Hammer Time: Americana guru Leigh Keno now auctions

  • Maine Antique Digest
  • August 19, 2009 18:18
Leigh Keno

Leigh Keno, the New York City antiques dealer and Antiques Roadshow star, has opened an auction house. "We packed up four estates in New England," Keno told Maine Antique Digest. "We will have our first sale in May." Highlights will be shown on the second floor of his Manhattan gallery during the ...

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Sketchy Sculptures: German police confiscate fake Giacomettis

  • AP
  • August 19, 2009 18:18
Giacometti

BERLIN — German police have confiscated hundreds of bronze and plaster statues alleged to be the works of Alberto Giacometti and arrested an art dealer and two others on suspicion of selling the fakes across the globe.

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Starry-eyed Speculation: Warhol's Michael Jackson sells super high

  • Forbes
  • August 19, 2009 18:18
Warhol's Michael Jackson portrait sells for "more than $1 million."

A speculating buyer is betting that Michael Jackson's portrait will have more than fifteen minutes of fame. On Aug. 18, the Vered Gallery in East Hampton, N.Y., sold a silk-screened image of the superstar, created by pop art icon Andy Warhol in 1984, for "a little more than $1 million," says ...

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Strange Stuff: Guccione's goods barely entice bidding

  • Huffington Post
  • August 18, 2009 21:14
Guccione's carousel horse

Ranging from the bizarre to quaint, remnant items from former Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione's seized mansion were auctioned in Connecticut by Braswell Galleries on Monday. Lionel toy trains and a Coney Island carousel horse were among the more collectible of the 374 lots of ...

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Fund-raising & Feather-ruffling: Backlash for jet-setting museum director

  • LA Times Arts
  • August 18, 2009 21:14
LACMA director

A high-paid Los Angeles museum director is scrutinized by the LA Times for living ten percent of his time in New York. While enjoying a near million dollar salary, the LACMA director was paid to stay in his own New York pad...  

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Some like it Hot: New Interpol stolen art database is online

  • CCTV
  • August 18, 2009 21:14
the Gardener Museum's missing Rembrandt

(PARIS) Online access to an international database of stolen art works has been established, fighting against the illicit traffic of stolen art work and cultural property, global police agency Interpol said on Monday. Access will be open to law enforcement agencies, governments, museums, auction ...

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Save Old Buildings: New master's degree program for preservationists

  • iberkshires.com
  • August 18, 2009 21:14
Hancock Village Shaker Round Barn

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – UMass Amherst and Hancock Shaker Village have announced a groundbreaking partnership that will create a new two-year master’s degree program that combines the university’s strengths in architecture and public history with on-site training and courses utilizing the Village’s ...

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An American Beauty Fetches $7.25 Million at Auction

  • edmunds insideline
  • August 17, 2009 22:56
World-record breaking price for this American car.

MONTEREY, California — Almost 45 years since the 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe made history in France, it made history again, selling for $7.25 million, the highest price ever paid at public auction for an American car. The auctioned car is the same one that clinched the Formula 1 World ...

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Hats off to Northeast Auctions' $7.9 million Marine Sale

  • Antiques & the Arts
  • August 17, 2009 22:56
Marine Sale at Northeast Auctions

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Northeast Auctions cast another blockbuster marine, China Trade and sporting art auction from August 15 to 17. The 1,750-plus lots tallied a whopping $7.9 million with a bid of $458,000 for a rare Audubon watercolor of squirrels and $337,000 for a dapper "Jack Tar"...

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Art Sleuth Hunts Down Hidden Rembrandts, Fake Rockwells

  • August 17, 2009 22:56
"Sleuth" uncovers Rembrandt

In his new book "Sleuth," London art dealer Philip Mould introduces us to a colorful cast: an eccentric collector who hoards portraits in a disused church in the wilds of Vermont; a father who forges paintings by Norman Rockwell to avoid losing the originals in a divorce; and Damien Hirst’s ...

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Alice Walton appoints new director of Crystal Bridges

  • LA Times Arts
  • August 17, 2009 22:56
Crystal Bridges

Currently director of the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, Don Bacigalupi will take charge of the fledgling American art museum in late October.  

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Important 1734 Henry Popple Maps of Colonial North America to Sell Online

  • WorthPoint
  • August 17, 2009 22:56
Popple Map

SEDONA, Ariz. – One of the most important maps of Colonial North America—Henry Popple’s “Map of the British Empire in North America,” published in 1734—will be the highlight of an online sale featuring hundreds of antique maps, atlases and other cartographic-related items. The exceedingly rare ...

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Museum Director Shake-up

  • UnBeige Mediabistro
  • August 17, 2009 22:56
Cleveland Museum of Art

There's been some major shifts at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The museum has named Deborah Gribbon as their interim director, who will take over for current director Timothy Rub this September as he leaves to take over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Gribbon, you might remember, used to be the ...

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Developers Threaten To Boot Artist Squatters In Berlin

  • NPR 1
  • August 16, 2009 22:39
Berlin artist

Increasing gentrification in Berlin is putting the city's famous and raucous alternative art scene at risk. Artists who have squatted in a ramshackle building for nearly 20 years now face eviction by corporate owners who want to turn the site into high-end apartments.

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UCLA has arts library on the chopping block

  • LA Times Arts
  • August 16, 2009 22:39

Budget cuts are forcing the university to consider merging the collection with an existing branch.  

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Da Vinci's lion prowls again after 500 years

  • Reuters
  • August 16, 2009 22:39
da Vinci's lion

AMBOISE, France (Reuters) - A mechanical lion invented by Leonardo da Vinci to entertain the King of France has sprung back to life in the Renaissance genius's last home.  

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Framing Rockwell's vision of America

  • Boston Globe 1
  • August 16, 2009 22:39
No Swimming ©1921 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN

STOCKBRIDGE, MASS. - To take the drive out through the Berkshires and onto the bucolic grounds of the Norman Rockwell Museum is to glide into a dream of America that may well never have existed, and yet it retains its power to seduce.

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Boston Globe critic picks "Prendergast in Italy"

  • Boston Globe 1
  • August 16, 2009 22:39
Maurice Prendergast (American, 1858–1924) Canal, Venice, ca.  1898–99 watercolor and pencil on paper Credit line: Abby & Alan D.  Levy Collection, Los Angeles

Not to miss this summer is PRENDERGAST IN ITALY an exhibition of Maurice Prendergast’s views of Rome, Siena, Venice, and Capri as well as fascinating archival material from the artist’s two trips to Italy in 1898 and 1911. On view through Sept. 20 at Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, ...

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Celebrated British jeweler quits London's Bond St.

  • Reuters
  • August 13, 2009 22:42
Damien Hirst

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - The luxury London jeweler which created British artist Damien Hirst's diamond-encrusted skull and provides jewels to the royal family is moving house.  

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Museum patrons see their gala gift bags shrink

  • Bloomberg
  • August 13, 2009 22:35
Museum gift bags

Guests at the Parrish Art Museum’s 2005 summer gala received a limited-edition bag from Coach Inc. This year, Kelsey Grammer, Joel Grey and some 500 other attendees got a nylon bag, a journal and a cookbook.

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