 80+ artworks by Joan Miro (Spanish, 1893-1983). A proposal to auction the artworks to bolster the cash-strapped nation sparked a national debate. [Read more from the New York Times]

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Designer Charlotte Perriand’s creations for modern living

Charlotte Perriand was, by her own accounts, a blank slate. As a mature, accomplished Modern designer, she eschewed dogma. She chose instead to open her eyes, and her mind, to whatever her surroundings were and just let them be the guiding force for the work.

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Judith Leiber has firm hand on artful minaudieres

Chronicling the career of Hungarian-American accessory creator Judith Leiber (b. 1921-), the Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Fashion and Fashion Designers concluded, “It is her whimsical rhinestone-studded evening bags, often crafted in the form of minaudieres, which have brought her lasting fame. Brightly colored, small-scale and delicate yet sturdily engineered, they are covered with handset Austrian crystal and semiprecious stones, duplicating flora and fauna.”

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Tulane professor sparked revival in Mexican silver

Beginning in the 1930s, workshops clustered in the mining town of Taxco, Mexico spearheaded a revival in traditional silver craft. At the same time, the artists and artisans working there took a new direction in design that mixed age-old motifs from native cultures with 20th-century Modernism.

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New streetcar line runs along historic New Orleans neighborhoods

2009 photo of a New Orleans streetcar. Photo by Howchou, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

2009 photo of a New Orleans streetcar. Photo by Howchou, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

 

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – New Orleans’ newest streetcar line will open Sunday, carrying riders along the edge of the French Quarter and part of an adjacent neighborhood.

The 1.3-mile route along Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue also passes historic neighborhoods where French, Spanish, free people of color and former slaves built homes in the 1800s, just outside the original city limits of New Orleans.

It’s the city’s first new streetcar line since 2013 and will extend that downtown line, which connects the Amtrak train and Greyhound bus station, the Superdome and the French Quarter along Loyola Avenue.

It will pass between the French Quarter and Treme, which has been described as the nation’s oldest black neighborhood — St. Augustine Catholic Church was built there in 1841 for free people of color. The neighborhood was dramatized in the HBO series “Treme” and described in the documentary “Faubourg Treme — The Untold Story of Black New Orleans.”

The line ends where the Faubourg Marigny and the St. Roch neighborhood meet. “The Marigny,” between the Mississippi River and the streetcar line just east of the French Quarter, was developed in 1805 as New Orleans’ second suburb. Just north of that is St. Roch, another antebellum neighborhood of free people of color.

In the 1920s, New Orleans had 225 miles of streetcar lines. Only one of them survived: the route where 93-year-old cars with mahogany seats rumble beneath the huge oaks along St. Charles Avenue. That 13.2-mile line and its streetcars were placed on the list of National Historic Landmarks in 2014.

New Orleans Regional Transit Authority said the Rampart Street line’s opening is among several changes to begin Sunday. Those include adding buses to several routes and doubling the Canal Street streetcar route from a car every 20 minutes to one every 10 minutes. The route runs from the aquarium at the foot of Canal Street to the New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park.

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By JANET McCONNAUGHEY
Associated Press

Online:

St. Augustine Catholic Church: http://www.staugchurch.org/Church-History

Treme: http://www.nola.gov/nola/media/HDLC/Historic/Districts/Treme.pdf

St. Roch: http://www.datacenterresearch.org/pre-katrina/orleans/7/24/snapshot.html

Faubourg Marigny: http://www.faubourgmarigny.org/aboutneighborhood.html

 

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Iraq opens antiquities museum in Saddam Hussein’s former palace

View of Basra at night. Image licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

View of Basra at night. Image licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

 

BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraq opened a new antiquities museum in the southern city of Basra on Tuesday with pottery, coins and other artifacts dating back more than 2,000 years.

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