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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The Guggenheim At 50: A Legacy Spirals On Fifth

  • NPR 1
  • August 05, 2009 13:19
Guggenheim turns 50

A half-century ago, an eye-popping object landed on Fifth Avenue in New York City. It looked like it had dropped from outer space, and was treated as such. It was the Guggenheim museum, and today, tourists come from around the world to marvel at it.

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RISD Museum of Art's Director Unexpectedly Resigns

  • UnBeige Mediabistro
  • August 05, 2009 13:19
RISD's Hope Alswang

Rhode Island School of Design's Museum of Art's director Hope Alswang has announced that she is resigning, effective immediately, to pursue other opportunities.   

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Sporting Art, Decoys take in $4.15 million at Copley's Auction

  • Antiques & the Arts
  • August 05, 2009 13:19
The top lot of the sporting art was a Frank Benson watercolor titled "Canada Geese” that sold for $80,500.

PLYMOUTH, MASS. - Copley Fine Art Auction's July 15 to 16 sale grossed an impressive $4,158,929; even more impressive is the fact that $1.8 million of that total came from the six of the seven Crowell decoys from the Long collection...

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New Orleans Auction Galleries serves up Southern estates

  • Auction Central News
  • August 05, 2009 13:19
London silversmith John Christopher Romer crafted this early George III sterling epergne in 1765-1766.  Weighing 159.53 troy ounces, the rococo silver masterpiece has an estimate of $18,000-$25,000.  Image courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries.

Summer heat and humidity in the Crescent City hasn't stopped New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc. from putting together an August sale that will have auction-goers wiping their brows as bidding intensifies. The auction Aug. 8-9 will feature art, antiques and curios from numerous Southern estates ...

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'The Chimaera of Arezzo' at the Getty Villa

  • LA Times Arts
  • August 04, 2009 15:00

The Getty features an exhibition featuring the masterpiece of Etruscan bronzework known as the Chimaera of Arezzo and traces the myth of Bellerophon and the Chimaera over five centuries of classical art.  

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Eyeing Provincetown's place in American art

  • Boston Globe 2
  • August 04, 2009 15:00
Boston's Acme Fine Art exhibits Provincetown masters

Some of the great artists of the 20th century put paint to canvas at the Days Lumberyard studios in Provincetown. Robert Motherwell was there, and Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, and George McNeil, among others. “Days Lumberyard Studios 1915-1972,’’ a rewarding exhibit at Acme Fine Art, offers ...

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