Andy Warhol’s 1963 Selfie, Einstein’s Revealing Letters, and More Fresh News

Andy Warhol, SELF-PORTRAIT, 1963-64. Image courtesy Sotheby’s


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Who invented the selfie? Some might argue it was Andy Warhol, who recognized spontaneous self-photography as an art form well over 50 years ago. A selfie Warhol took in a dime store photo booth in 1963/64 is going to be auctioned on June 28 at Sotheby’s London, with quite a hefty pre-sale estimate. [Read more from the Guardian]
  • A unique collection of letters written by Professor Albert Einstein and other prominent scientists of the early 1950s will be auctioned on June 20 in Israel. In one of the letters, Einstein writes, “If God has created the world his primary worry was certainly not to make its understanding easy for us. I feel it strongly since fifty years.” [View the letters and bid at]
  • Stories about antique shop burglaries are not that uncommon, but a naked burglar running amok amongst the clocks and china? This story may be a first. [Read more from NBC Conn.]
  • Next spring Christie’s will present what may be the most valuable personal art collection ever to come to auction, that of billionaire banker David Rockefeller. Together with his wife, Peggy, Rockefeller collected works by the greatest names in impressionist and modern art. Auction proceeds will benefit a number of charities and foundations. [Read more from Antiques Trade Gazette]

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