Eagles Super Bowl parade to bring surprises, free subways

Closeup of the Rocky Statue that stands in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where the Feb. 8 Super Bowl celebratory parade will finish. Photo by Bobak Ha’Eri, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia officials are revealing plans for Thursday’s Super Bowl parade and say fans should expect some dramatic surprises along the five-mile route — and free subway rides all day.

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Rare dinosaur discovery in Egypt could signal more finds

Life reconstruction of the new titanosaurian dinosaur Mansourasaurus shahinae on a coastline in what is now the Western Desert of Egypt approximately 80 million years ago. Image credit: Andrew McAfee, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

MANSOURA, Egypt (AP) – A skeleton has been unearthed in Egypt’s Western Desert, whose ancient sands have long helped preserve remains, but unlike most finds this one isn’t a mummy — it’s a dinosaur.

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State, museum try to settle dispute over Rockwell paintings

 

Exterior of Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass. Image by Berkshiremuseum, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office appears to be working with the Berkshire Museum to settle the question of whether the institution can sell dozens of artworks, including two Norman Rockwell paintings.

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Florida homeowners fined for ‘Starry Night’ murals on house

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch 1853-1890), The Starry Night, 1889. Public domain image

MOUNT DORA, Fla. (AP) – Two Florida homeowners owe thousands of dollars in fines for painting murals emulating a Vincent van Gogh masterpiece on the exterior of their home.

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Street Art: transforming the ordinary

OS GÊMEOS, ‘Electronic Eyes,’ 2011, sold for $100,000 at Phillips in May 2012. Photo courtesy of Phillips and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Transforming the mundane into the monumental, street artists create public art that not only turns ordinary buildings or streets into public art but can also raise social consciousness.

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Washington, Marshall items highlight Case’s Jan. 27 auction

A portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall brought $16,640. Case Antiques image

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A trove of historical books, documents and silver tied to George Washington and other Revolutionary War heroes helped Case ring in 2018 with one of its most successful sales to date. Approximately 4,500 registered bidders from more than 60 countries participated in the Jan. 27 auction at the company’s gallery in Knoxville, and 95 percent of the lots sold. Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Putting on the Ritz: Paris hotel to auction luxury pieces

Entrance to the Ritz Paris. Flickr image licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 1.0 Generic license

PARIS (AP) – Fancy a little glamour for the old homestead? From bathtubs to beds, decorative sofas to minibars, Paris’s glitzy Ritz hotel is auctioning off some 10,000 pieces of furniture and decorative objects emblematic of the luxury it offers its wealthy clients.

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Reading Public Museum hosts Keith Haring exhibition

Keith Haring ‘Symbolic Gestures’ exhibition photo courtesy of Reading Public Museum

READING, Pa. – This year marks the 40th anniversary of Keith Haring’s first solo exhibition, which was held at the Pittsburgh Arts and Craft Center in 1978. The Reading Public Museum, where the “hometown” artist first exhibited his work in 1976, has mounted an exhibition of paintings, prints, and sculptures from all phases of Haring’s career. Titled “Symbolic Gestures,” the exhibition will run through April 15.

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Modernist designs post strong results at Rago sale Jan. 19-21

Frederick H. Rhead (1880-1942) Arequipa vase decorated with stylized flowers, Fairfax, Calif., 1912; Price realized:$93,750. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. –  Rago Arts and Auction Center’s Design Auctions brought in $6,133,750 on Jan. 19-21. A vast array of property, including the single-owner collection of Sire Records’ founder Seymour Stein, a record-breaking Arequipa pot, and the inaugural presentation of property from the archives of artist Albert Paley, propelled a consistently strong sale across three days, six auction segments and almost 1,300 lots. Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Tang Dynasty camels apt to ride high at John Moran sale Feb. 20

This pair of Chinese pottery Bactrian camels dates to the Tang Dynasty. Consigned from a private Southern California collection, the pair is expected to bring $70,000-$90,000 at Moran’s Feb. 20 Traditional Collector Auction. John Moran Auctioneers image

MONROVIA, Calif. –  Moran’s February Traditional Collector auction is the first of its kind slated for 2018, and features an eclectic mix of Chinese and Japanese art and objects, Continental paintings, Russian silver and gold objects, and European and Japanese silver dating from the 19th century through to the contemporary, among much more. The nearly 350 lots have been consigned from private collections and estates across Southern California, and the robust offerings are already creating a stir among collectors. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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