THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – The Supreme Court of the Netherlands on June 9 ordered that a Dutch museum’s trove of historical treasures from Crimea be sent to Ukraine, upholding a lower court ruling that the 300 artifacts are part of Ukraine’s cultural heritage. The collection of archaeological objects, some more than 2,000 years old, was on display at the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam when Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, sparking a dispute over the repatriation of the borrowed pieces.
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BOSTON (AP) – An original painting of Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed by the Ukrainian president is being sold at auction, and proceeds from the sale will be used to benefit the nation’s people suffering during its war with Russia. Bidding on the 40-by-24in (101.5-by-61-centimeter) painting by American artist Oleg Jones starts at $50,000, and the goal is to sell it for at least $100,000, Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction, said March 30.
LAS VEGAS – An elite group of Ukrainian furniture manufacturers and home decor companies will depart their besieged country and travel to Las Vegas, Nevada to appear at the Winter Las Vegas Market Trade Show, which takes place from Sunday, January 29 through Thursday, February 2. The furniture manufacturer Tivoli, an 110-year-old chair company based in western Ukraine, has organized the trip and is aiding these fellow companies to ensure they can all continue their businesses even as the war rages on. Read more
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – The exquisite golden tiara, inlaid with precious stones by master craftsmen some 1,500 years ago, was one of the world’s most valuable artifacts from the blood-letting rule of Attila the Hun, who rampaged with horseback warriors deep into Europe in the 5th century. The Hun diadem is now vanished from the museum in Ukraine that housed it – perhaps, historians fear, forever. Russian troops carted away the priceless crown and a hoard of other treasures after capturing the Ukrainian city of Melitopol in February, museum authorities say.
VENICE, Italy (AP) – Artist Pavlo Makov’s role representing Ukraine at the Venice Biennale has become an act of defiance against the Russian invaders, whose attacks on his adopted hometown of Kharkiv have grown more intense in recent days. Not only do the Russians intend to take over his country, the Russian-born Ukrainian national says, but they are also bent on erasing Ukrainian culture.
NEW YORK – Heritage Auctions sold the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize medal awarded to independent Russian journalist and Novaya Gazeta editor-in-chief, Dmitry Muratov, for $103.5 million on the evening of June 20. The winning bid came from an anonymous buyer at a live global auction event at the Times Center in Manhattan. Proceeds raised from the auction will support UNICEF’s humanitarian response to the war in Ukraine and affected regions. Heritage Auctions donated its efforts to bring worldwide attention to Muratov’s desire to aid those impacted by the war.
BOSTON – When Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy autographed a baseball for an American collector in 2019, he likely had no idea it would one day be used to help his nation during a time of need. The official Rawlings Major League baseball is being sold by Randy Kaplan, a renowned collector of balls signed by world leaders, with a portion of the proceeds going to war relief efforts in Ukraine, auctioneer RR Auction of Boston said on May 3.
OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery will offer the first printings of Girl with Candy by Ukrainian photographer Oleksii Kyrychenko. With his permission, the photograph was printed in Oakland in a limited edition of five, all of which will be auctioned in Clars’s April 24 sale, estimated at $1,000-$2,000 apiece. Kyrychenko has requested that half of the proceeds be donated to Come Back Alive, a non-governmental organization helping the Ukrainian military by supplying its troops with technical support and medical aid.