Jeff Koons Art on Snapchat, $38M Chinese Bowl, and More Fresh News

Jeff Koons and his Art Car. Image courtesy of BMW.
Jeff Koons with the BMW MG3T2 Art Car he designed in 2010. Image courtesy of BMW


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • On Tuesday, Snap announced a new partnership with artist Jeff Koons, known for his stainless steel sculptures of balloon animals. The collaboration is part of Snapchat’s Lens feature that lets users animate videos and photos. [Read more from CNN]
  • A 1,000-year-old bowl from China’s Song Dynasty has sold at auction in Hong Kong for almost US$38 million — a record for Chinese porcelain. What made it so special? [Read more from BBC]
  • A painting by the Mannerist artist Bartholomäus Spranger long thought to have been lost will be auctioned at Christie’s on Dec. 7, now that the private German owner has reached a settlement with the heirs of a prominent Jewish art historian who fled the Nazis. [Read more from The Art Newspaper]
  • Over the weekend at an auction house near Paris, a thief walked in, removed a Renoir painting from the wall, and walked out without being seen. [Read more from]

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Americana on tap for on-site Kaminski auction Oct. 14

Aldro T. Hibbard (American, 1886-1972), ‘Winter Scene in Vermont,’ oil on canvas. Kaminski Auctions image


BEVERLY, Mass. – The first of Kaminski Auctions’ two fall on-site auctions will be held Oct. 14 in a spectacular country farm setting starting at 10 a.m. Eastern time at 64 Perkins Row, Topsfield, Massachusetts. The auction features the Americana collection of Dr. and Mrs. Levitsky, a prominent North Shore physician. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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LiveAuctioneers bidders win Capo Auction’s top lots

Tiffany Favrile glass gooseneck sprinkler vase, 14in high. Price realized: $12,500. Capo Auction image


NEW YORK – Unique decorative pieces took the lead at Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques’ auction on Sept. 23, along with modern art. Jewelry also made a strong showing at the auction. Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Tommy Hilfiger items to go on Julien’s Auctions’ runway Oct. 21

Gibson ES-335 electric guitar signed by Tommy Hilfiger. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Julien’s Auctions image


LOS ANGELES – Property from the collection of Tommy Hilfiger will be sold by Julien’s Auctions on Oct. 21 at Julien’s Auctions pop-up gallery at 805 N. La Cienega Blvd. The auction will feature highlights from the personal collection of the iconic American fashion designer whose namesake Tommy Hilfiger is one of the world’s leading global fashion lifestyle brands. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Colored diamonds fetch stellar prices at Heritage Auctions

Fancy blue diamond, 3.23 carats, enhanced by round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 1.00 carat, set in platinum. Price realized: $675,000. Heritage Auctions image


DALLAS – Colored diamonds excelled in Heritage Auctions’ $5.1 million fine jewelry offering as a breathtaking 3.23 carat fancy blue diamond and platinum ring commanded $675,000 Sept. 25. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Univ. of Illinois to receive Roger Ebert movie memorabilia

Roger Ebert in an interview at a Chicago public radio station, on the Sound Opinions program, December 5, 2007, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license


URBANA, Ill. (AP) – Movie-related memorabilia collected during late film critic Roger Ebert’s tenure at the Chicago Sun-Times will become part of a University of Illinois collection.

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Paintings, jade stand out in 888 Auctions’ Oct. 12 sale

Zinaida Serebriakova (Russian, 1884-1967), still life, oil board. High estimate: $12,000. 888 Auctions image


RICHMOND HILL, Ontario – 888 Auctions will offer an eclectic selection of modern paintings, jadeite bangles and Asian art on Oct. 12. The 400-lot auction of fresh-to-market items will also include jade carved items, jewelry, porcelain ceramics and bronze statues. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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