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Arts & Collections takes a look at one of the top female artists of all time, Georgia O’Keeffe. Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was born in Wisconsin to an Irish father and Dutch/Hungarian mother and was the second of seven children. She studied art and painting from a young age—something her mother encouraged—and attended the Art Institute of Chicago after graduating from high school. O’Keeffe took classes with the Art Students League with whom she won an...

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In a dramatic final farewell to the novelist, Terry Pratchett’s hard drive containing his unfinished works has been crushed by a steamroller—it was his wish for anything he hadn’t completed to be destroyed after his passing. The deed was done at the Great Dorset Steam Fair by a vintage John Fowler & Co steamroller. To make sure it was properly destroyed, Terry Pratchett’s ex-assistant Rob Wilkins had it rolled over several times by the six-and-a-half...

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Five artists are preparing for their collection in the upcoming exhibition A River Runs Through It at the Oxo Tower in September—a display based on the inspiration artists take from London. The event is taking place for the second year in a row and will allow the public to view the work of current local artists. ‘London is so vast, so complicated and so awesome. It is impossible not to be inspired,’ says Jonny from...

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Does an artist really have to die before their work gains fame? Leonardo Da Vinci was famous in his lifetime—a rare feat achieved by few other artists. He was skilled not only in painting and drawing, but also as a scientist, mathematician and inventor. He had a good start on his path to fame when, at 14, he was apprenticed to one of the best painters of the time, Andrea del Verrocchio. As a fully-fledged...

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Christie’s presents Audrey Hepburn’s personal collection at auction. There are few names that encapsulate classic Hollywood—Marilyn Monroe, Barbra Streisand, Marlon Brandon—but few have the intrigue of Audrey Hepburn. The British actress rose to stardom incredibly quickly in her career and captured the hearts of millions. A sale of her private collection will be held at Christie’s in September, giving a view into her life beyond the silver screen. Audrey Hepburn is probably best known for...

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The idea to make a watch for space travellers was the brain-child of George Daniels—a watch that wouldn’t just record the time according to the sun, but also the time reckoned from the motion of the earth in relation to the distant stars. He called it the Space Traveller Watch, named in honour of the American moon landing in 1969. This watch is being sold at auction by Sotheby’s on 19 September. It represents the...

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Huge sale of the Yeats family collections includes WB Yeats’ love letters to Olivia Shakespear. The belongings of one of Ireland’s most prominent creative families are going to auction at Sotheby’s in London on 27 September 2017. Items from the impressive collection offer a valuable insight into the Yeats family’s life and work. A lot of over 130 letters between W.B Yeats and his paramour-turned-friend will be the most exciting thing up for sale and...

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A new Degas exhibit will premiere at the National Galley in September. This collection of drawings, paintings and pastels has rarely been viewed until now, making this an invaluable opportunity to see these works by leading French Impressionist. The pieces have been loaned from the Burrell Collection, and the new exhibition in London will be the first time the group of pastels has been shown outside Scotland since they were acquired. Marking the centenary of...

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Sketches by 20th century artist Alberto Giacometti have been found in a Kensington antiques shop. Presumed missing, the drawings were uncovered under piles of papers, paintings and antiques, and have now been officially confirmed as genuine. The Giacometti sketches were discovered by Cambridge auction house Cheffins as they cleared the shop after the passing of the owner, Eila Grahame. There was mention of the two sketches during a previous evaluation of her effects after her...

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