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Francis Bacon's Dyer Triptych Shatters Auction Record in London 2

Francis Bacon’s Dyer Triptych Shatters Auction Record in London

Francis Bacon painted his lover George Dyer with great passion, which may help explain the extraordinary price of a small format Bacon triptych of Dyer that just sold in London for $45 million. The sale was not only an affirmation of Bacon, but also of contemporary art, which continues to set records at auction in London and New York City. Sotheby’s auction grossed $159.3 million in total sales, according to the auction house. ...
Hildebrand Gurlitt, Notorious Nazi Art Thief, Surfaces in Art Probe 4

Hildebrand Gurlitt, Notorious Nazi Art Thief, Surfaces in Art Probe

Hildebrand Gurlitt hailed from a family that was well known in artistic circles in pre-World War II Germany. His father was an architect and art historian, one brother was a musicologist and a nephew was an art dealer. But a deep, dark secret set him apart. During World War II, Gurlitt, a specialist in modern art, was hired by Joseph Goebbels, the feared Nazi propaganda minister, to loot priceless artworks from homes and museums across Nazi-occupied Europe....
Fine Art of Doing Lunch on Display at NYC Public Library 10

Fine Art of Doing Lunch on Display at NYC Public Library

How about this for a lunch? Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, Matthew Broderick and Victoria Jackson sitting around a table plotting petty crimes in “Family Business,” the woefully underrated 1989 Sidney Lumet picture. The world often revolves around lunch, whether it’s a power lunch at The Palm or as simple as a cheeseburger and fries on the run. The New York Public Library examines the ritual in a new special exhibit....
Warhol's Double Elvis (1963) Expected to Fetch $50 Million 14

Warhol’s Double Elvis (1963) Expected to Fetch $50 Million

Elvis Presley has been worth more dead than he ever was in his lifetime, but the late pop artist Andy Warhol could send the King of Rock through the stratosphere. A Warhol painting of Elvis is expected to fetch an astronomical sum at auction. Presley is garbed in cowboy duds, with a six-gun drawn. Sotheby's described him as "a Hollywood icon of the '60s rather than the rebellious singer who shook the world of music."...
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