Weekly News Roundup: April 4 to April 8

In art, antiques and collectibles news, we find a ginormous teddy bear, some gorgeous dresses with provenance and a cautionary tale of airport security.

From Reuters:
Giant yellow teddy bear to brighten New York City

What is 23 feet high, 35,000 pounds and comes with a lamp that lights up? Why, a great, big, not very cuddly teddy bear sculpture by Urs Fischer. Brett Gorvy, Christie’s deputy chairman for Post-War and Contemporary Art, says Fischer “is the leading pretender to the [Jeff Koons] throne.” The sculpture will be displayed in front of the Seagram Building on Park Avenue and auctioned on May 11. So if you have some extra space in your backyard . . .

From The Vancouver Sun:
Canadian auction house to sell Diana’s dresses

If you were hoping to pick up one of Princess Diana’s super-glam dresses to wear to the royal wedding, you had better make different wardrobe plans. The June 23 auction of 14 dresses that the princess wore on special occasions, including one that graced the cover of Vanity Fair, were first put up for sale by Diana in 1997 to raise money for various charities.

From The Concord Monitor:
Police: Guns in carry-on

Poor Brent Cameron. He bought a couple of antique derringers at auction. Somehow, they ended up in his carry-on luggage, which he tried to carry through security at Logan International Airport. He told officers he had no license for a firearm since one isn’t needed in New Hampshire. (The state’s slogan is, after all, “Live Free or Die.”) Be that as it may, Cameron was arrested since guns on airplanes are frowned upon.

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