Buffalo’s Albright-Knox gallery gets $42.5M gift, new name

The Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y. Antonio Vernon image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Subject to disclaimers.
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y. Antonio Vernon image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery has announced a big gift and a name change. Gallery officials on Friday announced what they say is the largest-ever private donation to a Buffalo cultural institution – $42.5 million. It comes from financial executive Jeffrey Gundlach and will help fund an expansion of the gallery.

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Hill Auction Gallery fall kickoff Sept. 28 runs from antique to Modernism

‘French Rooster’ cast bronze sculpture by Erte, aka Romain De Tirtoff (1892-1990 Russia), limited edition of 375, 1987, 15 1/2  x 12 inches. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500. Hill Auction Gallery image
‘French Rooster’ cast bronze sculpture by Erte, aka Romain De Tirtoff (1892-1990 Russia), limited edition of 375, 1987, 15 1/2 x 12 inches. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500. Hill Auction Gallery image

 

SUNRISE, Fla. – Hill Auction Gallery LLC will open the fall season with its Palm Beach Estate | Antique to Modernism sale on Wednesday, Sept. 28. As the title suggests, a fine group of objects is being presented in styles ranging from antique to Modernism.

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Fontaine’s blessed with set of Tiffany windows selling for $356,950

This set of Tiffany Studios depicting the ‘Eight Beatitudes’ (Matthew 5:3-12) sold for $356,950. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image
This set of Tiffany Studios depicting the ‘Eight Beatitudes’ (Matthew 5:3-12) sold for $356,950. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image

 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A unique set of Tiffany Studios windows depicting the Eight Beatitudes of Jesus sold for $356,950 to take top lot honors at an auction held Sept. 10 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery.

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Jared Leto to Star in Warhol Biopic, NY Dealers Charged with Illegally Selling Ivory, and More Fresh News

Left: Andy Warhol with pet dog. Photo by Jack Mitchell, licensed through the Creative Commons ShareAlike 4.0 License. Right: Jared Leto at the 66th Venice Film Festival, 2009. Photo by Nicolas Genin, Paris, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.
Left: Andy Warhol with pet dog. Photo by Jack Mitchell, licensed through the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 License. Right: Jared Leto at the 66th Venice Film Festival, 2009. Photo by Nicolas Genin, Paris, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Jared Leto has been tapped to play Andy Warhol in a biopic based on the legendary pop artist’s life. Leto is also going to co-produce the film together with Hollywood heavyweights Michael De Luca and Terence Winter. [Read more from The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Undercover investigators have arrested a sales clerk and two owners of a Manhattan antique shop for selling ivory without a license. [Read more from the New York Times]
  • An Australian woman was trying out her new metal detector on a local beach when she hit something made of very old metal. Once the sand had been dusted off, she made a quick call to the police, who promptly sent out the bomb squad. [Read more from Australia’s ABC Network]
  • Roger Daltrey, lead singer for The Who, is sending an unusual collection to auction. He and his wife, Heather, own a number of rare 19th-century French automata. Never heard of them? [Read more from BBC News]

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Designer’s $456M ‘Bubble Palace’ for Sale, Jolie/Pitt Art Collection, and More Fresh News

Pierre Cardin’s retreat in the South of France – for sale at $456 million – is Europe’s most expensive listing. Photo courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com
Designer Pierre Cardin’s retreat in the South of France – for sale at $456 million – is Europe’s most expensive listing. Photo courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Europe’s most expensive real estate listing is designer Pierre Cardin’s ‘Bubble Palace.’ It can be yours for $456 million. [Read more from TopTenRealEstateDeals.com]
  • During their time together, as partners and later as a married couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie amassed an art collection worth a reported $25 million. They obviously knew what they were buying, as their collection includes works by Richard Serra, Ed Ruscha and Banksy. [Read more from Artnet News]
  • It’s unlikely that the person who dropped off a Confederate naval sword at a Virginia branch of Goodwill Industries knew its value. Or maybe they did. The charity will benefit handsomely from the $17,250 it fetched at auction. [Read more from The Roanoke Times]
  • Aboriginal art drew record-setting prices at a London auction on Tuesday. A 1984 Michael Nelson Jagamara painting sold to an American buyer for $524,000. [Read more from Blouin Art Info International]

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Military museum boasts collection of rare women’s uniforms

Women’s Army Service Pilots Frances Green, Margaret Kirchner, Ann Waldner and Blanche Osborn at Lockbourne Air Fore Base in Ohio, where they trained to ferry B-17 Flying Fortresses. U.S. Air Force image, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Women’s Army Service Pilots Frances Green, Margaret Kirchner, Ann Waldner and Blanche Osborn at Lockbourne Air Fore Base in Ohio, where they trained to ferry B-17 Flying Fortresses. U.S. Air Force image, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

 

GAUTIER, Miss. (AP) – Women who died in the line of duty during World War II matter to Doug Mansfield. And as a result, he and his wife, Cheryl, have amassed the most extensive collection of women’s war memorabilia in the Southeast.

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Soho Arts Auction focuses on Asian collectibles Oct. 4

Silk gourt lady’s embroidered phoenix robe, Qing dynasty. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000. Soho Arts Auction image
Silk gourt lady’s embroidered phoenix robe, Qing dynasty. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000. Soho Arts Auction image

 

NEW YORK – Located in Lower Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood, Soho Arts Auction sources Asian works from North American estates and beyond. The next auction, on Oct. 4, will feature everything from a silk phoenix robe (above) to a carved jade ax head.

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