Art Luminaries Supported ‘Cat Project,’ Yogi’s Ring Hits $160K at Auction, and More Fresh News

Ralph Steadman (English, b. 1936-), ‘Cats Always Do This When They Like You…Have You Noticed?,’ mixed media on paper, signed and dated 7 August 2000. Size 19 x 32½ in. (framed). Est. $400-$600. Image courtesy of Quinns Auction Galleries

Ralph Steadman (English, b. 1936-), ‘Cats Always Do This When They Like You…Have You Noticed?,’ original mixed media on paper, signed and dated 7 August 2000. Size 19 x 32½ in. (framed). Est. $400-$600. Image courtesy of Quinns Auction Galleries

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Ralph Steadman, R. Crumb, Al Hirschfeld and Ray Bradbury are among the many artists and writers who created feline-centric artworks years ago for the ‘Cat Project.’ Utah artist and teacher Patrick Eddington planned to exhibit, then publish the art in a book. Sadly, Eddington died before achieving his dream, but now the original artworks are being auctioned, on Nov. 12. [Take a sneak peek at the auction catalog on LiveAuctioneers]
  • The 1953 World Series Championship ring that belonged to beloved New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra has sold at auction for nearly $160,000. The ring is especially coveted by sports memorabilia collectors because of the diamond-studded “5” on it, signifying it was the fifth time Berra had played on a World Series-winning team. [Read more from NBC NY]
  • Phillips has a wall-filling, 6ft 6in wide Gerhard Richter painting of a jet in its November contemporary art auction. The highest-estimated of the 18 or more Richters entered in various semiannual contemporary art auctions around New York next month, it’s rumored to have been consigned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. [Read more from Art Market Monitor]
  • The word “antique” was officially defined in 1930 by the U.S. Customs Office for the purpose of collecting duty on items brought into this country. But do you know the technical difference between an “antique” and “vintage” item? [Read more from the Greensburg Daily News]

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