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A holographic artwork by performance artist Marina Abramović will be auctioned at Christie’s with an estimate of £600,000 next year. The Life (2019) was first shown at the  Serpentine Galleries, London in February, and uses ‘Mixed Reality’, showing the artwork through virtual reality goggles, but unlike full Virtual Reality, leaving the outside world partially visible. The 19-minute work, created using 32 cameras, involves Marina Abramović, dressed in red, appear to pace around her viewers. A...

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The official artist for the UK general election has been named. Nicky Hirst has been appointed by the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art. She will observe the 2019 general election and produce unique work in response to her experience. See Also: Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019 Winners Announced  Hirst is a London-based multi-media artist, particularly known for her impressionistic responses to history, people and places, attempting to make confusing things into something comprehensible....

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Extremely rare Disneyland memorabilia is to be auctioned off by Van Eaton Galleries in Los Angeles this December, giving Disney fans the chance to get their hands on original items that date back to the 1950’s. The History of Disneyland and Walt Disney World auction is one of the biggest Disney sales ever, containing over 1500 items from the history of Disneyland and Walt Disney World. See Also: Winnie-the-Pooh Map Breaks Auction Record Mike Van...

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The winners of the 2019 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced. Overall winner is Sarah Skinner with Grab Life By The….!, a study of a lion cub in Botswana playing, with what may be eye-watering consequences. This year there were 4,000 entries from 68 different countries, whittled down to 40 finalists, from which Sarah’s image emerged as the winner. She said: “I am absolutely delighted to be awarded the title as Overall Winner in...

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Artist, filmmaker and Turner Prize winner Steve McQueen is to open his Year 3 exhibition at the Tate Britain on the 12th November. The exhibition will include a display of school photographs from two-thirds of London’s primary schools. “There’s an urgency to reflect on who we are and our future…to have a visual reflection on the people who make this city work,” said McQueen. The aim of the exhibition is to showcase the young faces...

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The National Portrait Gallery in London is to close for three years for redevelopment. Some of the works housed in the the gallery will go on tour before the reopening in 2023. Though it was widely known that redevelopment of the 123-year-old building was planned, the news of the complete closure from 29th June 2020 until Spring 2023 came as a surprise when it was announced last week. The redevelopment, which will cost £35.5m, will...

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Eccentric possessions of late Prodigy singer Keith Flint have sold for a total of £347,750. His belongings, which included his bespoke bed and nose piercings went up for auction with Cheffins Fine Art on the 7th November. Flint, who was a singer, dancer and motorcycle racer, died in March 2019. See Also: Olivia Newton-John Leather Outfit Fetches Nearly $500,000 at Julien’s auction  Three MTV awards were the most expensive, selling for £16,000, while his custom...

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Two remarkable frescos, each more than 2,000 square meters, were unveiled by the MTArt Agency artist, Saype on 5th November in Berlin’s Treptower Park and Wachturm Schlesischer Busch to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The massive land artworks will mark the fourth of 20 Saype is completing for his international series Beyond Walls. The project launched in June 2019 on the Champ de Mars, Paris with a 600-metre-long painting...

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Julien’s Auctions saw Olivia Newton-John’s leather outfit, worn during the famous number You’re The One That I Want in Grease, sell for $405,700, more than double the expected bid. The Property From the Collection of Olivia Newton-John auction was held in Hollywood on the 2nd November and sold items from the actress’ career. See Also: Property From The Life and Career of Marilyn Monroes to Include Medicine Bottles, Costumes and Photographs  The famous outfit is...

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The treasures of the famous Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun are on display at London’s Saatchi Gallery from 2nd November until May 2020. The exhibition, The Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, holds more than 150 artefacts found in the king’s tomb. The precious artefacts were carefully buried with the ‘Boy King’ to ensure his safe passage into the afterlife and to prevent any harm coming to him as he began his next life (considered by the ancient...

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