Houston Man Sells Picasso Artwork on Nextdoor

  • Austin360
  • July 18, 2018 11:55

A Houston man recently offered up a portrait that he listed as by Pablo Picasso on Nextdoor. Known as an online forum for neighbors to share local information, sell items, and (oftentimes) complain to eachother, Nextdoor seems an unlikely platform to have success with art-selling, yet the ...

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Napoleon's Hat From Waterloo Battle Brings $400,000 at Auction

  • New York Times
  • June 18, 2018 18:13
Napoleon reviews the Imperial Guard before the Battle of Jena.

A hat said to have been dropped by Napoleon Bonaparte on the battlefield of Waterloo catapulted to about $400,000 at an auction in France. The over 200-year-old artifact, one of 19 extant of Napoleon's iconic black bicorns, sold in Lyon for 350,000 euros, far exceeding its pre-sale estimate of ...

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New V&A Location Part of £1.1 Billion Transformation of East London Into Cultural Hub

  • The Times
  • June 05, 2018 22:23
Rendering for the new V&A building

A new outpost for the V&A is part of a £1.1 billion plan for London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford to be transformed into the “East Bank,” a cultural hub hosting branches of Sadler’s Wells, London College of Fashion and University College London (UCL). London Mayor Sadiq Khan ...

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Digital Art Jumps on the Blockchain Bandwagon

  • fivethirtyeight
  • March 08, 2018 21:39
Pepes were featured in the first ever rare digital art auction.  The frog meme has been linked to the alt-right.

From fivethirtyeight: "A small triumvirate of artists, technologists and financiers are using the blockchain to render art rare and then selling it. In the process, they’ve figured out a way to make digital art valuable... Technology like the blockchain, they say, democratizes art by creating ...

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Mystery Lingers Over Fate of Huguette Clark's Bellosguardo

  • Independent
  • February 20, 2018 20:24
Aerial view of Huguette Clark's Bellosguardo estate

Huguette Clark, the copper heiress who died at age 104 in 2011, left a will that envisioned her California mansion be turned into an arts nonprofit. Years later, the fate of the reclusive multimillionaire's 23-acre estate in Santa Barbara is still not clear. Her oceanside Bellosguardo estate ...

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Most Members Quit National Park Service Advisory Panel in Protest

  • Washington Post
  • January 17, 2018 14:24
John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California.  Muir wrote: "Any fool can destroy trees.  Through all the wonderful, eventful centuries ...  God has cared for these trees...but he cannot save them from fools -- only Uncle Sam can do that." - Our National Parks (1901) chapter 10.

This week, 10 out of 12 National Park System Advisory Board members have resigned, leaving the federal government without a functioning body to designate national historic or natural landmarks, reports the Washington Post. In a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, departing board chairman ...

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George Washington's Diamond Eagle Medal On Display With Newly-Discovered 7-Foot Watercolor in Philadelphia Exhibition

  • December 06, 2017 12:26
The Diamond Eagle presented to George Washington

The Diamond Eagle — an exquisite jewel-encrusted medal owned and worn by George Washington — is now on display in Philadelphia for the first time since it was presented to Washington in the city 233 years ago, and it will be shown this winter with a rare, newly-found Revolutionary War-era ...

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Wende Museum Showcases Material Culture of the Cold War Era

  • November 28, 2017 12:11
The Painter and His Model, 1956, by István Mácsa.  Oil on canvas.  Hungary.

The Wende Museum in its new location in Culver City, Calif., is a collections-based research and education institute that preserves Cold War artifacts and history, making resources available to scholars and applying historical lessons of the past to the present. From a vandalized bust of Lenin ...

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Holt Printing of Declaration of Independence Fetches Record Price at Auction

  • Watertown Daily Times
  • November 12, 2017 16:41
Copy of the Declaration of Independence, printed by John Holt, July 9, 1776.

One of five known 1776 copies of the Declaration of Independence printed in New York by John Holt sold for a record price to a California collector at auction on Saturday. Blanchard's in Potsdam, New York, sold the newly-discovered document for $1.5 million, setting a world record for any New ...

