China’s Ivory Ban Signals Hope For Elephants, Millennials Want Classic Cars, and More Fresh News

Despite the global embargo on elephant ivory that has been in place since 1990, the rate of elephant slaughter for tusks is at a crisis point. In this picture, three female African bush elephants travel as a small herd in Tanzania. Photo by Ikiwaner, taken July 29, 2010, licensed under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • China has announced a plan to phase out all ivory trade and processing by the end of 2017. While African governments have been increasingly cracking down on poachers and traffickers, on-the-ground actions alone are not enough. China’s decision is a crucial step to help stop the crisis. [Read more from the African Wildlife Foundation]
  • Baby boomers are still a force in the classic car market, but guess who’s muscling in and building important collections? The answer, according to Barrett-Jackson auction house, is millennials. [Read more from The Arizona Republic]
  • A uniform worn by Babe Ruth in 1938 to promote the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair knocked it out of the park in the wee hours of Sunday morning. It topped prices realized at SCP’s Winter Premier online auction, selling for $227,854. [Read more from Sports Collectors Daily]
  • The drum kit used in the Beatles’ recording of Love Me Do is headed to auction. While it was a session musician, not Ringo Starr, who played on the track, the kit is still very much a part of Beatles history, since Love Me Do was the band’s first #1 single in America. [Read more from NME]

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