MacArthur’s Louis Vuitton Luggage, Glass Penny Sells for $70K, and More Fresh News

One of three Louis Vuitton suitcases owned by and monogrammed for Gen. Douglas MacArthur, each accompanied by a COA from the Louis Vuitton Museum in Paris, est. $6,000-$10,000

One of three Louis Vuitton suitcases owned by and monogrammed for Gen. Douglas MacArthur, each accompanied by a COA from the Louis Vuitton Museum in Paris, est. $6,000-$10,000

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  •  General Douglas MacArthur famously told the people of the Philippines “I shall return,” and he was in a position to do so in style with his set of three Louis Vuitton suitcases. Monogrammed and certified by the LV Museum in Paris, General MacArthur’s suitcases and his rifle case will be auctioned on Jan. 14. [Read more from LiveAuctioneers]
  •  A 15th-century gold coin found in 1996 by dog-walkers on a beach in England will be auctioned later this month. It may have been washed up from a shipwreck, experts say. [Read more from Antiques Trade Gazette]
  •  Attendance has dropped at The Louvre in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris. In 2016, the revered museum’s total attendance was 7.3 million – 2 million fewer visitors than in 2014, when they hit a record attendance of around 9.3 million. [Read more from The Art Newspaper]
  • An experimental tempered-glass penny made in 1943 has sold for $70,500. The coin was struck as a possible replacement for pennies made of copper, a metal that was needed for the wartime effort. [Read more from Associated Press/ABC News]

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