Tibetan Monks’ Sand Art, A Most Complicated Watch, And More Fresh News

Image courtesy of Material Culture auction house, Philadelphia, Pa.


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Philadelphia auction house Material Culture will host the Tibetan Monks of India’s Drepung Gomang Monastery for 5 days, May 24-28. During their visit, the monks will construct, then dismantle, a sacred Tibetan Buddhist sand mandala. The public is welcome to view them at work. [Read more from Material Culture]
  • Next month Sotheby’s Geneva will be auctioning a Patek Philippe Calibre 89. Considered a horological masterpiece, its mechanism has an astonishing 33 complications. [View a video about the watch at Sothebys.com]
  • Back in Hollywood’s heyday, no one had a more interesting “little black book” than Marlon Brando. Both Brando’s address book and Rolodex are being auctioned on Thursday. [Read more from Hollywood.com]
  • A guest on BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow in Britain was moved to tears after learning the value of a family heirloom she inherited. The delicate, sparkling bracelet had belonged to her mother-in-law, who obviously had very refined taste. [Read more from The Telegraph]


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