Schiele’s First Masterpiece, JFK’s $700K Diary, And More Fresh News

Egon Schiele, ‘Danae,’ estimate $30M-$40M. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Sotheby’s London has managed to snag what it’s calling the “first masterpiece” by the Austrian Egon Schiele. Danaë (1909), a nude that Schiele painted when he was 19, is estimated $30M-$40M. [Read more from ArtNews]

  • A diary kept by a young John F. Kennedy during his brief stint as a journalist after World War II has sold at auction for $718,750. Two bidders in the gallery vied against six phone bidders for the 61-page diary, which includes JFK’s observations on Hitler and the weakness of the United Nations. [Read more from Fox News]
  • The owner of a 17th-century Dutch portrait that Nazis looted from its German Jewish owner during World War II decided to pull the work on Wednesday, hours before it was to be auctioned in Austria. There had been a global outcry and anonymous threats. [Read more from the NY Times]
  • If the idea of discovering a rare and valuable coin appeals to you, numismatic experts have some advice to offer. Check your pocket change! [Read more from NBC-TV]

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German artist Gerhard Richter opens retrospective in Prague

Gerhard Richter, Untitled (1.2.89), 1989, oil on color photograph. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers archive and Phillips

 

PRAGUE (AP) – German artist Gerhard Richter, whose paintings have sold at record prices, has opened his retrospective exhibition at Prague’s National Gallery.

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Pissarro painting stolen by Nazis to rotate between Paris and US

‘Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep,’ Camille Pissaro, oil on canvas, 1886. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

 

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – An 1886 painting that was stolen as part of a Nazi looting campaign that stretched across Europe during World War II has been transferred to Paris from the University of Oklahoma.

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15 indicted in eagle trafficking case; more charges expected

American eagle flying over the Alsek River. Image by AMWE83, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

 

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Federal officials in South Dakota said Monday that 15 people have been indicted for illegally trafficking eagles and other migratory birds after a two-year undercover operation potentially involving hundreds of birds.

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Library experts work with public to save family heirlooms, collectibles

 

CHICAGO – Each year millions of Americans put their family keepsakes at risk because they lack the knowledge of how to store and preserve items. This week, April 23 – 29, is Preservation Week, and librarians and library workers are offering their expertise on how to preserve family heirlooms and collectibles.

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Urban Expositions launching FORM fair during Miami Art Week

Isohi Setsuko, courtesy of TAI Modern

CHICAGO – Urban Expositions, producers of SOFA CHICAGO, today announced the launch of their newest fair – FORM. Taking place in Miami during Art Week, the fair will run Dec. 7-10 with an opening night preview on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The fair will showcase a highly curated selection of 25 international galleries displaying the very best in the applied arts.

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Tibetan Monks’ Sand Art, A Most Complicated Watch, And More Fresh News

Image courtesy of Material Culture auction house, Philadelphia, Pa.

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Philadelphia auction house Material Culture will host the Tibetan Monks of India’s Drepung Gomang Monastery for 5 days, May 24-28. During their visit, the monks will construct, then dismantle, a sacred Tibetan Buddhist sand mandala. The public is welcome to view them at work. [Read more from Material Culture]
  • Next month Sotheby’s Geneva will be auctioning a Patek Philippe Calibre 89. Considered a horological masterpiece, its mechanism has an astonishing 33 complications. [View a video about the watch at Sothebys.com]
  • Back in Hollywood’s heyday, no one had a more interesting “little black book” than Marlon Brando. Both Brando’s address book and Rolodex are being auctioned on Thursday. [Read more from Hollywood.com]
  • A guest on BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow in Britain was moved to tears after learning the value of a family heirloom she inherited. The delicate, sparkling bracelet had belonged to her mother-in-law, who obviously had very refined taste. [Read more from The Telegraph]

 

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Cool Cuban Movie Posters, 4 Gandhi Stamps Sell for $639K, and More Fresh News

Antonio Reboiro, Moby Dick, 1968. Silkscreen, 29 15/16 x 20 1/16 inches. Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematograficos (ICAIC). Courtesy of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Cuba is justifiably proud of its art heritage, but a Cuban art genre not widely known is its posters produced to promote U.S. films. Later this year, the Pasadena Museum of California Art will mount an exhibition of these types of graphically appealing posters. [Read more from PMCA]
  • A set of four rare stamps featuring portraits of Mahatma Gandhi has sold for a record $639,000 in a London auction. Only 13 of the stamps issued in 1948 are believed to exist. [Read more from The Hindu]
  • A Maud Lewis painting of a pair of fishermen placed in a charity shop donation bin in Canada, will net a big payday for the church group that owns it. It has already surpassed $125,000 in an online auction running through May 19. [Read more from The Herald News]
  • A British librarian was left speechless after a book appraisal on Britain’s Antiques Roadshow. You won’t believe how much his “book of fairy tales” is worth. [Read more from The Express]

 

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Renowned Soviet avant-garde art collection comes to Moscow

Vladimir Lysenko (1903-1950s), ‘Bull,’ oil on canvas. Image courtesy of http://savitskycollection.org/Lysenko.html

 

MOSCOW (AP) – Vladimir Lysenko’s painted bull stares with flat black eyes like a double-barrel shotgun, one of his horns festooned in a mosaic of bright rectangles, the tip of his tail stretched toward a glowing orange globe that may be the sun.

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Frank Lloyd Wright architectural tours planned to mark birthday

Included on the Frank Lloyd Wright tour is the Frederick C. Robie House on Chicago’s South Side. Image by Teemu08. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

 

CHICAGO (AP) – Fans of Frank Lloyd Wright will be getting the chance to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth by walking through some of the most famous buildings he designed in and around Chicago.

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