The second partnership between Christie’s and The National Geographic resulted in one more online sale. To celebrate 125 years of National Geographic Society, Christie’s will conduct the online-only sale from July 19 through July 29 at Christie’s. The sale will include 125 of the most iconic and recognisable works from the National Geographic’s rich history in the fields of geography, archaeology, exploration, science, wildlife and world cultures. Newly printed photograps in limited editions will be offered with estimates ranging from $400-5,000.
Among the highest estimates in the sale is Stephen Alvarez’ Majlis al Jinn Cave, Oman, 2004, a digital chromogenic print, which is valued at $1,500-2,000.
Beverly Joubert’s Zebras at a Watering Hole, Mkgadigadi, Botswana, 2009 will follow with an estimate of $1,200-1,800.
Further highlights include extremely rare prints from Thomas Abercrombie’s original Kodachrome negatives.
Many of the works seen in the sale have never been offered at auction in such large formats, so this sale presents an exceptional opportunity for all collectors and avid readers of the renowned magazine.
Although blurred, out of focus, and sideways shot, photos made by talented Russian chimpanzee Mikki have sold at Sotheby’s auction in London for $76,680.
Blurry photos of the Moscow Red Square were sold as part of the Russian segment of the photos in the auction house, and Mikki handiwork bought the Russian art collector Kira Flanzraich. She stated that Mikki photos are “beautiful example of conceptual art.”
“Sometimes I think that the animals were able to take pictures or do some other things better than human beings. This can be seen in this particular case, because Mikki made really good photos of Red Square,” said Flanzraich.
Mikki, who played in the Moscow circus, Russian conceptual artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid have trained in 1990 to take photographs, as part of a project whose goal was to call into question the very notion of artistic value.
Set, which was sold, include photos and images of Mikki taken by this artistic duo. “You know when people are looking at contemporary art and say ‘That’s what I could.” Here is exactly what this is about, “said Jo Wikeri from Sotheby’s departments for Contemporary Art. Unfortunately, Mickey was not around to personally receive praise. He died six years ago.
Food has a new language, and its dictionary, Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, has arrived in a $625 (on sale for $461.62) six-volume set of 2,438 pages. If you’re among the band of chefs, foodies, and casual eaters who think that the scientific approach to cooking is snobby, fussy, and unsatisfying, Ryan Matthew Smith’s arresting photographs from the book may give you pause.
With the help of a 20-person kitchen team and two co-authors, Myhrvold lays out techniques and recipes from the new school of cooking, known to many of us as molecular gastronomy, and known in the book as modernist cooking. If you’re among the band of chefs, foodies, and casual eaters who think that the scientific approach to cooking is snobby, fussy, and unsatisfying, just take a look at pictures below.