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Museum devoted to magic of cinema to open in Los Angeles

In this file photo taken on December 4, 2018 a view of the fully restored 1939 Iconic building facade at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures' future home one Wilshire and Fairfax is seen during the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences unveiling ceremony, in Los Angeles, California. Nearly a century after the idea was first floated, a museum dedicated to the magic of cinema is finally set to open in Los Angeles, with the first temporary exhibition devoted to Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, slated to open by the end of 2019, will be devoted to the past, present and future of film, offering visitors a look behind the screen and into how movies are made. VALERIE MACON / AFP.

LOS ANGELES (AFP).- Nearly a century after the idea was first floated, a museum dedicated to the magic of cinema is finally set to open in Los Angeles, with the first temporary exhibition devoted to Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, slated to open by the end of 2019, will be devoted to the past, present and future of film, offering visitors a look behind the screen and into how movies are made. "Los Angeles was at one time and still is to some degree one of the major capitals for the production of film... so it seems the natural place to have a major museum to ensure that the legacy of film lives on," said Kerry Brougher, director of the museum, which is the brainchild of the Academy of Picture Arts and Sciences, the institution behind the Oscars. Dorothy's famed ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz," a copy of a script annotated by Gregory Peck for the 1962 drama "To Kill a Mockingbird," the doors to Rick's Cafe Americain from "Casablanca" or the typewriter used by ... More

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Book Proust gave to his lover sells for world record 1.5 million euros   Cyprus shipwreck reveals ancient boat-building methods   Statue of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst unveiled in Manchester

In this file photo taken on February 11, 2015, French businessman Pierre Berge poses at his office in Paris, France. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- A copy of Marcel Proust's "Swann's Way" which he dedicated to his "little darling", sold for 1.51 million euros ($1.7 million) in Paris Friday -- a world record for a French book, auction house Sotheby's said. The rare copy of the first volume of the French writer's masterpiece, "Remembrance of Things Past", had been expected to go for between 600,000 and 800,000 euros. It smashed the previous record for a piece of French literature held by the poet Charles Baudelaire's "Les Fleurs du mal" ("The Flowers of Evil"), a copy of which sold for 775,000 euros nine years ago. The copy of "Swann's Way" is the very first from a numbered luxuriously bound edition of the novel that Proust paid for himself and gave as a gift to his beloved Lucien Daudet. It came with a touching dedication from Proust to his "little darling". "You are not in this book. You are too much in my heart that I could you ... More

The ship which sank off Mazotos on the island's south coast in the middle of the 4th century BC is thought to be one of the region's best-preserved wrecks.

NICOSIA (AFP).- Archaeologists working to excavate a 2,400-year-old shipwreck off Cyprus have gained insights into the evolution of ancient boat-building technology in the Mediterranean, authorities said Wednesday. The ship which sank off Mazotos on the island's south coast in the middle of the 4th century BC is thought to be one of the region's best-preserved wrecks. "After careful study of the excavated timbers, a very important element of shipbuilding technology has already come to light: both ligatures and mortise-and-tenons were used to join the garboard, the stem post and the keel," the Cyprus antiquities department said. Evidence found on the ship, which went down carrying jars of wine, was linked to two prominent seafaring people, the Greeks and the Phoenicians, the department said in a statement. "These two techniques found in the same ship add an ... More

A statue of the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, entitled 'Our Emmeline', is unveiled in St Peter's Square, Manchester, northern England on December 14, 2018. OLI SCARFF / AFP

LONDON (AFP).- A statue of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst was inaugurated on Friday in the northern English city Manchester, to mark the centenary of the first election in which women -- aged over 30 -- were allowed to vote. Pankhurst (1858-1928), who was from Manchester, founded the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in 1903 and became the most prominient activist for female suffrage of the era. She campaigned alongside her three daughters -- Christabel, Adela and Sylvia -- and was imprisoned and released eleven times. The statue, created by sculptor Hazel Reeves, depicts the activist standing on a chair making a speech, her right arm outstretched. It has been erected in the city's St Peter's Square -- where suffragette gatherings took place and she first agitated on the issue. "Emmeline, I'm so sorry your statue has be ... More

