A Library the Internet Can’t Get Enough Of

Why does this image keep resurfacing on social media?

#books-and-literature, #collectors-and-collections, #johns-hopkins-university, #libraries-and-librarians, #macksey-richard-1931-2019, #photography, #social-media

Leading Bookseller’s Private Collection Goes Up for Sale

Christie’s will auction the personal Americana collection of William Reese, which carries an estimate of $12 million to $18 million.

#americana, #auctions, #books-and-literature, #christies, #collectors-and-collections, #reese-william-s, #united-states

Netscape Founder Gives Up $35 Million in Art Said to Be Stolen

“Why would you want to own something that was stolen?” said James H. Clark, who investigators said had been persuaded to buy dozens of looted items by a rogue dealer.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #cambodia, #clark-james-h, #collectors-and-collections, #computers-and-the-internet, #latchford-douglas-a-j, #netscape-communications-corp

A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at the Grolier Club

A collector’s passion for Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is on display in “Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects.” But can he solve the case of the pirate signature?

#book-clubs, #books-and-literature, #collectors-and-collections, #doyle-arthur-conan, #grolier-club, #holmes-sherlock-fictional-character, #miranker-glen-s, #sherlock-holmes-book, #sherlock-holmes-in-221-objects-exhibit, #writing-and-writers

That Expensive Bourbon You Bought May Be a Fake

Counterfeiting — filling luxury bottles with cheap liquor — has hit American whiskey hard as sky-high prices raise the payoff for scammers.

#bourbon-whiskey, #collectors-and-collections, #counterfeit-merchandise, #e-commerce, #frauds-and-swindling, #luxury-goods-and-services, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #united-states, #whiskey

That Vintage Dress on the Red Carpet? There’s More to the Story.

It’s awards season, and the big designer brands have some scrappy, pre-owned competition.

#celebrities, #collectors-and-collections, #couture-fashion, #dresses, #fashion-and-apparel

After Hurricanes and Pandemic, a New Orleans Museum Fights to Hold On

The Backstreet Cultural Museum served as an enduring tribute to the city’s Black culture, as the Tremé neighborhood gentrified around it. Then Hurricane Ida destroyed its home.

#andrews-james-r-1942, #black-people, #collectors-and-collections, #mardi-gras, #museums, #new-orleans-la, #new-orleans-museum-of-art

Group Raises $20 Million to Preserve ‘Lost’ Brontë Library

The Honresfield Library, which includes rarely seen manuscripts by the Brontës, Robert Burns, Walter Scott and Jane Austen, will be acquired for the British public.

#auctions, #austen-jane, #blavatnik-leonard, #bodleian-libraries, #books-and-literature, #british-library, #bronte-parsonage-museum, #bronte-emily, #collectors-and-collections, #friends-of-the-national-libraries-nonprofit, #honresfield-library, #libraries-and-librarians, #manuscripts, #museums, #scott-walter-1771-1832, #sothebys

He Paid $30 for a Drawing. It Could Be a Renaissance Work Worth Millions.

A man bought a yellowing picture of the Virgin Mary and Child at an estate sale in Massachusetts. Experts believe it is by the renowned German artist Albrecht Dürer.

#art, #british-museum, #clifford-schorer, #collectors-and-collections, #content-type-personal-profile, #durer-albrecht, #england, #forgery, #massachusetts, #museums

Hagerty Goes Public to Pursue a Simple Mission: Save Driving

The Hagerty brand insures collectible autos — two million of them — and its articles and videos draw crowds. After going public, it has bigger plans.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #automobile-insurance-and-liability, #collectors-and-collections, #hagerty-classic-insurance, #hagerty-mckeel, #initial-public-offerings, #stocks-and-bonds

Cambodian Effort to Find Artifacts Won’t End With Informant’s Death

Officials plan to use evidence from the former looter known as Lion as they seek the return of stolen objects from museums and private collections.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #cambodia, #collectors-and-collections, #khmer-rouge, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #toek-tik

‘Call Me Dog Tag Man’: Pacific Island Is Full of War Relics and Human Remains

More than 75 years after the Battle of Biak ended, collectors are still finding remnants of the fight, and U.S. authorities are hoping to bring closure to families of soldiers still missing.

