Man Ray, ‘Le Violon d’Ingres,’ $12.4 million. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

Christie’s sets new auction record for Man Ray photograph at $12.4M

Man Ray, ‘Le Violon d’Ingres,’ $12.4 million. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

Man Ray, ‘Le Violon d’Ingres,’ $12.4 million. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

NEW YORK – Christie’s Spring 2022 Marquee Week continued Saturday, May 14 with The Surrealist World of Rosalind Gersten Jacobs & Melvin Jacobs at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. The sale totaled $42.3 million, bringing the week’s running total to $1.4 billion. Man Ray’s photograph Le Violon d’Ingres set a new record for a photograph, selling for $12.4 million after more than 10 minutes of competitive bidding. Results were exceptional across all categories of the sale, selling 99% by value and 92% by lot, and 182% hammer above the low estimate.

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1981 DeLorean ‘Time Machine’ from the Back to the Future movies — the only DeLorean to appear on screen in all three. Courtesy of the Petersen Automotive Museum

Back to the Future DeLorean, Ghostbusters cars on view at the Petersen

 

Left to Right: 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor, aka Ecto-1, from Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters: Afterlife; 1981 DeLorean ‘Time Machine’ from the Back to the Future movies; Batmobile from Batman and Batman Returns. Courtesy of the Petersen Automotive Museum

Left to Right: 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor, aka Ecto-1, from ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife;’ 1981 DeLorean that appeared on screen in all three ‘Back to the Future’ movies; Batmobile from ‘Batman’ and ‘Batman Returns.’ Courtesy of the Petersen Automotive Museum

LOS ANGELES – Located just down the street from Hollywood’s most iconic production studios, the Petersen Automotive Museum’s brand-new collection of some of the most famous vehicles ever to appear in film and television is now open to the public. Located in the Omaze Hollywood Gallery on the Otis Booth History Floor, the exhibit will include a diverse selection of cars, motorcycles and custom creations that have starred in popular movies and television series throughout the decades. The Cars of Film and Television display is currently on view and will remain on view for at least a year.

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Ann Getty’s striking jewels by JAR to be auctioned in June

 

Diamond and gem-set Fleur-de-Lys brooch created by JAR for Ann Getty. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

Diamond and gem-set Fleur-de-Lys brooch created by JAR for Ann Getty. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

NEW YORK – Christie’s will offer 12 Jewels by JAR from the estate of Ann Getty as a leading highlight of its Magnificent Jewels live auction on June 8 at Christie’s New York. Ann Getty’s striking group of jewels by JAR is one of the largest and most important private collections of works by visionary designer Joel Arthur Rosenthal to appear at auction. The group is expected to achieve a sum in the region of $1.5 million. Prior to the sale, select objects will travel to Geneva and Hong Kong, followed by an exhibit at Christie’s New York in June.

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The shirt that Diego Maradona wore when he scored the legendary goals known as The Hand of God and the Goal of the Century sold for $9.3 million to set a new world auction record for any piece of sports memorabilia. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s. Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Sotheby's

Maradona’s Hand of God game-worn shirt scores record $9.3M

 The shirt that Diego Maradona wore when he scored the legendary goals known as The Hand of God and the Goal of the Century sold for $9.3 million to set a new world auction record for any piece of sports memorabilia. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s. Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Sotheby's


The shirt that Diego Maradona wore when he scored the legendary goals known as The Hand of God and the Goal of the Century sold for $9.3 million to set a new world auction record for any piece of sports memorabilia. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s. Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Sotheby’s

LONDON – On June 22, 1986, a 25-year-old Diego Maradona made history in what is now one of the world’s most famous football matches – the Argentina v England quarter finals of the FIFA World Cup. Maradona scored two of the most extraordinary, and notorious, goals in history. Argentina would go on to win the cup, and this day cemented Maradona’s name permanently in the chronicle of the sport – with many to this day considering him the greatest to ever play the beautiful game. On May 4, the shirt worn for The Hand of God and the Goal of the Century,* which many consider to be the greatest individual goal of all time, sold at auction for £7,142,500 / $9,284,536 – marking a new auction record for any item of sports memorabilia.**

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A baseball signed in September 2019 by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is currently up for bid at RR Auction in Boston, with some of the proceeds earmarked for Ukrainian relief efforts. As of Tuesday, May 3, the ball reached the low end of its $15,000-$20,000 estimate. The auction ends on May 11. Image courtesy of RR Auction.

Zelenskyy-signed baseball to be auctioned for Ukraine relief

A baseball signed in September 2019 by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is currently up for bid at RR Auction in Boston, with some of the proceeds earmarked for Ukrainian relief efforts. As of Tuesday, May 3, the ball reached the low end of its $15,000-$20,000 estimate. The auction ends on May 11. Image courtesy of RR Auction.

