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Putin’s face worth $200,000

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 3, 2011

Portrait of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin by David Datuna (RT Photo / Vyacheslav Ilyinsky)

Vladimir Putin’s face is making headlines again – but this time in the cause of art. His portrait, made of dozens of little copies of the Mona Lisa, was sold at the Art Moscow fair for $200,000.

The work, by American artist David Datuna and titled Putin Couture, was brought to Central Moscow’s art fair by the Kiev-based Mironova Gallery. This Ukrainian enterprise has been promoting the artist in Europe for some time.

David Datuna himself specializes in creating unusual portraits of celebrities. He created Vladimir Putin’s portrait in collaboration with his US colleague of Chinese origin, Alex Guofeng Cao. It features a collage made of numerous miniature prints of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

The Gallery put a $100,000 price tag on the work. However, high interest from potential buyers forced the seller to hold a closed auction. Eventually, an unnamed Russian businessman won the prize with a $200,000 bid.

Tatiana Mironova, Ukrainian art collector and the head of Mironova Gallery, said she did not expect such demand for Datuna’s work. Read the rest of this entry »

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110 Stories Project Promises To Show Twin Towers From Anywhere (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 21, 2011

A full rebuilding of the site is still several years away, and if demand for office space improves. Here is a progress report on the main features of the new center: http://ram­kshrestha.­wordpress.­com/2011/0­5/08/a-wor­ld-trade-c­enter-prog­ress-repor­t/
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How a Routine Traffic Stop Led Italian Police to $3.6 Million in Stolen Art

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 19, 2011

When Italian police stopped a car near Milan last month, they discovered more than they bargained for. Not only was the driver driving without a license, but he and his companion both had criminal records, and, more shockingly still, they had a painting by Giorgio Morandi worth €200,000 ($291,500) in the trunk. By the time this curious tale had wended its way to its conclusion, 12 paintings belonging to collector Paola Folon of Monaco had been recovered.



A Warhol Mao similar to this one was recovered in Italy. / Courtesy Christie’s

At first the two men, aged 46 and 50, claimed that the painting was a gift, but police officers soon figured out that it was on Interpol‘s list of stolen artworks, France Soir reports. This discovery led investigators to an apartment building in Albenga, an Italian town near the French border, where they found a container that held a red Samsonite suitcase. Inside it were two more Morandi works, two images of Mao by Andy Warhol, a Léger painting from 1935, a work by Italian painterVirginio Ghiringhelli, a Balthus portrait, a painting by a 19th-century Japanese artist, and a work by a 19th-century Indian artist. All told, the stash has been estimated at €2.5 million ($3.6 million). Read the rest of this entry »

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Patrick Dougherty’s Nest Houses Made Of Living Trees (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 16, 2011

Interestin­g and amazing!
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World’s Most Stunning Museums (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 27, 2010

What are the criteria for the selection?
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