Here’s how $20 can get you a stake in a $1.8M Warhol

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), 1 Colored Marilyn (Reversal). Image courtesy of Masterworks

NEW YORK – Owning an original Warhol or Monet might seem an unattainable dream to aspiring art collectors without millions to burn. We’ve all seen the heart-stopping prices paid at New York and London auction galleries and thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice…’ But a blue-chip art investment platform called Masterworks is changing the dynamic and making it possible, now, for anyone – even someone with as little as $20 to spare – to become an investor.

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‘Pink Legacy’ diamond sells for more than $50M, setting world record

Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s International Head of Jewelry, selling the ‘Pink Legacy’ for a world record $50,375,000. Christie’s image

GENEVA (AP) – Christie’s sold the “Pink Legacy” diamond at auction Tuesday for more than $50 million including fees, saying it’s a new world record price per carat for a pink diamond.

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Trove of war posters discovered in library basement

U.S. Office of War Information ‘Someone Talked’ World War II poster. Milestone Auctions

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – One poster in a recently discovered trove vilifies the Nazis with a sword through a Bible and the words “This Is the Enemy.” Some encouraged self-sacrifice by promoting recycling, planting gardens and buying potatoes. Still others warned that loose lips can literally sink ships and get American soldiers killed.

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Greek authorities say lost ancient city of Tenea is located

The famous artifact from the area is a circa 560–550 B.C. statue, ‘Kouros of Tenea,’ found in 1846. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

ATHENS (AP) – Greece’s culture ministry said Tuesday that archaeologists have located the first tangible remains of a lost city that the ancient Greeks believed was first settled by Trojan captives of war after the sack of Troy.

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Banksy’s ‘Slave Labour’ purchased at auction by artist Ron English for $730K

Banksy, Slave Labour (Bunting Boy), auctioned on Nov. 14, 2018 at Julien’s, Los Angeles. Sold for $730,000. The buyer was artist Ron English.

LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Auctions held its fall Street & Contemporary Art Auction last night, November 14, 2018, live at the Standard Oil Building in Beverly Hills. AN energized audience of collectors and bidders took part live on the floor, online via LiveAuctioneers and on the phone. One of the most high-profile entries – Slave Labour (Bunting Boy) – created by one of the most talked-about street artists in the world, Banksy, sold for an astounding $730,000. The buyer was American contemporary artist Ron English.

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Frost Art Museum honors Michael Spring with major award for cultural contributions

Jordana Pomeroy, director of the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University; and Michael Spring, recipient of the museum’s 2018 Art Transforms Benefactor Impact Award. Image courtesy of Frost Art Museum

MIAMI – The Frost Art Museum at Florida International University has announced Michael Spring as the 2018 winner of a major award for contributions to Miami’s arts and culture.

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Stan Lee-signed items to be sold at Julien’s Auctions Nov. 16-17

Stan Lee-signed sketch of Spider-Man with portrait. Estimate: $800-$1,200. Julien’s Auctions image

LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Auctions has announced that a rare collection of the late comic book legend Stan Lee is part of their highly anticipated Icons & Idols: Hollywood sale taking place on Nov. 16 and 17. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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René Magritte Surrealist painting sells for record $27M

René Magritte’s ‘Le Principe du plaisir (The Pleasure Principle),’ 1937. Estimate $15 million-$20 million. Courtesy Sotheby’s

NEW YORK – A painting by Surrealist icon René Magritte sold for $26.8 million at Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on Monday.

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Stan Lee in his supporting role as postman Willie Lumpkin in the 2005 movie 'Fantastic Four,' 20th Century Fox. Fair use of low-resolution image. All Marvel characters and the distinctive likeness(es) thereof are Trademarks & Copyright © 2005 Marvel Characters, Inc. All rights reserved.

In Memoriam: Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, 95

NEW YORK – Stan Lee, the larger-than-life architect of Marvel Comics, has died. He was 95.
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Egypt’s newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues

Egyptian blue faience cat figurine dated to 1981−1802 B.C. at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Image courtesy Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

SAQQARA, Egypt (AP) – A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the capital Cairo containing dozens of cat mummies along with wooden statues depicting other animals and birds.

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