Hemingway Museum Curators, Cats Ride Out Hurricane in Key West

  • Forbes
  • September 11, 2017 15:25
Hemingway House & Museum image

Surrounded by lush gardens, the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum became a fortress to 11 staff members when Hurricane Irma made a direct hit on the Florida Keys over the weekend. Curator Dave Gonzales and 10 staff members, along with 54 cat descendants of Ernest Hemingway's own cat, stayed on ...

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400 Viking Artifacts Stolen from Museum in Norway

  • Newsmax
  • August 21, 2017 14:08

Some 400 objects of Viking origin were stolen from a museum in Norway sometime between Aug. 11 and 13. The pieces were due to be transferred to a more secure location on Aug. 14. "If the stolen objects are not returned, this is by far the most terrible event in the 200 years of Norwegian museum ...

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$1.27 Million Fabergé Find Stuns on Antiques Roadshow

  • Daily Mail
  • June 25, 2017 23:17
Geoffrey Munn with the Faberge find.

BBC's Antiques Show unearthed a Fabergé piece estimated to be worth around £1million ($1.27 million). To a shocked audience, the appraisal of the rare piece came from jewelry expert Geoffrey Munn during a taping at Black Country Living Museum in the West Midlands. At nearly 4 inches tall, the ...

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Versailles to Expand Contemporary Art Program With 10 Artists

  • Le Figaro
  • March 15, 2017 15:17
Latona's Fountain, Versailles

Château de Versailles introduced its contemporary art program a decade ago with a solo exhibition of one artist each year. Director Catherine Pégard has announced that Versailles will this year expand the program to feature ten contemporary artists at a time in exhibitions. Massive ...

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From Trump Plates to Chippendale Chairs, A Range of Works in Antiques Week 2017

  • Antiques and the Arts Weekly
  • January 18, 2017 22:40
Justin Rothshank, Donald Trump Tableware Set, 2016 earthenware, glaze, ceramic decals 9" H x 20" W x 6" D.  At Ferrin Contemporary's exhibition Know Justice: Justin and Brooke Rothshank, on view at the NY Ceramics & Glass Fair.

Americana collectors and "best of the best" object seekers will head to events during Antiques Week 2017 underway now in New York City. Antiques and the Arts Weekly (aka "The Bee") has published this guide to the week's events, exhibitions, shows, lectures, auctions and more. (The action ...

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Victoria and Albert Museum Director Reportedly to Resign Over Brexit Concerns

  • Guardian
  • September 05, 2016 00:17
Martin Roth, Director.  © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The director of London's Victoria and Albert Museum, Martin Roth, is expected to resign this week and return to his native Germany in a decision fuelled by his disillusionment at the Brexit vote. Roth was appointed in 2011, becoming the first foreign director of the V&A since it was founded ...

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Magnificent Italian Castle to be Auctioned Fully Furnished

  • Concierge Auctions
  • August 14, 2016 22:26
Castel Valer

Castel Valer, a restored medieval fortress at the edge of the Dolomites mountain range in northern Italy, goes under the gavel on Sept. 8. The historic property has descended in the same family for about 650 years. Steeped in history while updated for the 21st century, the castle combines ...

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Two Renowned Antiques Dealers Deny Selling 'Fake' Chairs to Versailles

  • Telegraph
  • June 13, 2016 22:30
Versailles, interior view.

French police have arrested two respected antiques dealers on suspicion of selling fake Louis XV chairs to the famed royal chateau of Versailles, reports the Telegraph: Art fraud officers detained the two dealers for questioning...both Paris-based experts in 18th century furniture. They are ...

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San Francisco Fall Antiques Show Highlights Something Old, Something New Aesthetic

  • October 22, 2015 16:11
Shell cameo of an angel in high relief from exhibitor Arthur Guy Kaplan.

Rooted in Victorian times and infused with the energy of today's tech industry, San Francisco is a place where old and new, tradition and innovation, blend seamlessly. West Coast art collectors and designers just as easily mix styles and periods, and flock to find treasures at the San Francisco ...

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Old is New Again in New York Pop-Up Exhibition

  • T, The New York Times Style Magazine
  • September 23, 2015 22:42
At the opulent Galerie J.  Kugel on the Quai Anatole France in Paris, a Neapolitan tortoiseshell mirror above a 13th-century wooden Virgin and a 17th-century marble arm that the antiquarians Alexis and Nicolas Kugel have selected to show in New York next month.

