Turkey Fights for Return of a Work It Says Was Looted

A bench trial in Federal District Court in Manhattan concerns an ancient idol held by Christie’s.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #auctions, #christies, #collectors-and-collections, #manhattan-nyc, #politics-and-government, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #turkey

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The Courtroom Sketch: A Piece of History, and Art

The Library of Congress recently added more than 200 sketches of the Rodney King police brutality trial to its collection. “We are drawing history in the making,” one sketch artist said.

#art, #chaney-mary-1927-2004, #church-marilyn, #collectors-and-collections, #courtroom-sketch-artists, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #king-rodney-glen, #legal-profession, #libraries-and-librarians, #library-of-congress

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Restoring Islamic Coins to Reveal the Past

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is working on what it has named the Hoard of Jazira, more than 2,800 pieces of the region’s history.

#collectors-and-collections, #currency, #louvre-abu-dhabi, #museums, #muslims-and-islam, #restoration-and-renovation

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As NFTs Soar, Experts Warn of an Unsustainable Bubble

As the prices of blockchain-secured works skyrocket and speculators swoop, experts are warning of an unsustainable bubble.

#art, #auctions, #blockchain-technology, #christies, #collectors-and-collections, #ethereum-foundation, #finances, #hirst-damien, #metakovan-entrepreneur, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #rogoff-kenneth-s, #virtual-currency, #winkelmann-mike-beeple

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Hired by the Empress of Art at Tehran’s Hidden Museum

Donna Stein, in her score-settling memoir, reveals how she helped Farah Diba Pahlavi create a museum whose collection is valued at $3 billion today.

#art, #books-and-literature, #collectors-and-collections, #content-type-personal-profile, #islamic-revolution, #museums, #pahlavi-farah, #pahlavi-mohammed-reza, #stein-donna-1942, #tehran-iran, #tehran-museum-of-contemporary-art, #the-empress-and-i-how-an-ancient-empire-collected-rejected-and-rediscovered-modern-art-book

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Why Did Someone Pay $560,000 for a Picture of My Column?

Bidders say they had many different motivations, including fun, self-promotion and signaling support for the NFT market.

#art, #auctions, #blockchain-technology, #collectors-and-collections, #ethereum-foundation, #new-york-times-neediest-cases-fund, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #virtual-currency

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Daniel Wolf, 65, Dies; Helped Create a Market for Art Photography

In 1984, he quietly amassed 25,000 photos for the J. Paul Getty Museum, jump-starting collectors’ interest in the medium.

#collectors-and-collections, #colorado, #deaths-obituaries, #getty-j-paul-museum, #lin-maya, #photography, #wolf-daniel-1955-2021

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Buy This NFT Column on the Blockchain!

Why can’t a journalist join the NFT party, too?

#auctions, #blockchain-technology, #collectors-and-collections, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #e-commerce, #ethereum-foundation, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #virtual-currency

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Auctions of Cars, Watches and Furniture Heat Up

The value of collectibles — like coffee tables, whiskey, Air Jordans and Pokémon cards — has soared.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #luxury-goods-and-services, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sneakers, #trading-cards, #watches-and-clocks, #your-feed-fashion

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Squishmallows Are Taking Over

These huggable, collectible plush toys have cultivated a fandom in a year of grief, isolation and uncertainty.

#collectors-and-collections, #tiktok-bytedance, #toys

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From Crypto Art to Trading Cards, Investment Manias Abound

Each market frenzy seems crazier than the last. But all have the same roots.

#art, #bitcoin-currency, #coinbase-inc, #collectors-and-collections, #computers-and-the-internet, #interest-rates, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #robinhood-financial-llc, #shoes-and-boots, #sneakers, #stocks-and-bonds, #stockx, #trading-cards, #virtual-currency

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The $69 Million Beeple NFT Was Bought With Cryptocurrency

“It feel like I got a steal,” the buyer, who calls himself Metakovan, said in an interview about the “nonfungible token,” or NFT, he bought at an online auction.

#art, #christies, #collectors-and-collections, #computers-and-the-internet, #metakovan-entrepreneur, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #virtual-currency, #winkelmann-mike-beeple

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JPG File Sells for $69 Million, as ‘NFT Mania’ Gathers Pace

“Everydays — The First 5000 Days,” by the artist known as Beeple, set a record for a digital artwork in a sale at Christie’s.

