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Debbie Reynolds’ Original Rockwell, Houston’s Museums Protect Art, and More Fresh News


L to R: Circa-1970 publicity photo of Debbie Reynolds; 2013 photo of Carrie Fisher, copyright Riccardo Ghilardi, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • A Norman Rockwell painting of Benjamin Franklin owned by Debbie Reynolds is among the headline items in an auction of the actress’ possessions slated for Oct. 7-8. Auction company Profiles in History says the painting featured on a 1926 cover of the Saturday Evening Post. The 1,500-lot sale contains property from the estates of both Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher. [Read more from AP/Washington Post]
  • Tropical storm Harvey, the worst natural disaster to hit Greater Houston in most of its residents’ lifetimes, has devastated the country’s fourth-largest city. Houston is home to many great institutional art collections. What steps did Houston-area museums take to protect their holdings? [Read more from Huffington Post]

  • A slice of William and Kate’s very own wedding cake is being auctioned on Sept. 27 from the eight-tier masterpiece that was the centerpiece of their reception at Buckingham Palace. It comes in a specially designed commemorative tin. [Read more from Business Insider]
  • On Sept. 13, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will auction a rare 1857 map of Chicago that shows what the city looked like before the Great Chicago Fire. Its bird’s-eye view of Chi-Town includes an area known as “the Sands,” a notorious criminal district that was littered with gambling dens and brothels. [Read more from Crain’s Chicago Business]

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