Weekly News Roundup: March 15 to March 20

In art, antiques and collectibles news is, yet still again, Michael Jackson, the impressive collection of a best-selling author and a painting forced from its Jewish owner by the Nazis.

From RTT News:
Michael Jackson’s Custom Furniture Going Up For Auction

Thank goodness. After a long dry period, there is more Michael Jackson auction news. The furniture to be sold is in a gray area for Jackson memorabilia. He never sat on any chair or slept in a bed. This is furniture he would have used had he not died. The pieces come from a London abode that the superstar would have inhabited on his comeback tour. There are some pieces that Jackson used—the jacket he wore when he married Debbie Rowe and a glove (what else?).

From The Los Angeles Times:
Christie’s to auction off Michael Crichton’s art collection

When Michael Crichton wasn’t writing bestsellers—“The Andromeda Strain,” “Sphere,” “Jurassic Park”—and creating the TV series, “ER,” he was collecting art. Christie’s will be auctioning off 100 works that include pieces by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Pablo Picasso.

From Bloomberg:
Nazi-Looted Corot Painting to Be Sold by Sotheby’s

To gain his release from a concentration camp, a Jewish banker “sold” his possessions to the Nazis, including “Jeune femme a la fontaine” by Jean Baptiste Camille Corot. Heirs of the banker asked for the return of the painting that was hanging in a Dutch museum. In 2008, the Netherlands complied. Sotheby’s will auction the painting, estimated to bring $1.8 million, in June.

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