According to Art Daily, Sotheby's is gearing up to sell a single-owner collection of original book illustrations that is apparently the most impressive array to ever be auctioned. The auction will take place December 12, 2012 and will feature more than 100 ink and watercolor drawings from all of your most beloved books, including "Winnie-the-Pooh" and "The Tale of Peter Rabbit". From the private collection of film director Michael Winner, the sale is expected to bring in a total of £1 million (around $1,607,600).... Read More
Vienna has been home to an impressively long list of musical legends, including Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Strauss I, Johann Strauss II and Arnold Schönberg, thus being considered by many as the City of Music. Now, according to Pursuitist, for two weeks the piano on which Mozart wrote all of his late concertos will return home to Vienna for the first time since the composer’s death in 1791.... Read More
Edvard Munch's "The Scream" 1895 is one of the world's most infamous works of art, picturing a man's pained reaction to witnessing a scream resonate throughout nature, his friends carrying on oblivious to his cries. The pastel work is one of four versions that Munch created, the other three painted, and was sold at a Sotheby's auction back in May for $119.9 million. Whoever bought the drawing knows how badly the public would like to see it in person for themselves so it is now on view at New York's Museum of Modern Art.... Read More
Musician Eric Clapton recently made $34 million on the sale of an abstract painting he owned by German artist Gerhard Richter. If you don't know who Clapton is, you're really showing your young age. The legendary songwriter and guitarist is a three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, once for his solo work and the other two for his work with The Yardbirds and Cream. Now, does Clapton actually need all this new money he raked in for the painting? Not really, but he and Richter definitely made history with the Sotheby's auction because it’s a new record amount for work by an artist still among the living.... Read More
Art by Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso will be presented at Christie’s Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art on November 7, 2012. The featured lot of the evening will be Claude Monet’s oil-on-canvas painting, Nymphéas. It has a pre-auction estimated sales price between $30 and $50 million.... Read More
As possibly the fastest selling paperback book in history, E.L. James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" and its two sequels took the literary world by storm, filling everyone's bags with a tale of sexual awakening through the eyes of a very naïve young girl. You may have read the books but did you know that the "Shades" story was originally "Twilight" fan fiction centered around Bella and Edward's sexual exploits? Considering the book's origins, we can expect to see a lot more fan stories attempting to breach The New York Times bestseller list in the upcoming years and continuing the debate of ethics vs. entertainment.... Read More
In a world where celebrities are reported on more reliably and steadily than news regarding world events or politics, we've gotten used to our day-to-day life being saturated with images of famous faces. You can try to stay away from what happened between Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson, but without a doubt your plan will be ruined when your coworkers start discussing whose side they're on. As a society, we've gotten so obsessed with the lives of our favorite stars that even giving something the title of Russell Brand will pique interest, which is something photographer Chris Buck plays with in his new photo book "PRESENCE: The Invisible Portrait".... Read More
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