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    Egon Schiele Paintings at Center of Lawsuit Over Plundered Nazi Art

    Egan Schiele paintings are at the center of a legal dispute in Manhattan filed by the heirs of holocaust victim Fritz Grunbaum. The Nazis plundered his art and sent him to a concentration camp in 1938. But the two paintings have recently resurfaced and may be worth $5.5 million. Grunbaum’s heirs, Timothy Reif and David Fraenkel, filed the complaint this week in Manhattan Supreme Court to block a pending auction of the paintings.... Read More...
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    George Reeves’ Superman Costume Sells for $216k at Movie Prop Auction

    George Reeves’ Superman costume from his iconic 1950s era television show sold for more than $200,000 at a Hollywood memorabilia auction. It was topped only by a space ship model from the original 1977 “Star Wars” movie. The spaceship sold for a record $450,000, according to the auction house. Among other items fetching significant prices were Harrison Ford’s bull whip from his “Indiana Jones” movies. It sold for $204,000. ... Read More...
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    Art Museums Create Plan to Safe Harbor Art Objects Threatened by War

    Art museums under the auspices of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) have created a plan to safeguard rare art and antiquities that are threatened with destruction in war zones. The move was prompted by attacks on ancient, historic sites in the Middle East. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City joined arts organizations around the world in February to universally condemn the destruction of priceless antiquities by Islamic extremists in the Iraq city of Mosul.... Read More...
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    Van Gogh, Gauguin, Chagall Headline Rare Phillips Collection Show (photos!)

    Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Marc Chagall, and their works will be combined in a new exhibition at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., bringing together works assembled by two noted Swiss collectors for the first and only time in the United States. The Phillips will exhibit more than 60 celebrated masterpieces by titans of the modern art movement. All were created during the mid-19th and 20th centuries.... Read More...
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    Andy Warhol Waterfront Estate on the Market for Whopping $85M (pics)

    Andy Warhol’s sprawling Hamptons estate has hit the market at a price that rivals some of his most famous pop art. Current owner Mickey Drexler, chief executive of J. Crew clothing brand, is asking $85 million. On any given weekend, Jerry Hall, Cheryl Tiegs, Liza Minnelli, Liz Taylor, John Lennon, John Phillips, Mick Jagger, Jackie Kennedy and her sister Lee Radziwill could be found idling on the beach.... Read More...
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    Van Gogh Painting Kicks Off Spring Auctions in NYC with $66.3M Sale Price

    Sotheby’s kicked off the Spring art auctions with the sale of a Van Gogh painting for $66.3 million, the highest price paid for a work by the Dutch artist since 1998, the auction house said. Claude Monet’s water lilies also sold for $54 million. The Impressionist and modern art sale Tuesday, saw Van Gogh’s “L’allée Des Alyscamps” go to a private collector in Asia after heated bidding with at least five other collectors. Van Gogh’s works have always been among the most collectible among Impressionist artists. ... Read More...
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    ‘Woodstock Daddy’ Elliot Tiber is Back With New Book ‘After Woodstock’

    Elliot Tiber is the exception to the old adage that there are no second acts in life. In fact, like a Shakespearian play, Tiber has gone through at least five acts. The best known is his role behind the iconic Woodstock Music and Art Festival in upstate New York. His latest as he turns 80, is a new book about his incredible life after the concert, titled aptly 'After Woodstock.'... Read More...
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    Tad Smith Goes From Hoops to Loupes as New Sotheby’s Auction House CEO

    Tad Smith, who spent the past year as a sports and entertainment executive at Madison Square Garden, made a dramatic shift to the art world yesterday (Mar. 16) with his appointment as Chief Executive of Sotheby’s auction house in New York City. The move caught both the art and sports world by surprise. Smith, who will replace outgoing CEO William Ruprecht on March 31, ... Read More...