Christie’s Celebrates 125 years of National Geographic Society With an Online Auction

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. 125 YEARS OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHY CELEBRATING THE LEGACY OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY 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.

Monkey Photos Sold For $76,000 At Sotheby’s

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.” Russian chimpanzee's blurry photographs of the Soviet Union “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. Russian chimpanzee's blurry photographs of the Soviet Union Vitaliy Komar, Alexander Melamid and Mikki Circus chimpanzee Mikki poses next to his camera in Moscow's Red Square

Aviatrix Amelia Earhart’s Goggles Fetch $17,775

1920s Luxor aviator goggles with a cracked left lens, worn by Amelia Earhart during her first plane crash in July 1921 in her Airster while learning to fly with instructor Neta Snook, have fetched $17,775 at an auction in Oakland, California.
An original, unpublished personal photo of Amelia Earhart dated 1937, along with goggles she was wearing during her first plane crash The goggles previously were owned by Barbara Englehardt, a Contra Costa County resident who got them from a friend about 20 years ago. Englehardt said her friend bought the goggles at an antique gun show although she did not know for how much. Earhart gave the goggles to her flying instructor, Neta Snook Southern, who told Englehardt that she gave them to a friend, according to Englehardt. In addition to the goggles, 24 photographs were auctioned by Clars Auction Gallery, for a total of $13,509.The photographs include shots of Earhart at a barbershop and making other preparations for the round-the-world flight, as well as her plane taking off on March 17, 1937. That was one of two attempts Earhart made that year to circumnavigate the globe. Her plane would disappear in the Pacific during the second attempt a few months later. She was declared dead in 1939.
Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Modernist Cuisine – Inside the New $625 Cookbook

Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking 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.