Mad Men Archive Gifted to Univ. of Texas, Jesse James Photo, and More Fresh News

Mad Men publicity photo courtesy of Lionsgate

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  •  An archive of scripts, props, costumes and more from the acclaimed TV series Mad Men has been donated to the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at the University of Texas at Austin. The donation was made by Matthew Weiner, the series’ creator, and Mad Men producer Lionsgate. [Read more from the Harry Ransom Center]
  • Any collector of Old West memorabilia would love to add a photo of Jesse James to their collection, but an image of the ruthless outlaw that’s being auctioned this weekend comes with a bonus. The photo shows James seated alongside Robert Ford, the man who would go on to shoot and kill him. [Read more from Austin360]
  • In Britain, the public is being asked for their help in solving the mystery of a hoard of gold found hidden inside an antique upright piano. The valuable stash was discovered by its owners while tuning their new purchase. [Read more from i News]
  •  A Chinese Qing Dynasty vase from the Qianlong period (1711-1799) has sold at an auction in Beijing for $3.24 million. Reportedly, the vase was stolen in 1860 and taken from China to England, where it appeared in auctions many times over the next 150+ years. [Read more from ChinaDaily]

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