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Chinese Stamp Rarity; Philatelic flub may bring auction record

Reuters / August 31st, 2009

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 ...

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

Philly.com / August 31st, 2009

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 ...

What Saatchi Says Sticks; The contemporary art tastemaker talks

Guardian / August 30th, 2009

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 ...

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

LA Times / August 30th, 2009

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 ...

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

Guardian / August 30th, 2009

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 ...

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

AP / August 30th, 2009

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 ...

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

KTLA News / August 30th, 2009

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 ...

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

UnBeige Mediabistro / August 28th, 2009

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 ...

Michael Mazur Dies; Yale-educated artist, prominent printmaker

Cape Cod Online / August 30th, 2009

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 ...

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

New York Observer / August 27th, 2009

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 ...

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

Metro Weekly / August 27th, 2009

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 ...

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

BND.com / August 27th, 2009

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 ...

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

Maine Antiques Digest / August 27th, 2009

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 ...

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

Reuters / August 27th, 2009

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 ...

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

Reuters / August 27th, 2009

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 ...

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

London Times / August 27th, 2009

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 ...

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

Bloomberg / August 26th, 2009

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, ...

Fabulous Finds vs. Disappointing Duds: U.K.'s 'Antiques Roadshow' still stokes viewers' interest

Daily Record / August 26th, 2009

U.K. - From Chippendale chairs to Anthony Gormley paintings, Britain's popular television series "Antiques Roadshow" has unsurfaced a treasure trove of exciting attic finds. But more often than not, there is a budding collector who is disappointed by the show's expert appraisals. Recently, a ...

SFMOMA Focues East: A New Look at Asian Photography

NPR 1 / August 26th, 2009

San Francisco - Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon and Henri Cartier-Bresson are a few 20th-century photographers most widely noted as masters. An entire hemisphere of photographic history is often overlooked. Two upcoming fall exhibitions at SFMOMA will examine stunning photography from Japan, China, ...

Sharing Art to Make Money: The Collectors Fund offers artful investing

Portfolio / August 25th, 2009

Kansas City, Missouri - Art enthusiasts who have invested in The Collectors Fund have happily observed their money outperform the stock market. The added value of the fund is a rotating art collection of 130 works, currently valued at $17 million, which fund members enjoy in their own homes. ...