#biak-indonesia, #collectors-and-collections, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency, #indonesia, #macarthur-douglas, #new-guinea, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #world-war-ii-1939-45

A Collector Who Fills His Los Angeles Home With Carefully Sourced Clutter

Jonathan Pessin has stuffed his apartment with the fruits of his obsessive search for the “best, weirdest version” of seemingly everything.

#art, #collectors-and-collections, #content-type-personal-profile, #flea-markets, #furniture, #holiday-issue-2021, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lofts, #los-angeles-calif, #loughlin-robert, #pessin-jonathan, #sculpture

The Metaverse Takes Manhattan

NFT.NYC, a gathering for nonfungible token enthusiasts, offered a taste of a crypto-filled future.

#art, #blockchain-technology, #collectors-and-collections, #computers-and-the-internet, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #winkelmann-mike-beeple

Glimpsing a Soon-to-Vanish Surrealist World in Chelsea

Their apartment is “a piece of art we created together,” Tom Shivers said. Now the vast collection assembled with his late husband, Neil Zukerman, will help start a museum.

#art, #cfm-gallery-manhattan-ny, #chelsea-manhattan-ny, #collectors-and-collections, #content-type-personal-profile, #fini-leonor, #shivers-tom, #zukerman-neil-d-2021

Vinyl Is Selling So Well That It’s Getting Hard to Sell Vinyl

Left for dead in the 1980s, vinyl records are now the music industry’s most popular and highest-grossing physical format. Getting them manufactured, however, is increasingly a challenge.

#audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #ben-blackwell, #brian-lowit, #caren-kelleher, #cassandra-jenkins, #collectors-and-collections, #dischord-records, #gold-rush-vinyl, #joyful-noise-recordings, #karl-hofstetter, #kevin-morby, #music, #record-technology, #recording-equipment, #rick-hashimoto, #third-man

The Curious, Astounding Collection of the Magician Ricky Jay

Illusionists, cardsharps, charlatans and human cannonballs enliven a trove of rare books, posters and ephemera now going to auction at Sotheby’s.

#art, #auctions, #beverly-hills-calif, #collectors-and-collections, #jay-ricky, #los-angeles-calif, #magic-and-magicians, #sothebys

A ‘Holy Grail’ of American Folk Art, Hiding in Plain Sight

A collector’s keen eye — and willingness to knock on a stranger’s door — led to the rediscovery of a sculpture by a renowned stone carver, William Edmondson.

#american-folk-art-museum, #art, #black-people, #collectors-and-collections, #content-type-personal-profile, #edmondson-william-1874-1951, #kaws-1974, #museums, #sculpture, #st-louis-mo

At Frieze London, the Art World Inches Toward Normalcy

The fairs, exhibitions and auctions of “Frieze Week” are in-person events once more. But the art world has changed, and so has Britain.

#art, #banksy, #christies, #cohan-james, #collectors-and-collections, #frieze-art-fair, #hauserwirth, #london-england, #myers-christopher, #pi-ex-ltd, #sothebys

A Nostalgic Quest to Buy a 1986 Toyota MR2

The pursuit of a car wistfully recalled from the writer’s youth begins with an exhaustive online search and ends with an auction victory and a special delivery.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #automobiles, #bring-a-trailer-media-llc, #collectors-and-collections, #computers-and-the-internet, #toyota-motor-corp

A Nazi Legacy Haunts a Museum’s New Galleries

The Kunsthaus Zurich built an extension to display masterpieces from a private Swiss collection. But critics say the works are tainted by the source of their owner’s wealth.

#architecture, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #books-and-literature, #buhrle-e-g-foundation, #buhrle-emil-g, #chipperfield-david, #collectors-and-collections, #gloor-lukas, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #keller-erich-historian, #kunsthaus-zurich, #the-contaminated-museum-book, #world-war-ii-1939-45, #zurich-switzerland

A Tiny Gas Meter? The More Mundane the Better for Japan’s Capsule Toys.

Isolated in their plastic spheres, pint-size reproductions of everyday items feel like a metaphor for Covid-era life.

