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The Late Movies: Top 10 Antiques Roadshow Valuations

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The antiques world was rocked (okay, more like gently bumped) when a recent episode of Antiques Roadshow estimated a woman's collection of carved Chinese jade objects at $710,000 to $1.07 million. Either figure would make it the highest-appraised item in Antiques Roadshow history. Unfortunately, when the woman actually sold the items at auction, she only got $494,615. Why the discrepancy? It's complicated -- read about it here if you want the blow-by-blow from real antiques experts. Meanwhile, below I have collected the Top 10 Antiques Roadshow valuations (actually 11 items, as there's a tie for second place), courtesy of YouTube user Ultranothing. The jade still comes in first as I'm counting by valuation, despite its later actual sale value being lower than predicted.

1st Place: Jade Collection

$710,000 to $1.07 million.

Tie for 2nd Place: Clyfford Still Painting

$500,000 "insurance value"; a conservative estimate.

Tie for 2nd Place: Navajo Ute First Phase Blanket

$350,000 - $500,000.

3rd Place: 1790's Card Table

Purchased for $25, valued at $200,000 - $300,000, and apparently sold in 1998 for $541,500.

4th Place: Art Deco Jewelry Collection


5th Place: Patek Philippe Split Chronograph Watch


6th Place: Painting of Ships Possibly by James E. Buttersworth

$200,000 - $500,000 if restored and painter's identity verified. It turned out not to be a Buttersworth, but still sold for $288,000 (it was by Antonio Jacobsen).

7th Place: 6th-9th Century Chinese Marble Sculpture

$120,000 - $180,000 at auction, $150,000 - $250,000 for insurance.

8th Place: 1840's Solid Gold Sword

$200,000 and up.

9th Place: Charles Schulz Cartoon Collection

$150,000 - $200,000 at auction.

10th Place: Jasper Cropsey Painting


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The World’s First 3D-Printed Opera Set Is Coming to Rome
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In October, the Opera Theater in Rome will become the first theater to play host to a 3D-printed set in one of its operas. The theater’s performance of the 19th-century opera Fra Diavolo by French composer Daniel Auber, opening on October 8, will feature set pieces printed by the Italian 3D-printing company WASP, as TREND HUNTER reports.

Set designers have been using 3D printers to make small-scale set models for years, but WASP says this seems to be the first full 3D-printed set. (The company is also building a 3D-printed town elsewhere in Italy, to give you a sense of its ambitions for its technology.)

Designers stand around a white 3D-printed model of a theater set featuring warped buildings.

The Fra Diavolo set consists of what looks like two warped historic buildings, which WASP likens to a Dalí painting. These buildings are made of 223 smaller pieces. It took five printers working full-time for three months to complete the job. The pieces were sent to Rome in mid-July in preparation for the opera.

Recently, 3D printing is taking over everything from housing construction to breakfast. If you can make an office building with a printer, why not a theater set? (Though it should be noted that the labor unions that represent scenic artists might disagree.)


Japanese Artist Yayoi Kusama to Launch Her Own Museum in Tokyo

Still haven’t scored tickets to see Yayoi Kusama’s world-famous “Infinity Mirrors” exhibition? The touring retrospective ends at the Cleveland Museum of Art in October 2018, but art fans who are planning a trip to Japan can also enjoy Kusama's dizzying, colorful aesthetic by visiting a brand-new museum in Tokyo.

As The New York Times reports, Kusama has announced that she's opening her own art museum in the city’s Shinjuku neighborhood. Slated to open on October 1, 2017, it’s dedicated to the artist’s life and work, and includes a reading room, a floor with installation works—including her “infinity rooms”—and two annual rotating exhibitions. The inaugural exhibition, “Creation Is a Solitary Pursuit, Love Is What Brings You Closer to Art,” will display works from Kusama’s painting series "My Eternal Soul.”

Kusama is famously enigmatic, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that news broke just recently that she was planning to launch a museum. The five-floor building was completed in 2014, according to artnet News, but Kusama wanted to keep plans under wraps “as a surprise for her fans,” a gallery spokesperson said.

Museum tickets cost around $9, and will go on sale on August 28, 2017. The museum will be closed Monday through Wednesday and visits are limited to 90 minutes, so plan your schedule accordingly.

[h/t The New York Times]


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