DiCaprio Lands da Vinci Film Role, 400 Viking Relics Stolen, and More Fresh News

Leonardo DiCaprio photographed at UN Headquarters, New York City, Oct. 20, 2016, for a screening of Before the Flood. State Department photo/public domain

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Paramount Studios has won the bidding battle for movie rights to Walter Isaacson’s book Leonardo da Vinci. The lead role is going to another Leonardo – DiCaprio – who will also co-produce the film. [Read more from Deadline]
  • 400 Viking artifacts were stolen from University Museum in Bergen, Norway over the weekend of Aug. 11-13. The director of the institution calls the heist “the most terrible event in the 200 years of Norwegian museum history.” [Read more from Newsmax]
  • Does a time capsule buried under Bloomingdale’s in Manhattan contain a baseball signed by Babe Ruth? It may be one of several valuable items that were entombed in a cornerstone of the department store in 1930. To know for sure, you’ll have to be around in 2130, when the 200-year-old capsule is opened. [Read more from the New York Times]
  • Scientists are rethinking dinosaur evolution after examining the fossilized remains of a velociraptor discovered in Chile 13 years ago. The size of a kangaroo, the “Chilesaurus” could fly, and one theory says it was the direct ancestor of today’s birds. [Read more from Art Daily]

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Pook & Pook and Noel Barrett to host Sept. 15 American & European Antique Toy Auction

Large and elaborate German town diorama with buildings, bridges, trees, rivers, people; commemorates 50th wedding anniversary of Grand Duke and Duchess of Baden, 1906, 38in wide x 20in deep, est. $3,000-$5,000

 

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. – Premier Pennsylvania auction house Pook & Pook and veteran toy auctioneer Noel Barrett will jointly host a treasure-filled auction of American and European antique tin toys, trains, dollhouses and vintage objects of interest on Friday, Sept. 15. The 500-lot sale will take place at the historic Pook & Pook gallery in Downingtown, Pa., with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

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The Broad commissions Carlos Cruz-Diez public artwork

Rendering of Carlos Cruz-Diez’s, Couleur Additive, 2017 for The Broad in association with Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Courtesy of the Cruz-Diez Art Foundation and the artist.Image courtesy of The Broad, Los Angeles

 

LOS ANGELES—The Broad, a contemporary art museum in Los Angeles founded by Eli and Edythe Broad, announced today that it will present a new work from Venezuelan-born artist Carlos Cruz-Diez (b. 1923-), in collaboration with the Cruz-Diez Art Foundation. Couleur Additive has been commissioned by The Broad as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.

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Capo to auction rare 1950 Rolls-Royce, fine art & furniture, Aug. 26

1950 Rolls-Royce Silver wraith, coachwork by Rippon Bros. Ltd., est. $40,000-$60,000.

 

NEW YORK – Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques will present a summer auction on Saturday, August 26, starting at 11 a.m., with the spotlight set on a very rare 1950 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith. The auction will also feature a wide-ranging selection of fine and contemporary art, along with many highly desirable antique and modern furniture pieces. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

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