Old Style Syria Made New; Historic preservation versus the bottom line

  • CS Monitor
  • September 01, 2009 00:03
Damascus, Flickr photo

Damascus is rediscovering its architectural gems, but hasty restoration puts history at risk. Layers of civilization are slowly peeled back to reveal such historic treasures as colonnaded Roman roads and late-Ottoman era houses, three of which are being restored as a boutique hotel for $20 ...

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Art Market Comeback?; Fall sales will confirm or deny recovery

  • Luxist
  • September 01, 2009 00:03
Auction gavel

The Art Price Global Index suggests that the art market started to turn at the middle of the year, but it's going to take the autumn art season to confirm whether this is a false positive or the start of a new trend. Art prices increased by 4.97 percent at the end of the second quarter, according ...

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Woes at Ritchie's: Canada's biggest auction house is struggling within

  • Toronto Star
  • September 01, 2009 00:03
Stephen Ranger, Toronto Star photo

When Sotheby's dropped Ritchie's as an auction partner this summer, the talk was that the ailing auction house would soon close. But the saga continues. Stephen Ranger, the firm's expert on Persian rugs, eventually its president and, this summer, on the losing side of a power struggle that has ...

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Chinese Stamp Rarity; Philatelic flub may bring auction record

  • Reuters
  • September 01, 2009 00:03
Asian stamp auction at Zurich Asia

Hong Kong - More than 1,500 lots of rare Asian stamps with an estimated value of over $HK12 million ($1.55 million) will be auctioned by Zurich Asia, Sept. 18-19. The star lot is the 1897 Three Cents Red Revenue stamp, showing the value overprinted to one dollar with tiny Chinese characters. One ...

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Amazing Million-dollar Discovery; Declaration of Independence copy found at flea market

  • Philly.com
  • September 01, 2009 00:03
Trumbull's painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence (detail)

A Philadelphia financial analyst was browsing an Adamstown, Pennsylvania, antique market when he spotted a painting he liked for its frame. He invested $4 in it. When he took the frame off, an original edition of the Declaration of Independence was hidden underneath, in a clean and well-preserved ...

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What Saatchi Says Sticks; The contemporary art tastemaker talks

  • Guardian
  • August 30, 2009 22:46
Charles Saatchi and wife Nigella Lawson

London art collector and dealer Charles Saatchi acknowledges that young, contemporary artists need collectors like him. Saatchi also tells U.K.'s Guardian, "Art collectors are pretty insignificant in the scheme of things. What matters and survives is the art." Yet, Saatchi's influence is ...

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Lester Glassner Passes Away; Major collector of dimestore delights and pop culture

  • LA Times
  • August 30, 2009 22:46
Lester Glassner

In the early 1960s, Lester Glassner, of New York, picked up a Mickey Mouse lamp at a junk shop and was on his way to forming a massive collection. From his first Disney character, Glassner moved onto a diverse range of objects: vintage movie memorabilia (250,000 movie stills), rare celluloid ...

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Life Can't Imitate Art; Model arrested for nudity at the Met

  • Guardian
  • August 30, 2009 22:46
Met

New York - Apparently, nudes can be viewed in oils or bronze, but not in the flesh, dancing in the arms & armor department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Model Kathleen "KC" Neill, 26, was nabbed by police last week and charged with public lewdness after posing naked in the museum for ...

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Prized Pennsylvania Decoy Discovered; Rare 19th c. goose carving emerges from Argentina

  • AP
  • August 30, 2009 22:46
Canada Goose decoy, at Christies this fall

Christie's experts got a surprising e-mail from a man in Argentina. He wondered if the hand-carved Canada Goose that sat on his parents' mantel for decades had any value. Turns out the piece was part of a rare 19th-century working rig that once plied Pennsylvania's Susquehanna River before being ...

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Grand Theft of Granville Redmond; Sticky-fingered Florida man wanted for gallery robbery

  • KTLA News
  • August 30, 2009 22:46
Matthew Taylor

Los Angeles - The Los Angeles Police Dept. is looking for Vero Beach, Florida, resident Matthew Taylor, a man they say stole a work by California impressionist Granville Redmond from the L.A. Fine Art Gallery. He then sold the painting to art dealer William Karges for $85,000, saying the artwork ...

