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Travelling to the Big Apple? Read through Arts & Collections’ essential list of the best museums in New York City. The museums of New York are some of the most iconic in the world and feature some of the finest collections of art, science and history. With such grandeur and the sheer number of them that are spread around NYC, choosing the right museum can be overwhelming. This list compiles the city’s finest, covering facts,...

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The lure of gold is legendary, but are we fooling ourselves if we treat it as a sensible choice for the modern investor? It pays to understand why for hundreds of years it was the foundation of all wealth, and why it’s perhaps a different type of investment today. The use of gold in the form of coins probably dates back to Egypt in 500BC, at a time when the intrinsic value of the metal had long been established through its use in jewellery. The History...

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Underground travel in London can be exhausting, overcrowded and frantic with the end goal of most travellers being no more than to reach their desired destination. Conversely, in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, you might postpone the rush and for the first time consider lingering on your journey through the stations. Vivid art installations have been created in each of the 100 stations on the network with the aim of improving the overall experience of travellers....

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Despite the rise of the mobile phone and smartwatch, traditional wristwatches are by no means obsolete. In fact, driven by the passion of many small, individual designers, there’s a powerful movement to bring back the wristwatch as a statement of style, personality and individuality. One of the most striking stories is that of Atelier Wen, a young brand formed by a team of French and Chinese designers with the aims of taking high-quality Chinese mechanical watches into the mainstream. It’s an open secret that even in a...

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Arguably, the world’s two most famous paintings are da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Certainly these images, and those of the Vitruvian Man, are indelibly etched in the collective consciousness of anyone with an interest in art, science or culture. Though born into an age of great possibilities, da Vinci remained, as Sigmund Freud described him, “Like a man who awoke too early in the darkness, while the others were all still asleep.” His restless mind, forever hopping from one project to another,...

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Dutch artist and photographer, Isabelle van Zeijl, who creates striking photographic self-portraits merging references from the Old Masters with modern-day consumer imagery, has her largest solo exhibition to date from Monday, 24th June, at the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, Pall Mall, London. Confronting the significance of aesthetics throughout history and society, the artist produces the scenes entirely independently, from the costume design and makeup, to the lighting and editing. Isabelle has also collaborated with celebrated...

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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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Certainly the most significant potter of 18th Century Britain, and arguably the most revered to this day, Josiah Wedgwood (1730- 95) mastered his trade early. Hailing from a large family of established potters in Staffordshire, the young Wedgwood learned how to throw in the workshop of his older brother, Thomas. Years later, Wedgwood became renowned for his experiments, technical innovations and more specifically, for his creamware body and glaze—renamed ‘Queen’s Ware’ after he became ‘potter to Her Majesty’ in 1766. It was during a visit to Liverpool in 1762 that Wedgwood...

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A rediscovered landscape by English artist John Constable sold at auction yesterday (June 19th 2019) for more than 14 times its estimate. It achieved £87,500 against a pre-sale low estimate of £6,000. A second recently discovered work, also by Constable (a portrait of Constable’s wife Maria), sold for £10,625 against a pre-sale estimate of £8,000. The pencil drawing titled A River Landscape showing a group of tall trees on the left, a bend of the river...

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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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