Prince’s Record-Setting Guitar, Grasshopper in a Van Gogh, and More Fresh News

Teal Cloud guitar played on stage by Prince which sold for $700,000 at Julien’s Auctions. Image courtesy of Julien’s Auctions and


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • A guitar that Prince played onstage during a 1994 concert to benefit earthquake victims has sold for $700K at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles. According to the auction house, it’s the highest price ever paid for one of the late rock icon’s guitars. [Read more from USA Today]
  • Researchers inspecting Vincent van Gogh’s painting titled Olive Trees discovered a previously unnoticed detail: part of a grasshopper that has been trapped in the paint for more than a century. How did it get there? [Read more from Fox News]
  • The lawyer for a French couple has filed suit against the Calder Foundation, claiming they sent an Alexander Calder painting to the foundation so it could be restored. Now, they say, they can’t get it back. Here’s why. [Read more from Art Market Monitor]
  • Generations of the Hussey family lived in Scotney Castle in England and were known to be aristocratic hoarders. Although the castle has been open to the public for 10 years, volunteers are still cataloging the stately home’s contents — including a recent discovery of a cardboard box holding 186 mostly Ancient Roman coins.  [Read more from Christian Davies Antiques]

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