Premium-grade Persian rugs offered by Jasper52 Feb. 7

Persian Kashan Dabir carpet, circa 1900 or earlier, excellent condition, 10 x 6.11 feet, wool pile. Estimate: $5,000-$9,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – More than 50 fine Persian and Chinese rugs and a pair of European needlepoint tapestries will go up for bid in a Jasper52 online auction on Wednesday, Feb. 7. These colorful, hand-knotted rugs range in age from antique (19th century) to vintage (mid-20th century) to modern and new. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Despite the global embargo on elephant ivory that has been in place since 1990, the rate of elephant slaughter for tusks is at the highest point in a decade. In this picture, three female African bush elephants travel as a small herd in Tanzania. Photo by Ikiwaner, taken July 29, 2010, licensed under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.

Hong Kong approves ban on local ivory trading by 2021

The slaughter of elephants for their tusks continues. Pictured are three female African bush elephants in Tanzania, July 2010. Photo by Ikiwaner, GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a government proposal banning local ivory trading in the Chinese territory by 2021, with conservation groups hailing it as a major victory in the fight to save elephants.

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Thomaston Place Auction expects big turnout Feb. 16-18

Jasper Cropsey’s ‘Gray’s Elegy at Stoke Poges, Kent.’ Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

THOMASTON, Maine – Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Three-Day Winter Auction on Feb. 16, 17 and 18 will present an incredible array of traditional and modern artwork, antiques, decorative items and ethnographic artifacts that will warm the hearts of collectors, decorators and dealers worldwide. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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First Batman comic book emerges from original owner’s collection

Detective Comics #27, published May 1939 by DC Comics, features first appearance of ‘The Bat-Man.’ Image courtesy of Hake’s Americana

YORK, Pa. – An extremely rare and valuable example of Detective Comics #27, featuring the first appearance of “The Bat-Man,” has emerged from a recently discovered Golden Age comic book collection. CGC-graded 5.0 (VG/Fine), the 1939 comic book will headline Hake’s Americana’s March 13-15 online-only auction. According to Hake’s president, Alex Winter, the pop-culture classic might sell for as much as $700,000.

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British artist John Akomfrah’s film ‘Purple’ playing in Madrid

Photogram from ‘Purple’ (2017). Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation © Smoking Dogs Films; Cortesía Lisson Gallery

MADRID – The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza is presenting, together with TBA21-Academy, a video installation by award-winning British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah titled Purple. Through six large-format screens, Akomfrah offers an immersive experience that focuses on the effects of climate change and its consequence for biodiversity on the planet’s different communities.

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Jamie Fobert Architects named to transform London museum

Exterior, National Portrait Gallery © National Portrait Gallery, London

LONDON – The National Portrait Gallery has appointed Jamie Fobert Architects to lead its £35.5m transformation following an international selection process.

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