NEW YORK – Sotheby’s has unveiled the full auction contents of The World of Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, which will be offered across a series of auctions this June in New York. The series of sales, consisting of more than 300 individual items that the legendary actors assembled and enjoyed throughout their 50-year marriage, will offer a window into the personal and professional lives of the famed couple who were also dedicated philanthropists. Drawn primarily from their residence in Connecticut, the Sotheby’s sales will offer film and entertainment memorabilia, automotive and racing collectables, family photographs, antique furniture and fine decorative arts collected by the couple – in addition to two of Newman’s highly coveted Rolex wristwatches. Together, the auctions will illuminate the two worlds that Woodward and Newman occupied: the glamorous lifestyle of a Hollywood power-couple, and their private life where they surrounded themselves with the people, objects and philanthropic causes they cherished the most.
MADRID (AP) – It’s not as if Madrid were short on world-ranking galleries with the likes of the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia, among others. But in June, Spain is set to unveil what is touted as one of Europe’s cultural highlights of the year with the opening in the Spanish capital of the Royal Collections Gallery (Museo de Colecciones Reales). The swanky new museum will feature paintings, tapestries, sculptures, decorative art pieces, armory and sumptuous royal furniture collected by Spanish monarchs during five centuries, spanning the empire’s Hapsburg and Bourbon dynasties. King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will inaugurate the gallery on June 28, after which it will be open to the public, free of charge for the first few days.
NEW YORK – Christie’s will present a series of auctions of Rothschild Masterpieces this fall. These will be the first-ever North American sales of objects belonging to one of the great collecting families in history, an unprecedented opportunity for collectors and connoisseurs. The sales will include a magnificent selection of decorative and fine art that reflects the discernment, art de vivre, and – above all – the taste of this storied dynasty. Rothschild Masterpieces brings together some 600 lots, with a total estimate in excess of $20 million, of furniture, enamels, maiolica, Renaissance jewels, silver and paintings of the highest quality, assembled by two generations of Rothschilds in France, largely during the latter half of the 19th century. Christie’s will conduct this landmark series of auctions at Rockefeller Center, with an evening sale on October 11; two day sales on October 12 and 13, respectively; and a concurrent online sale. An international touring exhibition will take place in Hong Kong May 24-28 and in London July 1-7.
PARIS (AP) – The pioneering French stage star Sarah Bernhardt was one of the world’s most famous women by the time of her death in 1923 – a status she owed not just to acting talent but her modern instinct for self-publicizing and using the press to brand her image. A century later, the Petit Palais museum in Paris has opened an exhibit on the eccentric, scandalous and multi-hyphenate performer known as “La Divine,” whom many consider the world’s first celebrity. Sarah Bernhardt: And the woman created the star runs until Aug. 27.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National WWI Museum and Memorial has planned a slate of 2023 Memorial Day weekend events, giving honor and special recognition to the individuals who sacrificed their lives while serving their country.
BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Standing in a Tennessee museum, near exhibits of shimmering dresses worn by Tina Turner, Lisa Lyons wiped tears from her cheeks as she remembered the impact the singer and actor had on her life.
NEW YORK – HBO’s critically acclaimed series Succession follows the lives of the Roy family, heirs to a global media and entertainment conglomerate known as Waystar Royco, as they squabble for dominance in the wake of their father’s declining health. Awarded both the Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in 2020 and 2022, the four-season show earned 24 additional Emmy awards, including Outstanding Lead Actor for Jeremy Strong, who plays Kendall Roy. The series is filmed mostly in New York, where the rival factions of the lead family live in opulent penthouses on either side of Central Park. Kendall Roy’s TV home is a three-level penthouse at the top of the tallest tower north of 72nd Street. The five-bedroom, 5,500-square-foot abode has been listed for sale at $29 million.
NEW YORK – La Belle Epoque Vintage Posters, which also houses the newly reopened La Belle Epoque Auction House, will host a lecture in collaboration with ArtfulBuzz.com. Titled “La Belle Epoque Era of Advertising,” it will take place on Sunday, June 4 from 2 pm to 4 pm Eastern time at 71 8th Avenue in Manhattan. The featured speaker will be Linda Tarasuk, co-owner of La Belle Epoque Auction House and La Belle Epoque Vintage Posters.