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Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona Sets Auction Record at $17.8 Million

  • October 30, 2017 22:38
The record-setting Paul Newman Daytona wristwatch fetched $17,752,500 at Philips.

A rare Rolex watch that was owned by the late movie star Paul Newman has sold for nearly $17.8 million, making it the most expensive watch ever auctioned. A telephone bidder secured the watch at a Phillips sale on Thursday. Oscar-winning Newman, who died in 2008 at age 83, wore the watch every ...

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Einstein Note on Theory of Happiness Fetches $1.6 Million

  • NPR
  • October 26, 2017 13:49
Albert Einstein, during a lecture in Vienna in 1921.

When Albert Einstein was visiting Tokyo's Imperial Hotel in 1922, he gave a bellboy a handwritten note instead of a tip. Scribbled in German on a piece of hotel stationery, Einstein wrote his theory of happiness: "A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success ...

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California Wine Country Fires Engulf Historic Structures, Arts Center

  • SF Chronicle
  • October 09, 2017 23:22
The historic Fountaingrove Round Barn burned in the Oct.  9, 2017, fire.

Fifteen wildfires raged through Northern California beginning Sunday night, destroying homes, schools, businesses, hotels, and multiple wineries in Napa and Sonoma Counties and the vicinity. Ten people were reported dead and dozens were missing as of Monday evening. While the massive and ...

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Newly Found Copy of Declaration of Independence at Auction in Nov.

  • New York Times
  • October 08, 2017 23:19
Copy of the Declaration of Independence, printed by John Holt, July 9, 1776.

A trove of historical documents belonging to a descendant of early British settlers in Long Island will emerge for the first time on the auction market next month, reports the New York Times. The star lot of the consignment is a copy of the Declaration of Independence--a rare and newly ...

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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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Antiquities Dealers Arrested in Hobby Lobby Probe

  • PBS
  • August 03, 2017 18:17
One of the objects seized during Sunday's arrest of antiquities dealers in Jerusalem.

On Sunday, Israeli authorities arrested 5 Palestinian antiquities dealers in Jerusalem. Officials contend that the dealers are connected to the illegal sales of antiquities to Hobby Lobby, the U.S. arts and crafts supply chain that has been acquiring thousands of ancient objects. Israeli ...

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Thieves Steal Neil Armstrong's Solid Gold Cartier-Made Lunar Lander Model

  • Smithsonian
  • August 01, 2017 16:52
One of the three Cartier solid gold replicas of the Lunar Excursion Module.

On Friday, thieves targeted the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the hometown of Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon. Missing is a five-inch tall solid-gold replica of the Lunar Excursion Module, along with award medals and presentation coins in the same ...

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Instagram Drives Sales in Vintage Watch Market

  • New York Times
  • August 01, 2017 16:52
A 1969 Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona Reference 6241, sold via Instagram for $175,000.00

Facebook's Instagram, with its 700 million users worldwide, is the popular image-centric platform that is now catapulting sales of vintage watches, reports the New York Times. In one recent case, Hodinkee posted a photo of a 1969 Rolex "Paul Newman" Daytona Reference 6241 on Instagram. Amidst a ...

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$600 Million Historical Art Collection Heads to a Contemporary Art Museum

  • New York Times
  • July 17, 2017 13:29

Near Turin, Italy, a private art collection with notable works spanning the 13th-to-20th centuries, and valued at $600 million, will radically transform a contemporary art museum, reports the New York Times. In a statement, the Fondazione Francesco Federico Cerruti per l’Arte, Castello di ...

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UK Antiques Dealer's Murder Linked to First Edition of The Wind in the Willows

  • Huffington Post
  • July 10, 2017 21:55

A new documentary reveals the mystery behind a vicious crime that took the life of UK historian and antiquarian book dealer Adrian Greenwood last April. Greenwood's body was found in his Oxford home with 30 stab wounds by his house cleaner. Missing from his book inventory was a £50,000 first ...

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