Rick Springfield auctioning guitars for Australian fire relief

Rick Springfield’s 1960s Framus Hollywood solid-body electric guitar. Heritage auctions image

DALLAS – Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter, actor and best-selling author Rick Springfield is opening his personal collection of rare guitars for a special charity auction to benefit habitat destruction caused by Australian wildfires.

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Audubon meets contemporary art at Asheville Art Museum

John James Audubon, White Heron, from The Birds of America, 1827-1838, hand-colored engraving with aquatint and etching on paper, sheet: 38 x 25in. Collection of Bill Steiner

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – A new exhibition highlighting the works of John James Audubon juxtaposed with the work of 21st-century artists who continue his tradition of animal allegories and metaphors opened at the Asheville Art Museum on Feb. 21. The exhibition features more than 40 works and will be on display in the Explore Asheville Exhibition Hall through May 4.

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Winsor McCay ‘Imps’ art, Darth Vader and ‘The Flash’ lead Hake’s Mar. 11-12 auction

Original box art for Remco’s 1980-81 series of six Universal 9-inch monster action figures, including L to R: Dracula, Wolfman, and Creature from the Black Lagoon, plus (not shown) Frankenstein, Mummy, and Phantom of the Opera. Each artwork measures 17½ x 20 5/8 inches and is estimated at $5,000-$10,000.

YORK, Pa. – Monsters, Beatles, superheroes and U.S. presidents might sound like strange bedfellows, but their paths will intersect compatibly on March 11-12 at Hake’s first auction of the new decade. More than 2,000 lots of prime pop culture memorabilia will be offered over the two days, encompassing hundreds of popular collecting categories. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

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UNESCO plaque unveiled at Hollyhock House

The Aline Barnsdall Hollyhock House in the East Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1919–1921. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – State and local officials in California unveiled a plaque designating architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House in Los Angeles as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Threatened jaguar species afforded new protection

Female jaguar (Panthera onca palustris), Piquiri River, the Pantanal, Brazil. Photo by Charles J. Sharp, Sharp Photography. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

WASHINGTON – There was a big win for jaguars last week at the 13th Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in Gandhinagar, India, as governments approved listing the species for the first time to protect it across its entire range.

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Tyra Banks launches ModelLand, an interactive experience for aspiring models

Tyra Banks in the lobby of ModelLand, Santa Monica, California. Image: The Tyra Banks Company

LOS ANGELES – Tyra Banks, creator and founder of ModelLand, announces today the launch of advance ticket sales for the story-driven attraction that brings together fashion and beauty, photoshoots and runways, shopping and theater, all in one interactive experience.

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Decorative art auction Feb. 25 reprises Art Nouveau, Deco

Art Deco Gerdago-style girl pixie Harlequin mantel lamp by J.B. Hirsch, 15¼in long x 10½in high x 6in wide. Estimate: $2,000-$2,500. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – A Jasper52 online auction on Tuesday, Feb. 25, recalls the luxury and glamour of the most iconic eras in history with a specially curated collection of Art Deco and Art Nouveau. This sale offers decorative art, sculpture and lighting that capture the spirit and excitement of ages past. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Vija Celmins: distance becomes intimacy

This untitled oil on canvas depicting a knife and dish, 1964, is from an early period in the artist’s career where she painted ordinary objects in her studio. It sold for $470,000 in May 2013 at Los Angeles Modern Auctions. Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Modern Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Mesmerizing images by Vija Celmins (b. 1938-) have captivated viewers of her artwork, whether paintings, prints, drawings or sculptures, for over 50 years since the Latvian-born artist first made her mark on the art scene. Her strikingly realistic photograph-based paintings and drawings of the natural world – the ocean, desert and night sky stars being three of her most iconic subjects – were instant hits and likened comparisons to Gerhard Richter.

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Gold casts of Nelson Mandela’s hands to sell at Guernsey’s March 2

Four pure-gold casts of Nelson Mandela’s hands will be offered at a Guernsey’s auction on March 2, with absentee and Internet live bidding available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers. Photo courtesy of Guernsey’s

NEW YORK – On Monday, March 2, Guernsey’s will auction four gold casts of Nelson Mandela’s hands—the only such sculptural works in existence. The auction and preview will be held at the prestigious Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City on March 2 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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Freeman’s achieves record for Degas cast post-1948

‘Grande Arabesque, Deuxième Temps,’ Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917). Sold for $567,000. Freeman’s image

PHILADELPHIA – Freeman’s conducted its highly successful European Art & Old Masters auction – the first sale at its new Center City Philadelphia flagship gallery – on Feb. 18. With a sell-through rate of 98%, the sale achieved over $2.3 million, more than $1 million above its presale estimate. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers. Read more