#collectors-and-collections, #japan, #shopping-and-retail, #toys, #vending-machines

Collectors Who Caught the Bug

Volkswagen’s original Beetle, cute and petite, still thrills aficionados.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #collectors-and-collections, #volkswagen-ag

French and Russian Art on a ‘War and Peace’ Scale

The Russian Revolution split the Morozov collection, but a colossal diplomatic effort has brought it back together in Paris. This exhibition is legitimately historic.

#art, #collectors-and-collections, #france, #louis-vuitton-foundation-for-creation, #morozov-ivan-1871-1921, #morozov-mikhail-1870-1903, #paris-france, #russia, #the-morozov-collection-icons-of-modern-art-exhibit

He Taught Ancient Texts at Oxford. Now He Is Accused of Stealing Some.

Hobby Lobby, the craft chain that helped build a collection for the Museum of the Bible, has sued a former Oxford lecturer, asserting he sold it stolen artifacts.

#bible, #collectors-and-collections, #colleges-and-universities, #egypt-exploration-society-nonprofit, #frauds-and-swindling, #hobby-lobby-stores-inc, #libraries-and-librarians, #manuscripts, #museum-of-the-bible, #museums, #obbink-dirk-a, #oxford-england, #oxford-university, #oxyrhynchus-papyri, #robberies-and-thefts, #sackler-library, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Anarchy, and $$$, in the Vintage Punk Clothing Market

Sid Vicious would never believe how much his old clothes are worth, and the lengths to which counterfeiters will go to fake them.

#collectors-and-collections, #counterfeit-merchandise, #fashion-and-apparel, #london-england, #mclaren-malcolm, #pop-and-rock-music, #seditionaries-fashion-label, #westwood-vivienne, #your-feed-fashion

Searching for Bird Life in a Former ‘Ocean of Forest’

A century after museum collectors surveyed Colombia’s avian fauna, a new generation of researchers returns to see what remains, and what has changed.

#agriculture-and-farming, #american-museum-of-natural-history, #animal-behavior, #birds, #collectors-and-collections, #colombia, #forests-and-forestry, #genetics-and-heredity, #museums, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Tom Hanks Sells 4 Vehicles From His Collection

His marquee item in the auction, an Airstream trailer bought in the “Sleepless in Seattle” era, brought in over $200,000.

#airstream-division-of-thor-industries, #antique-and-classic-cars, #auctions, #automobiles, #bonhams-1793-ltd, #collectors-and-collections, #hanks-tom, #toyota-motor-corp

Smithsonian Acquires Rare Photographs From the First African American Studios

Daguerreotypes by James P. Ball, Glenalvin Goodridge and Augustus Washington are the centerpiece of a collection that could rewrite the early history of American photography.

#art, #black-people, #bunch-lonnie-g-iii, #collectors-and-collections, #museums, #photography, #smithsonian-american-art-museum, #smithsonian-institution

What Constitutes Art Sales Under Duress? A Dispute Reignites the Question.

A fight over a landscape painting bought for Hitler is focused on the question of whether its sale was voluntary or forced by economic distress the Nazis helped create.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bellotto-bernardo, #collectors-and-collections, #emden-max-1874-1940, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #monuments-men, #museum-of-fine-arts-houston, #museums

What is An Olympic Gold Medal Actually Worth?

Some former Olympians have resorted to selling their medals because of financial hardships or to raise money for charity.

#auctions, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #collectors-and-collections, #copper-brass-and-bronze, #gold, #international-olympic-committee, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #olympic-games-2020, #rr-auction, #russell-william-felton-1934, #scp-auctions-inc, #silver

Those Mundane Old Hondas and Toyotas Have Suddenly Become Collectible

They are the cars that seemed to be in everyone’s driveways a few decades ago. Now they are hard to find.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #auctions, #automobiles, #bring-a-trailer-media-llc, #cars-and-bids, #collectors-and-collections, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #millennial-generation

As Stick Shifts Fade Into Obscurity, Collectors See Opportunity

Cars with manual transmissions, even late models, are holding their value as the collector market hunts for rarity.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #auctions, #automobiles, #automobili-lamborghini-spa, #bayerische-motorenwerke-ag, #bring-a-trailer-media-llc, #collectors-and-collections, #ferrari-spa, #goodingcompany, #luxury-goods-and-services, #rm-sothebys-inc

Consortium Aims to Save the Honresfield Library

Sotheby’s has agreed to postpone a highly anticipated auction as a consortium tries to raise $21 million to acquire a “lost” private library for the British public.