Inaugural decorative arts show in Hirschl & Adler's new home at the Fuller Building opens in New York   The Redwood Library & Athenæum opens 'The Claggetts of Newport: Master Clockmakers in Colonial America'   Mickey Mouse, Mary Blair, Charlie Brown, Grinch, Scooby Doo lead Heritage Auctions' record-breaking event

Attributed to John (1777–1851) and Hugh (1781–1831) Finlay, Baltimore (active about 1800/01–30). Painted Black and Gilded “Fancy” Side Chair, about 1830. 33 3/4 in. high, 18 5/8 in. wide, 23 3/4 in. deep overall. Photo: Eric W. Baumgartner.

NEW YORK, NY.- In honor of the sixty-fifth anniversary of Hirschl & Adler Galleries and Stuart Feld’s fiftieth year as Director of the firm, the gallery opened Augmenting the Canon, Recent Acquisitions of American Neo-Classical Decorative Arts on Thursday, December 13, 2018. This exhibition is the inaugural decorative arts show in Hirschl & Adler’s new home at the, the Fuller Building, a legendary art destination at the crossroads of 57th Street and Madison Avenue. The exhibition is the eleventh in a series devoted to American decorative arts. Augmenting the Canon includes about sixty masterpieces of Neo-Classical furniture, embroidery, silver, lighting, ceramics, and glass made in America, or in England, France, or China expressly for an American clientele between the ... More

William Claggett, Tall Case Clock with Moonphase Tombstone Dial and Japanned Case, ca. 1740.

NEWPORT, RI.- In an era when it emerged alongside New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Charleston as one of the five main port cities of the American Enlightenment, Newport famously distinguished itself by its uniquely progressive society, but also by its cultural refinement, exemplified as much by the Redwood Library—America’s first purpose-built library and earliest public neoclassic building—as by the masterpiece clocks produced by the Claggett dynasty. The Claggetts of Newport: Master Clockmakers in Colonial America features 35 clocks, the largest assemblage of Claggett and Wady clocks ever brought together—many never exhibited publicly. It examines the range of the Claggetts’ clock production in terms of their technical sophistication, decorative finesse, and context of fabrication. “As the pinnacle of what was often the most expensive item in an elite colonial home, these clocks reflect the cultural aspira ... More

A rare 12-field, two-peghole animation drawing in graphite of both Mickey Mouse and Peg Leg Pete went for $14,400.

DALLAS, TX.- A 1969 painting from The Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square sparked a flurry of competitive bidding en route to claiming top-lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ Animation Art Auction Dec. 8-9 in Beverly Hills, California. With sell-through rates of 99.1 percent by value and 99.76 percent by lots sold, the sale totaled $1,956,296, making it Heritage Auctions’ most successful Heritage Auctions animation auction in the history of the company, and one of the biggest ever held. More than 30 bidders pursued Haunted Mansion Stretching Room Disneyland Painting Original Art (Walt Disney, 1969) until it closed at $72,000, nearly tripling its pre-auction estimate. The rare, hand-painted image was one of four that greeted guests upon entry into The Haunted Mansion in New Orleans before the images were replaced at the attraction by prints. The massive (11 feet, ... More

Neil Armstrong boot prototype sold for $49,000 at auction   Freeman's ends 2018 on high note   Exceptional Tlingit rattle achieves top lot at Bonhams Native American Art Sale

The prototype boot measures approximately 8″ inches tall, 12.75″ inches long, and 5.5″ inches wide, and includes its light blue silicon ‘moon boot’ tread.

BOSTON, MASS.- A prototype Apollo A7L lunar boot created for Neil Armstrong sold for $49,000 according to Boston-based RR Auction. The boot was manufactured by International Latex Corporation (ILC) in Dover, Delaware, around late 1968 or early 1969, with inner liner featuring a stitched Beta cloth name-tag marked: “Armstrong.” The prototype boot measures approximately 8″ inches tall, 12.75″ inches long, and 5.5″ inches wide, and includes its light blue silicon ‘moon boot’ tread. The construction of the boot consists of the aluminized Mylar insulation layers with gold-tone Kapton tape and liner material bearing a large stitched “R,” characteristics in keeping with the configuration of an Apollo-era lunar boot. This example is incomplete due to the absence of outer Beta cloth, the Chromel-R fabrics, and the various snaps and straps necessary for secure fitting and closure; this boot was likely inte ... More