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Museum News Round-Up; Salary surprises, banks as curators, hot dog vendors not welcome

  • UnBeige Mediabistro
  • August 30, 2009 22:46
Museum columns

First, the news outlets continue to fixate on museum officials' salaries. The focus lately is Ellen Futter of the American Museum of Natural History in New York who reels in about $1 million. Second, with museums across the country in financial straits, the NY Times reports that massive financial ...

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Michael Mazur Dies; Yale-educated artist, prominent printmaker

  • Cape Cod Online
  • August 30, 2009 22:46
Michael Mazur catalogue raisonne

Abstract painter and printmaker Michael Mazur, of Provincetown and Cambridge, Massachusetts, died last Tuesday at age 73. He was married to poet Gail Mazur. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston held a retrospective exhibition of his work in 2000. His work has also been exhibited at The Museum of ...

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Insinuating Brushwork: Abstract Expressionist Jack Tworkov revisited at UBS Art Gallery

  • New York Observer
  • August 27, 2009 18:10
Jack Tworkov

That there should still be, in 2009, degrees of neglect in an artistic movement as heavily studied as Abstract Expressionism may be a surprise. But the artist Jack Tworkov certainly belongs in that category. Born in Poland, in 1900, the artist emigrated to New York at the age of 13 and spent most ...

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"Retail is for rednecks": Bargains to be found at Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

  • Metro Weekly
  • August 27, 2009 18:10
Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

From Sept. 3 to 6, more than 30,000 people are expected to attend Baltimore's 29th Summer Antiques Show. Billed as the largest indoor antiques show in the U.S., over 550 international jewelry, art, and antiques dealers converge. Highlights include a 70-dealer antiquarian book fair and a slew of ...

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Heave-ho to Heirlooms: Recession is boom time for antiques appraisers

  • BND.com
  • August 27, 2009 18:10
Louis XV style buffet in rosewood with tulipwood, lemonwood and tinted rosewood marquetry and bre'che royal marble top.  From Jean-Marc Fray Antiques.

Charlotte, N.C. - A North Carolina stay-at-home mom had her dining room set appraised for insurance purposes. When the appraiser came back with a valuation of $32,000 for a marble-top Louis XV buffet in her foyer, the homemaker and her husband considered selling it. The economy had diminished ...

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The Bouguereau Blow-up: New lawsuit entails from nuns' sale to art dealers

  • Maine Antiques Digest
  • August 27, 2009 18:10
William Adolfe Bouguereau, "Notre Dame des Anges."

Last April news broke about a group of cloistered nuns from upstate New York who sold a major work by French artist William Adolphe Bouguereau. The buyer was art dealer Mark LaSalle, who was representing Santa Fe dealer Mark Zaplin. After $50,000 of restoration work to the painting, Zaplin ...

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Roman Ruins Re-hashed: German discovery of 2,000-yr-old horse statue

  • Reuters
  • August 27, 2009 18:10
The recently discovered gold and bronze Roman-era horse head was revealed in Frankfurt.

BERLIN (Reuters) - German archaeologists on Thursday unveiled a bronze and gold horse's head they said was believed to be a remnant of a 2000-year-old Roman statue. A team digging at a former Roman town near Waldgirmes in central Germany found the life-sized head along with the foot of a rider on ...

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Art Talks: "Mona Lisa" speaks Mandarin in high-tech exhibit

  • Reuters
  • August 27, 2009 18:10
Mona Lisa

BEIJING (Reuters) - For centuries, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" and her enigmatic smile have inspired as much speculation as admiration. Now she's ready to answer questions -- in Mandarin. A digital, interactive version of the renowned 16th century painting is one of 61 high-tech replicas ...

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Behold the Barbarians' Loot: £1m Viking hoard exhibited for first time

  • London Times
  • August 27, 2009 18:10
Viking hoard found in 2007.

The largest and most important Viking hoard of jewels and coins found in Britain for over 150 years has gone on display for the first time. Unearthed by a father and son team of treasure hunters in a field, their 2007 find of 617 coins and gilt goodies is dated at more than 1,000 years old. The ...

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Condos & Princes: Russian dealer sues New York gallery over $3 million art agreement

  • Bloomberg
  • August 26, 2009 23:48
Condo's painting "God"

New York - New York’s Luhring Augustine Gallery has been sued by Moscow art dealer Gary Tatintsian for an alleged breach an agreement over a complicated series of transactions involving works by artists George Condo and Richard Prince. According to a complaint filed Aug. 11 in Manhattan, ...

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