Ukraine war: Eurovision trophy sold to buy drones for Ukraine (BBC)

BBC: Ukraine war: Eurovision trophy sold to buy drones for Ukraine. “Kalush Orchestra, the Ukrainian band which won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, have sold their trophy for $900,000 (£712,000; €838,000) to raise money for the war in Ukraine. The crystal microphone was auctioned on Facebook, with the aim of buying drones for Ukraine’s military.”

Christie’s: Christie’s Launches Art Relief Initiatives for Ukraine

Christie’s: Christie’s Launches Art Relief Initiatives for Ukraine. “This April and May, Christie’s will present an international program of exhibition and sales initiatives from London to New York to benefit Ukraine. Partnering with three major non-profit organisations—the World Monuments Fund (WMF), Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) Effort, Christie’s joins together with artists, consignors and collectors to raise essential funds in support of humanitarian aid and cultural heritage preservation efforts in Ukraine.”

Getty: Sotheby’s Auctioneer David Redden Donates Archive to Getty Research Institute

Getty: Sotheby’s Auctioneer David Redden Donates Archive to Getty Research Institute. “Working at Sotheby’s for 42 years, from 1974 until 2016, Redden is notable for the high-profile sales which he personally developed. A passionate collector himself, Redden created new auction categories out of popular collecting passions: space artifacts, sports memorabilia, comic books, arcade machines, and computer animation art. A portrait of both Redden and his milieu at Sotheby’s, the collection comprises personal files, slides, photographs, complete sets of auction catalogs, and related ephemera.”

BNN Bloomberg: A New Database Could Make It Easier to Successfully Invest in Art

BNN Bloomberg: A New Database Could Make It Easier to Successfully Invest in Art. “On the face of it, the database is inside baseball for an already inside crowd. How many people could possibly care who the underbidder was for Balthus’s 1939 Etude pour Portrait de Thérèse in 2005? (That would be the Geneva dealer Marc Blondeau, for anyone counting.) But in digitizing a quarter-century of records, [Josh] Baer has built a powerful tool for sifting data that was once the exclusive purview of dealers, advisers, and auction houses.” As you might imagine, access to this database is not free.

AutoWeek: Covid Creates Car Collector Chaos as Scottsdale Auctions Loom

AutoWeek: Covid Creates Car Collector Chaos as Scottsdale Auctions Loom. “Like the swallows returning to Capistrano or the fish flies returning to Grosse Pointe, the world’s collector car crowd goes to Scottsdale every January to seek out – and outbid – for their favorite classic car. Or they used to, until this whole Covid thing came along. Now the first event of the new year, one that could potentially have been ‘normal’ – looks like it’ll be upended, just like everything else in the now-soon-to-be old year.”

The Guardian: Photo archive of life in apartheid-era South Africa to be auctioned

The Guardian: Photo archive of life in apartheid-era South Africa to be auctioned. “A rare studio photo archive that shines a light on the undimmed spirit of township life in apartheid-era South Africa is to be auctioned in London. The archive contains more than 1,000 images of people posing for the camera in front of a simple parted black curtain with basic props, often a basket of plastic flowers, cheap plastic sunglasses or an unplugged telephone.”

The Guardian: Unique Pablo Neruda archive – and slice of history – up for auction

The Guardian: Unique Pablo Neruda archive – and slice of history – up for auction. “Along with more than 600 books, manuscripts, photographs, magazines, letters and postcards, [Miguel] Hernández’s missive to his Chilean correspondent, the poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda, now forms part of a unique and lovingly amassed collection dedicated to the Nobel-prize winner’s life and work that will be auctioned in Barcelona next week.”

Chicago Sun-Times: Johnson Publishing Co. art auction fetches nearly $3 million, doubling expectations

Chicago Sun-Times: Johnson Publishing Co. art auction fetches nearly $3 million, doubling expectations. “Artwork that once decorated the Michigan Avenue offices of Johnson Publishing Co., which filed for bankruptcy in April, fetched nearly $3 million at auction last week — more than doubling expectations. The 87 pieces of African American art was sold in a live auction Jan. 30 in New York City.”

The Northern Scot: Rare agricultural footage goes under the hammer

The Northern Scot: Rare agricultural footage goes under the hammer. “A RARE collection of 22 digitised video clips showing scenes from Scotland’s rural and agricultural heritage is going up for auction in Elgin this week…. Running for 5 hours and 21 minutes, it showcases Clydesdale horse history and their role in agriculture, seed sowing 1940s-style using the fiddle, typical rural school circa 1950s, and the start of the harvest in the 1960s, among many other videos of Scottish rural life.”

Numismaster: Heritage adds ancients database

Numismaster: Heritage adds ancients database. “Collectors of ancient coins will be delighted with the latest addition to Heritage’s… website. Details are now provided at the click of a mouse for nearly every ancient coin graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and which has appeared in a Heritage sale. This information is displayed along with comparable auction results and a population guide.”

Observer: Gawker Domain & Archive Is Finally Up For Auction Next Week. Who Might Win, and Why?

Observer: Gawker Domain & Archive Is Finally Up For Auction Next Week. Who Might Win, and Why? . “The auction in the offices of Ropes & Gray LLP in New York City for the remains of Gawker—which include more than 50 domain names, an archive of some 200,000 articles, a handful of social media accounts with roughly 2 million combined followers, the copyright to a book published in 2007, Gawker’s trademarks and some miscellaneous sub-blogs—will determine what’s to become of the fallen blogging powerhouse. Will it be purchased as some kind of relic of a bygone era of the internet? Possessed by a philanthropist or a sworn enemy? Will an upstart publisher try to turn it into something new? Will a major media empire buy it and try to put flesh back on the bones and revive the corpse?”

Hyperallergic: New Open-Source Platform Maps the Provenances of Artworks

Hyperallergic: New Open-Source Platform Maps the Provenances of Artworks. “Launched by Boston University professor Jodi Cranston, Mapping Paintings is an open-source, searchable platform for compiling provenance data for individual artworks (not just paintings, despite its name), from owners to past locations to details of sales or transactions. It allows you to select artworks of interest and visualize their records across time and space, as plotted on a map.”