#art, #auctions, #christies, #collectors-and-collections, #computers-and-the-internet, #virtual-currency, #winkelmann-mike-beeple

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He Owns World Famous Stamps and a Prized Coin. Now He’s Selling.

Stuart Weitzman, who made his fortune in shoes, is parting with three of his collecting triumphs, including a block of four “Inverted Jennies.”

#auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #content-type-personal-profile, #numismatics, #sothebys, #stamps-postal, #weitzman-stuart

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Boy Scouts Will Sell Nearly 60 Norman Rockwell Works to Pay Sex-Abuse Claims

The Boy Scouts of America, which is facing more than 82,000 sex-abuse claims, said in a court filing that it would establish a settlement fund of at least $300 million.

#art, #auctions, #boy-scouts, #collectors-and-collections, #finances, #museums, #rockwell-norman, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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The Grocery Store of the Mind

Vicarious food shopping, from collectible Mini Brands to “Supermarket Sweep,” simulates a lost pleasure.

#collectors-and-collections, #mini-brands, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #supermarket-sweep-tv-program, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #television, #toys, #zuru-inc

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Why an Animated Flying Cat With a Pop-Tart Body Sold for Almost $600,000

A fast-growing market for digital art, ephemera and media is marrying the world’s taste for collectibles with cutting-edge technology.

#andreessen-horowitz, #andreessen-marc-l, #bitcoin-currency, #collectors-and-collections, #computers-and-the-internet, #cuban-mark, #gemini-trust-co-llc, #horowitz-ben, #lohan-lindsay, #music, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #venture-capital, #vine-labs-inc, #virtual-currency

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A New Era of Million Dollar Sports Trading Cards Is Here

As prices soar in the high-end collectibles market, cards of stars like LeBron James and Mike Trout are in the same discussion as those of Honus Wagner and Mickey Mantle.

#auctions, #baseball, #basketball, #collectors-and-collections, #davis-aaron-collector, #goldin-auctions, #gretzky-wayne, #heritage-auctions, #james-lebron, #mantle-mickey, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #trading-cards, #trout-mike

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How Car Collecting Powered Through the Pandemic

The virus hastened the rise of online sales, as connoisseurs of vintage vehicles found more time to spend with their socially distanced hobby.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #auctions, #automobiles, #collectors-and-collections, #e-commerce, #nonnenberg-randy, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Presidents’ Day Auction Offers Lincoln’s Hair and Other Oddities

The auction feeds a thriving market for private collectors. Among the items: photographs, a lottery ticket signed by Washington, a Kennedy sweater, and a check from Donald J. Trump.

#archives-and-records, #auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #kennedy-john-fitzgerald, #lincoln-mary-todd, #lincoln-robert-todd, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #presidentsday, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-martha-1731-1802

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$76,000 Birkinstocks Made From Actual Birkin Bags?

Warning: Neither Hermès nor Birkenstock has approved this product.

#birkenstock-footprint-sandals, #birkin-bag, #collectors-and-collections, #fashion-and-apparel, #handbags-and-purses, #hermes-international-sa, #luxury-goods-and-services, #mschf, #williamsburg-brooklyn-ny, #your-feed-fashion

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Richard Feigen, Gallerist and Champion of Art, Dies at 90

He brought a hard-driving style to the showing and selling of art in New York and beyond. He died of Covid-19.

#art, #collectors-and-collections, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #feigen-richard-l

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With a Gift of Art, a Daughter Honors, if Not Absolves, Her Father

Douglas Latchford, a scholar of Khmer antiquities who was accused of trafficking in looted artifacts, bequeathed his world-class collection to his daughter. She has returned it to Cambodia.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bangkok-thailand, #cambodia, #collectors-and-collections, #latchford-douglas-a-j, #museums

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For Sale: Souvenirs of Capitalism’s Failures

A bustling market for souvenirs of Lehman Brothers, Enron, and other casualties of the system.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #capitalism-theory-and-philosophy, #collectors-and-collections, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #stocks-and-bonds

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Do Museums Need a Shopping Network for Art Donations?