Lot 47, a “Floral Bouquet” pattern chandelier by Tiffany Studios from a private Pennsylvania collection performed well, selling for $125,000.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Design auction brought Freeman’s 2018 auction calendar to a close this Monday, December 10. The 130-lot auction included a wide selection of works by master American studio artisans, as well as a group of silver from a California collection, and British, Japanese, and American pottery. The auction achieved $831,000, with 92% of lots sold. Lot 47, a “Floral Bouquet” pattern chandelier by Tiffany Studios from a private Pennsylvania collection performed well, selling for $125,000. A set of six sculptured metal dining chairs by Paul Evans, of bronze-patinated composite over steel, soared past their presale estimate of $8,000-12,000, eventually selling for $25,000. And Lot 61, a fine custom cabinet of American black walnut, giltwood and slate by Phillip Lloyd Powell sold for $31,250. Works by father-daughter master woodworkers George and Mira Nakashima enjoyed success at the auction ... More

An exceptional Tlingit rattle, Attributed to Kadjisdu.axch, Old Wrangell, c. 1770-1790 (estimate: $100,000-150,000). Price realized: $504,500. Photo: Bonhams.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The December 11 sale of Native American Art was led by an exceptional Tlingit rattle, circa 1770-1790, which realized $504,500 (estimate: $100,000-150,000). Attributed to Kadjisdu.axch, the greatest carver of wood among the Tlingit people, this rattle is expertly carved in the form of an oystercatcher with several figures including an eagle, a bear, and a wolf. This work was originally collected by Dr. Hugh S. Wyman (1858-1913), an Assistant Surgeon aboard the U.S.S. Pinta, stationed in Sitka, along with fellow officer and noted ethnographer George T. Emmons in 1884. After resigning his Navy commission in 1885, Wyman remained in Alaska until 1899, residing on Douglas Island and Juneau before moving his practice to Olympia, Washington. The attribution to Kadjisdu.axch comes from Steve C. Brown, former Curator of Native ... More

Yale Art Gallery appoints Liliana Milkova as Nolen Curator of Education & Academic Affairs   Sotheby's leads Asia for the third year in a row   Pair of white glove auctions leads Sotheby's $25.6 million Sales of Important 20th Century Design in New York

Milkova is a leader in museum pedagogy and cross-curricular collaborations. Photo by Tanya Rosen Jones.

NEW HAVEN, CONN.- The Yale University Art Gallery announced the appointment of Liliana Milkova as the next Nolen Curator of Education and Academic Affairs, beginning January 7, 2019. In this role, Milkova assumes leadership of the Gallery’s Education Department, overseeing public education, public programs, and academic affairs. The department embodies the museum’s mission of encouraging appreciation for and understanding of art through direct engagement with original works. The Gallery promotes active learning through research, teaching, and dialogue among Yale students, faculty, artists, scholars, and the public, and it is committed to providing access to all who wish to learn, through free admission, free programs, and free class visits. The Gallery’s educational outreach extends far beyond the museum’s walls; various online initiatives offer opportunities to art lovers and students from around the globe. A widely respected ... More

A Superbly Enamelled, Fine and Exceedingly Rare Pink-Ground Falangcai Bowl, Yuzhi Mark and Period of Kangxi (Spring 2018). Sold for: HK$238,807,500 (US$30,428,852). Courtesy Sotheby's.

