Picasso Portrait at Auction, Court Orders Dealer to Pay $1.1M, and More Fresh News

Pablo Picasso, Femme assise, robe bleue, oil on canvas. Painted Oct. 25, 1939. Auction estimate: $35M-$50M. Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd.

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Another test of Picasso’s strength in the art marketplace comes on May 15 when Christie’s auctions Femme assise, robe blue. The 1939 painting depicts the artist’s lover Dora Maar and has a well documented history of averting confiscation by the Nazis. [Read more from Art Market Monitor]
  • A court has ordered an antiques dealer to pay an art gallerist $1.1 million over the sale of a fake Renoir painting. The decision concludes a bizarre trial in which the defendant testified that he bought the Renoir from a dead man who briefly came back to life for two months, before dying again. [Read more from Artnet News]
  • A newly discovered photograph of Harriet Tubman has been auctioned for $161,000, far more than what experts had predicted. The sepia-infused portrait depicting the famed Underground Railroad activist was likely taken between 1866-68. [Read more from DelmarvaNow]
  • Instead of being removed this Sunday, as had been the plan, the bronze statue of a fearless girl staring down Wall Street’s famed Charging Bull will remain in place through February 2018. The statue is so popular with tourists, it has received 1,000 emails from all over the world. [Read more from Associated Press]

 

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Carlyle Galleries presents museum-quality art in April 5 auction

Henry Martin Gasser (1909-1981), ‘Salvation,’ watercolor on paper, 12in x 17in inches. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Carlyle Galleries International Inc. image

 

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Carlyle Galleries International Inc., the online fine art dealers and auctioneers, is hosting its next auction, “Art: Impressionist, Modern & Old Masters,” on Wednesday, April 5, at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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FBI recovers Rockwell painting stolen in New Jersey in 1976

Norman Rockwell painting ‘Lazybones.’ FBI image

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The FBI has recovered a 1919 Norman Rockwell painting stolen more than 40 years ago from a New Jersey home.

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Netherlands museum acquires Sottsass cabinet, plans retrospective

Ettore Sottsass in 2003. Photo Erik & Petra Hesmerg

 

AMSTERDAM – The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam has acquired an important item by Italian designer Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007), one of the most influential designers of the second half of the 20th century. The work is Cabinet no. 70 (2006), a monumental piece of furniture that is a combined cabinet, table and dresser.

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Invisible Man Appears at Auction, Jackie Kennedy’s Love Letters, and More Fresh News

Poster promoting the 1933 Universal film The Invisible Man, auctioned by Heritage for $274,850. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Last weekend, an eerie and very rare poster promoting the 1933 Universal film The Invisible Man stepped into the auction spotlight and sold for a staggering $284,850. The selling price was four times the pre-sale estimate. [Read more from Antiques & the Arts Weekly]
  • On Wednesday, a series of personal letters between former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and David Ormsby-Gore (Lord Harlech) were sold at a Bonhams auction in London. A private collector purchased the letters for $123,000. [Read more from NBC News]
  • The starship Enterprise has a new five-year mission: to boldly go and raise money to help a quirky museum live long and prosper. The Hollywood Science Fiction Museum recently took possession of life-size wax figures of all seven crew members from the original Star Trek TV series, including Capt. Kirk. [Read more from Associated Press]

  • Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics of an unpublished 1961 song about Wisconsin will hit the auction block on March 30. After dropping out of college and before moving to New York, Dylan worked the folk scene in Madison, Wisconsin, without much success. [Read more from Rolling Stone]

 

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Egypt’s famed pyramids get new lab to restore pharaonic boat

The Great Pyramid, which contains the burial chamber of the Pharaoh Cheops. Image by Berthold Werner. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license.

 

CAIRO (AP) – Egypt’s famed pyramids at Giza have a newcomer in their midst: the largest on-site antiquities laboratory meant to restore the location’s second pharaonic boat.

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Arts advocates in New Hampshire protest Trump budget plan

Volunteers delivered information packets to senators at the State House in Concord, N.H., on March 29, 2017. Copyrighted photo of State House taken in 2004 by Jared C. Benedict, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

 

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Advocates of the state’s creative sector on Wednesday criticized President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, arguing that the arts are key to driving the state’s economy.

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Jeffrey S. Evans resumes auction of colossal glass collection April 7-8

Large collection of ruby-stained Broken Column EAPG. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

 

MT. CRAWFORD, VA. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will continue the dispersal of 20,000-plus pieces of 19th and early 20th century glass collected by the late Edward Kleppinger of New Orleans, La., in a single-owner auction on April 7 and 8 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Eastern each day. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Property from iconic Pacific Heights gay bar toast of Michaan’s April 8 auction

Kelvin and Philip Laverne cloisonné coffee table featuring interior scene with women. Estimate: $2,000/$4,000. Michaan’s image

 

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Many highlights of Michaan’s April 8 Estate Auction come from the fascinating estate of Kelly Ellis and his iconic Lion Pub. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Judith Leiber Retrospective, Auction of Tupac Shakur’s Personal Items, and More Fresh News

Judith Lieber and one of her extraordinary handbag designs. Image courtesy of Museum of Arts and Design

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • From April 4 through Aug. 6, 2017, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will host Judith Leiber: Crafting a New York Story. The exhibition focuses on the life and career of one of America’s most celebrated handbag designers. [Read more from MAD]
  • More than 300 personal items that belonged to rapper Tupac Shakur will be auctioned on April 7. On that same day, the late rap icon will also be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [Read more from ABC Radio]
  • The Abbey Road Studios console used for the recording of such rock classics as Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon has sold at auction for $1.8 million. It was one of only two consoles custom made by EMI engineers for the legendary studio. [Read more from Bonhams]
  • Attention: duffers. Ever dreamed of slipping on one of the Augusta National Golf Club’s iconic green jackets? Just such a jacket was found in a Toronto consignment shop, with a $5 price tag. Its next stop is an auction where it’s expected to fetch around $50,000. [Read more from Golf Digest]

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