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Winston Churchill painting owned by Angelina Jolie breaks auction record

Winston Churchill painting owned by Angelina Jolie breaks auction record

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March 2 (UPI) -- A painting by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and once owned by Angelina Jolie broke auction records in London this week, selling for $ 11.59 million. The artwork, Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque, completed in 1943, fetched some four times its auction estimate of between $ 2.1 million and $ 3.5 million, Christie's London said. The landscape is of Marrakesh, Morocco, a favorite subject of Churchill's. Advertisement The previous record for a Churchill painting was set in 2014, when a painting of a pond -- The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell, sold for $ 2.82 million as part of a Sotheby's auction. It was part of a sale of personal possessions owned by Mary Soames, the last-surviving daughter of Churchill who died earlier that year. Churchill gifted the Mosque painti...
Botticelli portrait expected to fetch $80M at Sotheby’s auction next week

Botticelli portrait expected to fetch $80M at Sotheby’s auction next week

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Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A rare portrait by Italian painter Sandro Botticelli is expected to fetch $ 80 million at auction next week, according to Sotheby's, a record for the Old Master. Young Man Holding a Roundel, along with dozens of other Old Master artworks, went on display at Sotheby's New York City location Friday. The items are set to be auctioned off Thursday in a hybrid live stream and in-person format. Advertisement Botticelli was mostly known for his large, mythological paintings, including The Birth of Venus and Primavera, both of which are housed at the Uffizi gallery in Florence, Italy. He also created dozens of religious paintings. Secular portraits, though, were somewhat rare for the Italian Renaissance master. It's even rarer that one is in private hands and has come up for auct...
Ed Sheeran’s first demo recorded when he was 13 set for auction

Ed Sheeran’s first demo recorded when he was 13 set for auction

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A demo of songs recorded by Ed Sheeran and sold by his mother when he was a teenager is being auctioned.The current seller bought the recordings in 2005 in Framlingham, Suffolk, where the 29-year-old musician grew up. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, was keen to support musicians from the area.The collection of love songs, called Spinning Man, was Sheeran's first demo and was recorded when he was 13.It will be sold alongside a copy of the Shape Of You singer's second CD, The Orange Room, which was self-released by the singer-songwriter in 2005. ...
Hitler speeches sell at Munich auction despite objections

Hitler speeches sell at Munich auction despite objections

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Handwritten speech notes by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler sold at auction in Munich despite concerns from Jewish groups they could encourage neo-NazisByThe Associated PressOctober 23, 2020, 10:06 AM• 1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBERLIN -- Handwritten speech notes by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler sold at auction in Munich on Friday despite concerns from Jewish groups they could encourage neo-Nazis.The Hermann Historica auction house defended the sale of the manuscripts, all dated before the outbreak of World War II, saying they were of historical significance and belong preserved in a museum.The documents all sold to anonymous bidders for well above their starting prices.A nine-page manuscript by Hitler outlining his speech to new military officers in Berlin in 193...
Shakespeare First Folio fetches a record $10m at auction

Shakespeare First Folio fetches a record $10m at auction

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