HONG KONG.- ‘2018 has been the best year in the history of Sotheby’s Asia’, commented Kevin Ching, Chief Executive Officer of Sotheby’s Asia. ‘With an auction total of US$1 billion, well ahead of our competitors for the third consecutive year, the results cement our leadership in Asia. It is the combination of our unparalleled expertise and passion, innovative sale concepts, and our absolute commitment to clients that drives our continued success in an increasingly discerning and competitive market.’ · Sotheby’s Asia 2018 aggregate auction sales reach HK$7.68 billion (US$985 million), the highest total in the Company’s 45-year history in the region. It also marks Sotheby’s third consecutive year as the market leader in Asia. · 12 ‘white-glove’ sales (100% sold) · 7 works sold for more than HK$100 million each · 40+ auction records · Leading the ... More

François-Xavier Lalanne, Mouton de pierre. Epoxy stone, patinated bronze 33 1/2 x 16 x 36 in. (85.1 x 40.6 x 91.4 cm) designed 1979. Estimate: $100/150,000. Sold for: $262,500. Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s December auctions of 20th Century Design concluded this Wednesday in New York with an outstanding total of $25.6 million achieved across three sales — trumping their high estimate and with an impressive 89.5% of all lots sold. Below is a look at the important pieces and collections that drove this week’s sales in New York: Examples of Tiffany’s celebrated leaded glass lamps triumphed during our annual offering of the firm’s designs on Wednesday afternoon. The sale was led by an Important "Trumpet Creeper" Table Lamp, which far surpassed its $1.2 million high estimate to sell for $2,295,000 – a new auction record for the model. Undoubtedly the finest example of the model that is known to exist, the present work from circa 1903 exhibits a superb painterly interpretation and bears witness to the highest artistic achievements of the firm’s ... More

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$578K Rolex tops Morphy's $4 million Fine & Decorative Arts & Jewelry Auction
DENVER, PA.- Fine and decorative art of utmost quality and rarity shared the spotlight alongside premier timepieces and jewelry at Morphy’s Dec. 5-6 auction, which closed the books confidently at more than $4 million. Holding court over the 1,539 lots of elegant antiques and luxury goods was an 18K gold Rolex timepiece that had created a buzz in the watch-collecting community ever since its consignment was first announced. It attracted worldwide bidder interest and ultimately sold over the phone for $578,100. Known as the Daytona Ref 6241 “Paul Newman” model in the ultra-rare John Player Special black-and-gold color scheme, the 1969 Rolex had come to Morphy’s directly from its original and sole owner, who purchased it new in 1970. “Every Rolex Daytona watch bound for the United States had a three-letter export code stamped on its movement. The ... More

Dead stag installed at former US base in South Korea
PAJU.- A stuffed deer stands in a former US ammunition store just outside the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas, tree branches spreading up from its antlers towards the roof. The work was installed this year at Camp Greaves, a former US army facility within the buffer zone that runs alongside the DMZ that has been converted into an arts centre and tourist attraction. South Korean artist Kim Myeongbeom listens to "the whispers of objects and their intimate conversations", a plaque explains, looking to juxtapose both man-made and natural objects and representations of life and death. American forces moved out of Camp Greaves in 2004, in one of the first steps of a wide-ranging plan to relocate many of the US units stationed in South Korea to Camp Humphreys, south of the capital Seoul. The transfers have now largely been completed, ... More

C'est Fou! collection achieves more than €9M at Christie's Paris
PARIS.- The C’est Fou! collection sold in three days totaled €9,375,250, selling 84% by lot and 87% by value. The top lot of the largest sale offered at Christie’s France this year was a beautiful painting by Hermenegildo Anglada-Camarasa, La Gata Rosa, which sold for €703,500. Additional strong results were achieved for a marble figural group entitled Shooting Stars, by Vittorio Caradossi made circa 1900, which was sold €367,500 above its presale estimate, and L’Eternel Printemps by Auguste Rodin which sold for €307,500. The Asian Art section was particularly important and totaled €2,014,125. The top lot of this section was a pair of celadon Jade Twin Phoenix plaques which sold for €691,500. Additionally, the château de Versailles preempted lot 183, an 18th century Meissen porcelain armorial chocolate cup and a saucer, from the service for Queen ... More

Sales by major artists raise half a million pounds for Parkinson's
LONDON.- The Cure Parkinson’s Trust, Artwise and Bonhams announced the sum of half a million pounds raised thus far this year by Cure3 . With more sales still anticipated, the amount raised at this stage surpasses the £300,000 raised by the inaugural Cure3 in 2017. All profits from Cure3 will be going directly to The Cure Parkinson’s Trust and will make a significant contribution to ground-breaking research for a cure for Parkinson’s. The well-attended showcase exhibition for Cure3 at Bonhams, London, ran from 26th October – 28th October 2018 with a glittering preview on the evening of 25th October. The VIP guests for the opening night, including eager collectors and a host of participating artists, were joined by CPT Patron, Mike Tindall who was interviewed live from the preview about Cure3 and the ongoing work of CPT for BBC London News. Among ... More

