Vintage Snowmobiles Grounded, Tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright, and More Fresh News

Wood-bodied Bombardier B-12 snow bus of a type built until approximately 1951/1952, when production switched to metal bodies. Image by Melensdad at English Wikipedia, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • This weekend there would have been a snowmobile festival in northern Michigan featuring a parade of antique and vintage models. There’s just one problem: no snow. [Read more from AP News/UpNorthLive]
  • Wisconsin is celebrating the 150th birthday of native son Frank Lloyd Wright with special events and a new 200-mile trail directing visitors to nine of the sites, homes and buildings he designed. Wright fans who enjoy cycling can take part in the Tour du Taliesin cycling event, which, starts at the architect’s beloved residence Taliesin. [Read more from AP News/Minneapolis StarTribune]
  • Fifty-two years after his death, singer Nat King Cole is being remembered with a public-art mural in his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama. The painting on brick includes a line from one of his most famous recordings, Unforgettable. [Read more from AP News/Montgomery Advertiser]
  • Experts at Sotheby’s are predicting a record-setting price when they auction a masterpiece by German painter Georg Baselitz on March 8th in London. Titled Mit Roter Fahner (With Red Flag), the 1965 painting from the artist’s “Heroes” series is expected to make $8.1-$10.65 million. [Read more from Artnet News]

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Big payday expected for original Mad magazine cover art

Norman Mingo (1896-1980) original cover art for Mad magazine #121 (Sept. 1968) featuring Alfred E. Neuman being held aloft by the Beatles, Mia Farrow and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 23.75 x 31.75 inches, est. $35,000-$50,000. Image courtesy of Hake’s Americana


YORK, Pa. – Don’t laugh — no, wait — go ahead and laugh. That’s what you’re supposed to do when you look at a cover of Mad magazine. But a magazine is one thing; the original cover art for a Mad issue from the 1960s, like the painting you see here, is quite another. A pop-culture prize of this caliber should have no trouble at all commanding a very serious five-figure auction price.

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Bowie Monument Proposed, Vermeer’s Inspirations, and More Fresh News

Cover art for Aladdin Sane LP recorded by David Bowie. Cover art copyright is believed to belong to RCA Records or the graphic artist(s). Fair use of low-resolution image under US copyright law

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Artists are launching a crowd-funding effort to raise $1.25 million for a David Bowie memorial in London. The planned sculpture will be in the form of the iconic lightning bolt painted on Bowie’s face for the cover of his LP Aladdin Sane. [Read more from Associated Press/Breitbart]
  • His luminous strokes produced masterpieces like Girl with a Pearl Earring. But Johannes Vermeer, the unique jewel in Dutch painting’s crown, copied ideas from his contemporaries like every other artist, argues a new major exhibit at the Louvre Museum in Paris that opened Wednesday. [Read more from Associated Press]
  • When Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon, arrived in the United States in 1815, he brought with him his exquisite collection of 18th-century French paintings. Put on public view, the works caused a sensation, and a new American taste for French art was born. [Read more from the National Gallery of Art]
  • Even Jackie Collins herself said that many of the adventures in her 32 best-selling romance novels were based on the Hollywood scene she knew from years of living in LA. Now the late Jackie Collins’ fans can vie for a piece of her flamboyant lifestyle when 1,000 lots of her jewels and other personal property cross the auction block in May. [Read more from Forbes]

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Auction of Klimt Masterpiece, Art Thief ‘Spiderman’ to Serve 8 Years, and More Fresh News

Gustav Klimt, Bauerngarten (Blumengarten), oil on canvas, painted in 1907. Estimate upon request. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • One of the greatest Gustav Klimt artworks ever to appear at auction will be offered in a March 1 sale at Sotheby’s London gallery. Titled Bauerngarten, the 1907 oil-on-canvas painting was created the same year as Klimt’s universally acclaimed Adele Bloch-Bauer I. [View a video about the painting at]
  • An agile thief nicknamed “Spiderman,” an antiques dealer and an art expert have been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay the City of Paris for stealing five masterpieces from the Modern Art Museum worth $109.6M. The paintings are still missing, but “Spidey” will be visible behind bars for the next eight years. [Read more from The Independent]
  • On Thursday, bidding will open at $6,000 on a cigar box that belonged to President John F. Kennedy. The wooden humidor, which was a gift from Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos in 1962, has the initials JFK monogrammed on its lid. [Read more from CNBC]
  • Described in an auction catalog as “arguably the most destructive weapon of all time, which sent millions to their deaths,” a telephone that was owned and used by Adolf Hitler during World War II has sold at auction for $243,000. The red phone, which bears the dictator’s name and a swastika, passed into British military hands after the Germans surrendered. [Read more from USA Today]

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NY’s Met Museum offers exercise amid art masterpieces

The cavernous Metropolitan Museum of Art is a unique place to work out. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art


NEW YORK (AP) – World-class art, meet sweaty aerobics.

