Prince’s $75,000 Boots, Rubens Portrait Discovered in Scotland, and More Fresh News

Prince’s backstage pass to a Rick James concert in 1980, and his yellow high-heeled boots. Images courtesy of RR Auction


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Although he left us in April 2016, superstar performer Prince reigned at auction yesterday when his iconic high-heeled yellow boots sold for $75,147. In the same auction, his 1980 backstage pass to a Rick James concert, identifying Prince’s occupation as “Musician/Star,” was bid to $60,366. [Read more from US Magazine]
  • A Peter Paul Rubens portrait of perhaps one of the most famous gay men in history has been found in Scotland. Experts have determined it is Rubens’ copy of an original that has been missing for nearly 400 years. [Read more from The Guardian]
  • A seal that belonged to 18th-century Chinese Emperor Qianlong has sold for more than $1.1 million at an auction in France. The seal had been owned by the same family since the 19th century. [Read more from AFP/RFI]
  • Just because you live in an old apartment building doesn’t mean you can’t give the interior of your nest a contemporary look. There are easy ways to add European-style sophistication to even the most unexciting space. [Read more from Architectural Digest]

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