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IT’S A BIG MOMENT FOR CELEBRITIES ART. This David Bowie painting of a ghostly head, bought for about $ 4 at a Good will in Ontario, sold on thursday for some $ 87,900 via Cowley Abbott Sales in Toronto. That was more than 10 times his low estimate, and a new record for a work by Bowie, according to DW. (The old high score: $ 27,500, set at Christie’s three years ago.) The buyer was from the United States. Meanwhile, a 1921 Winston Churchill landscape painting with an estimate of $ 1.5-2 million finished at $ 1.85 million to Phillips New York. The former prime minister gave it in 1961 to the navy maven Aristotle Onassis (whose heirs separated). As the AFP notes, the result was well below the $ 11.6 million this actress Angelina Jolie obtained for his Churchill in March, but the result is certainly not to be laughed at.
SLOWLY BUT SELFLY, THE WORK IS ENGAGING to rebuild the damaged fire Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris. In March, hundreds of majestic oaks, some more than a hundred years old,were shot for the project. Now the first four trees, in the Berce forest near Le Mans, France, are on their way to a sawmill, over 100 km away. Considering their size (the longest is 85 feet long) this was a complicated transport work, involving two cranes and a special trailer, Reuters reports. “We are fortunate to work with these exceptional specimens,” said Mickael Durand, who runs the sawmill, at the AFP. “We work with 15 tonnes and you can’t make mistakes. “France hopes to reopen the site by April 2024, in time for the Olympic Games in the capital.
Arturo Schwarz, a prodigious collector and scholar of Marcel Duchamp’s art, died at the age of 97 in Genoa, Italy. The author of The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp, Schwarz put forward some theories about the artist’s work which have been disputed by other scholars. [ARTnews]
Art that was stolen from late art collector Anne Spivak of Grosse Pointe, Mich. About five years ago has been returned to her estate after an investigation by the FBI and local police. The salvaged pieces – prints by Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and others – are said to be valued at $ 100,000. No arrests have been made and some stolen items are still missing. [Detroit Free Press]
Los Angeles is hosting a gallery weekend. The inaugural edition will run from July 28 to August 1 of this year, with more than 70 galleries on board. It was organized by the Gallery Association Los Angeles, which was launched last year amid the pandemic. [Artforum]
Archaeologists in Gloucester, England, are digging into a recently rediscovered 13th-century convent, hoping to find Roman artifacts. The work is part of a £ 85million ($ 118.2million) redevelopment project in the city. [BBC News]
Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain aims to restore its Jeff Koons Puppy (1992) thanks to a crowdfunding effort of € 100,000 (approximately $ 119,000). [The Art Newspaper]
Berlin will open next month a remarkable-looking new metro station, designed by Swiss architect Max Dudler and inspired by the designs of German architect and painter Karl Friedrich Schinkel. [Bloomberg CityLab]
MORE FBI BUSINESS. A bizarre story that the United States government has searched rural Pennsylvania for many tons of gold (which may or may not exist) keeps getting more and more bizarre. the Associated Press was on the case, and has a freshly unsealed 2018 affidavit in which an FBI agent from his artistic crime division writes, “I have probable reasons to believe that a large cache of gold is secreted in the underground cave” in an area called Dent’s Run. There is a lot going on in this ordeal, but apparently there is a legend that many tons of gold were stolen or lost in the area during the civil war, and people were looking for the treasure, which would be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The FBI carried out excavation work and said they couldn’t find what they were looking for. Others are not so sure. [AP]
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