#archives-and-records, #auctions, #books-and-literature, #bronte-anne, #bronte-emily, #burns-robert-p, #collectors-and-collections, #friends-of-the-national-libraries-nonprofit, #great-britain, #libraries-and-librarians, #manuscripts, #museums, #scott-walter-1771-1832, #sothebys

This Modest New York Apartment Holds One of the Best Art Collections in Town

Over the course of 40 years, Alvin Hall has amassed a trove of blue-chip artists merely by trusting his eye.

#anatsui-el, #art, #colltarts, #collectors-and-collections, #content-type-personal-profile, #friedlander-lee, #goldin-nan, #le-va-barry, #simmons-gary, #simpson-lorna, #weems-carrie-mae

The Enduring Appeal of Italian Composers’ Dramatic ‘Library Music’

Compositions made from the 1960s through the ’80s to soundtrack films and ads have found new homes on hip-hop tracks and compilations. New artists have been inspired, too.

#advertising-and-marketing, #audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #collectors-and-collections, #fabrizi-lorenzo, #italy, #movies, #music, #natura-morta-album, #rap-and-hip-hop, #sonor-music-editions-record-label, #wunder-sven

Stuart Weitzman’s Treasures Set Records at Sotheby’s

The proceeds from Stuart Weitzman’s “Inverted Jennies,” a 1933 gold piece known as the double eagle and the One-Cent Magenta stamp will go to charitable ventures.

#auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #double-eagle, #inverted-jenny, #numismatics, #one-cent-magenta, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #rubenstein-david-m, #sothebys, #stamps-postal, #stanley-gibbons-ltd, #weitzman-stuart

Olympic Pin Trading Is Another Casualty of Covid This Year

The collapse of the pin trading market will hardly register amid the more than $15 billion cost of the Tokyo Games, but for avid traders, it’s a huge letdown.

#burundi, #collectors-and-collections, #japan, #johnson-rafer, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #olympic-games-2020, #retton-mary-lou

Zwirner May Disrupt Art Gallery Model With Click-to-Buy Business

Platform, which debuts Thursday, will sell 100 works of art a month online through smaller galleries, for $2,500 to $50,000.

#art, #collectors-and-collections, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #finances, #silverman-jessica-gallery-owner, #zwirner-david

Basquiat and Other Artists of Color Lead a Swell of Auction Sales

As live auctions resumed at Sotheby’s on Wednesday night, bidders there and at Christie’s the previous night welcomed a shift toward diversity in the contemporary art market.

#abney-nina-chanel-1982, #art, #auctions, #basquiat-jean-michel, #boafo-amoako-1984, #casteel-jordan, #colescott-robert, #collectors-and-collections, #korins-david, #manhattan-nyc, #toor-salman-1983

The French Count Who Turned His Home Into a Museum to Honor His Dead Son

“Letters to Camondo,” by Edmund de Waal, is addressed to a wealthy fin-de-siècle French Jew whose elegant Parisian home is filled with priceless objets d’art — and memories of the family that once lived there.

#art, #books-and-literature, #collectors-and-collections, #de-waal-edmund, #jews-and-judaism, #letters-to-camondo-book, #museums, #paris-france, #world-war-ii-1939-45

The Art Market Often Works in Secret. Here’s a Look Inside.

These maps reveal patterns of ownership for NFT-based creations.

#art, #collectors-and-collections, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts

Korean Art Goes on Show, With Protests From North and South

A rare exhibition, at a museum in Switzerland, brings together works that, despite sharing a common cultural tradition, come from different worlds.

#art, #border-crossings-exhibit, #collectors-and-collections, #international-relations, #korea-foundation, #kunstmuseum-bern, #north-korea, #sigg-uli, #south-korea, #switzerland

As Auctioneers and Artists Rush Into NFTs, Many Collectors Stay Away

Auction sales show a schism in the market: speculative buyers flock to crypto art while blue-chip collectors hold back, fearing legal gray areas and copyright issues.

#art, #auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #fischer-urs, #glimcher-marc, #murakami-takashi, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts

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

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

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

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

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

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