In Memoriam: director, filmmaker, art collector Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme at the 2015 Montclair Film Festival. Photo by Dan D’Errico/Montclair Film Festival, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Jonathan Demme, the eclectic, ever-enthusiastic filmmaker behind the Oscar winners “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” and the director of one of the most seminal concert films ever made, the Talking Heads’ “Stop Making Sense,” has died. He was 73.

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15 indicted in eagle trafficking case; more charges expected

American eagle flying over the Alsek River. Image by AMWE83, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

 

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Federal officials in South Dakota said Monday that 15 people have been indicted for illegally trafficking eagles and other migratory birds after a two-year undercover operation potentially involving hundreds of birds.

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Library experts work with public to save family heirlooms, collectibles

CHICAGO – Each year millions of Americans put their family keepsakes at risk because they lack the knowledge of how to store and preserve items. This week, April 23 – 29, is Preservation Week, and librarians and library workers are offering their expertise on how to preserve family heirlooms and collectibles.

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Urban Expositions launching FORM fair during Miami Art Week

Isohi Setsuko, courtesy of TAI Modern

CHICAGO – Urban Expositions, producers of SOFA CHICAGO, today announced the launch of their newest fair – FORM. Taking place in Miami during Art Week, the fair will run Dec. 7-10 with an opening night preview on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The fair will showcase a highly curated selection of 25 international galleries displaying the very best in the applied arts.

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Tibetan Monks’ Sand Art, A Most Complicated Watch, And More Fresh News

Image courtesy of Material Culture auction house, Philadelphia, Pa.

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Philadelphia auction house Material Culture will host the Tibetan Monks of India’s Drepung Gomang Monastery for 5 days, May 24-28. During their visit, the monks will construct, then dismantle, a sacred Tibetan Buddhist sand mandala. The public is welcome to view them at work. [Read more from Material Culture]
  • Next month Sotheby’s Geneva will be auctioning a Patek Philippe Calibre 89. Considered a horological masterpiece, its mechanism has an astonishing 33 complications. [View a video about the watch at Sothebys.com]
  • Back in Hollywood’s heyday, no one had a more interesting “little black book” than Marlon Brando. Both Brando’s address book and Rolodex are being auctioned on Thursday. [Read more from Hollywood.com]
  • A guest on BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow in Britain was moved to tears after learning the value of a family heirloom she inherited. The delicate, sparkling bracelet had belonged to her mother-in-law, who obviously had very refined taste. [Read more from The Telegraph]

 

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Artemis Gallery’s April 27 auction spans millennia, cultures

Nineteenth-century Russian icon of the Ascension of Christ, egg tempera and gold leaf on wood, 23.25in wide x 30.75in high (59.1 cm x 78.1 cm). Estimate: $6,500-$9,750. Artemis Gallery image

 

BOULDER, Colo. – Antiquities, Asian, pre-Columbian, African/tribal, Native American, Oceanic, fossils, Spanish Colonial and Russian icons can all be found in Artemis Gallery’s Spring Variety Sale on Thursday, April 27. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Jasper52 showcases American sterling silver April 30

Large engraved coin silver serving tray by William Gale, New York, N.Y., circa 1851, 232 troy ounces. Estimate: $10,000-$12,000. Jasper52 image

 

NEW YORK – Guests are coming for dinner? Break out the sterling, which is what Jasper52 is doing for an online auction of great American silver on Sunday, April 30. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Cool Cuban Movie Posters, 4 Gandhi Stamps Sell for $639K, and More Fresh News

Antonio Reboiro, Moby Dick, 1968. Silkscreen, 29 15/16 x 20 1/16 inches. Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematograficos (ICAIC). Courtesy of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Cuba is justifiably proud of its art heritage, but a Cuban art genre not widely known is its posters produced to promote U.S. films. Later this year, the Pasadena Museum of California Art will mount an exhibition of these types of graphically appealing posters. [Read more from PMCA]
  • A set of four rare stamps featuring portraits of Mahatma Gandhi has sold for a record $639,000 in a London auction. Only 13 of the stamps issued in 1948 are believed to exist. [Read more from The Hindu]
  • A Maud Lewis painting of a pair of fishermen placed in a charity shop donation bin in Canada, will net a big payday for the church group that owns it. It has already surpassed $125,000 in an online auction running through May 19. [Read more from The Herald News]
  • A British librarian was left speechless after a book appraisal on Britain’s Antiques Roadshow. You won’t believe how much his “book of fairy tales” is worth. [Read more from The Express]

 

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PBA Galleries turns to art, illustration, children’s literature at May 4 sale

Baum’s ‘The Emerald City of Oz,’ first edition with rare dust jacket. PBA Galleries image

 

SAN FRANCISCO – On May 4, PBA Galleries will offer over 350 lots of enchanting, intriguing, attractive and visually stimulating illustrated books, prints and materials on the decorative arts, along with significant editions of important children’s literature. In addition, rare works by L. Frank Baum and other authors from the Land of Oz, and a selection of fine books in a variety of fields, including finely bound literary and historical sets round out the sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Rare coins up for grabs in Jasper52 online auction April 29

1859 $3 Princess ‘Copper Spot’ gold coin, original, mint AU. $4,125-$8,250. Jasper52 image

 

NEW YORK – “We’re in the money! … We’ve got a lot of what it takes to get along!” The lyrics of The Gold Diggers’ Song from the Warner Bros. film Gold Diggers of 1933 are appropriate in describing the Jasper52 online-auction of 250 vintage rare coins on Saturday, April 29. Collector-quality gold and silver coins – U.S. and foreign – will be rolling to the highest bidders. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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