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AUCTION LOTS. A Peter Paul Rubens The painting, Portrait of a Lady (1620-1625), will hit the block at DESA Unicum in Warsaw, Poland, next month, with a high estimate of 24 million zlotys (about $6.04 million), the Associated press reports. The house says it could sell for one of the highest art prices ever at auction in Central or Eastern Europe. In New York, a sale of 100 Ansel Adams photographs from the collection of David H. Arrington— detailed in the Guardian— grossed around $3.81 million. And from London, the FinancialTimeshas a preview of upcoming auction offerings, like “the third-largest chunk of Mars on Earth” (with a low estimate of $500,000 at Christie’sonline until February 23) and a 1933 Derby Bentley automobile (with an estimate of $400,000 to Bonham the 3 of March). Prepare your budgets now!

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The summary

In India, volunteers are working to track down the thousands of religious idols that have been stolen from “temples and sold to museums and wealthy collectors via a thriving international gray market”. Gerry Chih reports. [The Washington Post]

Belgium provided the Democratic Republic of Congo with a partial inventory of its Africa Museum in Tervuren as part of the talks to repatriate the material looted during the colonial era. [The Times of London and The Brussels Times]

the world photography organizationthe company behind Shanghai photo fairstook a 25 percent stake in the Photo London fair. [Ocula]

Trader Polina Berlina veteran of the Paula Cooper and Kasmine galleries, opened a 2,000 square foot space on the living room floor of a townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. [T: The New York Times Style Magazine]

the kicker

TALK HARD. the New Yorkerthe art editor, Francoise Moulydiscussed with David Hockney at home in Normandy, France, and the artist was in characteristic shape. When they bring up the subject of abstraction, it really takes off. Here’s Hockney:Giacometti said abstract art was “handkerchief art” – which I love. [Laughs .] But I think now abstraction has had its say. Now you have to describe, but it has to be done in a new way. How? ‘Or’ What? This is the real problem today. He, of course, offered many solutions through his work, and when Mouly visited, he was embarking on a new series of portraits. [The New Yorker]


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