Gem expert Campbell Bridges killed by Kenyan mob

  • London Times
  • August 12, 2009 22:02
Tanzanite

A renowned Scottish gem expert has been murdered in Kenya by a mob wielding knives, clubs, spears and bows and arrows. Campbell Bridges was known for introducing Tsavorite and Tanzanite, a gem that is one thousand times rarer than diamonds, to the marketplace...

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N.Y. lawmakers may curtail museum de-accessions

  • Luxist
  • August 12, 2009 22:02
Gifford's Mount Mansfield

Endowments are losing money, which means art museums have less to pay their staff and run their galleries. The solution? Well, they can fire some of their staff, or they can sell off some of their art. In the wake of the National Academy of Design Museum's controversial sale of Hudson River ...

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Dirty Dark Ages Freshen Up in Paris Exhibit on Bathing

  • Bloomberg
  • August 12, 2009 22:02
Roman bath

In the Middle Ages, most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled reasonably good at the wedding. Or so the old story goes. “The Bath and the Mirror,” an exhibition at the Musee de Cluny in Paris, strives to debunk the myth of the filthy Dark ...

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Christie’s Offers $5.7 Million More of Yves Saint Laurent's Stuff

  • Bloomberg
  • August 12, 2009 22:02
yves saint laurent auction, sale II

Following a record-breaking, 342.5 million euro auction last February, a second group of artworks from the collection of the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his auction-house-owning partner Pierre Berge is expected to fetch up to 4 million euros ($5.7 million) when it appears for ...

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Viennese Culture on the Skids

  • New York Observer
  • August 11, 2009 21:35
Galerie Neue

"Focus: Oksar Kokoschka” at the Neue Galerie comes right on time. The Viennese Expressionist, who died in 1980 at the age of 94, was one of the shattered visionaries of early-20th-century Modernism—a man on the edge....  

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L.A.'s Autry Center scraps $175-million expansion plan

  • LA Times Arts
  • August 11, 2009 21:35
Los Angeles' Autry Center

City approval hinged on Southwest Museum agreement...  

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Mona Lisa mugged

  • Guardian
  • August 11, 2009 21:35

Leonardo's painting has been attacked with a teacup – is it time for the Louvre to change how it displays its most valuable art?    

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Armed gang escapes with £40 million in 'biggest UK jewellery heist'

  • London Times
  • August 11, 2009 21:35
Graffs in London

(LONDON) An armed gang took a woman hostage as they stole £40 million worth of rings, necklaces and bracelets from Graff's jewellers on Bond Street in what is thought to be Britain’s biggest jewellery robbery.

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Museum of Modern Art’s Director Took a $630,000 Pay Cut

  • Bloomberg
  • August 10, 2009 08:29
MoMA

Glenn D. Lowry earned $1.32 million in pay and benefits running New York’s Museum of Modern Art in the year ending in June, down from $1.95 million the year before...

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Annie Leibovitz’s Epic N.Y. Renovations Spurred Lawsuit, Debt

  • Bloomberg
  • August 10, 2009 08:25
Annie Liebovitz's costly renovations on her N.Y.  property spurred debt.

The former owners of two 19th century homes in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village said they regret selling them in 2002 to photographer Annie Leibovitz, who is now in danger of losing the properties in a $24 million lawsuit.

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$14 Million Rolls-Royce on Offer in Museum Sale Could Be World's Most Expensive Car

  • Luxist
  • August 10, 2009 08:25
Rolls Royce

The one-of-a-kind 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II, known as the "Star of India", is being sold off by famed Rolls-Royce collector Hans-Günther Zach, who's liquidating his private museum dedicated to the marque in Germany...

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Steal a Classic Ferrari & More at Monterey Sale

  • Luxist
  • August 10, 2009 08:25
Ferrari

On August 13th - 15th Russo & Steele will stage their Monterey Sports & Muscle sale in California, offering some incredible deals on classic Ferraris and more. On the high end is this 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, with an estimate of $1 million – $1.1 million...

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Warhol's portrait of Michael Jackson goes on show pre-sale

  • Reuters
  • August 09, 2009 16:46
warhol

LONDON (Reuters) - A portrait of the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, by the King of Pop Art, Andy Warhol, went on show in London on Thursday for three days in the lead-up to an auction in New York of the 1984 painting.  

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S.F. art community fears loss of Gap founder's massive collection

  • LA Times Arts
  • August 09, 2009 16:30

Donald Fisher's plan to house his contemporary art in a new museum at San Francisco's historic Presidio ran afoul of preservationists, and now other cities are wooing him.  

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Jeff Koons: 'We Are Ourselves Inflatables'

  • UnBeige Mediabistro
  • August 09, 2009 16:30
jeff koomns

Jeff Koons oozes the wild charisma usually reserved for successful dictators. Be glad that he's using his powers for shiny, happy, multi-million-dollar good (and the odd invasion of Versailles)...

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U.K.'s Government Art Collection Adorns Offices

  • bloomberg
  • August 09, 2009 16:30
johmn mnajor

There is a deceptive John Le Carre feeling about the U.K. Government Art Collection (or GAC). This collection -- equivalent to a small museum -- contains works by such well-known figures as William Hogarth, Lucian Freud, David Hockney and Andy Warhol. The last is an exception...

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Tea Table Primer

  • About.com
  • August 06, 2009 10:54
A Pennsylvania mahogany ball & claw foot tea table with suppressed ball standard, Circa 1770.

Through the 18th century right up until the 1770s, a good number of small rectangular tables and round tilt-top tables were crafted in Colonial America, especially in Queen Anne and Chippendale styles. We usually refer to them as “tea tables,” but did they really have much to do with tea?

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Serenity now: Chinese Buddha heads Jenack auction

  • Auction Central News
  • August 06, 2009 10:54
Buddha head at Jenack

CHESTER, N.Y. - William Jenack Auctioneers will conduct a 395-lot Fine Art & Antiques auction, featuring a special selection of Asian art, on Aug. 9. Highlights include a Chinese carved limestone head of Buddha, Sui (581-618 A.D.) with an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000...

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Cartier-Bresson finally gets the focus

  • Bloomberg
  • August 06, 2009 10:54
Cartier-Bresson'w work is on view in Paris, reports Bloomberg.

Better late than never. Two shows in Paris celebrate the centenary of the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, who was born in 1908.

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Swell Summerhouse: Coliseum-builder's own ruins

  • Bloomberg
  • August 06, 2009 10:54
Greek ruins

Italian archeologists may have uncovered the summer villa of the Roman Emperor Vespasian near his birthplace in the mountains northeast of Rome, La Stampa newspaper reported.

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