Weekly News Roundup: Aug. 17-21, 2009

In art, antiques and collectibles news, we get to peek into the art that decorated Bob Guccione’s house, see what’s up with O.J.’s memorabilia and a Warhol of Michael Jackson sells for big bucks.

From The New York Times:
On the Block, a Peek Into the Lifestyle of Bob Guccione

Some things that were less than dressed—a pair of antique cherubs, for example—and some things that never had clothes: fireplace mantles, a chandelier the diameter of a beach ball, a circular staircase and more than 20 other items from the town house on the East Side of Manhattan in which Mr. Guccione once lived was sold by creditors.

From The Associated Press:
Judge in Santa Monica divides Simpson memorabilia

As a brief respite from all things Michael Jackson, a return to all things O. J. Simpson. California judge ordered some memorabilia returned to Simpson, even as the football Hall of Famer sits in a Nevada prison for stealing it during a hotel room heist.

From AFP:
Warhol portrait of M. Jackson auctioned for ‘millions’

So much for the Michael Jackson respite. A 1984 portrait of the iconoclastic singer by iconoclastic artist Andy Warhol was auctioned in New York, less than two months after the pop icon’s tragic death. “The auction was quite successful,” Janet Lehr, owner of Long Island’s Vered Art Gallery, told AFP on Tuesday. “We can’t talk about price. We don’t report price. It’s in the range of millions.”

From the New York Times
Treasures from National Geographic’s Underground Trove

The National Geographic Society is opening up its archives to the fine-art market for the first time, putting 150 vintage prints from a dozen photographers up for sale.

From Auction Central News via the Associated Press
Flea Market Find May Be One of Lincoln’s Last Signatures

An expert at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library says he thinks an Ohio man’s flea market find is one of the last Lincoln signatures.

From Antiques and the Arts Online
Brimfield Antiques Promoters Sue Town Over Emergency Services Fees

As the antiquing phenomenon known as Brimfield gets ready to observe a “golden” anniversary, six of the event’s promoters are suing the town, claiming that they are being taxed illegally for emergency services provided by the town.

From Auction Central News
Painting Nabbed from NYC Museum Returned by Mail

One of two Russian paintings stolen from the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York City museum has curiously been mailed back—in perfect condition.

From Antiques and the Arts Online
Classic Western View By Tait Brings $381,000 At Northeast

Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait’s oil on canvas “A Check—Keep Your Distance,” reproduced as a print by Currier & Ives in 1853, sold to a phone bidder for $381,000 Northeast Auction’s annual summer tent sale at Treadwell House

From Antiques and the Arts Online
San Francisco Art Museums Unveil New Acquisitions

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announce that several important acquisitions made earlier this year are now on view in the permanent galleries of the Legion of Honor and the de Young Museum, including a storied 1842 Sèvres tea service and Odilon Redon’s (1840–1916) 1901 Symbolist painting “A Vase of Flowers.”

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