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An extremely valuable medieval chess piece, one of the five missing Lewis Chessmen, has recently been discovered in a drawer by a family in Edinburgh.  The 900 year-old Lewis Chessmen hoard was discovered on the Isle of Lewis in 1831 and includes some 93 pieces, most of which are now to be found in the British Museum.  The newly re-discovered piece is a warder (the medieval equivalent of a rook) in the form of an...

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American artist Rachel Feinstein is to be honoured at the Women in Art Lunch on Thursday 27th June, 2019. Rachel Feinstein joins a fine roster of contemporary peers honoured at the annual event, including  Cornelia Parker, Sue Webster, Tracey Emin, Jenny Holzer and Marina Abramovic. The event raises money for the BFAMI, which funds educational programmes run by art museums in Israel, and will feature the artist in conversation about her art and achievements, and a...

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Rare bookseller Peter Harrington is offering for sale a remarkable collection of Ian Fleming’s James Bond books. To be shown at the Masterpiece antiques event in London, the collection includes first editions signed to Winston Churchill, Robert Kennedy and others, and has been valued at £2.5m. Described as the most significant Ian Fleming collection ever to appear on the market, it contains inscribed first editions of every James Bond book published in the author’s lifetime....

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Rare nude photos of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe by legendary photographer Bert Stern are included in the June Joyfuls event from Four Seasons Auction Gallery in Gainesville, Georgia, USA on June 23rd 2019. In a very mixed bunch which includes fine art by Alfred Alex Gockel and Elena Bond, limited edition art by Pino, Picasso, Iztchak Tarkay, Ferjo, Fanch Ledan, Gary Benefield, Joan Miro, Marcel Mouly, Isaac Maimon, Henri Matisse, Howard Behrens, Roy Fairchild Woodard,...

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A monumental fresco on the Champ de Mars in Paris was inaugurated on Saturday, June 15th to mark World Refugee Day. The work of ‘land-artist’ Saype, a native of Franche-Comté in Eastern France, the work, Derrière les Murs (Beyond Walls) is 600 metres long and 25 metres wide, and its full scale can be appreciated only from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Inaugurated by the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, the fresco, spray-painted with...

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World-leading auction house Sotheby’s has been sold for $3.7b to French-Israeli telecomms entrepreneur Patrick Drahi. Shares in the auction house had dropped by 40 percent in the past year, and Philip Hoffman, chief executive officer of the Fine Art Fund and former Christie’s CEO, said “It was ripe for Sotheby’s to go private. Christie’s has more advantages being run privately and not having public quarterly reporting that puts pressure on their ability to do deals.”...

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The unparalleled beauty of the  pearl has become a metaphor for perfection, rarity and passion. Efectively the first discovered ‘gem’, though it’s organic rather than mineral, no accounts exist of the earliest human use of the pearl. Presumably, man first discovered it while hunting for food along the coasts, beginning a long-standing appreciation for one of humanity’s most coveted precious objects. Fit For a Queen Until recently, ownership of pearls was reserved exclusively for the...

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The Art Car Boot Fair’s mid-summer art “love-in” will take over Lewis Cubitt Square in King’s Cross on 23rd June. This is a unique chance to meet and barter with over 120 renowned artists, invited to create artworks specially for the day and to come along to sell them in person. The theme of the summer fair is love: love for the planet, love for each other and love of art. Famed for its festival...

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The enormous success of 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger also marked the beginning of long association with British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin. The Aston Martin DB5, the model most associated with James Bond, is now one of the world’s most iconic cars, and in an auction at Sotheby’s California in August, you could buy one of the few remaining vehicles with a direct association with James Bond. The vehicle for sale is a 1965...

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Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing this July, the exhibition The Mapping of the Moon: 1669-1969 at The Map House, London, marks 300 years of lunar and celestial cartography. Taking place from June 21st to August 21st 2019, the exhibition celebrates the work of early astronomers in the 17th century to the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969 and beyond. Highlights from the exhibition include signed memorabilia by astronauts...

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