A new venture suggests it will help art institutions find works of art that collectors have decided they want to give away as gifts.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #art, #chicago-museum-of-contemporary-art, #collectors-and-collections, #darling-michael-1967, #museum-exchange-web-site, #museums, #philanthropy

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With New Museums, a Once Disgraced Socialite Looks to Burnish His Legacy

Two new art spaces funded by a Spanish regional government showcase the collection of Roberto Polo. But they don’t mention the shadier episodes of his past.

#art, #collectors-and-collections, #content-type-personal-profile, #cuenca-spain, #museums, #polo-roberto, #toledo-spain

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Paging Through Broadway While the Stages Are Dark

As she packs her things to make a move, a critic lingers over her memories, many slickly packaged, some not.

#collectors-and-collections, #content-type-personal-profile, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #phillips-maya-author, #playbill, #theater

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How a Historian Got Close, Maybe Too Close, to a Nazi Thief

Over nearly a decade, Jonathan Petropoulos met dozens of times with a man who helped the Nazis loot Jewish art collections, a complicated relationship he explores in “Göring’s Man in Paris.”

#archives-and-records, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #books-and-literature, #collectors-and-collections, #content-type-personal-profile, #europe, #goering-hermann-1893-1946, #gorings-man-in-paris-the-story-of-a-nazi-art-plunderer-and-his-world-book, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #lohse-bruno-d-2007, #paris-france, #petropoulos-jonathan, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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The Impractical but Indisputable Rise of Retrocomputing

Prices for vintage PCs in need of repairs and hard-to-find parts have shot up on resale sites.

#collectors-and-collections, #computers-and-the-internet, #hobbies

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The Painter Subverting Art-World Economics, $100 at a Time

Jean Smith’s paintings are haunting and beautiful — and cheap.

#art, #collectors-and-collections, #jean-smith, #social-media

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Look but Don’t Touch: Supercars That Have Barely Been Driven

The power and prestige of cars like a 1990 Lamborghini might compel some owners to take a Sunday drive. But with odometers this low, the investment would take a hit.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #auctions, #automobiles, #automobili-lamborghini-spa, #collectors-and-collections, #luxury-goods-and-services

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What Will Become of a Tycoon’s Art Gems?

It’s the art world’s new guessing game: Will Sheldon Solow’s paintings and sculptures, conservatively valued at $500 million, be heading to a private museum or to auction?

#acquavella-galleries, #art, #arttactic-ltd, #auctions, #botticelli-sandro, #christies, #collectors-and-collections, #finances, #fonssagrives-solow-mia, #giacometti-alberto, #heller-leila-gallery-manhattan-ny, #income-tax, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #picasso-pablo, #solow-sheldon-h

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Auctioning Off a Dead Mall

When a shopping mall closes, where does all of its stuff go?

#auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #metrocenter, #phoenix-ariz, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #shopping-centers-and-malls, #shutdowns-institutional

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The Wild Ways Parents Preserve Their Kids’ Memories

There’s nothing wrong with collecting belly buttons, teeth and locks of hair. It’s just part of the process.

#breastfeeding, #children-and-childhood, #collectors-and-collections, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth

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Guido Goldman, a U.S. Bridge to Germany, Dies at 83

A Kissinger protégé (and a pre-eminent textile art collector), his fingerprints can be found on many of the leading postwar institutions linking the two allies.

#ailey-alvin-american-dance-theater, #art, #collectors-and-collections, #dancing, #deaths-obituaries, #germany, #goldman-guido, #philanthropy, #politics-and-government, #textiles, #united-states-international-relations

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Lockdown Gardening in Britain Leads to Archaeological Discoveries

The finds this year, including a cache of gold coins from the reign of Henry VIII, come as Britain considers expanding the law to protect a broader range of artifacts from its centuries-old history.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #british-museum, #collectors-and-collections, #cumbria-england, #currency, #gardens-and-gardening, #gold, #great-britain, #hampshire-england, #henry-viii-king-of-england, #law-and-legislation, #london-england, #milton-keynes-england, #museums, #silver, #treasure-troves

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Academy Museum Gives Debbie Reynolds Her Due as a Costume Conservator

When the “Singin’ in the Rain” actress was alive, the film academy turned up its nose at her fabled costume collection. Now it has gone to her son with hat in hand.

