Metal Detectorist Finds Medieval Ring, Chicago Shows Some Skin, and More Fresh News

500-year-old ring found with a metal detector in northern England. Image courtesy of Wartski

500-year-old ring found with a metal detector in northern England. Image courtesy of Wartski

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • A British man who became enamored of metal detecting after buying a basic detector for his daughter hit the jackpot after a mere 18 months in the hobby. In a North Yorkshire field, his device alerted him to something metallic in the ground – a 500-year-old jeweled gold ring. [Read more from The Northern Echo]
  • TV cameras rolled as scientists and volunteers recently unearthed the bones of an Ice Age mastodon in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Experts say the mammoth creature was a male and about 11,000 years old. [Read more from The Times Herald]
  • The ‘Tattoo’ exhibition that drew more than 700,000 visitors in Paris will open next week at Chicago’s Field Museum. The exhibition explores the art and history of tattooing, going as far back as Ancient Egyptian times. [Read more from Chicagoist]
  • Thomas Hart Benton’s 10-panel mural titled ‘America Today’ panoramically depicts American life in the 1920s. Thanks to a major donation, Benton’s mural – which is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art – has been reunited with the original drawings and studies for the finished artwork. [Read more from Artnet]

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