New York City’s cavernous Metropolitan Museum of Art has been holding lively morning workout sessions this winter amid its prized masterpieces.

The 45-minute “Museum Workout” sends people in exercise attire chugging through 35 galleries, past paintings, sculptures and armor before the institution opens to the public.

Participants start by jogging out of the museum’s limestone entrance hall to the Bee Gees’ hit Stayin’ Alive.

Then comes the speedy trek through the galleries. There are squats in front of a John Singer Sargent painting and yoga before a bronze nude of the Roman hunting goddess Diana.

The Met commissioned the Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company for the project.


By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press

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Biennial sculpture show returns to historic site in UK

Richard Jackson and Sally Fawkes, ‘Inhale Exhale,’ cast optical glass and stainless steel, 3.3 x 0.25 x 0.25 meters.


CIRENCESTER, UK – The 13th Biennial Quenington Sculpture Exhibition will be on display June 11 through July 2 at the Quenington Old Rectory in Gloucestershire.

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Met’s Marsden Hartley exhibition rooted in his home state Maine

Marsden Hartley (American, 1877–1943). ‘Canuck Yankee Lumberjack at Old Orchard Beach, Maine’ (detail), 1940–41. Oil on Masonite-type hardboard. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966.


NEW YORK – The exhibition “Marsden Hartley’s Maine,” on view at the Met Breuer from March 15 through June 18, will showcase the American artist’s lifelong artistic engagement with his home state of Maine.

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U2 Bassist Discusses ‘Jimi Hendrix of Painting,’ Britain’s Master Forger Goes Legit, and More Fresh News


Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (1982), oil stick on paper, 42 5/8 x 30 in., Est. $1M-$1.5M. Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd. 2017


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • An oil stick on paper self-portrait by Jean-Michel Basquiat is being auctioned on March 7 at Christie’s London gallery. In an in-depth interview about the artwork, its consignor, U2 bassist Adam Clayton, referred to Basquiat as “the Jimi Hendrix of painting.” [Read more from Christie’s]
  • A master art forger once dubbed “the most prolific in British history” is back to his old trade, but this time he’s on the right side of the law. Shawn Greenhalgh, who served a four-year prison sentence for swindling unwitting museums, dealers and collectors with his convincing fakes, is now selling his handiwork legally. [Read more from the Daily Mail]
  • Twenty-five photographs donated by renowned artists, estates and collectors will be auctioned in April to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The assemblage of photos includes works by some of the greatest photographers of the last century, from Henri Cartier-Bresson to Irving Penn. [Read more from EltonJohnWorld]
  • The Virginia House of Representatives has approved a bill allowing nonviolent felons to own antique guns. While federal law allows prohibited firearm possessors to receive or use antique guns such as muzzleloaders, many states have local bans. [Read more from]

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Swiss, German museums to exhibit late collector’s hidden art trove

Switzerland’s Kunstmuseum Bern, where Cornelius Gurlitt’s controversial collection will be exhibited this year. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.


BERLIN (AP) – A vast trove of art which a German collector kept hidden from the world for decades will be shown simultaneously at museums in Switzerland and Germany later this year, Switzerland’s Kunstmuseum Bern announced Wednesday.

The Swiss museum, which Gurlitt designated as his sole heir, announced it would co-host the “Dossier Gurlitt” shows together with the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn.

Cornelius Gurlitt died in May 2014, months after German authorities announced they stumbled upon more than 1,000 artworks at his Munich apartment while investigating a tax case.

His collection included paintings by Paul Cezanne, Eugene Delacroix, Albrecht Duerer and other world-famous artists. Experts said several of the paintings likely were stolen from Jews by German Nazis.

The 2013 discovery brought renewed attention to the many unresolved cases of art that was looted from Jewish owners during the Third Reich and never returned to original owners or their descendants.

Gurlitt’s father, Hildebrand, was an art dealer who traded in works confiscated by the Nazis.

After his father’s death, Gurlitt kept more than 1,200 works in his Munich apartment and 250 more in Salzburg, Austria.

The Bern museum has pledged to ensure that any pieces that turn out to have been looted will be returned to Jewish owners’ heirs.

A German government-backed foundation has evaluated hundreds of paintings and identified dozens already that were likely stolen by the Nazis.

The Bonn part of the Gurlitt exhibition will focus on art stolen from Jewish owners, while the Bern museum will focus on art considered “degenerate” during the Nazi era.

The art will be on show from November through March 2018. It’s the first time the collection will be shown to the public.


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Denver museum showcases Basquiat’s work from pivotal time

Basquiat in the apartment, 1981. Photograph by Alexis Adler.


DENVER – The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is now showing “Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980,” based on a cache of works made by Jean-Michel Basquiat during the year he lived with his friend Alexis Adler in an apartment in the East Village.

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