Kevin Beasley debuts immersive installation at the Whitney
NEW YORK, NY.- For his most ambitious exhibition to date, Kevin Beasley confronts the legacy of the American South in a powerful new installation that explores the intersection of history, labor, land, and race. Reclaiming a 1915 electric motor that once powered a cotton gin on an Alabama farm during the middle of the twentieth century, Beasley creates a multipart installation in which he distills the visual and auditory experiences of the machine. Kevin Beasley: A view of a landscape opens in the Whitney’s eighth floor Hurst Family Galleries on December 15, 2018 and runs through March 10, 2019. Through the use of customized microphones, soundproofing, and audio hardware, the installation detaches the physical motor from the sounds it produces, enabling visitors to have distinct sensorial experiences. In one room, the one-ton motor runs ... More

Exhibition at the Kunsthalle Münster features works from all phases of Mary Beth Edelson's artistic creation
MUNSTER.- Mary Beth Edelson (b. 1933 in East Chicago; lives in New York) is one of the most important representatives of feminist art of the 1970s. In the course of her career the American artist has conducted ongoing research on the female identity. In her paintings, collages and performances she subtly and provokingly—and not without a sense of humour and irony— deconstructs the traditional iconography of femininity, questions societal constructions of femininity and challenges hegemonic patriarchal values. In Edelson’s first solo exhibition in a German institution, the Kunsthalle Münster is showing works spanning almost five decades of the pioneering artist’s production. In addition to playing a considerable role in the history of the feminist art movement, her works remain highly topical even today. The comprehensive presentation offers the possibility of becoming ... More

Holabird Western Americana Collections' five-day 'to die for' sale featured 3,500 lots
RENO, NEV.- An eclectic five-day auction that featured items ranging from a Chinese Hunan One Tael silver coin to a 150-year-old Idaho soda bottle to an antique wood ore car from a mine in Utah to Marilyn Monroe’s signed autograph was held December 5th-9th by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, online and in the gallery at 3555 Airway Drive (Ste. 308) in Reno. The auction was nicknamed “to die for” because it featured a massive offering of token dies from the Northwest Territorial Mint Liquidation, but there were many other items in a wide array of collecting categories, a staggering 3,500 lots in all. Nearly 3,700 people registered to bid online via the platforms and The auction grossed a total of $355,825. “This was the second sale in what promises to be an exciting fall and winter season for us,” said ... More

Actress Sondra Locke dead at 74
WASHINGTON (AFP).- Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke has died of cancer at the age of 74, US news outlets reported Thursday night. Locke died November 3 in California, the reports said, quoting a celebrity news website, Radar Online. She had been battling breast and bone cancer. The Los Angeles County Public Health Department confirmed her death, Variety magazine reported. Locke was also known for her decade-long personal and professional relationship with Clint Eastwood. She was nominated for the Oscar for best supporting actor for her role in an adaptation of the Carson McCullers novel "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" in 1968. It was Locke's first movie. "I had never been on a movie set," she told Variety in 1978, "but it was like coming home." Locke got a big break in 1976 when she played the love interest of Eastwood in "The Outlaw Josey Wales." ... More

Jazz legend Nancy Wilson dead at 81
WASHINGTON (AFP).- Nancy Wilson, a Grammy-winning singer who performed everything from jazz ballads to pop songs during a career spanning decades, has died at the age of 81. She died Thursday in California after a long illness, her manager Devra Hall Levy told US news outlets. Wilson's biggest hit was "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am" in 1964. It earned her a Grammy award for best R&B recording. She also won a Grammy in 2005 and 2007. Wilson once said she knew from a very early age what she would do in life. "I have always just sung. I have never questioned what it is. I thank God for it and I just do it," she NPR radio in 1994. She said the musical influences in her life included Nat "King" Cole. ... More

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