#academy-museum-of-motion-pictures, #collectors-and-collections, #costumes, #fisher-carrie, #fisher-todd-e-1958, #movies, #museums, #reynolds-debbie

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‘Dusty Hunter’ Scores Cecil B. DeMille’s Liquor Collection

Dusty hunters seek valuable old bottles of whiskey and other spirits. This one found the collection of a lifetime.

#alcoholic-beverages, #bourbon-whiskey, #collectors-and-collections, #demille-cecil-b, #hobbies, #liquor

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In Berlin, the Art World Spreads Out to Stay Safe

The first major international art event since the lockdown started took place at smaller venues around the city, rather than under a single roof.

#art, #berlin-germany, #berlin-art-week, #berlin-bienniale, #collectors-and-collections, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #gallery-weekend-berlin, #petzel-gallery, #positions-berlin, #spruth-magers-berlin-germany-gallery

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A ‘Rare Bird’ Among Art Collectors Expands His Reach

Herbert Lust, a friend to artists for more than a half-century, makes a major gift from his expansive holdings to the Hirshhorn Museum.

#art, #collectors-and-collections, #giacometti-alberto, #hirshhorn-museum-and-sculpture-garden, #lust-herbert, #photography

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Douglas A.J. Latchford, Khmer Antiquities Expert, Dies at 88

A leading collector of Cambodian relics, he was credited with helping preserve Khmer culture. He was also charged with trafficking in looted treasures.

#antiques, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #cambodia, #collectors-and-collections, #deaths-obituaries, #latchford-douglas-a-j, #thailand

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Félix Fénéon, the Collector-Anarchist Who Was Seurat’s First Champion

The Museum of Modern Art reopens with an exemplary show devoted to an essential figure who multitasked his way through the aesthetic and political ferment of Belle Époque Paris.

#art, #bonnard-pierre, #collectors-and-collections, #felix-feneon, #matisse-henri, #modern-the-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #museums, #pissarro-camille, #seurat-georges, #vallotton-felix

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How to Keep Your Collections From Looking Like Clutter

There’s an art to arranging collections like a pro. Here are a few pointers.

#collectors-and-collections, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #storage

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Check Your Basement for Old Fishing Gear

It might be worth thousands at auction.

#american-museum-of-fly-fishing, #antiques, #auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #fishing-sport

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The Strange Lives of Objects in the Coronavirus Era

The pandemic has inspired a flurry of new and novel items — and given ordinary ones new meanings.

#archives-and-records, #collectors-and-collections, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #design, #museums, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Coin Shortage? It May Be Time to Use Your State Quarters

In the midst of reduced coin circulation, the U.S. Mint is winding down its production of novelty quarters. Should they be saved, or spent?

#collectors-and-collections, #numismatics, #shortages, #united-states-mint

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Eastward, Ho! Even Art Is Leaving for the Hamptons

With vacation homes becoming full-time residences because of the coronavirus pandemic, New York galleries are opening outposts to be near collectors.

#art, #collectors-and-collections, #east-hampton-ny, #hauserwirth, #michael-werner, #pace-gallery, #skarstedt-gallery-manhattan-ny, #sothebys, #south-etna-montauk, #van-de-weghe-fine-art-manhattan-ny

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Frederick Douglass, Seen Up Close

Yale has acquired a renowned private collection relating to the abolitionist and orator, including rarely seen family scrapbooks that offer a window onto his complicated private life.

#archives-and-records, #black-people, #collectors-and-collections, #douglass-frederick, #libraries-and-librarians, #slavery-historical, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yale-beinecke-rare-book-and-manuscript-library

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2 Sentenced to House Arrest in Long-Running Scheme to Steal Rare Books

The board chair of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh said the thefts “will forever raise doubts about the security of all future charitable donations, particularly to the Carnegie Library.”

#archives-and-records, #books-and-literature, #carnegie-library-of-pittsburgh, #collectors-and-collections, #libraries-and-librarians, #pittsburgh-pa, #priore-gregory-m-1956, #schulman-john-e-1963

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This Year, a London Art Fair Will Happen Everywhere

Now known as Masterpiece Online, the 2020 edition of Masterpiece London is giving artists, collectors and dealers new ways to connect.

#art, #collectors-and-collections, #london-england, #masterpiece-london-art-fair, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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