Farrah Fawcett archive, with plaster cast signed by Warhol & Haring, in Mar. 3 auction

Personal U.S. passport, with photo and signature, issued in 1975 to Farrah Fawcett-Majors. Estimate $2,500-$4,500

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A one-of-a-kind archive of personal items that belonged to actress, artist and American pop-culture icon Farrah Fawcett (1947-2009) will be auctioned on March 3 in South Florida. The single-owner grouping is a featured highlight of Palm Beach Modern Auctions’ Modern Art & Design, Urban Culture & Jewelry sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Painting the American West

Charles Marion Russell’s oil on canvas, ‘For Supremacy,’ went for $1.5 million at The Russell — Saturday Night Live Auction by The Russell: C.M. Russell Museum in March 2015. Photo courtesy of C.M. Russell Museum and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK — The myth of the American West lingers today in our national consciousness and its echoes are still felt in modern culture.

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European paintings add sparkle to Kaminski auction March 3-4

Francisco Miralles (Spanish, 1848-1901), ‘Before the Church of the Madeleine,’ Paris, oil on canvas, signed lower right, 18 x 21 in., framed 23 x 26 in. Kaminski Auctions image

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions will hold a two-day auction March 3 and 4. Day one will be an estate auction and day two will be a designer rug sale with all lots sold unreserved. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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French customs officials recover stolen Degas painting from bus


Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917), Les Choristes, painted in 1877

PARIS (AP) – French customs officers have found an impressionist painting by Edgar Degas stowed on a bus, more than eight years after it was reported stolen.

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Scientists say European art scene began with Neanderthals

Approximate reconstruction of a Neanderthal skeleton and artistic interpretation of the La Ferrassie 1 Neanderthal man from the National Museum of Nature and Science. Image by Photaro, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

NEW YORK (AP) – From the murky depths of Spanish caves comes a surprising insight: Neanderthals created art.

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M.S. Rau Antiques exhibit celebrates New Orleans’ tricentennial

Bien Etre Austrian porcelain vase (left) and ‘The Shepherdess’ by William Adolphe Bouguereau. M.S. Rau Antiques ‘Vice & Virtue’ exhibition. M.S. Rau images

NEW ORLEANS – In honor of New Orleans’ tricentennial, M.S. Rau Antiques will present “Vice & Virtue: An Exhibition of Sex, Saints & Sin.” The new show, which will explore the universal and timeless struggle between virtue and vice, is free and open to the public beginning April 7 to June 9 at the gallery at 630 Royal St. The exhibit, like the city itself, promises to delight and shock the visitor.

To celebrate the city’s 300 years, curator Rebecca Rau has put together a unique exhibit that exemplifies the rich history, diversity, cultural traditions and resilience of the city. “Vice & Virtue” will feature fine art and rare objects from across history, from torture masks to Brueghel masterpieces.

The new exhibit, which features over 50 pieces of art, antiques and historical items valued at over $15 million, will give a nod to New Orleans’ heritage and its infamous culture of celebration, indulgence and excess and include depictions of the pious and pure, alongside voyeurs and seductresses.

“Since the beginning, New Orleans has been filled with piety and decadence; it is a city that thrives on extremes,” said Rau, a fourth-generation antique dealer. “It is this dichotomy of differences that make this city all that it is, from the magnificent churches to the rowdiness of Mardi Gras, it is a place that both inspires and amazes.”

‘Essential Duchamp’ to tour Japan, Korea, Australia in 2018-19

‘Portrait of Dr. Dumouchel,’ 1910, Marcel Duchamp. Oil on canvas, 39 1/2 x 25 7/8 in. (100.3 x 65.7 cm). Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950-134-508.

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Museum of Art is organizing the most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the art and life of Marcel Duchamp ever to be seen in the Asia-Pacific region. From October 2 to Dec. 9, “The Essential Duchamp” will be presented at Tokyo National Museum in Japan before traveling to the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

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Bruneau & Co.’s March 3 sale features Chinese Export porcelain

Pair of Chinese Export Famille Rose enameled and underglaze decorated porcelain vases, each nearly 10 inches tall, with a four-character mark. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000. Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers image

CRANSTON, R.I. – Gorgeous Asian antiques, led by Part 2 of the George Dagher collection of Chinese Export and the Ruth Latta collection of Japanese scrolls, will be just part of an eclectic Antiques, Fine Art & Asian Arts auction scheduled for Saturday, March 3, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Farrah Fawcett’s Warhol/Haring-Signed Arm Cast, $800K Teapot, and More Fresh News


Arm cast Farrah Fawcett wore after injuring her wrist in the early 1980s, signed by Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, with additional doodles. Auction estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • An archive of the late Farrah Fawcett’s personal property and art (she was also a talented sculptor) will be auctioned on March 3rd in Florida. The lineup includes a cast Fawcett wore after injuring her wrist in the early 1980s. What’s so special about it? It was signed by the Charlie’s Angels star’s friends Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, who both added distinctive doodles. [Read more and bid through LiveAuctioneers]
  • A broken teapot purchased in 2016 for a mere $21 has sold at auction for $800,000. After the consignor bought the vessel, which was missing its lid and had a broken handle, it was identified as one of the first teapots made in America. [Read more from The Independent]
  • Liza Minnelli will auction iconic pieces of her career in May, including her famous Cabaret costume, Halston gowns and even items that belonged to her legendary mother, Judy Garland. Minnelli said she wants to simplify and “downsize” her life. [Read more from Page Six]
  •  If you thought Tasmanian tigers were cats, think again. They were named that because of the stripes on their lower backs, but they actually looked more like Australia’s wild dogs, or dingos. CT scans have yielded new information about the now-extinct creatures.  [Read more from Art Daily]

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NYC restaurant serves $2,500 cocktail for National Margarita Day

A classic margarita on the rocks. Photo by Akke Monasso, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

NEW YORK – Today is National Margarita Day, and to celebrate the auspicious occasion, New York’s Selena Rosa Restaurant is serving up a very special version of the classic Mexican libation. There’s only one catch. Its eye-watering price is $2,500.

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