Four renowned European antiques dealers are betting that American collectors are ready for fresh objects of desire. With eye-catching displays, they are looking to cultivate an interest in historical objects and centuries-old art with a new generation of American collectors who have been ...

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Nazi Gold Train Finders Claim 'Priceless' Amber Room Could Be Inside

  • Daily Mail
  • September 23, 2015 15:23
View of the Amber Room recreated in the Catherine Palace.

Two treasure hunters who say research led them to the site in Poland where a Nazi train supposedly laden with unknown documents and valuables is buried in a tunnel have a new claim. The pair says the long-lost Amber Room stolen from the Russian czars could be on board the underground train near ...

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Palace of Versailles Moves Forward with Hotel Plans

  • Independent
  • August 18, 2015 12:47
"Versailles chateau" by Marc Vassal

Three 17th-century buildings just 100 yards from the main palace of Versailles will be renovated and converted into a luxury hotel. The renovation is expected to cost at least $7 million. Dips in funding for the state-owned Chateau de Versailles has the popular site needing to increase ...

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The Vatican Launches App for Crowdfunding Restorations

  • The Guardian
  • August 17, 2015 09:01
Justus Hayes / Shoes on Wires / shoesonwires.com

Not all are in favor of the Vatican Museums' Patrum, a new app designed as a philanthropic crowdfunding venture to support the treasures in the Vatican. The Guardian's Jonathan Jones, for one, thinks the app could lead to restoration projects that are more harmful than good for art and ...

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Rijksmuseum Named European Museum of the Year

  • May 28, 2015 22:21
Rijksmuseum, 2014.  John Lewis Marshall

What is the Rijksmuseum doing right? The European Museum Forum recently named Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum the European Museum of the Year. “This is a great museum, at the height of its powers, providing a rich experience to the public, and a socially aware outreach program for visitors of all ...

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Detroit Institute of Arts Raises Goal for Grand Bargain

  • USA Today
  • January 05, 2015 22:59
Detroit Industry, east wall (detail), Diego Rivera, 1932.  Detroit Institute of Arts

In less than a year, the Detroit Institute of Arts has fulfilled its promise to deliver $100 million to the city's $816-million grand bargain debt restructuring plan.

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Prices for Charles Rennie Mackintosh Work Soar Following Glasgow School of Art Fire

  • Scotland Now
  • December 29, 2014 14:28
Two chairs from set of six by Charles Rennie Mackintosh sold for £13,200 in March, but two more have just sold for £109,000.

The value of work by Charles Rennie Mackintosh is set to soar in price after the fire at the Glasgow School of Art, according to auction experts. Sellers were “amazed” at the rocketing value of...

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Winston Churchill's Belongings, Paintings Under the Hammer

  • Guardian
  • December 15, 2014 13:39
Winston Churchill

An auction of Winston Churchill's personal possessions is set for Dec. 17 at Sotheby's in London. A preview is underway of the items left by his last surviving child, Lady Mary Soames, who died last June, aged 91. A gallery of Churchill's own paintings, regarded as the most important group ever ...

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Putin Presents Hermitage Museum with £9m Fabergé Egg

  • December 11, 2014 19:16
The Rothschild Faberge clock egg presented by Russian President Putin to the Hermitage Museum.

A 250th anniversary celebration for the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, has generated fanfare and controversy. President Vladimir Putin was on hand for the museum’s jubilee reception December 7 when he presented the museum with a duo of dazzling gifts: a 19th-century clock made ...

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Paris Museums Accelerate Initiatives with Crowd-Funding

  • New York Times
  • October 07, 2014 16:47
The Louvre seeks to acquire the Teschen Table, a Neoclassical masterpiece by Johann Christian Neuber (1736–1808).

Budget cuts from state aid are forcing cultural institutions in Paris to ask the public to raise thousands, sometimes millions, in micro-donations. Crowd-funding is taking off...

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Britain's Wedgwood Collection Saved by Speedy Fundraiser

  • October 04, 2014 23:10
Egyptian-style teapot with crocodile finial, 1800.

More than 7,000 people donated to a month-long campaign to save the Wedgwood collection in the U.K. from being sold off.

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