A baseball signed in September 2019 by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is currently up for bid, with some of the proceeds earmarked for Ukrainian relief efforts. As of Tuesday, May 3, the ball reached the low end of its $15,000-$20,000 estimate. The auction ends on May 11. Image courtesy of RR Auction.

BOSTON – When Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy autographed a baseball for an American collector in 2019, he likely had no idea it would one day be used to help his nation during a time of need. The official Rawlings Major League baseball is being sold by Randy Kaplan, a renowned collector of balls signed by world leaders, with a portion of the proceeds going to war relief efforts in Ukraine, auctioneer RR Auction of Boston said on May 3.

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Ball gown, Marguery Bolhagen (American, 1920–2021), circa 1961; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Jr., 1966 (2009.300.2556a, b). The Richard and Gloria Manney John Henry Belter Rococo Revival Parlor, circa 1850, Gift of Sirio D. Molteni and Rita M. Pooler, 1965 (Inst.65.4). Photograph © Dario Calmese, 2021.

Eight film directors contribute to Costume Institute’s Spring 2022 show

Ball gown, Marguery Bolhagen (American, 1920–2021), ca. 1961; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Jr., 1966 (2009.300.2556a, b). The Richard and Gloria Manney John Henry Belter Rococo Revival Parlor, ca. 1850, Gift of Sirio D. Molteni and Rita M. Pooler, 1965 (Inst.65.4). Photo © Dario Calmese, 2021.

Ball gown, Marguery Bolhagen (American, 1920–2021), circa 1961; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Jr., 1966 (2009.300.2556a, b). The Richard and Gloria Manney John Henry Belter Rococo Revival Parlor, circa 1850, Gift of Sirio D. Molteni and Rita M. Pooler, 1965 (Inst.65.4). Photograph © Dario Calmese, 2021.

NEW YORK – The Costume Institute’s 2022 spring exhibition, In America: An Anthology of Fashion — the second of a two-part presentation — will explore the foundations of American fashion through a series of sartorial displays featuring individual designers and dressmakers who worked in the United States from the 19th to the mid-late 20th century. In America: An Anthology of Fashion will open on May 7 and close on September 5. In celebration of its debut, The Costume Institute Benefit (also known as The Met Gala™) will coincide with the opening date of the show. The benefit provides The Costume Institute with its primary source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, operations and capital improvements.

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A copy of Marvel Comics #1 colloquially known as the ‘pay copy’ sold for more than $2.4 million on March 17. Image courtesy of ComicConnect.

Super-valued: special copy of Marvel Comics #1 auctioned for $2.4M

A copy of Marvel Comics #1 colloquially known as the ‘pay copy’ sold for more than $2.4 million on March 17. Image courtesy of ComicConnect.

A copy of Marvel Comics #1 colloquially known as the ‘pay copy’ sold for more than $2.4 million on March 17. Image courtesy of ComicConnect.

NEW YORK (AP) – A particularly prized copy of the first-ever Marvel comic book sold for more than $2.4 million in an online auction on March 18. Known as the Marvel Comics #1 “pay copy,” it’s “arguably one of the top three comic books in the world of comics collecting,” said Vincent Zurzolo, chief operating officer of ComicConnect. The New York-based auctioneer sold the book on St. Patrick’s Day for a bit under $2,427,800.

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Star Wars prototype action figure sells for world-record price

1979 Star Wars Boba Fett rocket-firing prototype action figure, J-slot, version 2, bears copyright stamps, AFA-graded 50 VG. Archivally encapsulated with Collectible Investment Brokerage (CIB) COA. Extremely rare and sought after. Sold for above-estimate price of $204,435, inclusive of buyer’s premium.

YORK, Pa. – Last night Hake’s in York, Pennsylvania, set a new world auction record with the sale of a Kenner Star Wars Boba Fett rocket-firing prototype action figure. The Version 2 J-slot prototype, made in in 1979, attracted 27 bids before closing at $204,435. It was won by an online bidder in California.

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Exterior of the Motown Museum in Detroit, which just received a $1 million grant for its expansion campaign. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, photo credit Moundcreek, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Motown Museum receives $1M grant for expansion project

Exterior of the Motown Museum in Detroit, which just received a $1 million grant for its expansion campaign. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, photo credit Moundcreek, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Exterior of the Motown Museum in Detroit, which just received a $1 million grant for its expansion campaign. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, photo credit Moundcreek, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

DETROIT (AP) – Bank of America has given the Motown Museum a $1 million grant for its expansion campaign. The grant brings the Detroit museum’s total fundraising effort to $38 million.

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