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Jordan in 1997.



The grave of Walburga “Wally” Neuzil, who met the 21-year-old Egon Schiele in 1911 and became his muse, recently discovered in Sinj, Croatia, will become a monument, the Art Newspaper reports. Neuzil, who dated Schiele until 1915, when the artist left her, died in 1917 of scarlet fever while serving as a nurse in World War I. [The Art Newspaper]


A pair of basketball shoes worn and signed in 1986 by the basketball phenom Michael Jordan sold for $55,000 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. That’s about 0.012 percent of the price paid for the Leonardo last week. [Chicago Sun-Times]

A jersey worn by Jackie Robinson in his rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers went for $2.05 million at Heritage, “a record for a jersey from the post-World War II era,” the Associated Press reported. That is about 0.46 percent of the price paid for the painting of Jesus last week. [Associated Press/New York Daily News]

A Robby the Robot figure from the 1956 film Forbidden Planet sold for about $5.38 million at Bonhams New York. That is the most ever paid for a movie prop, according to CBS News, but it’s only about 1.2 percent of the among paid for Salvator Mundi. [CBS News]

Moving to records of a non-financial nature, BBC News reports that a record 2 million people have visited the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh so far this year, the most ever recorded in its 150 years in operation. [BBC News]

The Talent

The Blanton Museum of Art in Austin has hired Holly Borham as assistant curator of prints and drawings and Claire Howard as assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, according to a press release from yesterday. [Press Release]

Barbara Donnelly Bentivoglio, a trustee at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, has been named its interim director, the Intelligencer reports. She takes the place of Lisa Tremper Hanover, who is stepping down after leading the museum for five years. [The Intelligencer]


The artist Mel Chin is working on a new augmented reality project for Times Square in New York that will imagine the area in the future, impacted by climate change. “We’re working on a mass phenomenon, extending from 45th to 47th streets in the air, that can convey the gravity of what we have before us,” Chin told Hilarie M. Sheets in the New York Times. [The New York Times]

Mining entrepreneur Chris von Christierson showed the Times his collection of Afro-Cuban art, which has an emphasis on work from the 1990s, when government censorship was relaxed somewhat in Cuba. “For the first time, they were able to express religious feeling, which had been banned in an atheist system,” von Christierson said. “The other strong theme that emerged was racism, which is alive and well in Cuba even today.” [The New York Times]


Perfectly timed for tomorrow’s U.S. holiday, the Napa Valley Museum Yountville in California is hosting a show of photographs of Julia Child that, the AP writes, “documents her life in France in the years before she hosted one of America’s most popular TV cooking shows.” Also included: a Rolleiflex camera used by her husband, Paul Child. Click the link to see photos of Child cooking, eating, and enjoying Europe! [AP/WTOP]

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