Weekly News Roundup: November 2 to 6

Starting out the week in art, antiques and collectibles news, we have letters from the roué Lord Byron, a really good thank-you for a job well done and royalty cash in the attic.

From The Associated Press:
Byron letters get nearly $460,000 at UK auction

To put it delicately, Romantic poet Lord Byron was a rake who racked up big gambling debts, had serial affairs and was characterized as “mad, bad and dangerous to know.” Fifteen letters written by Byron chronicling his love affairs and his dog sold to an anonymous bidder.

From The New York Times:
Thanks for the Memories, Andy Warhol

In 1965, a high-school senior ventured into Andy Warhol’s Factory to gather information for a paper. Next thing she knew, she was hired as a receptionist. She worked so diligently that Warhol gave her a self-portrait. Fast forward to today, the portrait will be auctioned at Sotheby’s next week. Estimate? Between $1 million and $1.5 million.

From The Times (UK):
Prince Michael of Kent’s christening set included in £1m heirloom auction

British royalty appear to be looking for cash in their attics. More than 300 lots inherited by the Duke of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra from their parents Prince George and Princess Marina are going under the hammer. The timing of the sale may be because Prince Michael and Princess Alexandra will have to start paying for their apartment in Kensington Palace next year. Times are tough for everyone. Let’s hope Queen Elizabeth won’t have to rent out her corgis.

From The Associated Press via Auction Central News:
Miniature portrait of Peter the Great sells for $1.3M in NYC

In more royalty news, a portrait of a rather dorky-looking Peter the Great in a bejeweled frame went for 10 times more than its presale estimate. It is believed that Peter gave such portraits as reward for meritorious service.

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